I have found the mother of all websites for those who dream of living in Holland for a year like I do. It is Pararius.Com. Rental apartments and houses in all places, all prices, furnished and unfurnished, near water, near cows, near churches--whatever your heart desires. The above photo is a one bedroom house in Volendam for about 1000 U.S. dollars a month. It's one block from the Harbor, which may well be one of the kitchiest shopping streets in the world. This house is near that street but not on it. But hey, if you feel like having your photo taken wearing 19th century lace caps and klompen, it's only a short walk away.
Look up Breukelen, Giethoorn and Delft. Be sure to pick a place in centrum. Otherwise, you might just as well be on the Jordan River Parkway.