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Advice Needed - Woluwe St Lambert, Evere or Zaventem

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Hi All,

We're going to buy a 2 bedroom apartment in a few months. We decided to buy it from Woluwe St Lambert as we had been living in the neighborhood for the last 10 years and we really like it. But on the other hand Evere is very close to WSL and cheaper. In Zaventem there are very nice apartments with less tax too. So in Evere and Zaventem, with the same price of WSL, we might afford slighly newer and a bigger apartment I live with my girl friend and we do not have yet kids.

>>> So I was wondering what would you guys consider in case you had to make a decision among WSL, Evere and Zaventem if you were going to buy an apartment?

I have my decision criteria but we will make this purchase for the fist time (probabaly last time too) so we feel the need of different perspectives,

 

Many thanks,

R

evere: one of the greenest communes in brussels but not very well connected in terms of fast public transport (ok for bus and trams). mixed population and incomes.

zaventem: slightly more affordable but just above the airport? will it scare off potential buyers the day you want to re-sell it?

woluwe: more expensive but established neighborood. well maintained and green. good resale value and a sort of safe investment (i had more than 100% profit when i sold my property there).

Dec 28, 2016 18:06
J

How about I live your life for you for a couple of months, then I'll be able to make this decision based on whatever criteria I see fit.

Dec 30, 2016 12:41
Mikek1300gt

You really are a tosser, J.

Dec 30, 2016 14:09
ff

Concerning Zaventem you should take into account the following. First of all, Zaventem is in Flanders, so officially you have to speak Flemish. There are a lot of foreigners living in Zaventem so you can easily get by with French or even English except in City Hall, where the employees are obligated to use only Flemish. Evere, WSL and the airport are not more than 15 minutes away by car and that the second fact you have to take into account. You need a car. There are bus lines but they don't go everywhere (check the website of De Lijn for the bus lines). I live in Zaventem and in my neighbourhood (near city hall and the church square (kerkplein)) I have no problems at all with planes departing and arriving at the airport. I've been here already for many years and once in a while you can hear a plane flying overhead, but it's not a problem. If you go near Steenokkerzeel, there are more problems with planes. Of course, things could change in the future, I hope this helps you make a decision.

Jan 19, 2017 00:34
Drifter

There are two important points the above mail mentioned. I second those. Public transport becomes an issue when you go out of STIB network. It is a famous saying that ' De Lijn comes when it comes' so there is almost no time table. Also, having to speak Flemish in the commune is a big problem for my friends who live there. One will apply to Belgian nationality and she has to get a lawyer to do this. Because commune gives her a hard time because of the language. No plane sounds in Zaventem as it is very close. Good luck!

Feb 14, 2017 09:15