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We will relocate with our family (kids 8 and 4) by 2019 to Basel region, and we would appreciate the recommendations of the villages to buy a house in France as we will be frontalier.


We have a lovely big house in France near Geneva and we are interest to buy something nice as well (garden, 4 rooms, etc.)



Thanks in advance to all.
BTW, Anyone who needs advices/tips on Geneva region is more than welcome.



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It depends a little bit on what you are looking for. If you want "city" life, your best bets are either Saint Louis (not a beautiful place, to be fair) or Mulhouse. If you want to be close to Basel, you can consider close-in villages in proximity to Saint Louis like Village Neuf, Hegenheim, Hesingue, or Huningue.

If you want a smaller village, there are plenty of them scattered in Alsace -- either on the flatter sections between Basel and Mulhouse (Bartenheim / Sierentz) or in the hillier, forested villages to the west of Basel towards the Jura. These tend to be smaller -- the biggest decision we had to make was whether we were happy to be in a village which was 100% residential, or if we wanted to seek out a village which was large enough to have shops / restaurants / post office / school / etc.

The villages to the west of Basel are not well-served by public transport; those between Mulhouse and Basel are on the main rail line. Saint Louis and surrounding villages are served by the Distribus.
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Nothing wrong with what VI said, but just a couple of additional points.

The further West you go the lower the house prices. This was certainly true 18 years ago when we moved there and appears to be the case still. Probably driven by the lack of public transport into Basel. But this also means that there's less of a tendency to rely on the cities, so there's more in the way of services available locally. I suspect prices will generally be lower than you're used to close to Geneva as well.

We chose to buy in Steinsoultz, mainly because it was just the perfect house, which is about 25 minutes drive from Basel. We're effectively in the village of Waldighoffen, which has a primary school as well as doctors, dentists, pharmacy, supermarket etc. etc. Just a few minutes further West you've got Hirsingue (not to be confused with Hésingue) then Altkirch, each with progressively more in the way of infrastructure.

There are bus services provided through all the villages for senior school kids, by the way, as well as local schools for younger children.
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Great, thank you so much for your answers.

We are looking more village style rather than city style. Our house is in the outskirts of Jura and we like the countryside.



I will look at your recommendations; perhaps we could be neighbors in the future.

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I will look at your recommendations; perhaps we could be neighbors in the future.
Doubtful, as we're moving away. But we do have an amazing house and garden that we'll be looking to sell, or possibly rent out, if you're interested...

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We have friends/neighbours hereabouts who had lived in the area {Evian} for many years, but chose to move back to the place where you are intending to move to. They chose Hesingue and are still raving about everything there some 3/4 years later. Apparently it has practically everything everyone would ever want [but depends upon your outlook of course]. They love it there.

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Doubtful, as we're moving away. But we do have an amazing house and garden that we'll be looking to sell, or possibly rent out, if you're interested...

It looks nice... please write me to [email address removed as per posting rules]
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The villages to the west of Basel are not well-served by public transport; those between Mulhouse and Basel are on the main rail line. Saint Louis and surrounding villages are served by the Distribus.

True except for Leymen. Located in France and on tramline 10 that goes into Basel. Takes 30mins by tram

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Basel/Leymen
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True except for Leymen. Located in France and on tramline 10 that goes into Basel. Takes 30mins by tram

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Basel/Leymen
True, but it's worth bearing in mind that prices there are about on a par with Switzerland, very much higher than the other areas of France previously mentioned. And there's a good choice of restaurants there, mainly catering to the Swiss market, but very little else. I don't even think there's a 'corner shop', certainly no supermarkets, the closest being quite a drive away.
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Re: Frontalier Basel

We drive through every week and I cannot say about houseprices, indeed you are right they should be more because of the public transport links. There is an infant and junior school, grocery store, butchers, bank and cashpoint and bakery. Indeed no supermarket but just the village amenities I listed unless they are on the side roads.
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