Micro-apartments big hit in Holland

A micro apartment.

AMSTERDAM–Project developers are rolling out complexes of micro apartments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and near Utrecht to head off the shortage of homes for newcomers on the housing market.

Micro apartments usually measure between 29 and 32 square metres, or the size of a large master bedroom in a more traditional home.

Nevertheless, all are equipped with a kitchen, toilet and shower and come complete with shared facilities such as a launderette, cafe and even guest accommodation.

IC Netherlands, for example, has just delivered two enormous complexes for students and starters in Amsterdam, which have more than 1,200 micro apartments.

The company has just started work in Amsterdam-West, which will have 429 units for young professionals. Cobana with 385 micro apartments is underway in Rotterdam.

De Lofts, now being built in Amsterdam’s Amstelkwartier, will have 212 living units of just 32 square metres, but more than 1,000 signed up when the project went public. And some 10,000 people expressed their interest when property developer Change announced its second micro-apartment complex with 596 units in Amsterdam-Zuidoost.

While Change develops projects for the social rental market most micro apartments are rented out for above the 710-euro rent-controlled threshold. IC’s micro-homes, for example, cost 885 euros a month, including service cost, heating and Internet.

Last year there was a major row in Amsterdam when it emerged a private developer was renting out a complex of 120 apartments of some 30 square metres in the north of the city 1,250 euros each. The city council had originally approved the development for student accommodation.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/75755-micro-apartments-big-hit-in-holland