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    Post Most expensive communes of Belgium for real estate



    The Belgian government has released statistics on real estate sales for January to September 2006. The 50 most expensives of the 589 municipalities in Belgium for ordinnary houses are (listed by average house price in euro) :

    Average for Belgium : 148,723 euro 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) Baerle-Duc : 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
    * Suburbs of Antwerp
    * Suburb of Ghent
    * Belgian seaside
    * Dutch border
    * Wallonia


    Naturally, Brussels and its suburbs are the most expensive area, followed by the best suburbs of Antwerp. Two municipalities at the Belgian seaside, and two others right on the border of the Netherlands also make the top 50.

    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, including 7 in bilingual suburbs of Brussels, where the Francophones represents 1/3 to 2/3 of the commune's population (Linkebeek, Rhode-St-Genese, Overijse, Tervuren, Kraainem, Wezembeek-Oppem and Zaventem).



    Bottom 50 cheapest municipalities in Belgium

    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 (Liege) : 89,259
    29) La Louviere : 89,613
    30) Menin : 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

    The three cheapest municipalities in Belgium are Colfontaine (67,056), Quargnon (69,909) and Boussu (71,180), 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, and 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.


    Here is a map of the 50 most expensive and 50 cheapest communes in Belgium.


    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.
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    Top 50 for villas, bungalows 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) Lanaeken : 341.135
    50) Sint-Pieters-Leeuw : 337.240

    Classification by region

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

    Results are quite different for villas than for ordinnary 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, goes through the roof, with over 1 million euro per villa in average.

    The big winners are Antwerp and its surburbs, as well as Mechelen and Leuven + suburbs. Only one town is listed in Limburg (Lanaeken), one in East Flanders (Sint-Martens-Latem), 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.

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    Very interesting, I would have never thought Woluwe-St pierre and St. Lambert are on the top..

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    WSP is well-known for being poshest and most expensive place to live in Brussels (especially along Avenue de Tervuren), with Uccle (see map of socio-economic divisions in Brussels). These prices are for "ordinnary houses", so WSL is ranked 2nd. For villas, Uccle is actually first in Brussels.

    But Woluwe-St-Pierre is still relatively cheap (3,000 to 5,000 euro per m2) compared to the most demanded neighbourhoods of Knokke-Le Zoute at the Belgian seaside, where some apartments sell for up to 20,000 euro per m2 !!
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    It is enlighteneing to compare the real estate prices to the average revenues based on the tax declaration. If the suburbs of Mons and the south-west of the Hainaut province make the botom 20 for real estate prices, the 4 out of the 5 poorest municipalities for individual revenues are all with the Brussels Region (St Josse, Molenbeek, St Gilles and Schaerbeek).

    Poverty in Brussels

    This means that poverty is a much bigger problem in the immigrant suburbs of Brussels than in the poorest areas of the Hainaut in Wallonia.

    Indeed, a recent study revealed that 28% of the people in Brussels lived in poverty, while even more people were much wealthier than the national average.

    Brussels has the 3rd highest GDP per capita of any European city after Inner London and Luxembourg. Yet, it is a city of sharp contrast, where the most abject poverty meets some of the biggest fortunes in the continental Europe.

    Who is really poorer than whom ?

    It takes 35 years of net revenue for the inhabitants of St. Josse to pay off their house (6,893 euro of net revenue per person/243,271 euro per house), excluding monthly charges, food, clothing, transportation, hobbies and other expenses.

    In comparison, it only takes 6.7 years for people in Colfontaine, the cheapest municipality for houses in Belgium (9,959 euro of net revenue per person/67,056 euro per house).

    In other words, it is fairly easy for people in the province of Hainaut, even in the poorest suburbs of Mons, to purchase a house with their salary, while it is nearly impossible for people in the poorest neighbourhoods of Brussels.

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    Just for fun, here is the top 35 of the richest municipalities in the Brabant (Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant) + Brussels, based on the average declared revenues. Flemish muncipalities with a sizeable Francophone community are indicated in red.

    We see that the places where people earn the most are quite different from the most expensive places for real estate. Brussels municipalities are all in the top 20 for Belgium for real estate, but none make the top 20 for just Brabant in revenues.

    1. Keerbergen 18.984 euro per person
    2. Lasne 18.730
    3. Dilbeek 18.283
    4. Lubbeek 17.964
    5. Oud-Heverlee 17.891
    6. Herent 17.840
    7. Meise 17.495
    8. Steenokkerzeel 17.454
    9. Grimbergen 17.361
    10. Kortenberg 16.888
    11. Boortmeerbeek 16.858
    12. Bierbeek 16.798
    13. Zemst 16.781
    14. Wemmel 16.701
    15. Kampenhout 16.652
    16. Lennik 16.649
    17. La Hulpe 16.623
    18. Braine-l'Alleud 16.507
    19. Bertem 16.287
    20. Sint-Genesius-Rode 16.264
    21. Chaumont-Gistoux 16.255
    22. Rixensart 16.233
    23. Huldenberg 16.165
    24. Boutersem 16.023
    25. Beersel 15.987
    26. Grez-Doiceau 15.824
    27. Walhain 15.625
    28. Beauvechain 15.559
    29. Waterloo 15.320
    30. Woluwe-Saint-Pierre 15.282
    31. Mont-Saint-Guibert 15.206
    32. Nivelles 15.197
    33. Ittre 15.185
    34. Villers-la-Ville 15.170
    35. Watermael-Boitsfort 15.144


    And here is the bottom 20 :

    1. Berchem-Sainte-Agathe 13.685
    2. Woluwe-Saint-Lambert 13.563
    3. Ganshoren 13.414
    4. Rebecq 13.412
    5. Kortenaken 13.241
    6. Drogenbos 13.127
    7. Geetbets 13.021
    8. Tubize 12.768
    9. Jette 12.415
    10. Evere 11.976
    11. Ixelles 11.663
    12. Forest 11.639
    13. Koekelberg 11.184
    14. Etterbeek 10.793
    15. Anderlecht 10.373
    16. Brussels City 10.162
    17. Schaerbeek 9.343
    18. Saint-Gilles 8.918
    19. Molenbeek-Saint-Jean 8.620
    20. Saint-Josse-ten-Noode 6.897

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    A recent study by Dexia Bank confirms the correlation between real estate prices and quality of life. The criteria taken into account include car ownership, income, the average household size, crime levels and the level of unemployment.

    Ironically, declared revenues alone do not correlate so much with the ranking for quality of life. But the richest people aren't always those who have the highest salary. There can be inherited fortune, investment, or even money earned in foreign companies/governments and not declared in Belgium. That is why a place like Woluwe-St-Pierre, the most expensive for real estate, ranks only 30th for average declared revenue in Belgium, as many EU workers, diplomats and expats live there, none of whom pay income taxes in Belgium.
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