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Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

Any views on which towns along Lake Zurich get the most sun? I am keen on the western side, in particular Adliswil, but have read that it doesn't get much sun in the winter as it is in the shadow of the mountains. I'll have three kids under five (two boys, one girl) when we move so it's important that I can let them play in the yard and preferably a yard that it is the sun. I assume the eastern shore would have more sun but I have a feel I will prefer to live on the west side. Also any other local information on the weather/winds on Lake Zurich that you have experienced from living there would be helpful rather than me relying on stats from a climate website...
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

The (North)eastern side isn't called Goldcoast for nothing... in the evening sun it has a golden glow and looks absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately this prime location comes at a price. The question is not whether you want to live there, but whether you can afford it

If you can not afford to live on the eastern side, and sun is important to you, it might be an idea look at other options away from Lake Zürich? For example in Uster, near the Greifensee.

I've never lived in Adliswil myself but I do have some friends there, and it gets dark quite early, especially in winter. For me, it would be too depressing, but some people don't mind.

Maybe there are other members who actually live there and can give a better insight.
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The (North)eastern side isn't called Goldcoast for nothing... in the evening sun it has a golden glow and looks absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately this prime location comes at a price. The question is not whether you want to live there, but whether you can afford it
From the darker, SW coast!

When you are actually living on the Gold coast, you can only look across to the darker coast.

Towns on the SW coast (also called the Silver coast but not by the locals), get plenty of sun.

They get the added benefit of being nearer to the mountains so when the fog hits in October/November (and it hits both sides of the lake), it doesn't take long to get above it.
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

Despite the fact that the western side gets less sun, there are still a lot of properties in various towns down the lake which have two balconies, so that you do get sun for as long as possible. However, if you want the best possibility of getting sun, then have a look at the areas which have the incline behind them, some distance away, or at places like Wollerau or Freienbach which to some extent, offer properties facing Zurich centre.
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

On Lake Zurich, the places that get most sun are the more expensive ones. That applies to the entire East bank ("Gold Coast"), and to more exposed places on the West bank. For more sun, the western slopes of the Albis range (Aeugst, Bonstetten) are the nearest "cheapish" option.

Adliswil and most of the Sihl valley are quite dark. In addition, the fog seems more persistent in Adliswil than even on Lake Zurich.
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Despite the fact that the western side gets less sun, there are still a lot of properties in various towns down the lake which have two balconies, so that you do get sun for as long as possible. However, if you want the best possibility of getting sun, then have a look at the areas which have the incline behind them, some distance away, or at places like Wollerau or Freienbach which to some extent, offer properties facing Zurich centre.

But not between them as it's like the dark side of the moon.
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

Probably right.
I think the gold coast is heavily over rated. They may have a ton of wealthy people, but for schools, connections by train and car, value for money property and reasonable tax rates, Rüschlikon, Kilchberg and Thalwil are great locations. In one of these towns there must be property with sun for most of the day. Modern buildings have huuge windows and are really bright inside, so the issue with constant sunshine becomes less of an issue
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

Much more of the lake side is accessible on the non-Gold coast side as well with lots of footpath/cycleway and swimming areas.
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

Settled then, despite a few hours less of sunshine per year, nothing else speaks for the eastern side of the lake
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

We live in Adliswil and I can confrm that there is a bit less sunlight. The sun disappears at about 15:15 behind the Albis now.
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Any views on which towns along Lake Zurich get the most sun? I am keen on the western side, in particular Adliswil, but have read that it doesn't get much sun in the winter as it is in the shadow of the mountains. I'll have three kids under five (two boys, one girl) when we move so it's important that I can let them play in the yard and preferably a yard that it is the sun. I assume the eastern shore would have more sun but I have a feel I will prefer to live on the west side. Also any other local information on the weather/winds on Lake Zurich that you have experienced from living there would be helpful rather than me relying on stats from a climate website...
Living in Adliswil now, and the sun has been 'down' for about 45 minutes now. Oh and btw, the longest night is still not for another month... This is probably not what you'd be looking for. However, go up the Felsenegg and the afternoon sun is amazing (between about 1-4), and there are plenty of nature trails and open areas for the kids to explore. The rental prices here are soo much better than Zurich proper, btw... Good luck!
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

I bought a place in the Gold coast. It has quite good schools, a lot of sun, a beautiful golden colour on the lake at dawn (I have a gorgeous view from my work place too), but it's impossible to find a house with a garden at a reasonable price. It is possible, though to get a groundfloor apartment with enough garden, but prices are still quite high.

It depends on your wallet thickness...

Does it really need to be next to the lake?
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I bought a place in the Gold coast. It has quite good schools, a lot of sun, a beautiful golden colour on the lake at dawn (I have a gorgeous view from my work place too), but it's impossible to find a house with a garden at a reasonable price. It is possible, though to get a groundfloor apartment with enough garden, but prices are still quite high.

It depends on your wallet thickness...

Does it really need to be next to the lake?
I'm tagging to this post as we're also looking for a place near Zurich (rent and maybe buy in the future) Sun is EXTREMELY important for me it doesn't have to be right on the lake, but I like bigger towns not very rural areas, feels more expat friendly. What towns would you recommend I put on comparis ?
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Adliswil and most of the Sihl valley are quite dark. In addition, the fog seems more persistent in Adliswil than even on Lake Zurich.
and yet adliswil has higher property prices compared to many other places around zurich lake
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I'm tagging to this post as we're also looking for a place near Zurich (rent and maybe buy in the future) Sun is EXTREMELY important for me it doesn't have to be right on the lake, but I like bigger towns not very rural areas, feels more expat friendly. What towns would you recommend I put on comparis ?
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You might try Rapperswil-Jona, a middle sized city right on the lake, has a charming downtown and good train connections to basically everywhere.
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You might try Rapperswil-Jona, a middle sized city right on the lake, has a charming downtown and good train connections to basically everywhere.
And the richest guy in the country lives there

http://www.watson.ch/Schweiz/Sport/1...Federer-helfen
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

My in-laws have a house in Jona, the view is spectacular. They're definitaly not in "Federer" category so it can't be that expensive.
I would love to live there! But I could settle for anything with a garden... even in Aargau
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

Another vote for Rapperswil here. If you're not going to be in the city, fighting to get an apartment in Kreis 6 or 7, then Rapperswil is definitely worth looking at. If you need a decent size apartment closer to the city, try looking at Regensdorf, but the transport links can make it feel as far away as Rapperswil.
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Re: Sunniest towns on Lake Zurich

I'd recommend this area in Rapperswil more specifically, the "Südquartier" as they call it. The rental prices are not so crazy there and you'll have a good dose of sun with the proximity of (rather unhabitated) lakeside.

https://goo.gl/maps/4c3GoAoXrst
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You might try Rapperswil-Jona, a middle sized city right on the lake, has a charming downtown and good train connections to basically everywhere.
From the Profile the OP (of the new question) is non EU. Therefore to live in canton St. Gallen (which Rapperswil is) might not be possible if the job is in Zurich.
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