Every year, current affairs magazine Elsevier draws up a list of the best places in the Netherlands to live. The list is based on three things. First is the ambiance – the proximity to museums, luxury shops, cafes and if the town centre is ‘historic’. Second is Groen-Blauw – how close it is to parks and nature and the sea? Third is Harmonie – what the neighbourhood is like to live in – is there crime, dog shit and noisy neighbours?
Not surprisingly, this is not a list for those who prefer to live in the city.
1 Zwarte Berg in Laaren
2 Rijkerspaarkbuurt in Velsen
3 Oostereng in Laren
4 Bredius Oost in Bussem
5 Bredius West in Bussem
7 Rembrandtpark in Naarden
8 Heemsteedse Dreef and Schildersbuurt in Heemstede
9 Van Merlenbuurt and Valkenburgerplein in Heemstede
10 Aerdenhout centre