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By Land or By Sea: The Many Housing Options in Holland

Thanks to its collection of canals, the Netherlands manages to have quite a varied housing stock for a nation that's been known as one of the "Low Countries" for hundreds of years. This multi-use building in Delft, has recently had it's price chopped down to $3.9M. Now that's no small sum, but considering the structure dates to the early 1600s, was once home to the local butter factory, had its ornate facade rebuilt in 1775, and fronts on the historic town square, it may still qualify as a value. Plus, for that authentic Dutch feel, a canal runs past the rear of the 5,900-square-foot house. After the jump, we'll take a look at Amsterdam and a converted tug boat with a '50s-style kitchen.

? Few of Amsterdam's storied canal houses remain on the market for long, but some apartments in the grand homes are currently lingering on the rental market. This one, located on the city's innermost canal, Herengracht, is currently for rent for $9,300 per month. A duplex in a house dating from 1655, this apartment enjoys a lush rear garden and a glassed-in sunroom, along with two bedrooms, two baths, and a chef's kitchen.

? For those ready to spend a bit more time, and money, living on Amsterdam's canals, this three-bedroom apartment, which lies just north of the historic city center, is currently listed for $938K. Separated from the canal by a roadway, the apartment thankfully enjoys use of a spacious backyard, while large porches and tall windows allow residents to take advantage of the green space.

? For $912K, this entire building is for sale between Herengracht and Kaizersgracht, with a commercial space on the first floor and a four-story apartment. The interiors aren't particularly well finished, but the electrical system dates from 2000 and the kitchen from 2005. With those updates, the place should be ready for a stylish renovation, but good luck putting in an elevator to service all those floors: Amsterdam is very strict about modifying historic buildings.

? This last one is a bit of a curveball. While it looks out of place at first glance—it is a tug boat after all—the interiors have been refinished to make this a decent home, particularly for those who like a retro look in the kitchen. The $271K vessel is currently lying in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, a canal town north of Rotterdam, meaning it could probably navigate any number of Dutch canals.

· The Boter Huis -National Monument Building In Delft [Viviun]
· Centre, Amsterdam [Point2]
· Nassaukade 15 [JLG Real Estate]
· Herenstraat 7 [JLG Real Estate]
· Tug [Apollo Duck]