The housing market in the Netherlands, especially in cities and urban areas, is under enormous pressure from price increases, supply shortage and a mismatch between supply and demand. Particularly for middle-income earners, who are increasingly renting rather than buying, affordable rental housing is becoming more and more difficult to obtain. After all, they have no access to social housing via housing corporations because of income conditions. At the same time, the market for sales properties is difficult to attain for them due to sharply increased property prices and stricter financing requirements.

For GREEN Real Estate, the housing market is the particular sector to make a good return while creating places where connection and encounters are key. We achieve this with future-proof and valuable investments, for our tenants and for ourselves. Whether this concerns new-build homes or, for example, homes in outdated city districts that we transform into easily accessible lively areas where functions such as living, working and relaxing are combined. A good example is ‘Het Havenhuys’ in Alphen aan den Rijn.

Het Havenhuys

Het Havenhuys in Alphen aan de Rijn is one of GREEN’s unique residential developments in the easily accessible, historic and green Baronie Haven. As part of the complete transformation of the former chocolate factory ‘De Baronie’, this area has become a flourishing place where living, working and shopping amid greenery and near the water are combined.

The industrial character, in combination with the stylish living concept, still radiates the atmosphere and nature of the former factory. Living in Het Havenhuys implies a beautiful view over the water with its boats, including the option for a part of the residents to have their own berth in the harbour. Het Havenhuys is part of the total transformation of the area.

In 2012, for example, the completely redeveloped shopping centre De Baronie opened with an extensive offer of supermarkets and shops with fresh products. The area will also be further expanded in the coming years. Currently, a complex is being constructed with approximately 110 homes in combination with living and working units and a catering facility.