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Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

Hello! I am negotiating a job position in Basel (with good access to public transportation) and would like to know which are best cities near Basel to live with my family (4 and 6 year old kids). My wife will not work in first months, but we expect she does it some months later. So, it is better if the place is close to Basel. Somethings to consider: access to good public schools to our kids; near Basel (maximum 25 minutes by public transportation); near public transportation access but a calm place; rental costs, health insurance and taxes cheaper than Basel. I have looked some threads here recommending places like Allschwil, Bruderholz, Muttenz and Reinach. But all threads are very old, so it must be changed. And I also do not know if other threads' people have the same variables than me. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

I put - where to live basel - in the search box and there are many threads on this topic, as recently as February 2015. I doubt Basel has changed much in 7 months.
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

If you like it calm, then arlesheim seems to be the place for you.
After 6 pm it is quiet, no public life(except the firefighters or the local sports club).
Muttenz is not nice (huge railways cuts through the city), allschwil is not much better( huge traffic to and from france for working in Basel).
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I put - where to live basel - in the search box and there are many threads on this topic, as recently as February 2015. I doubt Basel has changed much in 7 months.
I was googling and checked that newer posts started in 2012. But making your search here, I saw that some updates has 2015 updates. Thanks.
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If you like it calm, then arlesheim seems to be the place for you.
After 6 pm it is quiet, no public life(except the firefighters or the local sports club).
Muttenz is not nice (huge railways cuts through the city), allschwil is not much better( huge traffic to and from france for working in Basel).
Thanks! That is the kind of tip that I was looking for.
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

Switzerland doesn't change very much over the years. Alschwill is still too near the airport for my tastes, but Leimenthal - Binningen, Bottmingen, Oberwil, Therwil,...- is pretty nice. Binningen has the best communications - you can even walk into the city - but the rents are higher. However, the taxes are lower, so it balances out to an extent. The nicer areas tend to have the better schools, but search for the school thread discussions - so much depends on the individual teachers, which can vary. Unless your employer is going to give your wife a job, don't assume she'll have one in a few months, even if she's a fluent German speaker.

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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

Since Switzerland is not so big, every place is fairly easy to access - especially Basel. if you don't mind to commute a bit longer there are even places in Olten or nearby to consider. The rents are cheaper than in Basel...
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

I think the 2012 threads will also be relevant. Sorry if this comes across as flippant but you'll be better off reading through some of the old threads and coming back with more specific questions - and some of the answers here also make a good starting point.

I would also recommend purchasing the book "Living and Working in Switzerland" - which gives a lot of potted information about topics like schooling, health etc which will help your decision making.

We lived for 10 years in Basel City - Kleinbasel to be precise - which was fine for us as a childless couple. There is plenty going on, and with high quality public transport we never got around to buying a car. When our son was born, by then my work had moved to Zurich and we found an apartment which was in a nice, green, offroad area on the edge of Zurich.

Had we stayed in Basel, the areas mentioned would have been under consideration. Places I liked just from the various hikes we did through Baselland and Solothurn include Dornach, Arlesheim, Riehen (yes I know it's. BS), Oberwil, Rheinfelden, Laufen, Liestal, Bad Bubendorf, Waldenburg, Rheigoldswil.

This web page gives a summary of the different districts within Basel City - you'll need to pump it through Google Translate:
http://www.statistik.bs.ch/haeufig-g...hnviertel.html. Unfortunately was not. able to find similar for Baselland.

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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

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Switzerland doesn't change very much over the years. Alschwill is still too near the airport for my tastes, but Leimenthal - Binningen, Bottmingen, Oberwil, Therwil,...- is pretty nice. Binningen has the best communications - you can even walk into the city - but the rents are higher. However, the taxes are lower, so it balances out to an extent. The nicer areas tend to have the better schools, but search for the school thread discussions - so much depends on the individual teachers, which can vary. Unless your employer is going to give your wife a job, don't assume she'll have one in a few months, even if she's a fluent German speaker.

Study this map carefully. http://www.bvb.ch/docs/default-sourc...k.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Agree with "not all there". I live in one of the geminde stated and that area is a pretty good location. Great services/schools and not too expensive but not cheap either. Up the hill on either side and you are into multimillion dollar houses and then farm/bush land past the houses. Great for the kids. Farm land west to the border And Neuwiller and farm land/bush to the east towards Reinach. The local farms also have services such as a summer maise labrinth, berry picking etc. This area realy is a little paradise.

