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What are your village life non-negotiables?

It has been said many times that village life within easy reach of bigger towns/cities can be a better lifestyle than living in the city itself, especially for families with kids.

Having said that, there must be some non-negotiables. Such as:
  • Konditorei within walking distance
  • Volg (Coop?) within 5 minutes public transport
  • Kindergarten and Primarschule
What are yours?
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Old 30.09.2011, 12:50
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

Hi I stuck this answer on your other thread, but posted it here too.

Yeah I would say so, I have to say most of the villages have either a Denner, Volg or small Migros/Coop. We are very lucky that we have a good Denner with great Metzgerei, an apotheke, bakers, coffee shop and two typical village bars/restaurants, we also have a 24hr milk machine and farm shops!

Yeah school was very important to us, our kids were not kindergarten age but primar when we came here so High school was important and we are lucky to have everything on our doorstep.

We can get to pretty much anywhere under an hour too, so if you want the bustly shops/bars or a day at the zoo that a city offers then this can be done easily!
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

Only non-negotiables are beauty and peacefulness.

Shops, schools, bakery I do without, and would even prefer some of these not be there.
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Only non-negotiables are beauty and peacefulness.

Shops, schools, bakery I do without, and would even prefer some of these not be there.
I take it you have a car?
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

Hi all,

I'm not sure I have any non-negotiables, but as a lifestyle, it does have it's advantages.

A normal week might be the same to most of us, but weekends do tend to quieten down (especially this time of year) and the added peace and closed shops on Sunday certainly help make the weekends that bit longer. The countryside, scenery etc is never far away and getting some fresh air is easy.

The one thing that stands out for me is that, when I was commuting to and from Zürich, your home really just felt like a tent. Up early, home late, go to bed and repeat. Now that I work near where I live, you're home earlier, you meet the locals more often and that gives me a 'home' feeling of sorts - even though it's not quite the same, but at least a sense of belonging.

As already pointed out, villages usually have everything you need and if not, then close by. On that note, village life can be dull, so don't expect fun and thrills every weekend :)

Have a nice weekend!
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It has been said many times that village life within easy reach of bigger towns/cities can be a better lifestyle than living in the city itself, especially for families with kids.

Having said that, there must be some non-negotiables. Such as:
  • Konditorei within walking distance
  • Volg (Coop?) within 5 minutes public transport
  • Kindergarten and Primarschule
What are yours?
I used to think a post office was a must, as this is where you used to find out what is really going on in the village.

But many villages are closing the post offices, or placing them in the local Volg, for example. Some villages without post offices the postal delivery person will collect the items you want to post, including parcels. I wouldn't mind this at all.
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

A decent train connection.

If I never have to catch a bus ever again, it will be too soon.
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

Withing walking distance :
- 2 COOPS
- 1 Migros
- 1 bakery/Konditorei
- 1 butcher
- 1 Apotheke
public transport :
- 2 S-Bahn-lines (10 mins to Zch-HB, for example)
- 2 tram-lines (10 mins to Zch-Apt for example)
- various bus-lines

I had this in an "inner suburb" for decades and now have it in
an "outer surburb. The public transport connections are so much
better that I now am far more swiftly both in downtown and at the lake
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I had this in an "inner suburb" for decades and now have it in
an "outer surburb.
Neither of which, of course, may be considered 'villages'.
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Not really no, except that the "inner" one was forced into the City by a Bundesgerichts-Entscheid and that the other one due to the then majorty of CH citizens in the old village of Opfikon took that name as the official city name. With "Glattpark" this will change, and the town in the end even may opt to join Zürich
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

The lively banter at the village Volg store. More information can be probably gained from this communications node than from the front desk at the Pentagon. And they have great fruit, which the CIA probably don't do in DC.
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

Casino.
Red light district.
Drug pushers.
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Casino.
Red light district.
Drug pushers.
In Schwyz? And that's just for the primary school kids' entertainment - right?
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

Schools KG, Primar and Bez. or Sec.
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Train line
Shop is nice but can do without
River or lake for hot summer days, ok maybe a bit of a luxury, but so far we've been lucky
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

Being able to walk out from the house direct into the countryside. No roads. Just fields. Total peace.

If you have a good public transport link (we have a frequent and fast bus service) then shops etc are not so important. There again, I have been pleased in the last few years when a bread van started coming every day (stocking more than just bread and will deliver pre ordered stuff from the butchers too) and a mobile shop from the Milch Husli is great (stocking everything .. its a veritable Tardis). And now we are a bit more established, I know which neighbours to go to for eggs, surplus veg and fruit. Even the farmer will sell you a pitcher of milk if pop over just after milking.

Actually one thing that is more important than we realised when we researched this place is village activities to get involved in. So the 3 year old is in woods playgroup, the 8 year old in sports, music clubs and religion club (sort of thing), I sing in the choir and am in the Woman's Club (multifarious activities .. if I told you I would have to eat you) and husband in sports club. All this helps to make you feel that you know a good cross section of the village.

Oh and if you have kids, possibilities for onward schooling when you have exhausted the schooling in the village.

It's horses for courses though. Most of my relatives pitch up (from the suburbs of Manchester and North Cheshire commuter belt) and declare it is like being buried alive out here ...
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Red light district.
Drug pushers.
These are exactly what the Fridolin newspaper predicts for the new city of Glarus Nord in the next few years... (PDF)

(I'll believe it when I see it...)
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Old 07.10.2011, 11:49
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

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These are exactly what the Fridolin newspaper predicts for the new city of Glarus Nord in the next few years... (PDF)

(I'll believe it when I see it...)
Brilliant! Whoever wrote that article would do well to take a trip outside Glarus once in a while and maybe visit a real city every now and then (Weesen or Schmerikon don't count...)
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- train station 5 minutes away to go somewhere else
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Ahh yes, but that applies to pretty much anywhere doesn't it?
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Re: What are your village life non-negotiables?

My non negotiables was good public transportation at walking distance, a relatively well stocked supermarket and a low rent.

Everything else was negotiable.
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