Sint-Martens-Latem leapfrogs Knokke to become Flanders' most expensive municipality

Sint-Martens-Latem has become the most expensive municipality in Flanders to buy a house. The posh seaside resort of Knokke is now on number 2.

The figures refer to the first quarter of this year and were supplied by Statbel, the Belgian statistics agency. The median price for a property (terraced, semi-detached or detached) in Sint-Martens-Latem, just south-west of Ghent, was at 699,750 euros. Knokke-Heist has been pushed to second place with a median price of 648,750 euros. Coming third is Sint-Genesius-Rode, in Flemish Brabant with half a million. The median price means that half of the properties were sold above this amount, and another half below this amount. 

If you want to buy a house and you haven't got too much cash, then Ronse may be an idea. The city in the very south of East Flanders, in the picturesque Flemish Ardennes, tops the list of cheapest places to buy a house. The median price in Ronse is at 135,000. Wervik (West Flanders, 150,000) and Gingelom (Limburg, 160,000) are also in the top-3. 

The median price for the whole Flemish Region (for terraced and sem-detached houses) is 230,000 euros, which is 2.2 percent up on the year. However, it's especially detached houses and villas that became a lot more expensive: 6,5 percent in a year's time, to reach 330,000 euros on average. Apartment prices were 2.7 percent up.