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Ok, so I think I've got my head around schools and thank you to everyone for your advices! Now I need to know the bestest place to live! Hubby is going to be working in Villars Sur Glane. I would like to live somewhere with good links to everywhere, spectacular scenery, restaurants, cafes, shops and tons for the kids to do on my doorstep, in short I want it all!!!!

If you have any suggestions that are probably much more sensible than what I have got in my head please please please help!

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Is it all apartments?? What are the chances of getting a house?

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Is it all apartments?? What are the chances of getting a house?
And are the ones advertised in German in the German speaking parts of Fribourg? Does that make me sound really thick?

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And are the ones advertised in German in the German speaking parts of Fribourg? Does that make me sound really thick?
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And are the ones advertised in German in the German speaking parts of Fribourg? Does that make me sound really thick?
Not necessarily, you'd have to to look at the location to get an idea of the language spoken. Essentially, N/NE of Fribourg is German speaking, everywhere else is more or less French. No specific area of the city itself is German-speaking (only historically), so if you live within the commune of Fribourg, your kids will be schooled in French .
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Not necessarily, you'd have to to look at the location to get an idea of the language spoken. Essentially, N/NE of Fribourg is German speaking, everywhere else is more or less French. No specific area of the city itself is German-speaking (only historically), so if you live within the commune of Fribourg, your kids will be schooled in French .
Cool thanks. Now where to live???
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Cool thanks. Now where to live???
If you want to be within easy reach of the city, look for places in Fribourg itself, VsG, Givisiez, Granges-Paccot. Then just further out again you have Corminboef, Belfaux, Marly, Neyruz, Cormagens etc.
For your info, we actually live in VsG, which is quite a nice place and less than 15 mins on the bus to Fribourg, but not many houses for rent if that's what you're after. Lots of nice, relatively new appartments though.
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Re: Still moving to Fribourg, but where????

did you check BUlle? it sees to be the hub for people around Fribourg and even those working in Vaud. It is French spoken here. rent is still affordable.
22minutes to VSG

you have everything you want here really and the city has really cleaned up its act. the "outskirts" are actually quit nice if you have a family
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Ok, so I think I've got my head around schools and thank you to everyone for your advices! Now I need to know the bestest place to live! Hubby is going to be working in Villars Sur Glane. I would like to live somewhere with good links to everywhere, spectacular scenery, restaurants, cafes, shops and tons for the kids to do on my doorstep, in short I want it all!!!!

If you have any suggestions that are probably much more sensible than what I have got in my head please please please help!

Thanks again in advance

Fay xx
You don't necessarily have to live right on top of where hubby works (VsG). It would be quite difficult to find a house in or on the edge of Fribourg. Your best bet, would be to look in one of the surrounding villages.

Because of influx of foreign workers from other Euro zone countries, low interest rates and strong CHF, there are many new builds popping up on previously designated agricultural land in many villages. This is not the case in the city (or 'burbs) where you would have to be lucky enough to find a house becoming available for rental at the right time - considerably limiting your choice. Most city folk are apartment dwellers. However you may struggle to meet all of your above criteria, if you prefer a house.

What is the situation re. your eldest going to ISB? Who needs the easiest commute - hubby or child? How long a commute is deemed acceptable for hubby?
Public transport links are good - VsG is about 10mins from FR. station, or is hubby considering driving, if parking is available?

I think your location is obviously dependent on what school you decide for your daughter, as most of the French speaking villages are the other side of FR. to Bern.
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Not necessarily, you'd have to to look at the location to get an idea of the language spoken. Essentially, N/NE of Fribourg is German speaking, everywhere else is more or less French.
I think in general, though, there's a good chance that ads. in German probably correspond to a German speaking area, and similarly French - although there will undoubtedly be exceptions.

North, round to South-east are effectively German speaking - I'm SE of FR. and it's German speaking - with just a couple if villages just outside the city, being French speaking in my direction.

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did you check BUlle? it sees to be the hub for people around Fribourg and even those working in Vaud. It is French spoken here. rent is still affordable.
22minutes to VSG

you have everything you want here really and the city has really cleaned up its act. the "outskirts" are actually quit nice if you have a family
If sending your daughter to ISB was no longer an option, this is a good call due to the amount of growth and development over the last few years - which might help satisfy some of your desires.

Also Avry/Matran area worth a look.
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You don't necessarily have to live right on top of where hubby works (VsG). It would be quite difficult to find a house in or on the edge of Fribourg. Your best bet, would be to look in one of the surrounding villages.

Because of influx of foreign workers from other Euro zone countries, low interest rates and strong CHF, there are many new builds popping up on previously designated agricultural land in many villages. This is not the case in the city (or 'burbs) where you would have to be lucky enough to find a house becoming available for rental at the right time - considerably limiting your choice. Most city folk are apartment dwellers. However you may struggle to meet all of your above criteria, if you prefer a house.

What is the situation re. your eldest going to ISB? Who needs the easiest commute - hubby or child? How long a commute is deemed acceptable for hubby?
Public transport links are good - VsG is about 10mins from FR. station, or is hubby considering driving, if parking is available?

