These are the cheapest and the most expensive communes to buy a house
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    These are the cheapest and the most expensive communes to buy a house

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    Buying a home in Wallonia remains cheaper than in Brussels or Flanders, with prices ranging from 550,000 euros in Lasne to 229,000 euros in Nivelles, according to the latest figures from the federal statistics office Statbel. The median price for a house either terraced or semi-detached in Belgium in 2018 was 200,000 euros, and 285,000 euros for a detached house, and 182,000 for an apartment.

    However there are wide variations according to location. In Brussels, an apartment costs an average of 199,000 euros, compared to 145,000 euros in Wallonia and 185,000 euros in Flanders.

    For a house, expect to pay an average of 376,000 euros in Brussels compared to 226,000 euros in Flanders and only 140,000 euros in Wallonia. That’s for a terraced or semi-detached house – described in Belgium as two or three facades. For a four facades house, or fully detached, the price goes up to 232,250 euros.

    Prices in Wallonia, then, remain far behind those in Brussels, where two or three facades will cost an average of 376,000 euros, while four facades bring the price up to 319,000 euros.

    In Brussels, house prices are most expensive, with two or three facades costing 226,000 euros, and four facades 847,000 euros. An apartment costs on average 199,000 euros.

    In Flanders, house prices fall in the middle, with two or three facades costing 226,000 euros, and four facades 319,000 euros.

    The most expensive commune in Brussels region is Ixelles, with an average property price of 597,500 euros, going down to Molenbeek on 249,000 euros. In Wallonia prices range from 550,000 euros in Lasne to 67,500 in Hastieres. The most expensive commune in Flanders is not unexpectedly Knokke-Heist at 550,000 euros, dropping down to Ronse on the French border on 140,000 euros.

    For reference, within Brussels, the communes rank as follows: Ixelles as most expensive, followed by Woluwe St Pierre, Uccle, Woluwe St Lambert and St Gilles.

    Alan Hope
    The Brussels Times