This fully self-contained furnished studio and adjoining bathroom comprises the entire new (fourth floor) level (built in 2009) of a 1932 Art-Deco era house in the Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek.
The large studio room contains a new German "wardrobe bed" (Schrankbett), 140cm x 200cm (a small double bed) which has a proper thick mattress (not a sofa bed!) and can be folded up to provide more space during the day. An armchair and footrest are provided for watching TV or relaxing and reading.
For longer-term guests, the space is most comfortable with just one person in it, but for shorter periods, it can sleep a couple.
The room also contains a 240cm long kitchenette, containing fridge, stove, Miele dishwasher, sink, microwave, cupboards, kettle, toaster, all pots and pans, cutlery and crockery.
There is a flat screen TV with built in DVD player, which also doubles as a computer monitor. About 40 TV channels in various languages are available.
There is wi-fi throughout the house, and a plug-in internet connection is also available in the studio.
The room contains a large table for eating, and a smaller table which can be used as a desk, or vice versa, two kitchen chairs and a computer chair.
Three garbage bins are provided to enable garbage to be sorted as required by law in Brussels - paper/cardboard, plastics/cans and the rest. Glass recycling collection point a few metres down the street.
There is a large 100cm wide wardrobe with mirrored glass doors, as well as a bookshelf with glass doors.
Windows on the kitchen side look out over the gardens behind. Two large Velux windows on the street side allow a glimpse of the Atomium on a clear day, and have outside metal roll-down shutters as well as inside blinds.
The adjoining separate bathroom for your exclusive use has a shower (80cm x 80cm), sink with storage space above and below, and a toilet, as well as a Velux skylight window.
An ironing board and iron are provided.
Two bus lines run past the door - 64 (to Metro Maelbeek, European Parliament, Trone, Porte de Namur) and 65 (to Metro Madou, Central Station, NATO). It's about a 15 minute bus ride into the old centre of Brussels from the house. Walk to main European Commission/Council buildings in Schuman area in 30-35 minutes or take public transport (10-15 minutes). NATO is less than 10 minutes on the 65 bus going out of town. The Brussels National airport at Zaventem is 10 minutes by car or about 20-30 minutes by bus from the house (change at NATO).
Tram No. 7 is a one minute walk away (Heysel, Atomium, VUB, ULB, Montgomery Metro).
A fully-insured 2002 VW Polo is available for rent by the day/week/month for an additional fee on top of the rent of if you are coming to Brussels without a car. It is garaged opposite the house.
If you are coming to Brussels with a car, a garage may be available for an additional fee close to the house. Street parking can be difficult in the area.
The very large Park Josaphat is a 1 minute walk away, which has a variety of ponds and water birds, rabbits (both wild and pets) two resident donkeys, and jogging and walking paths.
For those wishing to stay for several weeks, weekly cleaning is included. Towels and sheets and dish towels provided. Shared use of the laundry in the basement with Miele washing machine, Siemens dryer and lots of indoor drying space.
There is a little supermarket in the house next door for basic groceries, or a huge hypermarket (Carrefour Evere) a 10 minute walk down the street or 2 stops on the bus.
The house was entirely renovated in 2009 to make it as eco-friendly as possible. it now has solar hot water, a controlled ventilation system, recycled water for the washing machine and toilets, and triple-glazed windows as well as state of the art insulation.
Please contact Anne with any queries you may have! Messages in English, French, German, and Dutch okay!
Guests will have exclusive use of the attic studio with its own kitchen, and adjoining bathroom and toilet on the same floor.
Guests will also be able to use the shared laundry in the basement of the house, and the garden.
A garage may be able to be rented close to the house for an extra fee per month, depending on availability.
A bicycle can also be made available.
Interaction with Guests
Anne, the owner of the house, lives downstairs in the same house, so she is always on hand to help with any information or help you may need.
This is a typical middle-class Belgian neighbourhood, ideally located between the European Union precinct and Brussels National Airport, with a huge park just across the road, and fantastic transport connections. There are many neighbourhood restaurants close by.
Bus lines 64 and 65 run right past the door. Tram No. 7 is one minute away. There is an outside public ticket machine right on the tram stop.
Bus 64 will take you to the European Commission/European Council/Schuman/Maalbeek Metro/European Parliament in less than 15 minutes. It also goes to Trone and Porte de Namur metro stops.
Bus 65 going out of town will take you directly to NATO in less than 10 minutes. Going into town, Bus 65 will take you to Madou metro station, then to Central Station, very close to the Grand Place in the old central heart of Brussels.
Tram No. 7 will take you to Heysel Stadium, the Atomium, the Brussels Expo exhibition park and Mini-Europe. Going the other way, tram 7 will take you to Montgomery metro, then beyond to the two main Brussels universities, the VUB and the ULB, as well as Avenue Louise.
Other Things to Note
Depending on your arrival time and day, Anne may be able to pick you up from the airport or the train station.
A medium-sized friendly dog lives downstairs in the house so be prepared for a friendly welcome when you arrive!
The house rules are mainly common sense. Other people live downstairs, and you'll be using the main staircase of the house, so please try to be quiet when leaving or coming home early or late at night.
No smoking allowed in the house, but you can smoke in the garden or on the balcony on the floor below the studio.
If you mislay or forget to return the front door key which is issued to you, a replacement fee of €60 will be charged.
Anne is very friendly and always available. The studio was a great place to live. It's is well located, very clean and well-equipped. It's only 15 min either from nato or the city center.
J'ai eu une réponse rapide de Anne pour ma réservation et nous sommes restées en contact jusqu'à mon arrivée à son logement.elle s'est adaptée à mes heures d'arrivée et de départ et bien présente durant mon séjour.l'appartement est tel que la description:très propre et fonctionnel.beaucoup de calme comme le quartier où il se situe.bien desservi par les transports en commun et proche de commerces.
The flat was very clean and cosy, with a lovely cleaner that comes once a week. Spacious with a well equipped kitchen all you need to prepare meals also equipped with a large flat screen tv. I had a very pleasant stay with Anne during my three and half months period, the flat is very quiet and relaxing.
Slightly situated out of the town centre, nonetheless easy to get into to town itself by bus number 65 or 64 to porte de namur for shopping. Also the flat is served with good tram links, the number 7 from Chazal takes you to Heizel where the Anotonium is situated.
All in all a lovely little haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
It's been a wonderful experience to stay at Anne's. Her father came to pick me up to the airport, which was so nice. The studio is very nice, clean and quiet, with everything you may need during your stay. It's very well located near the tram and bus stops (you can reach the city centre in half an hour). Anne is always ready to help. I didn't come to Brussels for fun, but to start a new life, and it is fantastic finding someone like her and her studio. If I had to recommend it, I would do it with no doubt!
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