In the Eastern part of the old center of Amsterdam, in the Kadijken, one can still find many old warehouses and docks and ports where in the old days the hustle and bustle of trade would be a constant companion of those living there. As this bit of Amsterdam’s port was closed in with the building of the Central Station and with that closing in the water ways, the warehouses became derelict, turning the area into a grim and very unpopular part of town.
In the last couple of decades of the 20th century however, the local government made a point of turning this part of the city into what is now considered one of the nicest. With the main shopping districts, popular attractions and public transport within a stone’s throw, real estate is often priced in the higher regions and only affordable for the lucky few. One of the most desirable addresses here is the Entrepotdok.
At number 1 Entrpotdok, almost in the water, the old guards house is for sale. This is a truly unique property as it is pretty much detached.
The second floor was put up in the 1990’s, creating a lot of extra square meters bringing the total to about 115m2. There is no official garden or outside space but the owners have always used the bit of space directly on the water just outside the front door which is granted and a privilege not likely taken away anymore. Towards the front it overlooks a small square which is actually the former courtyard of the dock, with the gate still intact.
Once inside the main floor features a living room with spectacular views of the canals, and a bedroom with the same view and a separate bathroom with shower and toilet. Wraught iron small stairs lead to the lower floor with an eat-in kitchen and storage room. The new 2nd floor is now in use as a large study / guest room with its own bathroom with bath, shower, sink and a 2nd toilet. This floor can easily be converted into two rooms.
The agent selling this property speaks of a ‘one time opportunity’ which it really is. Whoever sweeps up this gem will likely live there for quite a few years to come. It’s on the market for € 699.000.