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Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Hi,

I've taken a job in Basel, starting in October. As a working mother with 3 children, living in Basel seems to me to be a bit of a challenge. My husband is french speaking, so moving directly to the Alsace region rather than Basel is an option. I'm looking for good education, a nice, reasonably sized house, access to well qualified and experienced nannies and a easy commute to work. I wondered if anyone else had been in a similar situation and could make some recommendations.

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Old 21.08.2008, 15:52
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Hello
Welcome to the forum...I hope you enjoy being out here! I moved to Basel about one year ago also for a job, my situation is different to yours as I have no children to accomodate, however when I was in the process there were a couple of colleagues also considering the same move with families...among those people (though it must be said they didn't move here in the end!) St Louis and Mulhouse seemed to be the favourite spots...an easy commute to Basel, but offer more in the way of family accomodation. Does the company you are moving with offer relocation assistance? if they do, my advice would be take the fullest possible advantage of it!
I hope you have a great time here!
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

I have alot of clients with families living in France(just over the border might I add). The general concensus is that you get a bit more in France in the way of housing (more for your money). Alot of these families also have there kids in the International school in Basel(Reinach) also. I love living in the city of Basel and Basel land is also to consider. If your husband speaks French then it seems an easy decision. Hope all goes well with the move and you find what you are looking for.

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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Alsace = good wine and Flammekueche. I say go for it
No really, as the others have mentioned, if you have a family you will get more bang for your buck in FR. I personally love living in Kleinbasel, but I'm single and often out and about. All the best!
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

I did the border hopity-hop for a couple of years; I would be happy to answer any questions you might have (pm me)!
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

I would live in Keyserberg or one of the small wine villages near Colmar, and spend my weekends up to my neck in Pinot-Gris. In fact, were I to get work in Basel, that would be a no-brainer.

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No really, as the others have mentioned, if you have a family you will get more bang for your buck in FR. I personally love living in Kleinbasel, but I'm single and often out and about. All the best!
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Hi,

My family and I moved from the UK to Basel in Oct 07. We live in Basel (BS) but that decision was driven by my need to commute to Zurich daily. If it were not for the faster train links we would be living just across the border in FR. My wife and I both work, so we have some experience with nannies. PM me if you have questions on that score.

It must be said that Basel is a fantastic city. By Swiss standards it is very child/family friendly, has bags of character and an interesting history. If we were single or DINKYs we would be in an appartment overlooking the Rhine. There is a large ex-pat community as well. If my sources are correct there are some 30,000 English-speaking ex-pats in Basel. Scary. My (hopefully uncontentious) view is that having a decent garden is a must have if you have young children, and properties with garden are few & far between in BS. Move a few tram stops out of the city and you start seeing more properties with gardens, but ultimately it sounds like FR is going to suit you better.

happy hunting,

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PS There will be an income tax difference between living in FR and Basel.
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Old 21.08.2008, 17:04
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Welcome to EF.

Living in France seems to be the best option for you. There's a few people here on the forum that do the whole border-commuting thing: nowhere near as complicated as it may seem.

Good luck with it all, and let us know how it goes.
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Thank you for all your replies. We're planning to rent in France now and rather than use the Int'l schools in Basel, use the French education system. If anyone has experiences or recommendations using the French local schools, close to the border, I'd love to hear from you.

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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Apologies for re-activating this thread.

CAn you recommend any private schools around Blotzheim.

We are considering moving form Basel to France but can not use the French system as we also have another property in CH.

Many thanks for your help!
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

There are some small nice village close to Basel, 10 or 15 km far away, like Folgensbourg, Attenschwiller, Ranspach, etc...
They don't have a lot of services, but you can find the peace in there!
They are really quiet places.

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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

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Apologies for re-activating this thread.

CAn you recommend any private schools around Blotzheim.

We are considering moving form Basel to France but can not use the French system as we also have another property in CH.

Many thanks for your help!
What about private schools in Basel? E.g. ISB, SIS, Acadamia etc. Anyway, why should having a property in CH affect your ability to educate your kids in France?
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

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What about private schools in Basel? E.g. ISB, SIS, Acadamia etc. Anyway, why should having a property in CH affect your ability to educate your kids in France?
It's perhaps a question of where are officially resident (and paying tax).
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

Oh I see. Living in France but being resident in Switzerland.
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

As many have said there are pro's and con's. In terms of French speaking, I think you'll find a lot of people in Basel do speak French or certainly understand it. Alsace is a beautiful area but it is relatively far from Basel and doesn't have nearly as much going on for families, etc. If you are dead set on France, I think a better option would be to live across the border in Basel somewhere between Basel and Mulhouse.

In all both are great options and would offer plenty of things. It's down to if you prefer to be in a city or have a more rural lifestyle!

Hope this helps.
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Re: Where to live - Basel or Alsace?

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Alsace is a beautiful area but it is relatively far from Basel and doesn't have nearly as much going on for families, etc. If you are dead set on France, I think a better option would be to live across the border in Basel somewhere between Basel and Mulhouse.


Hope this helps.

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As many have said there are pro's and con's. In terms of French speaking, I think you'll find a lot of people in Basel do speak French or certainly understand it. Alsace is a beautiful area but it is relatively far from Basel and doesn't have nearly as much going on for families, etc. If you are dead set on France, I think a better option would be to live across the border in Basel somewhere between Basel and Mulhouse.

In all both are great options and would offer plenty of things. It's down to if you prefer to be in a city or have a more rural lifestyle!

Hope this helps.
Alsace is not far from Basel, you have to cross the border and you are in! Another thing is to be far from the most beautiful places of Alsace, like Colmar area for example.
We live in a little village 12 km far away from Basel, and it tooks 15 minutes arrive to our jobs.
I would recommend live in Alsace if you prefer little village than cities, like Basel.

have a nice day.
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Alsace is not far from Basel, you have to cross the border and you are in! Another thing is to be far from the most beautiful places of Alsace, like Colmar area for example.
We live in a little village 12 km far away from Basel, and it tooks 15 minutes arrive to our jobs.
I would recommend live in Alsace if you prefer little village than cities, like Basel.

have a nice day.

Colmar and Strassburg, possibly together with Schaffhausen and Konstanz, are among the most beautiful cities on this continent
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