Meet Estate Agency Carla van den Brink

Estate Agency Carla van den Brink loves the city of Amsterdam. But maybe it loves the city’s inhabitants even more. And one takes good care of one’s loved ones. That has been our credo since 1979, and it will always remain our credo.

To us, the real estate business is first and foremost a matter of taking good care of our real estate and of our city. But above all, taking good care of the people we are allowed to work for.

People create a neighbourhood, they write history together. The city cannot do without them. They play the key role in the new story we are writing together. So taking good care of them is the least we can do.

Our motto is real estate is our business, creating stories along the way. We are aware of this during every step of the buying and selling process. We kindly ask you to help us keep that promise and make sure we fulfil our motto each and every day.

Which new history will we be allowed to write with you?

Team Carla van den Brink

Pieter Joep van den Brink

Pieter Joep van den Brink is the son of the founder and helmswoman Carla van den Brink, after whom the estate agency is named. He has always been involved in the company and the real estate business. He has lived in Amsterdam since 1967.

My neighbourhood

I spent the greater part of my youth on a street called Minervalaan. Whenever I cycle through that beautiful lane with its trees and grass down the middle, I always smile to myself. Living here is also very pleasant, by the way.  

Best lunch

I enjoy sitting on a bench outside with a tasty sandwich and watching the people of ‘Oud-Zuid’ pass by. It is a wonderful combination of relaxation and networking.

A short getaway

‘De Ronde Hoep’. Taking the boat out for a cruise, anchoring at the lake at Abcoude and going home completely refreshed at the end of the day.

Inspiring ‘Amsterdammer’

Eberhard Van der Laan, the recently deceased Mayor of Amsterdam, and mainly his message to the people: take care of each other and in doing so, make sure the wonderful city of Amsterdam stays the way it is.

Amsterdam at its best

Its multicultural community of more than 175 nationalities makes Amsterdam what it is today. The composition of its population is what makes the cityscape so unique.

To be banned from the city, tarred and feathered

The stag and hen nights which make our city look like a fun fair, and especially the “bierfiets”, a bar on wheels. I despise it and it should be banned from the streets immediately in my opinion.

Hellen Groen - de Leijer

Hellen Groen - de Leijer has been an estate agent at Carla van den Brink since 2006 and a partner since 2016. She has lived in Amsterdam since 1994.

My neighbourhood

I am in love with the canals, the city’s heart and soul and one of Amsterdam’s greatest features. I get butterflies whenever I cycle along the canals.

My park

It’s an absolute luxury to have so many beautiful parks in Amsterdam. Every neighbourhood has its own green heart. My favourite park is the Vondelpark, where I enjoy my morning jogs. Usually it’s only me, a few other joggers, some drunkards and the municipality’s cleaning squad. Very urban and typical for Amsterdam.

A short getaway

A good reason to leave the city for a quick break is a nice long walk with my dog in the woods of the Spaarnwoude recreational area. A perfect place to walk and enjoy nature.

Most amazing view over the city 

The ‘Zuidas’ with its view overlooking the whole city and towards the planes at Schiphol Airport which are landing and taking off. 

Favourite Amsterdam beer

I love drinking a ‘Natte’ or ‘Zatte’ by Brewery ‘Het IJ’, whether it’s a summer’s day on a terrace or a winter’s day in a café.





Kim de Vroe

As an office manager, he has been ensuring a smooth day at the office since 2014.

My neighbourhood

Buitenveldert: lots of green, lots of parks and tranquility, but also the allure of the Zuidas. An underrated piece of Amsterdam. Ideal for a nice walk with my dog.

Most beautiful view

My mother has a large balcony on the Zuidas that I see a bit like mine. Great view over Zuid and my beloved Buitenveldert neighborhood. Due to its location on the South, there is sun all day, wonderful!

Get out of town for a while

On a nice day I prefer to go for a walk along the water at the marina on De Nieuwe Meer. My dog is allowed to walk around there without a leash, so nice.

Amsterdam at its best

In Amsterdam you have the world at your fingertips. The different cultures and open attitude of its residents make this city so diverse, with top-level cooking and arts. Metropolis!



