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Re: Living around Zürich

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Kloten (like Oerlikon) is a bit of a concrete jungle IMO, and not much going in the evenings or weekends. And yes, being close to the airport it's noisy, not just from the planes but also the main roads and motorways around it.
Yeah I was afraid about the airplanes. That's why houses I found so many nice houses there.

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Indeed the train network matters and what matters the most is the night one

It sucks to leave early just because you have to catch the last train home. The night trains are indicated as SN*.
I thought of this too. We are both 32 years old and still like to go out once or twice a month. Being close to the city removes the stress of the last train home.

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If you have pets you should really look for "pets allowed" houses, nothing is not pre-discussed here. Kids too, as some places are child friendly and others are more senior/pensioners agent would know things you can't get simply from visiting a place, trust me. If your company provides the services of a relocation company, your relocation agent will help you with finding a house but you'll have to give them a hint - you're into urban places, or more country side etc. Also indicating an area would be helpful, so they won't waste your time and theirs.
They'll come up with a list of apartments/houses and their description and take you to visit them. (at least our relocation agent did that for us when we moved to CH) They'll also help you with your registration to the municipality and also with other stuff that might come up. I wouldn't be so worried if I were you, it is more difficult for people who have absolutely no help with relocation. You might have to compromise in some areas, but a'll find. (they'll find it for you)
Oh, and Kloten...Kloten is in a high noise area, there is a site where you can check that out, I might add it here a bit later.
I'll start only looking for houses where pets are allowed. I asked this because in other topics I saw people saying that they applied for a house that did not state it allowed pets and in the application they mentioned an indoor cat and it was not a problem.

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Villages in the Albis are good value and quite a quick commute into Zurich, eg Wettswil, Bonstetten, Hedingen.
The Albis area was one of the places I was looking at. I love those villages in the middle of the valley.

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I live in Greifensee, where there is a beautiful and very clean lake by the same name. I love it here. It's a 15 minute train ride to/from the main train station in central Zurich. There are swimming and grilling areas all around the lake as well as a nice biking and walking trail that goes all the way around it. We pay $2,100 per month for a nice-sized, modern 3-bedroom apartment.
The lake here has gorgeous sunsets. This is a photo that I took a few summers ago, just to give you an idea.

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I need to take a better look at Greifensee. This looks awesome .
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