If you are looking for a house in the surroundings of Antwerp (Kapellen, Brasschaat, etc…) and you want something special, Expat Relocation Belgium can help.
A first stage involves finding the right area.
Kapellen, Brasschaat and other areas in the North of Antwerp are residential suburbs of Antwerp that are both green and close to the city center as well as the harbor (where many companies are located). For instance, Kapellen borders a nature reserve (Kalmthoutse Heide) that extends to the border with the Netherlands, and has a train station with a direct line to the Antwerp Central Station. Brasschaat is also a green area, but Kapellen is the more affordable area of the two.
Among other affordable and green areas around Antwerp, Schoten deserves a mention. Many major stores are located in Schoten (Carrefour, Orchestra, Ava, MediaMarkt, Krefel, etc.), which makes it easy to find everything that you need. It is even located close to a cinema complex (Kinepolis), and many other stores are opening in the area (Decathlon, plans for IKEA, and so on).
In the harbor area, there is also the MAS (the Red Starline Museum, with various sorts of exhibitions running all year through), admired for its architecture. In a similar vein, the new headquarters of the harbor authorities, the Havenhuis, is considered to be a building worth seeing.
All in all, the North of Antwerp is particularly attractive for those who seek to live outside of a city and yet benefit from all the shopping and cultural advantages of the Antwerp as well as easy connections to business and harbor districts.
Once the area has been chosen, it is important to find the perfect house that ticks all the boxes. This requires knowledge of the area as well as knowledge of the market.
We recently helped a couple find a house in Kapellen that featured a garden, was dog-friendly and was located in a nice neighborhood.
Our clients wrote a recommendation for us in that respect.
As writes Emily Beltinck (the wife of an Exxonmobil expat):
Julie was extremely helpful in helping us find a house here in Belgium that we absolutely love, and feels just like home. She has gone above and beyond in helping us with various things while getting settled here. We are truly grateful to have her as a reliable resource.