Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Rare Find: A Home Alone in Amsterdam ; Single-Family House in Museum-Fashion Area Has Garden and Parking

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Rare Find: A Home Alone in Amsterdam ; Single-Family House in Museum-Fashion Area Has Garden and Parking

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With apartments forming most of the city's housing stock, a rare one-family home goes on the market.

In the heart of Amsterdam's museum and fashion district, Gerrit Steltman's five-story house is a rarity.

The house, with eight bedrooms, is one of the few private houses in the city, and is on the market for EUR 4.5 million, or almost $6 million, through Knight Frank

"Some 95 percent of properties in the city are apartments, and at this end of the market there is a particular shortage of houses," said Arnold Postma, a real estate agent with Broersma, which is marketing the house with Knight Frank. "This house is extremely unusual and is therefore the kind of property that people tend to own for a long time."

The owner, Gerrit Steltman, an art dealer, has lived here with his family for 16 years. He says he was drawn to its elegant style and location near the canal area; living space of 445 square meters, or 4,790 square feet; and a garden, which covers 267 square meters and wraps three sides of the house. The house, built in 1911 on Jan Luijkenstraat, was designed by Van Dijk & Nagelvoort.

"I loved the architecture of the building," Mr. Steltman said. "There is a lot of detail in the way the stone has been used on the outside. Inside, the architect was able to express himself through the use of high ceilings and other features."

Mr. Steltman, who formerly owned galleries in Amsterdam and New York, said he had enjoyed using the house as a backdrop to display his art collection.

The drawing room, which is about 36 square meters, sits at the front of the house and still features its original herringbone parquet floor and wooden wall paneling. …

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