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Peggy: “We really like old houses. There is a soul in it and you can feel it. Although we have made the necessary sustainable and modernized, think of double glazing and granite floors that we have adapted. We like it so much here, we can grow old in this house.”

Peggy, Paul and daughter Ditte (14) with dog Dennes. Son Daan (16) does not want to be in the picture. Photo: Indebuurt

This building used to house a grocery store. Peggy: “The racks in the garage are still the old racks from the store’s storage. Now our son Daan (16) is often playing darts with his friends in the garage . Furthermore, we also use it as storage, which is very handy.”

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The heart of the house

“The kitchen is really the heart of the house. It used to be a pipe drawer. When the kids were little, that was handy in terms of layout. But later we broke it open and now the kids are sometimes here doing homework when I’m cooking. When everyone is busy we eat here but when we are all there we actually eat at the table in the dining room.”



“I bought this property in 1400 of the Rode Crotch. Ambulances were located on the ground floor and first aid courses were given on the first floor. Now I have my own theater here,” says Dick, who works as a dentist two days a week. “The other days I make art and do many other things, such as administering corona vaccinations at the GGD.”

Dick with son Jip (61) for one of his corona artworks Photo: indebuurt

“I kept the caps of the vaccines used, as if I was caught because you weren’t allowed to take anything with you. But when I finally got caught by my supervisor and she heard what I wanted to do with it, she went to help me. I then made QR code artworks with those caps. Below it I painted the houses that you also see when you open the app. And that bike of course.”

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Drums and surf

“During the corona pandemic, my son Jip came to live here. He is at the conservatory and can play drums here undisturbed – I built a soundproof drum room for him together with Jip – and also surf. Things that are a bit more difficult in Amsterdam, where he used to live.”

Paula and Petros Horvers have lived in Huize Cromvliet for more than twenty years, originally 21th century mansion in Rijswijk, located in a, yes, curve of the Vliet. Petros: “It used to function as a country house; where there are now houses there used to be a long driveway. There are currently four apartments in the building, two downstairs, two upstairs.

Paula and Petros in Huize Cromvliet. Dog Jip and cat Rebbel do not want to be photographed. Photo: Indebuurt

Petros is an optician and eyewear designer and took 24 a renowned optician’s shop on the Westeinde a few years ago. He moved to Bankastraat eight years ago and opened Petros The Hague there. “When I just started my shop, I threw a big party in Huize Cromvliet with food, drinks and a live band for 51 people. There I met Paula who came with her sister. A year later, Paula also lived here.”

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Covers of Oggi

The posters are covers of Oggi, magazines that Petros bought in Rome. He liked them so much that he framed them. He also made the furniture in the bedroom himself.

Paula: “Our daughter Lisa (17) studies psychobiology in Amsterdam and comes home at the weekend.” Lisa sleeps in the attic, which has many cozy corners due to the beam constructions.

“Four years ago I had just given birth to my youngest son, when the sale of our house did not go through. We had to look for another house in a hurry. That is how we ended up in this rented house,” says Monique. “There are things I would do differently if it wasn’t a rental house.”

Monique and Michel with Phil (10), Seb () and Lex (4). Jubei (10) is not in the photo. Photo: Indebuurt

Monique works under the name The Interiorist as an interior designer for houses, retail, catering and even movie theaters. “I think it’s important to surround myself with things I like. That is the starting point for my designs; an interior should provide energy, but also peace. But that is difficult here in the house with four sons and a man, so that you constantly find things differently than you left them behind.”

Exactly a year ago, Noucky Koole moved with her daughter Mia (7) to an old shop in The Hague. “However, we did extensive renovations first, which I did almost completely myself. I believe that you can do anything you put your mind to, especially once you’re in a flow. We are very happy with the end result.

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Noucky and daughter Mia Photo: Indebuurt

Thanks to the long renovation, Noucky has built up a good relationship with the neighbors: “I did a lot of preparations outside. To keep up the spirit, keep everyone up to date on the progress. In the meantime, the relationship with the neighbors is so good that we recently all had dinner at one of the neighbors’ restaurant.”

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Beautiful facade

Ever this house used to be a shop, you can still see that from the beautiful facade. It was built in 2021, in those days the whole street was pretty much a shopping street. “I really like that large window, we can be seen. I’m okay with the outside world looking inward. You therefore have real contact with the people who pass by.”

The white chair by the altar is Noucky’s favorite place. “You can sit and read or look outside, relax for a while. Mia also thinks that is the nicest place in the house. Although she prefers to sit in the fig tree in the garden.”

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White Buddha

“ I once did an ayahuasca ritual with a good friend. As a souvenir I bought two Buddhas, one for her and one for myself. For me, a buddha is the representation of that everything is allowed to be there, I thought that was a beautiful memory of that event.”

“I work as an orthomolecular therapist and hypnotherapist. With Nutri.support, as my company is called, I strive to give people (back) control over their lives and health. Food is very important in this, so for me the kitchen is really the heart of the house.”

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Fig Tree

“Mia is very happy with the trampoline in the back of the garden. And she really likes the fig tree too. I like to sit here with a book or work with the plants.”

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