Family home in an exclusive location
The unique villa at Koningslaan 54 is in many respects a fascinating example of architecture in a location that’s hard to match. Like a twentieth-century castle, the impressive residence is an imposing sight at the edge of the Vondelpark, next to the Diaconessenbrug crossing the small Vondelparkvijver. This great city villa offers every opportunity for stylishly combining a wonderful family life with a home-based medical or service-oriented profession.
The architectural work of J.F. Staal Jr. is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the times around the turn of the century and the rationalist style of H.P. Berlage, whose magnum opus was his design for the Beurs van Berlage on the Damrak in 1903. It’s not for nothing that this villa has gained heritage status. The villa’s imposing architecture makes a magnificent statement, perfectly suiting the image of the Willemspark residential area and the stately mansions dominating the streetscape. This majestic part of Amsterdam-Zuid includes a large part of Vondelpark and the most prestigious residential area in the capital. The broad, distinguished avenues exude a sense of space and tranquillity, their grandness reflected in their royal names: Emmalaan, Prins Hendriklaan, Sophialaan, Oranje Nassaulaan, Koningslaan, Waldeck Pyrmontlaan, Saxen Weimarlaan.
The bustle of Amsterdam seems very distant in this residential enclave in the lee of Vondelpark, but nothing could be further from the truth. In the second half of the 19th century, Willemspark, named after King Willem III, was developed to create a fashionable neighbourhood for the wealthy. This was spearheaded by Jacobus Gerhardus van Niftrik, then Amsterdam’s City Engineer, who wanted to stem the tide of wealthy Amsterdam residents leaving the busy city to find peace and quiet on the coast at Haarlem or in the Gooi and Vecht region.
Now, in 2019, the ‘Willemsparkbuurt’ is just as understated and fashionable as it was in its heyday. Particularly in the relatively small enclave north of Koninginneweg, daily life is characterised by a tranquillity that’s unusual for the city. And yet, everything required for a satisfying urban life is just a short distance away. The immediate vicinity, along Amstelveenseweg and around Cornelis Schuytstraat, is home to a host of pleasant cafés, and you can treat yourself to a different culinary experience every evening in one of the area’s hip or famous restaurants. Amsterdam’s cultural centre, the Museumplein and the Concertgebouw are just five minutes away by bicycle. It is an enormous privilege to be able to live in this wonderful district. The villa, which was completed in 1912 to a design by Staal, adds an extra dimension to this.
English stately home
The 378 m2 plot borders directly on the water in Vondelpark. The terrace at the rear of the villa is accessible through French doors from the garden room and from the first floor by a private staircase, and features a quay wall with two wooden terraces and jetties. The garden is enclosed by an elegant wrought iron fence on the Emmalaan side, while the natural stone terrace with plane trees offers an engaging view of the Diaconessenbrug and Vondelpark on the other side of the water.
From all sides, the villa appears solid, perhaps even a little stern, but above all, ‘Berlagian’. The brick building with stairs, bay windows, balconies, stained glass windows, staggered façades, and sturdy chimneys gives every impression of being a safe haven for a large family. A modest porch opens into the central hall, which is both a true work of art and a spectacular homecoming. The huge sandstone hearth with its tiled fireplace, beautiful wooden paneling and stairwell, marble pillars beneath an arched gallery, the stained glass windows and skylight, and the richly ornamented coffered ceiling – it’s as if you’ve strayed into a classic English stately home.
Spacious living areas
The spacious living areas open off the hall and are filled with glorious daylight. Each room affords residents with magnificent views of the monumental surroundings and Vondelpark at the rear. The living room and dining room (with a balcony at the rear of the villa) are adjacent to each other, and separated by sliding doors. The classic herringbone parquetry with decorative edging and the glossy white panelling create a sense of unity, while the ceilings are high and stately. A glass corridor provides access to the external stone staircase leading to the garden. There are two very large bedrooms on the first floor, both with balconies, and a third bedroom is a definite option. Here too are high ceilings, large windows and enormous sense of space. On the second floor, which is currently divided into two generously proportioned rooms, it would be possible to realise several bedrooms with bathrooms, and this certainly applies to the large, high-ceilinged attic as well.
The spacious garden level on the ground floor of the house has its own entrance on the Emmalaan side, inspiring all kinds of ideas – for example, you could realise a wonderful office space here, or a wellness area with all the bells and whistles, or a luxurious kitchen-dining area with French doors leading to the terrace on the water, perhaps even with a relaxation room and/or a home cinema. Alternatively, you could transform it into a spacious apartment, completely autonomous yet still connected to the rest of the house. Ideal for older teenagers still living at home, or ageing parents, or a nanny or caretaker. You have a total living area of no less than 569 m2 at your disposal (1850 m3 in volume), enabling you to make all your wildest lifestyle dreams come true in the most beautiful villa district in Amsterdam. Carpe diem.
Great location, right on Vondelpark. The living environment is ideal here, thanks to the district’s pleasant blend of residential, working, shopping and hospitality uses. This is immediately noticeable in the atmosphere in this popular, fashionable part of the city. The neighbourhood is quiet and child-friendly. While all facilities are within walking and cycling distance, the use of a car or public transport is also a breeze. There are bus and tram connections to every part of the city.
• Built on freehold land
• Suitable for residential and commercial purposes
• Residential function in accordance with Willemspark Van Eeghenstraat 2019 zoning plan
• Use in accordance with BAG-Viewer: office function
• Metrage conform NEN 2580: VVO 526,61 m2, BVO 680,92 m2
• Surrounded by beautiful garden
• Situated right on Vondelpark
• National monument
• Fixed notary: Buma Algera Notariaat
the apartment right, conferring an entitlement to exclusive use of the office space and accessories in the basement at Koningslaan 54 A in Amsterdam, recorded in the land register of the municipality of Amsterdam, section U, number 9023 A-1, constituting one-fourth share of the communal whole, the apartment right, conferring an entitlement to exclusive use of the office space on the ground floor, first floor and attic with accessories at Koningslaan 54 B in Amsterdam, recorded in the land register of the municipality of Amsterdam, section U, number 9023 A-2, consisting of three-fourths of the existing single building with foundation and accessories at Koningslaan 54 in Amsterdam, recorded at the time of the division into apartment rights in the land register of the municipality of Amsterdam, section U, number 5749, three are and seventy-eight centiare in size; being the registered protected properties described above in accordance with the 1988 Monuments Act.