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Buying a House Across in France

Hi everyone, we've just been here a couple of months but already thinking about buying a house in France near Basel.

I'd love to hear your opinions about different areas. I was hoping to find a village that had a fairly active center but there don't seem to be a lot of options in France. I keep hearing that Saint Louis is boring - is that the general opinion? That would be a shame considering that always going to Basel for an active social life would be hard on the pocketbook - esp with a baby on the way!

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Hi, I live in Saint Louis, and have done for last three years, with my husband and three kids. I love it. It's not as picturesque as other places, eg Hesingue and Blotzheim are pretty towns not far away.

What I love is that it's so convenient, can walk to everything we need. There is not a lot to do in the evenings, just a few restaurants, pubs, but what's really great is that it's very easy to get to Basel. (If you speak French, there is a nice cinema and a lot of cultural things happening) Depending on where you live...There is a bus - 604- that goes near Marktplatz. However it stops around 8pm.

But there is then the option of walking across the border to the 11 tram. I live only 10 minutes walk from there, or if you live on the other side of town, there is the train station, which has trains to Basel, not very regular in the evening, but not bad. Journey time only 10 minutes. If you do look at Saint Louis and transport is important to you, you should only consider the centre, ie within a couple of kilometres of the Croisee des Lys - where the townhall (mairie) is. Don't consider Saint Louis Neuweg or saint louis la chausee.

There is an area called Bourgfelden, which is near the Swiss border, where you can pick up a tram no. 3. In general, the area is not very well considered, although there are nice parts of it. Hegenheim is another village worth considering. Houses are bigger and more expensive there. It is also over the border from the tram in Allschwil, maybe the no. 3, I'm not sure. Hope that that's helpful. I do know a house that's for rent in Saint Louis, about 4 bedrooms, oldish but big, about 1400 euros. I just know it because a friend used to live there but left recently. If you want more info, you can send me a private message as I don't always check the site. (however I've just reread your post and realised you are looking at buying) Good luck.

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I'd love to hear your opinions about different areas. I was hoping to find a village that had a fairly active center but there don't seem to be a lot of options in France. I keep hearing that Saint Louis is boring - is that the general opinion? That would be a shame considering that always going to Basel for an active social life would be hard on the pocketbook - esp with a baby on the way!
I think it depends a little bit on what you're looking for in a village and how far you are prepared to travel each day. Close in, I really like Hegenheim, but it's still quite a small village with only a couple of restaurants, a grocery store, and a shop.

We've just bought a place in a smaller village of 800 people about 30 minutes from Basel -- very traditional, active village life (eg, everyone knows what's going on with everyone else) but not much in the way of restaurants and shops.

If you're after restaurants and shops, you'd be better off considering the bigger towns -- St. Louis if you want to be close, or Mulhouse if you want a bigger selection.
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