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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

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Switzerland doesn't change very much over the years. Alschwill is still too near the airport for my tastes, but Leimenthal - Binningen, Bottmingen, Oberwil, Therwil,...- is pretty nice. Binningen has the best communications - you can even walk into the city - but the rents are higher. However, the taxes are lower, so it balances out to an extent. The nicer areas tend to have the better schools, but search for the school thread discussions - so much depends on the individual teachers, which can vary. Unless your employer is going to give your wife a job, don't assume she'll have one in a few months, even if she's a fluent German speaker.

Study this map carefully. http://www.bvb.ch/docs/default-sourc...k.pdf?sfvrsn=2
+1 Binningen. Love it.
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allschwil is not much better( huge traffic to and from france for working in Basel).
Sorry, thats rubbish. We have been living in Allschwil for almost 5 years now and its quite a peaceful and quiet area. We used to live in France, just across the border before that and the traffic from Alsace to Basel does not go via Allshwil, its simply logistically more complex. True, airplanes could be heard if you are outside or if you live in an older building with lower-quality insulation (btw, Binningen and Allschwil are just next to each other and airplane noise in certain parts of Binningen is louder than certain parts of Allschwil, so if this is a major issue, be careful with the specific place you pick), but apart from that Allschwil is one of the best locations one can live if he/she works in Basel. Getting to downtown Basel is a matter of 10-15 min. with public transport, there's plenty of shops, schools, kindergartens, etc.

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Sorry, thats rubbish.
Pretty much, yes. You do sometimes get some minor hold-ups going back out at the Hegenheim junction, but rarely more than a couple of minutes.

As you suggest, the vast majority of commuters from France into Basel proper would go a different way, mostly via the motorway, but even from Hegenheim it's more direct to come in at the Hegenheimstrasse crossing, where again, there's only sometimes a short delay, perhaps two or three red lights' worth at worst.
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Switzerland doesn't change very much over the years. Alschwill is still too near the airport for my tastes, but Leimenthal - Binningen, Bottmingen, Oberwil, Therwil,...- is pretty nice. Binningen has the best communications - you can even walk into the city - but the rents are higher. However, the taxes are lower, so it balances out to an extent. The nicer areas tend to have the better schools, but search for the school thread discussions - so much depends on the individual teachers, which can vary. Unless your employer is going to give your wife a job, don't assume she'll have one in a few months, even if she's a fluent German speaker.

Study this map carefully. http://www.bvb.ch/docs/default-sourc...k.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Great tips! Thanks a lot!
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

Thanks everybody! All tips from this thread are helping me to identify best places to live. Regards!
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

Hello MauMP
well done for making enquiries and looking before you leap.

Did you see kayakdad's short thread with a similar question
basel stadt vs basel landschafft
and then his much longer thread about a budget?
Budget For Family of 4 in Basel

Perhaps they can help give you quite a lot of input, from many different perspectives.
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

My wife and I moved to Allschwil from Basel. We have a 3 year old son. Lots of families out this way. There is a Jumbo and a Coop just down the hill from us.
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Re: Working in Basel and living near it with a family of two kids

To summarise the next few lines... SBB.ch is your friend. It will calculate door to door plus public transport.

Point 1.
Have a look at the TNW site. That tells you everywhere that is covered in y monthly/annual local public transport card. It covers you for all trains and buses (not the boat on the Rhein)

Point 2.
Whilst being on the tram network is usually looked on a plus, it is quite slow, so coming into SBB from places like Liestal, Laufen and Delemont are not so bad in comparison. The first two are in the TNW area so there is no additional cost.

Point 3.
Language. Basel is on the boundary between the German and Swiss speaking parts of the area. People I know live in Delemont, around 30 minutes commute, in order that their kids learn French rather than German

Point 4.
Large Community v Small community. Whilst the trams and Trains do run quite late, you might want to look at the sort of community there is in the area. Smaller places are quiet, although Leistal has a night life as does Rheinfelden. If you have a look at map.search.ch, it shows local cinemas, theatres etc.

Point 5.
Check SBB.ch, really, Check it. It will tell you what the public transport connections are like. Public transport is very dependable but, if you choose to live somewhere like Wintersingen, you have 1 bus every 1/2 hour... some small villages it is once per hour or less.

Final Point.
Almost every town will have one or more of COOP, Migros and Denner which are the local major supermarket chains. The really small villages will still have some community shop. My advice is to check things out like opening times since on Sunday almost everything is closed, and Saturday, the smaller towns close at 4am or midday. Think 1970's England. If you decide to live in the boondocks and run out of milk, it is a real pain to have to drive to a larger gas station that has a little store attached.
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