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Job in Villars-sur-Ollon; where should we live?

Hi - we are a NZ/UK couple of teachers starting work at Beau Soleil school at Villars-sur-Ollon in Aug 2011. We are wondering where we should choose to live. We would prefer a place with a bit of alternative life and some cool bars/music venues. We think we would love Lausanne but think it may be too far to commute - we will have a car. Montreux? Would we go crazy living up at Villars? Suggestions appreciated.

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Hi and welcome. It's so hard to reply to a question like this, as we know absolutely nothing about you and what you enjoy. Villars is a good ski resort, and has fabulous sport facilities and scenery, mountains, etc. But it is a bit on the small side. Why not try it for a few months and see how you get on - and use the time to travel in the area. Montreux is very expensive, and the nearer you get to Lausanne the more difficult to find accommodation. What do you enjoy?? Sept to mid December is low season, so you should be able to find a flat at a reasonable rate.
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Re: Job in Villars-sur-Ollon; where should we live?

First of, congrats on the jobs!! Villars is near me and it's where we have been learning to ski.

The "largest" towns within 30 mins or so that are easily commutable for you would be Monthey and then maybe Martingy. Both have fairly decent bars and restaurants, can't comment on music venues tho i'm afraid.

Lausanne is a much larger city and has good nightlife, but as mentioned, is a bit of a commute and as mentioned accomodation might be an issue.

Godd luck.

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Re: Job in Villars-sur-Ollon; where should we live?

Thanks for quick reply and sorry for vagueness about first post. No we are not great skiing fans and would prefer to live in Montreux/Lausanne we think. We are visiting the school and area 18-22 Feb (this month) so we will check it out. We just wondered if it's realistic to commute from Lausanne (hour drive?) or Montreux (30 min drive?).
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Re: Job in Villars-sur-Ollon; where should we live?

Thanks for the reply Sean. Will have a good look in 10 days and try some driving!! Pete
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Thanks for the reply Sean. Will have a good look in 10 days and try some driving!! Pete
you're welcome....meant to say I work in Montreux...it's a great location and a busy place with tourists, a good few places to eat and drink and has plenty of good events throughout the year, including the jazz festivl in July time. I would say more on the expensive side to live tho.
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Re: Job in Villars-sur-Ollon; where should we live?

The highway between Montreaux and Lausanne can be quite busy at rush hours. You would do a reverse commute so maybe that would help a bit. At least one hour drive.
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Re: Job in Villars-sur-Ollon; where should we live?

Thanks guys for all your advice and ideas! Will let you know how we get on next week when we fly over - feels like Montreux is a real option. Thanks again.
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Do visit Montreux and look at prices. It attracts a lot of Americans, Japanese and Arabs. Big cars, fur coats and diamonds- and the boutiques are pretty but prices exhorbitant. Vevey is also very expensive due to Nestlé - but very pretty Riviera. Would be interested to know what you think once you've been there.
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Re: Job in Villars-sur-Ollon; where should we live?

I think Lausanne would be a bit far. Don't forget that you have to climb up to get to the school. This will add time to your commune. I'm not sure online maps take that into consideration. And don't forget when it's snowing it will add even more time.

Montreux is probably the best option and even then you'll probably commute 40-45 mins.
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