Old Charlois has a characteristic village centre, which is still the pivotal point of life in the neighbourhood. The historic buildings on Kerksingel, Kaatsbaan and Zuidhoek add flavour. The surrounding streets are clearly a major metropolitan area, with the corresponding rough edges. Oud-Charlois flows into Carnisse, which attracts a relatively high concentration of singles and two-person households. Carnisse is very centrally located, conveniently near the Zuidplein shopping centre, Theater Zuidplein and the Charlois public swimming pool. The metro, bus or Maastunnel motorway get you on the other side of the water in no time.
The homes on the southern fringes of Rotterdam are much greener. The vast Zuiderpark is the green ‘backyard’ that locals dream of, where children can play and do sports or recreation as much as they like.
Dreaming of a home on the waterfront? Heijplaat may be to your liking. This inspiring village is in a wonderfully raw location in the heart of Rotterdam’s port. There are gorgeous houses here that date back to the early days of the Rotterdam Drydock Company (RDM), the former wharf on the northern tip. The post-war neighbourhood is now being replaced by innovative and sustainable new buildings. Heijplaat has increasingly hosted cultural events in recent years. And your daily shopping? You can just simply your groceries on the island. Feel like heading into town? Grab the Aqualiner.
What does Charlois have that other parts of Rotterdam do not?
• Zuiderpark: walking, picnics, playing, sports, barbecues: it’s all possible in Zuiderpark. There are forests, meadows, swamps, a wonderful playground, and even a little beach.
• Molenwei: charming petting zoos with the sweetest cows, horses, rabbits and goats.
• Sultan Lounge: a restaurant offering the magical fairy-tale atmosphere from the Arabian Nights, not to mention the tastiest mezze and tajines on the menu.