The south is one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in Antwerp. After several decades of stagnation the area has seen a revival since the mid 1980s. Apartment prices had dropped significantly attracting younger people. Artists had also discovered the area.
Earlier, in 1981, a structural plan was approved which gave some protection for the architecture. The plan was also the signal for the city council to rehabilitate the South. By the end of the 1980s, many buildings had been restored.
In 1987, the new museum for modern art (MUHKA) was opened in a former grain silo. Several art galleries, a new photography museum, the opening of a new cultural centre in the Zuiderpershuis and the restoration of several grand buildings around the filled-in docks made the South more and more attractive
More and more people moved to the many renovated apartments and trendy cafés, restaurants and ships opened. During the nineties, the South has become one of the most attractive, trendiest and safest neighbourhoods in Antwerp.
Here you'll find a mix of social houses, old lord houses, apartments and lofts. The presence of schools, sport and play-yards and green spots make living in this neighbourhood practically and pleasant.
'Het Eilandje' is a former, characterful harbor neighborhood in the center of Antwerp. It got its name because it used to be enclosed by the streams and ditches, and today by the Scheldt, docks and the old harbor. Today, however, it has been greatly upgraded and the locals have learned to appreciate the picturesque area, with its old historic docks. The district was renovated into a distinguished tourist port district with marina and accommodations. The warehouses have been beautifully refurbished and have received other destinations. The newly constructed quays seem to be made especially for strolling and admiring the huge yachts in the harbor. Here you'll find the majority of our furnished studios for rent.
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