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Confused about communes? Here are our top 5

From lofts in Molenbeek to quaint old terraces in Boitsfort, Brussels has housing to suit all tastes and budgets. Here we provide you with arguably the pick of the bunch to help you pin down your dream neighbourhood. Guide prices for renting and buying are included, based on property websites.

AUDERGHEM/OUDERGEM

Three-bedroom house, €350,000

With a third of its land covered by the Forêt de Soignes, this is one of Brussels’ most desirable and expensive areas. Though enjoying close access to the Ring and good metro and tram connections, the commune is a haven of quiet residential streets, good shops and schools.

JETTE

€7650/month for a two-bedroom apartment

Savvy expats have already been snapping up property in this pleasant northern commune, which has plenty of green spaces, good shopping areas and a new European school nearby. It also has a higher percentage of Dutch speakers than many other communes.

WATERMAEL-BOITSFORT/WATERMAAL-BOSVOORDE

€380,000 for a three-bedroom house

A pretty commune with a laid-back, village-like atmosphere and close to the Forêt de Soignes, Boitsfort is popular with families and expats in search of quiet and authenticity. Houses can be tiny and are by no means cheap. The beautiful campus of the International School of Brussels is here.

TERVUREN

€695/month for a two-bedroom penthouse apartment

Nestling in the Forêt de Soignes, Tervuren is best known as the seat of the Africa Museum and its magnificent park. It also happens to be a bustling little town with a strong expat community, mainly due to the presence of the British School and several Montessori schools. A picturesque tram ride connects it to Montgomery in central Brussels. Sporting facilities abound, including golf and cricket.

FOREST/VORST

€750/month for a two-bedroom apartment with a terrace

The areas around Parc Duden and Place Altitude 100 (Brussels’ highest point) boast leafy streets and Art Deco buildings. It used to offer excellent value for money, but the commune’s popularity with French expats has pushed prices up. The commune is also home to the Forest National concert venue.

(image © JoaquinAranoa)

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