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Casa “The Excavators.”

Cadastre data: Graafseweg 239, 6531 ZS, Nijmegen; section Hatert M 755; Owner: Real Estate Malden (which owns also student houses 223 – 237), purchased  in 1999 for Dutch guilders 356,000 (€152,016).

Joost de Lange (19) lives with nine other housemates in a cozy house on the Graafseweg. In a typical student house and with so many people under one roof, there is something everywhere: empty bottles of liquor, stacked dishes and things lying around here and there. We were allowed to take a digital look at casa “The Excavators.” Nothing is necessary, everything is allowed. They have no obligations. But that does not mean they are averse to a house party here and there, a drink at the bar in their huge garden or an extensive dinner in the hallway. Due to the corona crisis, they mainly depend on each other. Joost explains: “We do a lot of fun things together: rollerblading, yoga, being creative and chilling in the garden. But there is certainly also the space to withdraw and do your own thing. We all have occasional needs for that ourselves.”

Excavators?
Student houses often come up with a nice name for their home. “At first we didn’t really have a name. It was quite a challenge to come up with something nice, we wanted it to have something to do with where we live. After a big brainstorm, we turned it into “The Excavators”. After all, we are all machines because we work very hard and live on the Graafseweg.”

All over the place
Everyone has their own room, but we actually chill everywhere and nowhere. Some roommates like to study together and have converted one room into a UB, we often use the rooms that are the largest as a living room and in good weather we can always be found in our relaxed garden of sixty square meters. Every now and then we sit in our communal living room, but it is often so dirty that we prefer to sit in someone’s room.”

“Corona Wall”
“When we are together, things are often called idle things. Since there are so many crazy statements made, we just made a list of them. The idea was expressed during quarantine, which is why the wall has been given this name.” The corona wall is already pretty full of student-like statements like, “Even the dotted area is closed” and “I’m going home with the ambulance or I’m not going.” “Little by little we extend the wall further, but in a short time there is already quite a bit on it.”

Home made bar
With such a large garden it is no punishment to be stuck together.  “Especially now that we are at home a lot, we often sit here all together. We will soon be putting our swimming pool back on and recently we have also been regularly at our home-made bar.” They have put together the unit – as they call it – all by themselves. It actually started as a joke. Because of the quarantine we are at home a lot and we wanted to sit more in our garden. A housemate then arranged wood and assembled the bar with a few people. “So far we have benefited greatly from it. In good weather we like to drink a cold beer at the bar or relax in the sun in our sunbeds.”

Garden room
Joost’s room is located in the basement and is adjacent to the garden. “I can mainly be found here while studying. But most of the time I am in a roommate’s room, it is always cozy there. ”Several hats hang on Joost’s wall. “I have many and am therefore known as the hatter of the house. I even got a sombrero from a roommate, so you know it.” On his wall hangs a canvas with animals from Namibia. “My parents love to travel, so we took us to the most beautiful places in the world from an early age. I always bring something as a souvenir. I also brought a book from Thailand and received a sash as a gift at a restaurant in Colombia.”

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It has been a while since I wrote about our neighbors at #217. In June there has been a migration of people all over the house: Friso and Tim, who lived in the sousterrain level, moved out and live now in Nijmegen East, a very sought after part of the city. Myrthe and her friend Jordy lived before on the ground level; now they live on the sousterrain level, and have the nice outside sit/work area and the lounge area. As only the ground level has a balcony at the backside, and the frontroom at the first floor a small balcony at the street side, the sit/work area and the lounge area at the sousterrain level are both popular with the other residents.

Myrthe had announced a double birthday party for Saturday, 18 July. However, on the evening of Friday 17 July there was quite a crowd gathered at the sousterrain level. There was amongst the people Friso, who handles the BBQ very well. At midnight the party was still going on, with loud conver-sations and music. At 12.15am I went over with my walker as this party had not been announced to the neighbors and went on over the time limit of midnight. I was very surprised to hear, that this was not a party of Myrthe, but a “Farewell -Welcome”-party for all the former and new residents at the house.

At 10:00am on Saturday 18 July a neighbor (resident & owner) from the oppo-site side of the “Nuisance Triangle” called at our door. He asked Pierre if Pierre had also heard the loud conversations and music. Pierre could only acknowledge that he had seen at around 11:00pm quite a crowd in the garden of #217, as Pierre had not seen me yet that morning, and did not know about my visit.

As we do not want to walk straight to the police, community police officer or neighborhood manager, but try to sort it out with the tenants first, I wrote a letter to all the residents, stating the rules which were kept by Friso and Tim. Students forget often, that there are also families living in this neighborhood. Just behind #217 lives a family with 2 very small children. They  are the first to feel/hear the nuisance. Their garden is just behind the lounge area of #217. But they keep far from the ongoing strugle private residences versus investment properties A copy of the letter went to the direct neighbors of #217 and the owner of the house.

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Loud music, laughter & party sounds at Groenestraat 356

Long live the newly wedded pair

The day after the night before.

This time not students, but a newly wed (gay) pair, who had a loud party. One “groom” was  about 30y, the other “groom” about 60y. The eldest groom informed me, that it was not necessary to inform the neighbouring households about the wedding party, because he had suffered enough from the parties by the students, living around him (and us too).

