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The 50 most expensives municipalities for ordinary residential houses

(listed by average house price in euro) :

Average for Belgium : 148,723 € per house

  1. Woluwe-St-Pierre : 395,746
  2. Woluwe-St-Lambert : 363,623
  3. Kraainem : 338,451
  4. Uccle : 335,459
  5. Lasne : 335,081
  6. Auderghem : 319,013
  7. Ixelles : 305,147
  8. Watermael-Boitsfort : 303,745
  9. Etterbeek : 301,640
  10. Knokke-Heist : 298,537
  11. Forest : 295,210
  12. Wezembeek-Oppem : 282,811
  13. Evere : 278,234
  14. St-Gilles : 274,447
  15. La Hulpe : 266,398
  16. Rixensart : 264,360
  17. Schaerbeek : 263,424
  18. Brussels City : 258,662
  19. Linkebeek : 255,467
  20. Ganshoren : 255,083
  21. Waterloo : 247,940
  22. Pepingen : 245,270
  23. Wemmel : 244,657
  24. Berchem-St-Agathe : 243,971
  25. St-Josse-ten-Noode : 243,271
  26. Meise : 242,352
  27. Baarle-Hertog : 239,843
  28. Edegem : 239,142
  29. Koksijde : 237,018
  30. Lint : 235,195
  31. Overijse : 233,594
  32. Koekelberg : 233,463
  33. Rhode-St-Genese : 232,834
  34. Schilde : 232,708
  35. Molenbeek-St-Jean : 232,262
  36. St-Martens-Latem : 232,160
  37. Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve : 231,308
  38. Chaumont-Gistoux : 230,729
  39. Zaventem : 230,169
  40. Jette : 229,101
  41. Tervuren : 227,923
  42. Hove : 226,756
  43. Grez-Doiceau : 226,469
  44. Mortsel : 224,297
  45. Assesse : 223,896
  46. Hoogstraten : 222,942
  47. Drogenbos : 221,395
  48. Walhain : 221,350
  49. Anderlecht : 221,019
  50. Brasschaat : 219,219

Classification by region

  • 19 communes of the Brussels Capital-Region
  • Suburbs of Brussels (Flemish & Walloon Brabant)
  • Suburbs of Antwerp
  • Suburb of Ghent
  • Belgian seaside
  • Dutch border
  • Outskirt of Namur
  • Analysis

    Brussels and its suburbs are naturally the most expensive area of Belgium, followed by a few suburbs of Antwerp. Two municipalities on the Belgian seaside, and two others right on the border of the Netherlands also make the top 50. Only in one commune in Wallonia outside the Walloon Brabant managed to make it to the top 50 : Assessse.

    If we include the southern outskirt of Brussels, 9 municipalities in the top 50 are located in Wallonia (Lasne, La Hulpe, Rixensart, Waterloo, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Chaumont-Gistoux, Grez-Doiceau, Assesse and Walhain). 22 are in Flanders, among which 7 in bilingual municipalities just outside Brussels, where the Francophones represent 1/3 to 2/3 of the local population (Linkebeek, Rhode-St-Genese, Overijse, Tervuren, Kraainem, Wezembeek-Oppem and Zaventem).

    The 50 cheapest municipalities for ordinary residential houses

    1. Colfontaine : 67,056 euro per house
    2. Quaregnon : 69,909
    3. Boussu : 71,180
    4. Frameries : 76,034
    5. Dour : 76,336
    6. Quievrain : 77,138
    7. Hensies : 77,996
    8. Fontaine-l'Eveque : 80,836
    9. Viroinval : 81,455
    10. Erquelinnes : 81,547
    11. Martelange : 82,980
    12. Charleroi : 83,130
    13. Seraing : 84,079
    14. Doische : 84,731
    15. Burg Reuland : 84,845
    16. Courcelles : 84,876
    17. Chatelet : 85,172
    18. Bernissart : 85,598
    19. Binche : 86,218
    20. Engis : 86,357
    21. Anderlues : 86,837
    22. Honnelles : 87,660
    23. Beloeil : 87,802
    24. Gedinne : 87,988
    25. Peruwelz : 88,561
    26. Neufchateau : 88,968
    27. Morlanwelz : 89,394
    28. Saint-Nicolas : 89,259
    29. La Louviere : 89,613
    30. Menen : 89,694
    31. Alveringem : 90,344
    32. Saint-Hubert : 90,574
    33. Ronse : 90,850
    34. Manage : 91,418
    35. Vleteren : 91,908
    36. Quevy : 92,374
    37. Bütgenbach : 92,900
    38. Brugelette : 93,096
    39. Bouillon : 93,403
    40. Visé : 93,894
    41. Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont : 93,929
    42. Hotton : 94,218
    43. Herstal : 94,847
    44. Merbes-le-Chateau : 95,157
    45. Marchin : 95,250
    46. Couvin : 96,117
    47. Antoing : 96,160
    48. Flémalle : 96,607
    49. Chimay : 97,622
    50. Mons : 97,640

