‘Haarlem, pearl of the Randstad’
Haarlem has been one of the most popular cities in the Randstad for years, with a varied number of shops, the nearby beaches and dunes, and good public transport. Although the market slowed down during the housing crisis, the sharp declines that were visible in other parts of the Netherlands did not occur in Haarlem.
In the past few years, the housing market has clearly been on the rise again. The supply is declining, houses are sold within a month, and in most cases, buyers bid more than the asking price. One of the reasons for this is the amount of interest from buyers outside of Haarlem. Especially young families from Amsterdam make the switch to Haarlem. The Amsterdammer wants a house with a garden in a place where the kids can play on the streets. A place with recreational facilities and the city on a cycling distance, but good public transport and road links to the familiar Amsterdam as well.
The acute shortage of houses is mainly visible from the number of viewings and bids, which show the West side of Haarlem is the most popular. Multiple bids, often far above the asking price, are becoming the norm, rather than the exception. Fortunately, however, other parts of Haarlem are also gaining interest, partly because of the relatively good prices, especially among local buyers.
The Municipality of Haarlem has realised that Haarlem urgently needs more housing and has appointed a few locations as areas for development. Of those, Schalwijk is the most striking. In the coming years, a transformation will take place there: the mall is going to be renovated, parks will be constructed, and luxurious apartments will be erected, as well as single-family homes for young families, all either for rent or for sale. For future buyers, this is a great opportunity to switch to a neighbourhood that’s in development.
Haarlem is become more and more beautiful!
Menno Mönch, MVA estate agent Mooijekind Vleut Makelaars and NVM Nieuwbouwspecialist/Woningmarktconsultant
Haarlem is a city and a municipality, as well as the capital of the province of Noord-Holland. The Spaarne river flows through the city of Haarlem, which is located in the area Kennemerland. The Municipality of Haarlem consists of the city of Haarlem and the Western part of the village Spaarndam. The municipality’s population is 159,340 (2017), which makes it the second biggest city in Noord-Holland, after Amsterdam.