The city centre is a charming historic district popular with locals, students and tourists. The many services and attractions make it is a great place to live for people of all ages. Purchasing real estate in the centre of Delft is usually a sound investment. There are many types of housing, including historical properties. The most common type is the single-family home.
More than half of the homes were built before 1906 and 15% were built between 1906 and 1979. There are almost 7,000 homes; 40% is owner-occupied.
There are many shops, restaurants and cafes and an open-air market twice a week. Approximately 12,000 people live in the centre and the average age is 36. Many residents participate in neighbourhood improvement projects.
The centre is easily accessible by public transport as well as car and bicycle. Parking is limited and sometimes a problem for residents. A large part of the centre is car-free and most parking is for permit holders.
Hof van Delft
Hof van Delft is a popular and densely-populated district with very few flats or high-rise buildings. Most of the housing was built before 1940 and is rather homogeneous. The population is relatively young, with many young families and residents in their 20s. There are almost 13,000 residents, very few of non-Western origin. There are more than 6,700 homes, 40% of which are owner-occupied. Single-family homes are the most common. The location is excellent: adjacent to the centre and close to the railway station. Living close to the centre has many advantages, including the many restaurants, cafes and shops within walking distance. The disadvantage is that parking in a large part of the neighbourhood requires a permit.
Accessibility is ideal. There are several main roads leading to the motorways. Delft's central railway station is located near the neighbourhood as well as trams and buses routes.
Vrijenban is a very green district between the centre of Delft and the recreation area Delftse Hout (Delft Wood), which provides various sports and recreation opportunities. It is a relatively old district; more than one-third of the homes were built before 1940. The district is very diverse, in terms of residents, the value of homes and the education level of the children.
The differences can be seen in the various neighbourhoods in Vrijenban. In general Vrijenban is a popular place to live. This comes in part from its location. The district does not have many shops but the city centre is very close. Vrijenban has around 9,500 residents. With an average age of 40, the population is the oldest in Delft. This is due to a home for the elderly and a nursing home. There are almost 5,000 homes and only around one quarter is owner-occupied. The most common type of housing is the single-family home and flats.
It is easy to reach the motorway from Vrijenban. Trams run through the northern part of the district. There is permit parking in the neighbourhoods close to the centre.
Wippolder is the largest district in terms of area but has relatively few residents. The district includes some rural and industrial areas. The buildings in Wippolder are very diverse and many of them are owned by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and businesses. Wippolder is located in the south-west corner of Delft and the residential neighbourhood is in the northern section of the district. Most homes were built before 1945 but there are also new buildings. Most of the district has a lot of greenery. The TU Delft has a great deal of space for sports, public open space and car parks. Wippolder has around 11,000 residents. The population is influenced by the TU Delft; there are a lot of young men, people in their 20s and few children.
Accessibility by car is very good. The A13 motorway is close by. There are several cycling routes into the centre of Delft. There are buses and the tram service is being expanded to serve TU Delft.
Voorhof is a very densely-populated district with many flats situated between a number of main roads. There are almost 7,000 homes. The densely-populated district was built according to modern city planning principles, with a lot of green space and buildings of various heights.
There are around 12,500 residents in Voorhof, around 9,8000 residents per square kilometre, which is twice the Delft average. Because of the many different cultures Voorhof is a lively and colourful district. It has many shops, in particular the shopping centre In de Hoven. Every Tuesday there is an open-air market in the car park next to the shopping centre.
Accessibility is excellent and the district is served by buses and trams.
The Buitenhof district was developed in the 1960s and 70s as Delft expanded. It has many high-rise flats. It is a traditional residential district with wide streets, open space and water. Between the high-rise buildings there are also free-standing single-family luxury homes. There are almost 7,200 residences in total.
Buitenhof has a large number of rental properties (80%). Almost all of the rental properties are owned and managed by housing corporations as social housing. The most common type of residence is the flat. Advantages include the spacious lay-out of the district, the natural open space and the cycling paths. The population is very diverse and the many cultures represented make Buitenhof a very colourful, lively and unique place to live. Around 14,000 people live here; 33% is younger than 24 years old.
Buitenhof is easily accessible by car as well as public transport. Two tram lines and buses provide service to the centre of Delft and The Hague.
The Tanthof district was built in the late 1970s as a spacious neighbourhood with lots of greenery and very few high-rise buildings. The district is split into east and west by the Abtswoude Road. Tanthof is a family neighbourhood; many young families live here and services are geared toward them. Most children go to school in their own neighbourhood and residents consider it the most children-friendly district in Delft. Around 15,000 people live in Tanthof. In future there will be a slight decrease in the population as children grow up and move away. Tanthof is the most homogeneous neighbourhood in Delft; more than 80% of the residents are of Dutch origin. There are approximately 6,900 homes, almost half of which are owner-occupied.
Tanthof is easily accessible by car and is close to the motorway. Tanthof West is served by a tram line and Tanthof East is close to the Delft South railway station. There is bus service in both neighbourhoods. There is little through traffic but many pedestrian and cycle paths.
Voordijkshoorn is a spacious district with a lot of greenery. It was built after 1945. The number of homes has increased in recent years due to new neighbourhoods being built. Today there are around 4,000 homes, 40% of which is owner-occupied. Voordijkshoorn has mostly flats and individual family homes.
Around 9,000 people live in the district and the average age is 37. There are many families with children. Thanks in part to the many playgrounds, it is one of the most child-friendly districts in Delft.
The district lies on a major artery, making it easy to reach the motorway and neighbouring towns. The centre of Delft and the railway station is 10 minutes away by car. There is also good bus service.