My house is located in the Brederodestraat, near the Vondelpark and Leidseplein. People who visite me always tell me that my house feels so cozy! Public transport is a 2 minute walk, and leads you to city centre in 5 minutes or Schiphol airport within 20 minutes.
Just read the reviews listed by guests off mine. It's a unique little neighbourhood. Cafe's, restaurants, lunch and brunch places, small boutiques, supermarkets (also organic ones!) etc .
Stop for Tram 1 is around the corner. It will take you directly to Central Station by Leidsesquare and Dam square.