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Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

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I have a chance of a job in Zurich and if I take it, we would prefer to live a little bit outside of the city (westside) so that I can commute in. Please could someone recommend some areas that I can search in the internet for property to rent? There are three of us plus two dogs do we would prefer a small house with garden. If the garden is not enclosed, does anyone have any experience of getting a fence put in?

Also, we have been living in Germany until just recently and am now used to not being able to mow the lawns on Sun, shops closing in some areas at 11.45 on Sat etc. I am assuming DE and Switzerland to be similar. Can anyone advise?

Finally, my understanding as that we would not be able to buy at first. Is this true.

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Hi,

I have a chance of a job in Zurich and if I take it, we would prefer to live a little bit outside of the city (westside) so that I can commute in. Please could someone recommend some areas that I can search in the internet for property to rent? There are three of us plus two dogs do we would prefer a small house with garden. If the garden is not enclosed, does anyone have any experience of getting a fence put in?
For the fence you can use Zaunteam.
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

Shops are closed on sundays, but the petrol shops are open, and yes you can not mow the lawns on sundays.

How long do you want to travel from home to work?
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

Thanks for the replies (although it will take me a while to read through all those threads!).

In London, my daily commute was between 45 mins and an hour each way which was fine and it only got too much when the journey was 1 hr 15 on an average day. And there aren't that many of those when the Tube is involved!

Until I get my bearings, the town names are just words and I am having to research the journey to work etc or each property.
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

I worked in ZH for a few years, and lived in Baden. It is a lovely little town and quite close to ZH (about 15min with the fast train, 35mins with the Regio which makes more stops). As Baden is in Argovia, the taxes are lower and there is more 'greenery' around.

Good luck!
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For the fence you can use Zaunteam.
This is just one of the many fence companies that you can use. We have just been through the process of obtaining estimates for a fence. There are many companies and the price range is very big, for some reason. However, if you don't own the house, you will need the owner's permission, plus, depending on the height of the fence, and what canton you live, the neighbours approval may be required.

Another issue is whether the owner will let you build a permanent fence or if he/she may want you to take it down when you move. I know, sounds bizarre, but it can happen. Not all fence posts need to be set in concrete, but even if they are not set that way, they have to set quite deep. You will have to spend some money to put the garden back to its original state.

My advice to Cariad is to find a house with a fenced garden, or one where the owner is willing to pay for it. As for where to live, look at the SBB website, http://www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm and check out commuting time to your work place from various locations.

Be sure that the owner will allow dogs (specifically more than one) and check out the neighbourhood carefully - look to see if others have dogs.
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

We live in Urdorf and love it. You can see some pictures on my blog: swisstory.blogspot.com

It's on the westside and very lovely for walking and lots of dogs!
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

Hi

Where are you planning on working - that would help to get an idea of where is near to your place of work

We used to live in London and had a horrible commute so I sympathise with you but thankfully everything seems so much nearer here so you should be able to get something that suits you all - my hubby has gone from an hour to 10 minutes and now I'm at home mine is about 1 min (to the fridge to get the glass of wine to say my day of looking after the brats / angels (depending on the day) is over.......)
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

All I can say is:

8123 Ebmatingen, the best place to live
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

Hi, We live live in Horgen it`s about 20 mins on the train S2 or the S8 which will take you directly to Zürich Main Station. It`s a beautiful old and new Village situated directly by Lake Zürich. The shops here are open on a Saturday till 5pm (Migros) or the Co-op also till 5pm week days until 7pm. There are arrange of appartments available/houses to let try www. homegate.ch there are also many English/American families living here it`s lovely.It`s also very cheap tax`s.

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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

You could always move out to the the boondocks of SZ... (Höfe)

30 minute commute to Zürich by car - at the ungodly early hour my husband drives in, or

45 minute train ride - sit in the restaurant car and have your morning coffee on the way in to work.

Save a boatload on your taxes.

No need to worry about Sundays - the bakery is open , and as long as the farmer is mowing his hay, you can mow your lawn too.
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

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Hi, We live live in Horgen it`s about 20 mins on the train S2 or the S8 which will take you directly to Zürich Main Station. Good Luck


Well, well, well.

So you live in Horgen and came from Kettering! I live in Canton Zürich and came from that area of the Midlands too. What a small world. Mind you, I might have left that region long before your time...one never knows. What a small world.

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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

I can't speak for all outskirts, but my town of Adliswil might be of interest to you. It is fairly well connected (regular 15min train to Zurich HB incl. night train, motorway, roads) and close to nature (Felsenegg, Wild Park, Sihl river), with an international school and nice views of the Alps (on the hill side, that is). Rents are cheaper than the city and the local tax is a few percent below the city rate. www.adliswil.ch
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This is just one of the many fence companies that you can use. We have just been through the process of obtaining estimates for a fence. There are many companies and the price range is very big, for some reason. However, if you don't own the house, you will need the owner's permission, plus, depending on the height of the fence, and what canton you live, the neighbours approval may be required.
I phrased it badly, I recommend Zaunteam. Their price was competitive and they just got on with the job. Standard of work was high and the green wire fence we had put up is perfect to keep our mental Fox Terrier contained.

My experience with quotes in Switzerland is that they will all come in at a similar rate, if one is far cheaper tread carefully and check what you are actually getting for your money. I wouldn't dream of paying to have a fence put in a rented property

As to where to live, we discussed Uster here. I love it, but obviously I'm biased.
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

And what about getting to ski areas from Wädenswil or Horgen? I'd like to work in Zurich (no more than 30 min commute), and take the family on weekend excursions to the Alps for weekend ski trips.
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

The trains for the ski resorts in all of Zentral Schweiz and beyond departing from Zurich pass through those areas. The express train doesn't stop there though, but there are plenty of others that do. Have a look at www.sbb.ch.
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(Snip)... , plus, depending on the height of the fence, and what canton you live, the neighbours approval may be required.
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A very good point. In our Gemeinde, the maximum fence height allowed on the property border is 1.2 meters. Even my littlest mutt could easily jump 1.2 meters if sufficiently motivated.

We are allowed to go up to 2 meters if the fence is placed at least 50 cm inside the property line, but that means essentially giving up 100 m2 of my garden - something I'm not willing to do.

I more or less solved the problem by planting a wide hedge along the fence - but you may need permission from your landlord (or neighbors) to do that as well.

When we were renting, we agreed to pay to have a fence installed, but did not have to take it down upon leaving. The landlord had final say over the type of fencing used.

Do make sure you get all agreements in writing.
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Re: Where to live in the outskirts of Zurich?

hmmm..interesting that ono one mentioned Uster. What a cool place with 15 min ride to center or ZRH, with all necessary shopping, banks and train station and great starting point for bike rides...wow...

Well I chose that place and can't wait to get my ass in the apartment..

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Hi,

I have a chance of a job in Zurich and if I take it, we would prefer to live a little bit outside of the city (westside) so that I can commute in. Please could someone recommend some areas that I can search in the internet for property to rent?
Dear Cariad
Your question seems to be similar similar to "I'd like to buy a car. Any recommendations?"
You've seen from the myriad of suggestions that there are tons of good scenic areas within easy commuting distance of Zurich to live. My suggestion would be: buy a good detailed map of Canton Zurich, come over here for a weekend with your partner, hire a car and drive around to get an impression of the different towns, villages, distances. It'll make looking for and deciding on a place to live loads easier if you can narrow it down to a handful. All the places mentioned so far (Ebmatingen, Adliswil, Horgen, Uster, Urdorf) are great and closeby.
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