    Analysis

    The three cheapest municipalities in Belgium are Colfontaine, Quaregnon and Boussu, all in the suburbs of Mons. Mons itself is the 50th cheapest nationwide. The Hainaut province is by far the poorest. Indeed, over half of the 50 cheapest municipalities are located in Hainaut, especially around Mons, La Louviere and Charleroi, as well as along the French border. Two communes of the bottom 50 are in the German-speaking region. Only 4 of the cheapest municipalities are in Flanders (Ronse, Menen, Alveringem and Vleteren), all in the south-western corner of Flanders.

    Conclusion

    The French-speaking part of Belgium (Brussels included) has the biggest share of the dearest and cheapest places to live in Belgium, reflecting bigger socio-economic gaps than among Dutch speakers.

    Map of the cheapest and most expensive municipalities for houses in Belgium
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    Top 50 for villas and country houses

    N.B. : Municipalities with less than 10 sales in this category in 2006 were ignored for the ranking purpose.

    Average price for Belgium : 284.534 euro per villa/country house

    1. Knokke-Heist : 1.091.386
    2. Uccle : 947.657
    3. Woluwe-St-Pierre : 746.275
    4. Watermael-Boitsfort : 654.462
    5. Rhode-St-Genese : 623.359
    6. Lasne : 573.049
    7. Brasschaat : 572.721
    8. Schilde : 561.167
    9. Kraainem : 555.213
    10. Sint-Martens-Latem : 505.262
    11. Brussels City : 457.941
    12. Tervuren : 452.085
    13. Kapellen : 449.150
    14. Wemmel : 436.628
    15. Antwerp : 428.912
    16. Oud-Turnhout : 427.139
    17. Edegem : 425.069
    18. Waterloo : 423.339
    19. Schoten : 414.298
    20. Merchtem : 410.625
    21. Wezembeek-Oppem : 408.298
    22. Overijse : 406.676
    23. La Hulpe : 400.158
    24. Duffel : 399.016
    25. Linkebeek : 390.633
    26. Waasmunster : 385.445
    27. Aartselaar : 384.309
    28. Hoogstraten : 384.135
    29. Leuven : 381.970
    30. Hove : 372.563
    31. Boechout : 367.927
    32. Veurne : 366.243
    33. Grez-Doiceau : 364.882
    34. De Panne : 361.494
    35. Zuienkerke : 360.977
    36. Nieuwpoort : 358.573
    37. Putte : 358.464
    38. Roosdaal : 357.185
    39. Braine-l'Alleud : 355.879
    40. Beersel : 355.735
    41. Rixensart : 354.194
    42. Lier : 353.857
    43. Keerbergen : 353.739
    44. Oud-Heverlee : 348.171
    45. Meise : 347.165
    46. Grimbergen : 345.750
    47. Zaventem : 344.333
    48. Herent : 343.022
    49. Lanaken : 341.135
    50. Sint-Pieters-Leeuw : 337.240

    Classification by region

  • Brussels Capital-Region
  • Surburbs of Brussels
  • Belgian seaside
  • Dutch border
  • Antwerp & suburbs
  • Flanders

    Analysis

    Results are quite different for villas than for ordinary houses. Only 4 municipalities of the Brussels Region are listed (toward the top, nevertheless), instead of all 19. More suburbs of Brussels are listed, and higher in the ranking .

    Prices in Knokke-Heist, where the well-off of all the country buy their seaside residence, go through the roof, with over 1 million euro per villa in average.

    The biggest difference with ordinary residential houses is seen in Antwerp and its surburbs, as well as Mechelen and Leuven and their suburbs. The rest of Flanders is not as expensive. Only two municipalities listed in East Flanders (Sint-Martens-Latem and Waasmunster), one in Limburg (Lanaken, in 49th position), and none in West Flanders except for the touristic seaside (only holiday residences). No municipality in Wallonia makes the top 50, except the 6 suburbs of Brussels in Walloon Brabant.

    Map of the most expensive municipalities for villas in Belgium
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    Sources : Belgian government statistics on real estate sales for January to September 2006.

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