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Why choose Leiden?
With more than 125,000 residents, Leiden is the fourth-largest municipality in South Holland, closely following Rotterdam, The Hague, and Zoetermeer. This characterful city boasts a rich history. Within the ‘City of Keys’, you’ll find the Netherlands’ oldest university and a beautiful, historic city centre with charming canals, courtyards, and countless monuments. Leiden hosts a rich cultural selection and offers ample opportunities in terms of living, working, and recreation.
Leiden lies within the ‘Randstad’, near large cities such as The Hague, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam, though the coastal villages of Noordwijk and Katwijk are also within reach. Thanks, in part, to the excellent accessibility and amenities, a growing number of home seekers (and tourists) are discovering Leiden. A wide range of housing options is available: you’ll find both historical buildings and new developments. Housing prices vary between € 150,000 for a compact apartment and € 2 million for a villa or stately canal house.
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Leiden has plenty to offer families and young professionals alike. Be charmed by the compact, orderly city centre which is well worth exploring by foot. Had enough of the hustle and bustle of the city? Visit one of the many parks and greenspaces to relax and unwind. Leiden is known for its extensive canal network. No matter where you find yourself, water is never far away. Following Amsterdam, Leiden has the second-largest water flow through its historic ports. Situated along the Holland lakes area, the city is an excellent launching point for a pleasure or tour cruise. Devastating bombardments during the Second World War levelled the area near the station and the Mare district; fortunately, the fortress town’s historical centre was spared.
Just as in other popular cities, it can be challenging to get hold of your dream house in Leiden. Thorough preparation and a clear approach are therefore essential. Looking for expat mortgage advice in Leiden? We look forward to helping you! Schedule a non-binding telephone consult to discover your options or attend our seminar in The Hague. The session is free of charge and takes place during the evening to accommodate work schedules. In two and a half hours, our university-educated consultants will guide you through the ins and outs of purchasing a home in Leiden.
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Schedule an unbinding telephone consult for expat mortgage advice in Leiden. Considering other locations? With offices in key centres such as The Hague and Delft, you can profit from our expertise nearly everywhere. View the list below for an overview of our locations. Call one of our mortgage advisors to find out what we can do for you!
Water, greenery, and culture in Leiden
Leiden’s various canals and waterways are a defining feature of the historic city. With its countless stately houses, Rapenburg is the most well-known canal. The canals of Leiden trace along museums, courtyards, and countless historical buildings with magnificent façades, making exploring the city via boat well worth the effort. The quaysides are low, and an abundance of docks are available to accommodate your visit. Large water and recreation areas border the city, such as Vlietland, the Kagerplassen, and the Valkenburgse Meer.
Leiden also has a lot to offer in the way off greenspace. Located along the former ramparts, parks such as the Plantsoen, Ankerpark, Huigpark, and the Hortus Botanicus now add an abundance of green character to the city. Urban parks such as the Leidse Hout and Cronensteyn also provide solace outside of the city centre.
Known as a giant open-air museum, the city boasts an impressive 1,250 national monuments including the Citadel (Burcht van Leiden), the Weigh House (Waag), and the Koornbrug. Museums such as Naturalis, the National Museum of Antiquities, and the National Museum of Ethnology are also worth paying a visit. Popular events are held throughout the year, such as the Liberation of Leiden, the Werfpop Festival, and the Dragon Boat Races. Good infrastructure makes the city accessible via public transport and car alike, and cyclists are also well-accommodated with intercity cycling paths, including two direct routes to The Hague.
Professional expat mortgage advice Leiden
Leiden is a bustling city with plenty to offer. Interested in living in the birthplace of old masters such as Rembrandt, Jan Steen, and Gerard Dou? Navigating the canals back to your apartment or home in a traditional Dutch ‘sloop’? Whatever it is your looking for and no matter your situation, with Viisi Leiden, you’ll receive personal expat mortgage advise. With our knowledge of the ins and outs of the real estate market in Leiden, you won’t face any unexpected surprises.
We’ve set out several facts about Leiden’s current housing market below:
● The average property value amounts to € 218,000.
● A house in Leiden is on the market for an average of 36 days.
● Some 400 homes enter new ownership per quarter.
● In the up-and-coming districts of Molenbuurt, de Camp, and Merenwijk Centrum, property prices are rising fast.
● The most sought-after neighbourhoods in Leiden are Havenwijk-Noord, Levendaal-West, Raadsherenbuurt, Havenwijk-Zuid, and Noordvest.