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Real estate in Flanders: competitive prices to buy, rent and build

No matter your business activity or whether you’re looking to buy, rent or build, Flanders offers ample, affordable and competitive space for your company, strategically situated in the center of Western Europe. Get the detailed facts and figures below!

Renting a home for your business activities in Flanders

Low rental prices for offices

Looking for a corporate office in Flanders? You’re in luck! Flanders’ cities, such as Antwerp and Ghent, offer some of the lowest rental prices per square meter compared to popular nearby cities. 

Are you specifically interested in settling down in a seaport city of Western Europe? Ghent, Antwerp, Ostend and Zeebrugge will fit the bill – and keep your bills low.

Even the most expensive, prime rental spaces in the Flanders region are competitively priced when compared to spaces in nearby countries. 

Renting manufacturing or industrial space

Industrial manufacturing spaces in Flanders are among the most competitively priced when compared to popular industrial cities in the vicinity. Specific larger cities of Flanders also score at the very low end of the spectrum in terms of industrial space rental prices when compared with neighboring cities. 

Is your company involved in manufacturing as well as shipping? Be sure to explore the possibility of renting manufacturing space in one of Flanders’ seaport cities, which truly stand out when it comes to ease of starting operations and cost-effectiveness

Affordable logistical space

Most semi-industrial properties are located in the golden triangle of Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. Logistics rental properties in these cities are among the lowest of neighboring cities. 

When it comes to prime logistics rental prices in important port cities, cities of Flanders outshine the competition. 

Prime retail locations

When it comes to European hotspots, prime retail rental locations are the least expensive in cities of Flanders.

Build your business in Flanders

Various types of spaces, all affordable

When comparing the costs of building across countries, Belgium – and Flanders as a region – is less expensive across the board than other destinations in Europe such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK. This is especially true for: 

  • heated offices in the city center; 
  • air-conditioned offices in the city center; 
  • out-of-town business parks. 

In terms of residential and retail building prices, Belgium is very reasonably priced compared to its neighbors for: 

  • high-rise apartments; 
  • shopping centers; 
  • high-quality capital city hotels.

Productive workforce for the cost-effective win

While the costs of labor are on the high side in the region, Flanders has one of the world’s most productive workforces per hour worked, according to the US Conference Board. In other words: employees in Flanders will accomplish more in an hour than lower-paid workers in other countries, and you can rest assured that your investment will pay off in time and quality.

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