Karel Petrus Cornelis de Bazel (Den Helder, February 14, 1869 – Amsterdam, November 28, 1923) is one of the greatest Dutch architects. He lived in Bussum from 1902. Many of his designs can therefore be found in Bussum and the surrounding area, partly because he worked as a municipal architect for the then municipality of Bussum. It is not often that such a unique home is for sale. But now there is the opportunity to buy this country house, with a spacious detached double garage with (independent) guest house above, two verandas, heated outdoor pool with changing room. The garden has also been laid out under architecture according to a design by De Bazel.
Karel de Bazel started his career as an apprentice to a carpenter in a so-called carpenter’s shop. After his evening education in architecture at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, he was appointed in 1888 as a draftsman at the architectural firm Nieukerken in The Hague. A year later, through his brother who worked as a French translator for a publishing house in Leiden, he became a draftsman at the office of PJH Cuypers (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam – 1876-1885, Central Station Amsterdam -1881-1889, De Haar Castle – 1892 -1912, Throne in the Ridderzaal – 1904) in Amsterdam. Known from this period are his perspective drawings of the St. Vitus Church (1890 – 1892) in Hilversum, and the St. Bavo Cathedral (1895 – 1930) in Haarlem. Cuypers, who was very impressed by this work,
De Bazel was an authority in the field of villas and country houses in the Gooi and Vecht region and Twente. In addition to being an architect, he was a furniture designer. carpet and glass designer.
In 1904 he founded the famous Amsterdam furniture studio De Ploeg with his brother-in-law Kees Oosschot and Klaas van Leeuwen. Later, together with Hendrik Petrus Berlage, he was the forerunner of an architectural style that would become characteristic of the time during and after the First World War: Rationalism. De Bazel’s architectural designs were characterized by Eastern influences. De Bazel designed, among other things, an office building for the Nederlandse Handels Maatschappij (1919 – 1926) at 32 Vijzelstraat in Amsterdam, in which many of the elements in the interior were also designed by him, and since 2007 it housed the Amsterdam City Archives.
De Bazel is not only known for his work as an architect, but he was also involved in the design of furniture and utensils. Well-known examples of this are a Pulchri cabinet that he designed on the occasion of the marriage of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina to Prince Hendrik in 1901, and the Amsterdam crib he made in 1909 for their daughter Princess Juliana.
De Bazel was also one of the high-profile designers of the glass factory in Leerdam, which from 1915 engaged artists in the design of consumer and decorative glass. Architects such as Berlage and the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright were also among the designers of the Leerdammer glass. Between 1913 and 1916, De Bazel built a number of workers’ houses in the Spaarndammerbuurt in Amsterdam. De Bazel also designed villas and their interiors. Rarely does a Basel house come up for sale.
But now, in an incomparably beautiful location on the edge of Laren, about a hundred meters from the road, this beautiful country house is for sale. The detached municipal monumental country house was built in 1909 for the painter M. van Regteren Altena, by the architect de Bazel. Mr van Regteren Altena passed away shortly after he was able to move into his house. It has been inhabited for many years by his widow and both daughters. When the daughters emigrated to America in 1932, the house was rented out and then sold to the residents. The country house is beautifully symmetrical on a plot of approximately 9,430 m2.
Upon entering, you immediately notice the entrance, vestibule and majestic hall with cloakroom and toilet. The villa has a spacious living room with bay windows, beautiful fireplace and fitted wardrobes. The dining room with double doors leads to the terrace and has magnificent views over the garden. The large office has a passage to the family room. The spacious kitchen is equipped with various luxury appliances (Gaggenau and Miele) and gives access to the utility room with connections for washing machine and dryer and a second toilet. In addition, there is a practical and spacious storage cellar with central heating system and boilers.
The first floor is accessible via the monumental landing stairs and you reach the spacious landing. Here are four spacious bedrooms, two of which have a balcony. The master bedroom with patio doors to a balcony has a dressing room and a private bathroom with shower as well as a separate steam shower, double sink and toilet. There is also a separate bathroom with a bath (whirlpool), shower, sink and toilet.
On the second floor are the fifth and sixth bedrooms and a third bathroom with shower, sink and toilet. This municipal monumental country house is in excellent condition. Many original De Bazel details can be found in the house, including the unique black and white tiled floor.
The garden was also laid out under architecture according to a design by De Bazel. In the perfectly maintained garden you will find a heated outdoor pool with changing room. The spacious thatched detached double garage offers space for approximately four cars. Above the garage is a completely independent guest house with living/bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. There is also an attached practical barn.
The house is for sale with Voorma en Walch, a team of real estate agents since 1936 with personal attention. For a viewing of this characteristic monumental country house, please contact Jacques E. Walch or Kathelijne Vos, Register Brokers and Valuers, or bring your own NVM Estate Agent.
The asking price? …. $3,965,000, I wish I were rich, and not so pretty. For more information, visit Funda.