Hello and welcome! I’m Sainah, I’m 33 years old, and I live in the Valkenboskwartier with Frank and our two-year-old son Figo. I did Communciation Studies and am currently working part-time on a project basis in the events industry. I wanted to do more with my creativity, and after getting a vocational qualification, I started working as a freelance make-up artist and hairstylist alongside my other work. I do make-up and hair for special occasions such as weddings, photo shoots and film. It’s great work as you get the chance to really make people shine.
Sainah: “There are two great shopping streets in the Valkenboskwartier: Fahrenheitstraat and Weimarstraat. I really like their multicultural, artsy vibe.”
I was born in The Hague and grew up in the Valkenboskwartier. I’m a big fan of this district. After living in Amsterdam for more than five years, we ended up moving back to The Hague again, back to my old neighbourhood. Because living here is the best! What can I say? The Hague is the place to be.
The Valkenboskwartier is very central, so you can be on the beach and in the city centre in no time . You don’t have to go far to find fun things to do. There are plenty of nice coffee shops and restaurants in the area where you can have a drink or a bite to eat. The district also has great shopping streets like Fahrenheitstraat and Weimarstraat, where you will find the larger chain stores, but also unique little boutiques.
The Valkenboskwartier is a diverse area, with a fun mix of people who share a pleasantly laid-back attitude. The district is creative, down-to-earth, multicultural and international. It’s also child-friendly, with plenty of fun for families. In other words, it’s ideal for young people, with or without children. My favourite places in the district include Franklin Café on Valkenbosplein and Lolapalooza Restaurant on Weimarstraat.
I think The Hague is a great city that offers a wealth of options. It’s a big, trendy city with an international character and yet an intimate feel. The Hague offers space, beaches, the sea and plenty of fun with lots of great things happening, including sporting events and festivals. You’re never at loss for what to do!Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
What you need to know about Valkenboskwartier
The Valkenboskwartier is officially part of the Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier district. It’s a diverse and lively neighbourhood near the centre of The Hague. The Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier is a compact historical area with a mixture of small and large houses, mostly dating back to before 1916. Intimate streets and enclosed squares create a pleasant urban feel.
You can easily reach the beach, the city centre or The Hague Central Station by bike or tram. You can do your shopping on Weimarstraat. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it here – organic produce, fun little art galleries and quirky eateries, you name it. Just walk a little further and you’ll find yourself in the adjacent Zeeheldenkwartier, with its trendy shops, pop-up stores and wealth of creative activity. In the Heesterbuurt, you will find a lot of peaceful post-war apartment blocks. In the other streets, you can choose to live in a downstairs apartment with a garden or upstairs with a nice balcony. If you have a green thumb, you can get your hands dirty in the neighbourhood garden on Kamperfoeliestraat.
If you’re looking for a modern property, the area around the old power station is the place to be. This part of the Regentessekwartier is booming right now. Creatives, foodies and music lovers will find everything their hearts desire here. The old power station now houses a cultural centre. You’ll also find Park De Verademing here, a modern sports and recreation park with playgrounds, benches, picnic areas and a small riding stables. From the park you can easily walk to the Palace Gardens along the historic city canal.
In the Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier, the average WOZ (Valuation of Immovable Property Act) value is €316,221 for family homes and €146,470 for apartments. Around 40% of the homes in the Regentesse- and Valkenboskwartier are private rental properties. Over the past few years, the rental price for newly-available properties has been between €650 and €1,500 per month.