I’m Rowena, I’m 32 years old and a single mother of two lovely, happy kids (a daughter and a son). I grew up in The Hague and have enjoyed living in several different neighbourhoods, for example Bezuidenhout, Mariahoeve, the Schilderswijk and the Regentessekwartier. Oh yes, and I also lived in Arnhem for a year, but I quickly found myself returning home to The Hague. No other city can beat it! I’ve now been living in Leidschenveen for six years and I’m really happy here. My children and I are very taken by this district. It’s a lovely, green, child-friendly neighbourhood where everyone is free to be themselves.
Rowena: “Transport links from Leidschenveen are incredibly convenient. Public transport takes you to the centre of The Hague in no time at all – or you can just go by bike.”
As a single parent, it can be hard sometimes to juggle work and your home life. I’ve found combining several part-time jobs works well for me. I work in home care and as a telemarketer. And when there’s some space left in my schedule, you can find me and my children at the swimming pool on Fridays, where I’m a swimming instructor.
As well as doing things with my kids, I often spend my free time singing, drawing, working as an extra on film shoots, visiting family or on social media. Both my work and my social life often see me travelling all over the city and beyond. That’s why good public transport links are very important to me. Fortunately, Leidschenveen is the perfect place in that respect!Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
What you need to know about Leidschenveen
Leidschenveen is a spacious new neighbourhood which is home to a lot of families and features an array of green spaces and play areas. This is a great place to live if you’re looking for peace and quiet away from the bustle of city life. The district is largely made up of spacious single-family homes. The area has a wide variety of architecture, which creates distinct ‘neighbourhoods within the neighbourhood’ so that each have their own personality. The neighbourhood has excellent transport links by car via the A4 and A12 motorways. You can be in the city centre in less than half an hour by bike, and if you’re not keen on cycling, the RandstadRail light rail line will take you there within fifteen minutes.
Leidschenveen has its own shopping centre (‘t Hoge Veen) with a supermarket and many other shops and restaurants. There is a direct public transport link (RandstadRail) from the public transport hub in the shopping centre to The Hague city centre. You can be in the city centre in less than fifteen minutes. The shopping areas in neighbouring municipalities, such as the Parade in Nootdorp, Delft city centre and the centre of Rotterdam are also easily accessible from this public transport hub.
The district is surrounded by meadowland and has many green areas with playgrounds. Along the Vliet canal and near Rijswijk, there are plenty of good walks and bike rides. This is also a great area to go horse riding or boating. The varied landscape – ranging from wide open meadowland to elegant country estates, allotments and green residential zones – makes this area truly unique. There are also many recreational areas within biking distance from Leidschenveen, such as Delftse Hout, the Bieslandse Bos and the Dobbeplas. In the coming years, the Nieuwe Driemanspolder nature and recreation area will be developed in the polder landscape between Leidschenveen, Zoetermeer and Leidschendam. This will be a beautiful area with walking, cycling and horse riding paths, lakes and marshland.
Leidschenveen is home to the Kyocera Stadium, which is where ADO Den Haag plays its home matches. Across from the Kyocera Stadium, you will find the so-called Gavi lot, with fun and exciting initiatives such as an urban campsite, a city sawmill, beehives and urban agriculture. In this part of Leidschenveen you will also find detached villas, semi-detached homes and the Forepark industrial estate.
The majority of properties in Leidschenveen are owner-occupied. The average WOZ (Valuation of Immovable Property Act) value is €286,748 for family homes and €186,405 for apartments (2015 price level).