The Schilderbuurt is an older district directly west of the city heart of Groningen. The house were mostly built between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of World War II, with many stately homes. Originally, there were many houses for the upper middle class. There are still comparatively many houses owned by individuals. The district largely fulfills a residential function for families and older singles, but also has had large scale student rental properties for many decades. The district itself has few shops, but these can be found in the adjacent city center and over the border to other districts.