Owners: Robert and Anna
Allard Piersonstratt 1A Amsterdam
I just recently went on a transatlantic cruise that originated in New York City and made 5 stops in 4 countries until we ended up in Amsterdam. Once I disembarked the ship I headed to my apartment rental located close to the Jordaan neighborhood. Just half a block away from a canal, it's close enough to all the sites but quiet and residential, too. Nearby are trams and buses but everything is quite walk-able.
The owners are Robert and Anna. Five generations have owned this property...and it's something you can feel. It's a living, breathing home full of good memories. Anna's mother lives on the first floor, the rental apartment is on the second, and above, Robert and Anna live. It had a sense of calmness and security, knowing who else was in the building.
Being a traditional Dutch house, the staircase up to the second floor is quite steep with very narrow steps. It takes a bit getting used to but if you can handle a flight of stairs, it's totally worth it.
The apartment has a large and beautiful living room with a sleeping alcove that has a full-size bed. Plus there's a dining area.
There are doors that open to a small balcony with a table and chair, perfect for a glass a wine in the late afternoon.
And all of the windows are double-glazed hence the apartment is extremely quiet. Robert is an artist and that sensibility comes through in the decor of the apartment. In fact, several of the paintings, like those flanking the fireplace, were done by Robert.
The space definitely has an Asian influence.
I was fascinated by the marionettes placed in the upper cubicles in the living room. And take a look at that stunning chandelier. And through those sliding doors between the puppets is Robert's art studio. To the right is the doorway to the hallway...
...to the shower...
...and being traditionally European, a separate room for the commode.
Again, take a look at the beautiful prints on the wall even in the water closet. Farther down the hallway and in the back of the house is the bright and airy kitchen. As we would say in New York City, this apartment is a "floor-through."
And outside the kitchen window you look out upon gardens. I was visiting in May when everything was lush...
...but take a look during another season - a winter wonderland!
The apartment was was clean and in immaculate shape. Robert and Anna were very helpful with restaurant suggestions as well as how to navigate the city.
This stay was just for 3 days so I really need to return, maybe for a week. And I will definitely be staying in this wonderful "art apartment" on my next trip.