Heather van Leuverden

Heather van Leuverden strengthens our team as a candidate- licenced estate agent and valuer. She is the daughter of an Amsterdam-born parent and lives in Amsterdam West.

Prettiest street

Van Eeghenstraat. Who wouldn’t want to live there? It has architecture, a neighbourhood feel and the Vondelpark in the back garden. You really don’t need anything else. 

Outdoor Amsterdam 

Sunny days walking along the canals and over the bridges. I also enjoy going to Hangar in North Amsterdam when it’s warm – lying in a hammock on the city beach.  

Inspiring ‘Amsterdammer’

I find Oscar Hammerstein very inspiring. I like his straight talk, often with a good dose of typical Amsterdam humour.

To be banned from the city, tarred and feathered

Long-lasting road works should disappear as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they are part and parcel of a busy city. I wouldn’t mind missing long traffic jams and bad accessibility either.

Isabeau Boender

My neighbourhood

The Pijp. Late at night for its cozy cafes and early in the morning for the market. It is a lively area. Amsterdam is at its best cycling underneath Rijks, through the Spiegelstraat and then towards the Nine streets.

Best nights out

I prefer to come to Ferilli's for a plate of pasta. The Japanese restaurant on Albert Cuypstraat is a simple, but delicious restaurant. Then a glass of wine at Petit Caron on the terrace.

Get out of town

The Amsterdamse Bos, a lovely rural area where I love to come every weekend. It is a forest where I used to cycle around as a little girl and have always played hockey.

Inspiring ‘Amsterdammer’

Kim de Vroe, my colleague from the office staff. Always cheerful, always helpful, always up for fun and very good at her job.

Amsterdam at its best

When Spring just started, people take the bike more and the raincoats stay at home. Amsterdam is always beautiful, but then flourishes again.


Anniek Steltenpool-Docter

Amsterdam at its best

Compared to other world cities, Amsterdam is a relatively small city, with everything within reach! Beautiful parks, countless good restaurants, culture and entertainment. But also public transport and the airport nearby. A very nice city to live in. Cycling the canals in the morning sun, looking up at the beautiful facades. A beautiful city!

Best lunch

Renzos, a piece of Italy in Amsterdam. The best sandwiches!

Most fun activity

With a boat on the canals of Amsterdam. The city looks completely different from the water.

Night out

A concert in the Melkweg or Paradiso or an evening of laughter in Toomler. Always nice!

Get out of town

It doesn’t matter if it rains or the sun shines, a breath of fresh air on the beach is good for a person!

Susan Bosma

My neighbourhood

I think the Jordaan is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Amsterdam. Beautiful buildings, a nice atmosphere and many nice restaurants.

Favorite catering

Bar Bouche on the Wibautstraat. A breakfast bar in a living room atmosphere with delicious food. I also like to sit on the terrace at Marathonweg in the summer.

My Dreamhouse

A canal house would be my dream.

Favorite park

I think the Flevopark in Amsterdam East is a very beautiful park. Spacious and above all not too busy.

Amsterdam at its best

I enjoy cycling through the city, especially in summer along all the cozy terraces and canals.

Patricia van Gulik

Caroline van Weede- Heerkens Thijssen

Caroline van Weede has lived in Amsterdam since 1988. She is a certified KRMT broker.

My neighbourhood

The center, Canal Belt South, is the most beautiful neighborhood in Amsterdam. It is very quiet, but you still have contact with what is happening in the city. Students, families and expats live here together. I like that mishmash the most about my neighborhood.

Amsterdam at its best

Cycling through the city is my favorite activity. I enjoy it the most when I ride the canals on a sunny day.

Get out of town for a while

Whenever I want to get out of town, I go to our house on the beach of Castricum. If you ask me, this is the most beautiful beach in the country, and it's only a 40 minute drive from my house!

Most beautiful moment in Amsterdam

The concert that André Rieu gave on the Museumplein during the coronation day in 2013. Incredibly beautiful how the full museum square looked with the Rijksmuseum in the background.

Out of town with pitch and feathers

Tourists who come to the city for the coffee shops. Amsterdam has so much more to offer.


Marjolein With

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