Tuesday 23 July 2019

House where football legend Johan Cruijff grew up is available for rent

Flowers outside Cruijff’s boyhood home after his death. Photo Caro Bonink/HH

The house where football legend Johan Cruijff grew up in Amsterdam has come up for rent – but only a low income family need apply.

The three bedroom ground floor flat is owned by housing cooperation Ymere and costs €709.68 a month, just one euro under the limit for the rent-controlled sector.

The home of the footballer, who died two years ago, is located in the Akkerstraat in Betondorp and the house has big low windows because Cruijff’s parents ran a fruit and vegetable shop from the premises.

The windows are now decorated with images of the player, so it would be best if prospective renters are fans of the player, the Parool pointed out.

There were plans to turn the house into a museum to the legendary Ajax player but Cruijff himself rejected that idea. Students have lived in the house since 2013 while Ymere decided what to do with it.

Now people with an income of below €36,798 can apply to live in the corner property. Social housing website Woningnet describes the house as ‘a nice ground floor flat with a big garden’ and says small families are priority tenants.

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