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Let's move to Auderghem: Stylish new apartments in a relaxed neighbourhood
Did you know that Brussels is one of the greenest cities in Europe? Green spaces make up half of the Brussels region - and if you're looking for a leafy suburb to call home, Auderghem's Val Duchesse neighbourhood is hard to beat.
On the edge of the Sonian Forest, this sought-after residential district is home to the Val Duchesse domain and is minutes from the Parc de Woluwe and Rouge-Cloître abbey. It's no wonder several countries have established their embassies in the neighbourhood over the years.
"We're in a very green environment," says Vincent Sneyers, director of Belfius Immo, which is busy building Résidence Delvaux, a stylish complex of 60 apartments on Rue Steeno. "We're a few hundred metres from a park, with views over greenery and almost all of the apartments have large sunny terraces."
Two-thirds of the properties in this new development have already been sold - but there remains something for all needs and budgets. A one-bedroom apartment is for sale at just €217,000. Or there's a luxury 230m² four-bedroom penthouse on the fifth floor, complete with a 142m² terrace, for just over €1 million.
"We always look at investment potential before we begin," says Sneyers. "Belfius Immo works first and foremost with investor clients, so we do a thorough market study beforehand to check there's an attractive return on investment. For renting and property management we always work with a local estate agent who knows the area and can provide a truly local service."
Building a brand-new property means meeting Brussels' high standards in terms of energy efficiency and insulation. With its modern design combining wood and concrete, Résidence Delvaux will be a low-energy building.
And if you're not familiar with the neighbourhood, all the facilities you need are within walking distance, including a creche, several schools, a large shopping centre and restaurants. Nearby Auderghem Cultural Centre has a rich programme of theatre and comedy - including several productions during the year by English-language expat groups.
The area is well connected by public transport. Hop on tram 94 for some shopping on Avenue Louise, bus 34 for the European district or metro line 5 to be whisked into downtown Brussels. Car access is also straight-forward, with easy access to the E411 and the Brussels ring.
Last but not least, as a subsidiary of Belfius bank, Belfius Immo can help put you in contact with the right people for arranging a mortgage or getting your new home insured - making buying a property in Brussels as smooth as possible. Résidence Delvaux is due to be completed in January 2019, ready for you to settle in your new home in the new year.