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8708 Männedorf - nice area to live?

Hi,

am struggling to find a place in Zurich city so am looking further outside. Could anyone give me more info on Männedorf? I read the S7 takes about 20mins to Zurich HBF. Is there much going on in Männedorf or is it very quiet/more for families?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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Re: 8708 Männedorf - nice area to live?

Mannedorf is a lovely town.

(Why has EF suddenly stopped accepting my umlauts? )

I lived in Mannedorf when we first arrived, stayed there for 5 years. Excellent train transportation to Zurich and to Rapperswil in the other direction, easy car commute into the city as well.

I was so fortunate in my neighbors - lovely people who have remained good friends. The town had a very open vibe, I always felt welcome - even though I arrived with no German at all. Several of my Swiss neighbors had themselves lived abroad, understood the challenges a foreigner faced and went out of their way to be kind.

The town has a decent infrastructure - as mentioned, good train connections, a couple of decent restaurants, a nice swimming Badi, an even nicer unofficial swimming spot by the second harbor where the dogs were welcome, a fantastic coiffeuse (my former neighbor ) the best mechanic in all of Switzerland (another neighbor ) a small Coop and Migros, a bakery... and Kino Wildeman, a little gem of an art house cinema.

And the lovely Pfannestiel hiking area.

No, there is not the nightlife one would find in the city - but you are only 20 minutes or so out, you can always go and find the bright lights - and then come back to your friendly, convivial little town.

I was very happy in Mannedorf - I'm sure you would be as well.

Good luck in the house hunt.
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Re: 8708 Männedorf - nice area to live?

Thanks so much for your response - it was very helpful!!!
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Re: 8708 Männedorf - nice area to live?

Anywhere from Meilen to Stäfa is good, albeit quiet for a single person, buses have good connections to any of the stations with S7 trains. Stäfa is probably your best bet if you are single as it has a lot more resturants and Swiss versions of bars (but you will need to bring your own friends!!). You are also 25 minutes closer to decent winter skiing and Pfannensteil on your doorstep is great all year round.
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