I will be working in Ziegelbrücke and I am trying to figure out where to live between Zurich (Kreis 2, 3, 4) or outside, on the way to Ziegelbrücke.
I am thinking to commute mostly by train but I will have car as well. What do you suggest? How are the villages mentioned above? It is faisable to live in Zurich and work in Ziegelbrücke? I don't know the area at all and not familiar with distances and traffic.
As breezy stated, you can see and calculate the total commute and evaulate it using www.sbb.ch. I live in Horgen, and all these places, between Zurich and Ziegelbrücke, are nice & lovely. If you are coming from a big city, don't expect any social life action in these towns though. All the social life action is in Zurich. From Horgen you would be in Zurich in 18-20 minutes with the train. Another alterntive could be to live on the south bound of Zurich (Wollishofen, Rüschlikon).
If living in an Alpine paradise doesn't suit, Wädenswil is nice and pretty much equidistant between Zurich and Ziegelbrücke, Lachen is expensive but can still be reached on the Zurich night train network, Pfäffikon is a soulless hole, and everywhere else costs a bomb.
Zurich to Ziegelbrücke only takes 42 mins on the Glarner Sprinter express train (every two hours at the mo, hourly from next year), 45 mins on the Interregio, and an hour on the slow stopping at all stations S2. Bear in mind tram connections too, though, if you live in the city. Because of train times, there is no benefit in living in any of the little towns on the lake unless the Interregio stops there (Wädenswil, Thalwil).
Consider also Rapperswil, quite close to Zieg with a regular train, and, as mentioned before, canton Glarus - although that would limit your late nights in Zurich somewhat.
PM me if you want more info on the Ziegelbrücke area. Good luck!
Thanks a lot for all the advices, all places mentioned sound very nice to live.
I am planning to visit all these cities/villages then decide. Always lived in big cities (London, Rome, Milan, Paris, Moscow, Stockholm) don't know how is to live in a smaller community :-)
another suggestion: live in Wädenswil and the like in the beginning, its easier to find a place there than in Zurich. If it's too boring for you (which it would be for me), take your time to find a decent place in Zurich.
If you will be paying Quellensteuer then your income tax should be lowest in Kanton Schwyz, which would be an argument in favour of Pfäffikon or Lachen. Pfäffikon has good train connections to Zürich however housing costs (renting / buying) are relatively high.