I think your location is obviously dependent on what school you decide for your daughter, as most of the French speaking villages are the other side of FR. to Bern.
I think it would be best to have an easy commute for my girl, hubby is big and ugly and can look after himself!! We were looking at trying not to have a car because the public transport looked so good and reliable. I'm having a real struggle over what to do with my girl as it would be easier for her to go to an english speaking school but better in the long run to just get in and get on with it!! I'm just worried she'll fail exams because of the language barrier.
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I think it would be best to have an easy commute for my girl, hubby is big and ugly and can look after himself!! We were looking at trying not to have a car because the public transport looked so good and reliable. I'm having a real struggle over what to do with my girl as it would be easier for her to go to an english speaking school but better in the long run to just get in and get on with it!! I'm just worried she'll fail exams because of the language barrier.
If you do send your daughter to the local school, they do provide extra French tuition to non-speakers. It will be a struggle, I'm not denying it, but it is possible. At least she'll get full marks in her English
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Aw man my head is spinning!! It's so tough I just want to make sure I get it all right so the kids don't hate it and moan!

Also another of my billion questions!! Does anyone buy their house over there? We were told that most people just rent?

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If you do send your daughter to the local school, they do provide extra French tuition to non-speakers. It will be a struggle, I'm not denying it, but it is possible. At least she'll get full marks in her English
Ha ha!! That's better than she is getting just now!!

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You don't necessarily have to live right on top of where hubby works (VsG). It would be quite difficult to find a house in or on the edge of Fribourg. Your best bet, would be to look in one of the surrounding villages.

Because of influx of foreign workers from other Euro zone countries, low interest rates and strong CHF, there are many new builds popping up on previously designated agricultural land in many villages. This is not the case in the city (or 'burbs) where you would have to be lucky enough to find a house becoming available for rental at the right time - considerably limiting your choice. Most city folk are apartment dwellers. However you may struggle to meet all of your above criteria, if you prefer a house.

What is the situation re. your eldest going to ISB? Who needs the easiest commute - hubby or child? How long a commute is deemed acceptable for hubby?
Public transport links are good - VsG is about 10mins from FR. station, or is hubby considering driving, if parking is available?

I think your location is obviously dependent on what school you decide for your daughter, as most of the French speaking villages are the other side of FR. to Bern.
I'm really fancying an old property cos just now we live in a 70's terraced box.

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I think it would be best to have an easy commute for my girl, hubby is big and ugly and can look after himself!!
An easy commute for your girl to Bern puts you into German speaking territory, which makes my earlier suggestion of Mürten (on the lake - with all associated benefits) worth considering, as both languages are spoken (I think), but probably more German.

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I'm really fancying an old property cos just now we live in a 70's terraced box.
We presently own an old (but renovated) house from about the late '20's, but are moving to a new house (hopefully finished before school goes back), which we are also buying - and are renting this one out - a bit small for 4, despite good garden. So we (in partnership with the bank) own two.

In general property, land and building are more expensive than UK, and the mortgage system (although improved over recent years) is even more in favour of the banks - often not involving a fixed term, and purely the interest being the necessary repayment, often with the capital debt only becoming less over considerable time - but it does help keep the taxes lower.
20% deposit and difficult for non-Swiss.

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I'm not learning anything by being the only one replying to myself!!
It helps to get answers sometimes if you post your questions in the right place. This is not an Introduction but a request about information on housing and thus belongs in Housing in General.

You are not exactly the first person to do it though and we are very forgiving on here.
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(...) which makes my earlier suggestion of Mürten (on the lake - with all associated benefits) worth considering, as both languages are spoken (I think), but probably more German.
I think Murten is pretty solidly German, but Meyriez and Courgevaux (which are basically suburbs of Murten) are French.

That whole area between the Murtensee and Fribourg is a real linguistic hotchpotch... when you drive from Neuchâtel to Fribourg, you cross the linguistic boundary about seven times in half an hour !
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We have a weekend place in Murten and LOVE it there. Lots going on and, in the old section, bakeries, restaurants and some shops are actually open during tourist months. Great lake and loads of festivals and activities and hiking.
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I meant to say actually open on Sundays...
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It helps to get answers sometimes if you post your questions in the right place. This is not an Introduction but a request about information on housing and thus belongs in Housing in General.

You are not exactly the first person to do it though and we are very forgiving on here.
I'm so sorry I'm new to the etiquette!
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We have a weekend place in Murten and LOVE it there. Lots going on and, in the old section, bakeries, restaurants and some shops are actually open during tourist months. Great lake and loads of festivals and activities and hiking.
Sounds like my kinda place!!!!
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Sounds like my kinda place!!!!
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Flamatt is closer to Bern than Murten. Train connections are 35min from Murten to Bern and 15-20min from Flamatt to Bern.
Flamatt is on the same highway that goes to VsG so it's maybe 20min drive.
If daily commute to Bern is important then better locate in Flamatt. Other option is to live in Bern and have your husband commute to VsG.
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