Luxembourg City is the most-expensive commune for rents and property prices
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A general rule of thumb in Luxembourg when it comes to cost of living is the city rule. The closer you live to the capital, the more you'll pay.
That said, some communes are pricier than others. Delano has listed the top five priciest places to live in Luxembourg based on the most-recent data available at the time of publishing.
With around 120,000 residents and the vast majority of jobs, high demand for housing in the capital has pushed up prices to astronomical proportions. In 2017, buyers paid between €4,447 and €9,635 per square metre for an existing flat and between €6,197 and €10,262 for a newbuild. The cheapest districts tend to be Bonnevoie and the Gare, though property prices and rents remain eye-wateringly high. In 2018, rents in the capital averaged €29.04 per square metre. Among the many advantages of living in the capital are its international demographic--7 out of 10 people are international residents.
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The city’s sprawl stretches as far as Strassen (the town hall of which is pictured above), so it’s hard to know where this commune starts, especially when looking at property prices. 2017 figures found people paid on average €6,656 per square metre for an existing flat and €7,994 for a newbuild. In 2018, average apartment rents came out at €22.37 per square metre. On the plus side, it’s an international commune (6 out of 10 residents are international) with plenty of restaurants and shops in the vicinity. On the downside, it’s a busy thoroughfare for traffic.
Continue on from Strassen, and you’ll get to Bertrange (pictured below), which is in a similar price bracket to Strassen and Luxembourg City (in 2017, on average €6,012 per square metre for existing flats, €7,294 for newbuilds). In 2018, average apartment rents were €21.99 per square metre. Despite the fact it has shops, restaurants, a modern swimming pool, an industrial zone and a train station, Bertrange retains its village feel while being multicultural (54% residents are international).
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Situated on the southeastern edge of the capital, if you’re buying a newbuild flat, expect to shell out as much as the above three communes (average for 2017 was €7,009 per square metre, and €5,744 for existing flats). Older flats are a little cheaper. If you’re renting a flat, expect to pay on average €20.28 per square metre. Over half the population is composed of international residents. The major downside is rush-hour traffic.
Another popular hub for international residents, Sandweiler has a handful of shops and restaurants and close access to the airport. In 2017, existing flats sold for on average €5,555 per square metre, while newbuilds went for €6,680. In 2018, renting flats set tenants back on average €20.09 per square metre. Pros are its proximity to nature and major motorways. Cons are the daily traffic jams that form on the roundabout providing access to the city.