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Are Neighbours Really that bad?

Hello,

I have been reading threads about neighbours in CH. It has, to be honest, been quite frightening. I have a young family and neither of my children really adhere to the whole "seen and not heard" philosophy. The kids don't run around banging on pots and pans, but they do run around and laugh and speak with "outside voices" sometimes.

We were considering living in a flat, as that seems the most economical choice. Would living in a flat in one of the suburbs around Basel (like Binningen) just wind up being a nightmare of neighbour complaints, or am I getting the wrong impression from the threads?

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Old 16.03.2015, 15:59
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

People only report bad stuff..

the other 99% of the population get on just fine with their neighbors
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

Take a ground floor flat, at least your kids won't be running on top of somebody's head and you will have less complaints. This was my own experience with a small kid. A modern flat without underfloor heating is also better - with underfloor heating you tend to hear your neighbours more.

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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

What John said.
To minimise the risk of getting annoying neighbours try to find a place in a building/neighbourhood with other families and maybe look for a ground floor flat. Oh and a flat with its own washing machine or space plus permission to put one is also a good idea.
Our neighbours are lovely and so were our previous ones.
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

ground flat in a new building. We had a family living above us in a new building and kids would run A lot with heavy pace. Thats ALL we heard though...none of the conversations etc so it was very doable.
Now we live in an old building for temp and it is unbearable with the family below and above us. (If it wasn't for them speaking portuguees I could partake in the conversations they have)
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Take a ground floor flat, at least your kids won't be running on top of somebody's head and you will have less complaints. This was my own experience with a small kid.
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What John said.
To minimise the risk of getting annoying neighbours try to find a place in a building/neighbourhood with other families and maybe look for a ground floor flat. Oh and a flat with its own washing machine or space plus permission to put one is also a good idea.
Our neighbours are lovely and so were our previous ones.
Thank you both. I think that is good advice, we don't want to upset anyone, and we want to respect our neighbours. We just don't want to wind up in a situation where no matter what, someone gets upset.

Could anyone recommend a family friendly neighbourhood around Basel?

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Old 16.03.2015, 16:22
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

You've got more chance of ending up with crap neighbours, than being the ones causing the problems.

I've got two sets of dickhead neighbours - but in different circumstances to which you suggest ...... land purchase and boundary dispute.
Fortunately one is on the other side of the street, but one borders us at the back.
Luckily, I am able to just ignore the existence of both.
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

I've lived here for 48 years and in all that time and in 4 moves the neighbours have been pleasant, helpful, friendly and polite. There was once a problem with our youngest boy making a noise early in the mornings but that was only a phase and passed quickly. Never had any trouble with the communal washing either - in fact this helps in getting to know thy neighbours...
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

You don't mention the ages of your children, or where you will be working - but I would have said anywhere near Schutzenmattpark, Kanenfeldpark, Lange Erlen for easy access to play areas. You might also consider looking further out of town - Riehen, Binningen, Bruderholz. Basel is pretty well connected with public transport criss-crossing town and frequent links to out-of-town suburbs.

We lived in Claraplatz until our son was 3 - we had Claramattpark around the corner though it was all a bit busy with trams and cars. We moved to Zurich - simply as my work had moved there - and settled on a place which is well away from roads.

Ideally you are looking for apartment complexes with plenty of off-road walkways where the kids can run around easily.

Also, if you have a lot of kids, I imagine they generate a lot of laundry. You might also factor in an apartment with its own washing machine - many apartments in Switzlerand have shared laundry facilities which is a whole subject on its own with regard to neighbourly disputes.

Do also search on this forum as discussion on different areas of Basel comes up quite frequently.

Don't be tempted by going out too much into the boondocks. Some friends of ours got a place in Bärschwil which was cheap and they got a bigger house for their bucks, but the place is a little bit Midwich Cuckoos and they got treated appallingly by the locals.

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We have an annual apero in the washroom.

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I've lived here for 48 years and in all that time and in 4 moves the neighbours have been pleasant, helpful, friendly and polite. There was once a problem with our youngest boy making a noise early in the mornings but that was only a phase and passed quickly. Never had any trouble with the communal washing either - in fact this helps in getting to know thy neighbours...
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Old 16.03.2015, 16:45
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

Ground flat is the way to go. We have two small boys and noise is unavoidable. They do go to bed at 20h though... But at least it releases you from the stress of having to worry about how much the neighbours downstairs hear and/or how disturbing they might find it.

As for our neighbours in particular, we are ok-ish. On the one side a young couple without kids. They haven't said a word since we moved in (8 months ago), but it seems they "tolerate" us.

On the other side a retired couple who say the obligatory "bonjour" but have already complained more than once that our oldest son (4.5 years) is too "friendly" and that we should teach him to not say "Bonjour" more than once a day. I can't help it that he is super proud of his French skills learned at school and likes/tries to communicate in French now and then.

The other day they simply told him that he was not getting his ball back after he accidently kicked it into their garden (first time in 8 months).

Oh boy I am looking forward to summer....
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

Tell him to say "enculez-vous" at all other times

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On the other side a retired couple who say the obligatory "bonjour" but have already complained more than once that our oldest son (4.5 years) is too "friendly" and that we should teach him to not say "Bonjour" more than once a day. I can't help it that he is super proud of his French skills learned at school and likes/tries to communicate in French now and then.
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Tell him to say "enculez-vous" at all other times
I had to use google translate for that. Ha ha!
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

Funnily enough this expression is never used in French as a direct translation of 'F**k you' but in a more passive way 'allez-vous faire enculer' (go and get yourself f**ed'- just to make sure your French makes good progress
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Could anyone recommend a family friendly neighbourhood around Basel?
We used to live in an old building close to Schutzenmatt park and it was a nightmare.

We lived in Binningen, it was nice.

We are now in Bruderholz and it's wonderful.

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Funnily enough this expression is never used in French as a direct translation of 'F**k you' but in a more passive way 'allez-vous faire enculer' (go and get yourself f**ed'- just to make sure your French makes good progress
And in good French Canadian: Va donc chier s'tie!

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Funnily enough this expression is never used in French as a direct translation of 'F**k you' but in a more passive way 'allez-vous faire enculer' (go and get yourself f**ed'- just to make sure your French makes good progress
More likely to say 'va faire foutre*', at least down here in Geneva!

*Literally 'go make yourself'.
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More likely to say 'va faire foutre*', at least down here in Geneva!

*Literally 'go make yourself'.

"Ta gueule"
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More likely to say 'va faire foutre*', at least down here in Geneva!

*Literally 'go make yourself'.
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Va TE faire foutre.

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Va TE faire foutre.

Not necessarily, depends on the circumstances.... and when did I give you permission to tu-toi me?????
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Re: Are Neighbours Really that bad?

Sorry Angela- but Nil is right, it is always 'vas TE faire foutre' and foutre means 'fu*k' too.

However, it is 'je m'en fous' (I don't give a f***).
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