A Listed development, but this 1950s Allert Warners De Warnersblokken apartment in Amsterdam, Holland is still fairly affordable.
At least it is when you consider its listed status and its location, which is obviously in the capital city, but also what sounds like a fairly hip part of the city too. Artisan bakers, cafes, restaurants, bars – you know the kind of place.
As for the apartment itself, that’s on the second floor of what’s described as a ‘small-scale apartment complex’ designed by Amsterdam architect Allert Warners.
Inspired by the work of Le Corbusier and Rietveld, the buildings have exposed concrete structural elements, large windows and colourful parapets, the latter designed by artist Joseph Ongenae. They date back to 1957, with listing status attained back in 2010.
There’s no denying that this is a striking piece of modernist design and if you like the idea of modern apartment living, this will no doubt have caught your eye. But as word of caution. The apartment might well have been preserved externally and structurally, but the interior is very much a contemporary affair.
Not that I’m being critical of that. An apartment over 60 years old will almost certainly have been updated. But this one has a finish that seems quite fresh, with very little of the ‘old’ still in place. I’m not even sure if the layout is as it was intended.
But that layout is interesting because it uses the wall of glass to full effect. The majority of the living space runs across the full length of the apartment, all open plan and taking you from the kitchen to the dining area through the lounge. The wooden floors, the light fittings and the muted colours also add to the uniformity.
The problem is that there isn’t much beyond that. This is a one-bedroom apartment and that bedroom doesn’t look high on the photos. Also here is a bathroom and hallway and that’s pretty much it. Well, not quite it as you also get a storage unit on the ground floor, which should help keep things nice and tidy.
As for the price, you are looking at €325,000.
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