On the footprint of a dilapidated old farmhouse, some two hundred meters from the river Amstel, the current owners built this lovely new home, maintaining part of the old features – such as the original roof tiles – and the local vernacular in the design of the property. The location, so close to Amstelveen’s centre, the International School, the Zuidas, Amsterdam and Schiphol, yet at the same time so rural is unique. At the back, a double height lounge looks out past the garden over the old Dutch polder landscape, today a peaceful nature reserve. Also on the ground floor, a luxurious kitchen and spacious master suite. The upstairs has four bedrooms, a family bathroom, separate WC, room for a study on the mezzanine and lots and lots of storage. The finish throughout is high-spec, with for instance Chinese hard stone flooring on the ground floor. Adjacent to the main house, a smaller building in a similar style is the perfect office with studio above, or could be turned into a great au pair or granny annexe.