Rotterdam has more than its fair share of poor areas, like Crooswijk. But it’s a big city, and there are posh areas as well. The recent boom in housing prices is being felt all over the city. In the center, luxurious high-rises are being built at a typical Rotterdam breathtaking pace. However, the Ringvaartweg remains the city’s most expensive street, nicknamed “the Golden Mile”.
The Ringvaartweg has the highest Tesla density in the region. Here, you can take a tour of the natural habitat of some of the richest people in the world, and gaze at the palaces that modern-day patricians inhabit.
The most expensive property currently on sale is the villa at the Ringvaartweg 193. For just 3.950.000 Euro (down from the original 4,700,000!) this extravagant palace – honestly, there’s no other word for it – designed by the renowned architect Erick van Egeraat, can be yours. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but in addition to 10 rooms, 500 sq. meters mansion, you do get a plot of 2.500 sq. meters, bordering the waterway.
To me, the detail that makes this area most interesting are the dilapidated shacks tucked between the mansions of the riches. These are owned and inhabited by people that lived here long before this became known as the Golden Mile. The current construction boom means that these little touches of contrast are disappearing rapidly, so take a quick look before it all becomes golden.