Atmosphere and specifics
- A green and spacious neighbourhood. Construction started in 1960 (because of a housing shortage, houses were built for ca. 45,000 people). In dimensions the largest neighbourhood of Utrecht.
- Lots of high-rise housing blocks, largely housing association houses, but more rentals now have to make way for sale property.
- In 2012, renovation of large parts of the neighbourhood and several new housing projects.
- The neighbourhood is renowned as multicultural city district with its own character.
- Overvecht is praised for its many facilities regarding education, culture, welfare, health, sports and public transport/station.
- Overvecht has many shopping centres, including Shopping centre Overvecht, which is the busiest shopping centre of Utrecht after Hoog-Catherijne.
- Since the power district policy, lots has changed to improve the neighbourhood and its image. Lots was done to improve safety and the image so that unemployment and crime figures have gone down and many locals indeed regard the neighbourhood as safer. On the edge of Overvecht are 3 fortresses that are part of the "Nieuwe
- Hollandse Waterlinie"; Fort de Gagel, Fort aan de Klop and Fort Blauwkapel. More festivals are now organised there. All fortresses are national monuments.
- The neighbourhood is also bordered by natural area Noorderpark and Maarssenveense Plassen and has 3 parks: Park de Watertoren, Park de Gagel and Vechtzoompark.