This apartment is located on two floors. Two flights of stairs are circular and steep, and the first one is a straight flight. One enters the apartment through the shared entrance on the beletage, after climbing a set of stone stairs of half a floor level. All floors have excellent views of the canals, and there is a bench on the porch as well as one on the canal side.
Behind the front door there is a hallway to the first set of steep circular stairs leading to a hallway on the first floor of the house. Practically every room in the house has its own adjustable radiators, it is quite easy to keep this house warm and comfortable in winter. As each room also has windows, it is quite easy to create a nice breeze in the house cooling it down in the summer. There are also fans available on the rare summer days that it is actually hot.
On the first floor there is a toilet in the hallway, and a door to the living/seating room. This floor has a beautiful wooden floor as well as beams supporting the floor above. In the front (canal side) of this floor there is a spacious living area with a bench overlooking the canal, a sofa and TV. This is a great area to relax after or before a day of exploring all the sights of Amsterdam. You will find a kitchen with facilities such as gas stove, sink, kettle, coffeemaker, toaster, oven/microwave, fridge, dishwasher and a large table in the back of the floor. We have cutlery, plates, cups and glasses to enjoy meals, ordered in or prepared on the spot.
It is not hard to imagine enjoying a spending an evening with a good diner and equally good conversations at the large table with dimmed light shining from the chandelier. With ample heating present and friends swapping stories at the table, this is typically what the Dutch will call “gezellig”. The word “gezellig” is considered to be an example of untranslatability, and is one of the hardest words to translate. Some consider the word to encompass the heart of Dutch culture.
One floor up with the steep circular staircase there is the floor with one bedroom in the front, with canal views and the master bedroom in the back (both are optional with twins or double beds, on request). On this floor located in between the two bedrooms is the bathroom, with a toilet, sink, and a bath with shower. The bedrooms have wooden floors, gorgeous beams and the bathroom floor is marble.
- Canal view
- Central location (nine-streets)
- Part of UNESCO world heritage
- Extreme high speed WiFi internet
- Wind and solar power electricity
- Carbon offset for heating
- Smart HD widescreen TV
- HD Sat/Cable reception
- Private laptop safe
- 75 m2
- Steep stairs (400 year-old landmark feature)
- 2 bedrooms
- Complete kitchen inventory
- Gas cooking
- Microwave / Oven
- Electric egg boiler
- Shower / Bath
- 2 toilets
- Washer/dryer combi-machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Bed linen and towels are provided
- No Smoking
- No party policy
- Child safety is low due to steep circular stairs (see stairs section)
The apartment is located in the “nine streets” area. The nine streets area is well known for its plentiful boutique shops, many restaurants, and its beautiful canals. This area is comprised of nine narrow streets running perpendicular with the four major canals (Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht) of the canal belt. It is distinctly different from other shopping districts as there is a large diversity of privately owned shops and specialized shops.
Description of Landmark building;
This canal house is located on the Herengracht, in the historic centre of Amsterdam. Surrounded by the famous nine-streets, this historic canal house was built in 1649 for the Sonnenberg family. It is one of the few houses that still boast its original gable, which is a classical renaissance crow-stepped gable; this is a stair-step type of design at the top of the triangular gable-end of a building.
Not only the gable is still original, the interior with its solid oak beams as well as the winding staircase are original. It is not hard to imagine this Dutch merchant family doing business from this very location. This family remained owners of this historic canal house well into the 19th century, and perhaps the heirs of these Sonnenberg’s are the same Sonnenberg’s as those who are among the ten richest families of the Netherlands.