The village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel lies in a green and rural area along the riverbanks of the Amstel river, that brings you on a 30 minute cycle all the way into Amsterdam center. In the other direction there is the Ouderkerker plas, a manmade lake (sandpit for constructing the highways) with a recreational area and a quiet area for birds and nature. You can take the bike on beautiful rides along the banks of the Waver river and around the Ronde hoep, the oldest polder in the world, now a birds sanctuary. The village itself holds lovely restaurants and cafe's, two churches and the famous and oldest Portuges-Jewish graveyard in Europe, Beth Haim.
Our house is very well located with good connections by public transport. With the bus and the metro it takes half an hour to get to Amsterdam center. At Bijlmer station, 7 minutes by bus, you can take the train to anywhere. Schiphol airport is only 20 minutes away, by car or by bus.
By car it's only half an hour to the beach. We love to go to Wijk aan Zee but Zandvoort or Bloemendaal aan zee are also nice. The Dunes, (Waterleidingduinen) are a beautiful nature and walking area south of Haarlem. Haarlem itself is also worth visiting.