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To kick off the week of festivities of the Walk of the World edition #103, there was a party on Saturdaynight at our neighbors. Picture: the day after… Yesterday the partyseason at the students’ accomodation next to us started. Friso Schmidt had ordered a new party tent of 3 x 3 meters, which covers the entire lounge area. There are three crates of Heineken beer visible, so there was at least a consumption of 3 x 24 bottles = 72 bottles @ 0.3 liters beer. No wonder that laughter and conversation became louder and more uncontrolled during the evening.

Although that the website of our newspaper published a picture of the festival area in Nijmegen-North (Lent). Crowded there too ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

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Probably there has been a contact between the house owner and the tenants. The green container has been placed on the parking of Graafseweg 215, so on the property of SSH&. Meanwhile the bag with the curious white (plastic???) pebbles is still on the ground and the pedastrian has to walk through it.

However, Nijmijgen City Community, the DAR (garbage collection service) and the Environment Council are busy with the case, as well as the owner of the student housing, SSHN. There will be an inspection next Monday.

But over the weekend we can enjoy this:

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People, who own a private house and live also in it, are not very amused when their (direct) neighbours are students or young people who may have studied in the past, but stay in their former student housing. SSHN / SSH& provides such housing in Nijmegen and Arnhem. Here is a quotation of their website. In the meantime, ordinary owners have to live with the nuisance.

 

 

 

  • SSH& is the premier student housing provider in Nijmegen & Arnhem…
  • …“SSH& is an active organisation that stands for good, affordable housing and the services associated with it for young students in Nijmegen and Arnhem as well as for related groups and individuals staying in these areas for short periods of time.”…
  • …the growing number of students without wealthy parents find decent rooms…. 
  • …SSHN primarily purchased townhouses in the popular neighbourhoods of Nijmegen Oost and Bottendaal as well as Nijmegen city centre for various student associations… 
  • …student living involves more than just renting a room…. 
  • …We provide the room & the student creates the wonderful experience inside it… 
  • …Students who are eagerly looking for housing in Nijmegen or Arnhem for the short or long term…

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Hatertseveldweg 140

The penthouse has an immense terrace, apparently fitted to place party tents on…

On 17 November 2018, at 12:09AM there was a huge party going on:

Nevertheless this appartment is also part of the “nuisance triangle”. And it was NOT the first time that the ladies had a party, with the women in smart dresses and the gents also smartly dressed. This time no tuxedo’s. The picture below gives an impression how packed we are around the nice inner gardens… 🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 😦

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Graafseweg 215

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The  official Society Student Housing Nimwegen (SSH&) owns about 1,500 houses and appartment buildings in Nimwegen. One of these (Graafseweg 215) is just similar to our house:  219.

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Dirt collection from private houses and companies is organised by a company, called DAR. The system is very easy (also for high educated students…): every week the Dar comes by; for us the Tuesday is the day. Alternating in weeks you put outside your green container, next week your bags containing plastic and separately remaining garbage. On the third Tuesday special vans collect the large blue container with paper.

Yesterday it was the green container day. The students discarded everything but the green container. I took these pictures at 8:20PM. The vans of the DAR passed by long ago. But they should be strict what to collect.

This is now the 3rd time that this happens at this particular house. I complained before by SSH&.

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Hatertseveldweg 140

NEW  NEIGHBORS & LOUD PARTY

In the night from 15 July on 16 July I awoke because of an immense noise of a party, which took place on the balcony of a house at the Hatertseveldweg 140. Ladies in evening dress and men in suits with black tie AT THREE O’CLOCK AM. The party lasted at least till 04:00am, because then I fell asleep. The following morning at 11:00am the (half dressed) party-gang was already busy evaluating the feast of the night before. I went over to neighbor Peter to ask him if he had heard the noise also. He had not. Peter and Marie sleep two levels lower than Pierre and I. However, Peter told me that the appartment recently was hired by two young ladies. As I was too angry about the very unsocial behaviour of the people, Peter went alone over to the ladies. He explained to them that any noise on balconies and in gardens was kept in the inner garden of all the houses in the nuisance triangle. Thus, because both the Graafseweg and Hatertseveldweg are elevated roads, creating an immense surface with sousterrain floors and large gardens. The ladies had no idea of that and promised to take consideration in future.

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Graafseweg 213-B

This morning -Sunday, 13 May- a very noisy group of young people were still outside on the premises of Graafseweg 213-B, on the lower ground level. At 12:20am I went over to the group, and asked who the host/hostess of the party was. A young lady indicated her front door, saying “We shall put the volume of the music lower”. At 12:50am I woke up by the noise of the party still going on, with loud conversations and laughter. I was annoyed being woken up, and decided to record the incident. Here a very short (45 seconds) impression:

When I went to the St Stephan church -11:10am- to do my volunteer work, the following picture of “the remainders of the night before” were this:

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When I was taking the picture of “the remainders”, a neighbor (Graafseweg 215) asked me if there were problems. When I told him of what happened in the early morning, he told me, that he has had a note, saying, that the party should last till 02:00am max.

The definition “neighbor nuisance”  is hard to get:

  • Dutch law refers to the city laws.
  • City laws are complex, so I called the Nimwegen police.
  • The police informs me, that -as soon as I feel nuisance of neighbors- they will send an officer, no matter what hour of the day.
  • The police says: each individual has it’s own interpretation of “nuisance”, so they take it always seriously.
  • Strict hours for neighbor nuisance are nowhere stated, e.g. from 10:00pm till 07:00am.