Geuzen- and Statenkwartier
Hi there! My name is Daniela, I’m Italian, and I live in the Geuzen- and Statenkwartier in The Hague. I came to the Netherlands in 2012 with my daughter in order to find the perfect place to live. I’ve definitely found that here! I currently work part-time as a business travel counsellor for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). I’m also a representative for a media company and am involved in various freelance projects, such as my Italian blog and a project for expats in the Netherlands.
Daniela: “In Italy I lived in a village by the sea. The seaside location is the reason I chose The Hague. The beach here is very beautiful, and living in the Geuzen- and Statenkwartier, I’m very close to it!”
The Geuzen- and Statenkwartier is seen as the heart of the International Zone in The Hague. Many international organisations are based here, such as the International Criminal Court, Eurojust and also OPCW. But the district is also a residential area with beautiful 19th-century architecture and lovely squares and avenues. You’ll also find the Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum) here (home to a unique Mondrian collection), as well as Frederik Hendriklaan, which locals simply call ‘the Fred’.
I love walking down Frederik Hendriklaan with all its interesting shops and boutiques. You can really feel the city’s international character here, with a wide range of good restaurants and cafés and the best bakeries far and wide. After doing my shopping, I like to stop at Frederik Hendrikplein with my daughter. While she plays on the playground, I get stuck in a good book or catch up with the other expats who live around here. We like to share our experiences and exchange tips on life in The Hague.
When I’m doing freelance work, I like to camp out in one of the many coffee corners with free Wi-Fi in the Zeeheldenkwartier or Noordeinde. I can spend hours working on my laptop here and exchange ideas with others in the interim. For me, The Hague is the best place to live. Not least because of the miles of beach, the wonderful shopping streets and the beautiful parks where you can relax and recharge!Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
What you need to know about Geuzen- and Statenkwartier
The Geuzen- and Statenkwartier is a popular district in The Hague, home to many international organisations as well as a large expat population. In this district you will find many historical, early 20th-century homes that are spacious and have an elegant feel. Several broad avenues run through the district, interspersed with beautiful squares and picturesque streets. This is also where you’ll find Frederik Hendriklaan, the popular shopping street, along with a wide array of restaurants. If you’re looking to catch your breath and enjoy stunning views of the sea, the Scheveningen promenade and the Pier are just a stone’s throw away. You also don’t have to go far for a walk amid lush greenery. Westbroekpark and the Scheveningse Bosjes are just around the corner. Here you can go for a stroll, get in some exercise, paddle around in boats or enjoy festivals in the spring and summertime, such as the Parade, a travelling theatre festival that comes to The Hague every summer.
On Frederik Hendriklaan, known to the locals as ‘the Fred’, you’ll find a shopping area with a wide range of options, from fruit and vegetable stalls to supermarkets, and from familiar chain stores to trendy little boutiques. This is also a great place to go for a coffee or have lunch or dinner. On nearby Aert van der Goesstraat you can also find a lot of shops, many of which are small and independent. And if you’re looking for more options still, the city centre is less than fifteen minutes away by bike.
Almost half of the housing in the Geuzen- and Statenkwartier consists of ground floor apartments and upstairs apartments, and about a quarter consists of single-family homes and mansions. The district is one of the pricier places to live in The Hague. The average WOZ (Valuation of Immovable Property Act) value is €543,963 for family homes and €228,055 for apartments (2015 price level). Around 24% of the homes in Geuzen- and Statenkwartier are private rental properties. Over the past few years, the rental price for newly-available has been between €650 and €1,500 per month