On 1st March 2017, 142,820 residential and semi-residential buildings as well as 233,675 houses were listed, based on the Registre des bâtiments et des logements (Register of Buildings and Dwellings), according to issue No 13 of the Statec publication 'Regard'. 50.7% of homes are located in single-family houses, the rest is divided between residential and semi-residential buildings. Compared to neighbouring countries, this rate is exceptionally high.
Apartments becoming increasingly popular
The construction of apartments is booming: the indisputable quality of life in Luxembourg and high level of salaries have helped to attract many new residents to Luxembourg. Consequently, apartments located in urban areas in the centre and south of the country have become very popular.
The share of single-family houses among residential property constructions in Luxembourg has dropped significantly, standing at 37.7% since 2001. On the other hand, the share of housing listed in apartment buildings has increased to make up almost half of homes (48.7% after 2001).
This trend is also particularly due to the strong development of urban centres. The municipalities leading the top of the table in terms of the production of new homes are Luxembourg City (4,585), Differdange (1,190), Hesperange (1,055) and Esch-sur-Alzette (953).
Strong growth of built-up areas
These are the large built-up areas in Luxembourg, in particular the capital with its neighbouring districts and Luxembourg's second-largest city Esch-sur-Alzette and its neighbouring districts. These areas have high-quality infrastructure and economic activities which not only attract companies, but also new residents.
Luxembourg City, Esch-sur-Alzette and Hesperange also lead the top of the table in terms of share of apartments, with 79.9%, 68.9% and 62.6% respectively.
In contrast with these built-up areas, the more rural regions generally have a lower construction rate, with less pronounced development in the construction of apartments. But the boom in built-up areas also concerns rural regions like the area around Junglinster in eastern central Luxembourg and Esch-sur-Sûre in northern central Luxembourg. These two regions have 20.1% and 27% new homes respectively.
(Article written by the editorial team of the www.luxembourg.lu portal Source: Statec)