Region information living in Kennemerland


Kennemerland is a region in the province of North Holland, bordered by West Friesland in the north, Waterland and Amstelland in the east, the Bollenstreek in the south and the North Sea in the west. Kennemerland can be subdivided into Noord-Kennemerland, Midden-Kennemerland and Zuid-Kennemerland. The city of Haarlem is, besides being the provincial capital, also the city region for Zuid-Kennemerland. 
Zuid-Kennemerland comprises the Bloemendaal municipalities (Aerdenhout, Bennebroek, Bloemendaal, Overveen and Vogelenzang), Haarlem, Heemstede and Zandvoort.
Kennemerland, especially Zuid-Kennemerland and Midden-Kennemerland, are very green regions with lots of forest, dunes, beach and sea. Large nature reserves such as Zuid-Kennemerland National Park and the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes form special areas for flora, fauna and relaxation. The region has seaside resorts such as Zandvoort and Bloemendaal aan Zee, which are particularly attractive to day trippers in the summer.

The Zuid-Kennemerland region in particular offers a peaceful, lovely residential environment, which is characterised by its strategic location in relation to almost everything. All leisure activities are nearby (culture, entertainment, choice of restaurants, shopping area, recreation, sports, vacation (Schiphol Airport), train connections and motorways. It is therefore understandable that more and more people from Amsterdam, who embrace the big city facilities, are turning their gaze to the Zuid-Kennemerland region. Wonderful living in the province, with everything within reach, but not the hustle and bustle of a city like Amsterdam and often a bit more affordable.


Characteristics of living in the Zuid-Kennemerland region

At or near the sea | unique dune area | woodland areas | unique combination of village atmosphere and urban area Haarlem | spacious living | provincial living | beach | strategic location | relatively short travel times to Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague | waterways | excellent public transport | wide range of schools | everything for comfortable living.


Popular with

People who want something different | Chic living but different from the Gooi area | Nature and greenery lovers | Close to the sea and nature reserves | Strategic living, everything close by, such as concert/theatre/museums/restaurants/shopping areas/recreation (forest, dunes, beach, sports).


The history of Kennemerland

Kennemerland has a long history which dates back to 28 AD when the Romans and the Frisians fought out their differences. There were also struggles of faith. The Eighty Years’ War against the Spaniards is particularly well remembered in Haarlem. Floris V, the French era, water extraction, beer breweries and the Teyler Museum are a few of the interesting insights into the history of Kennemerland.


Things to do in the area

  • Various museums including - Frans Hals Museum, the renowned Teylers Museum (oldest in the Netherlands), Museum Haarlem, 
  • Cruquius Museum        
  • Various jazz concerts (including in Haarlem, Bloemendaal)
  • Movie theatre
  • Beach
  • Hiking and forest area National Park Zuid-Kennemerland
  • Hiking and forest area Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes
  • Various hiking areas on various estates and country houses such as Koningshof,
  • Elswout, Duin en Kruidberg, Beeckestijn
  • Shopping city Haarlem
  • Selection of restaurants
  • Philharmonie
  • Municipal theatre
  • Golf-Kennemer Golf & Country Club, Spaarnwoude, Haarlemmermeerse
  • Various sports associations hockey, baseball, tennis, kite surfing, horse riding, skiing, rowing, etc.


Schools nearby

In Kennemerland there is a multitude of choices, too many to mention

  • Primary schools (public, Christian and free)
  • Secondary schools (public, Christian and free)
  • Vocational education - secondary and higher, 2 Universities in Amsterdam 


Sports associations (small selection of the possibilities)

  • Hockey clubs Bloemendaal, Rood Wit, Alliance, Haarlem
  • More than 15 tennis clubs in the area
  • Golf-Kennemer Golf Club, Spaarnwoude, Haarlemmermeerse
  • Bridge clubs
  • Ice rink Haarlem
  • Rowing club Het Spaarne
  • Haarlemsche Jachtclub, various sailing school


Want to live in this area too?

Please feel free to contact Maakelaardij Aerdenhout & Omstreken if you would like more information about housing options in the Kennemerland area, or view our listings directly. Even if you have seen your dream home elsewhere, we are happy to help with our result-oriented purchasing services. Makelaardij Aerdenhout & Oomstreken is a full-service broker specialising in the Kennemerland area.

We are also happy to help you sell your house. Particularly for special real estate, we offer excellent opportunities where we can use our national and international partnership with Christies's Real Estate. Interested? Get in touch or check out our International brokerage services.