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Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

Hello,
My husband is strongly considering taking a job in Zurich. He is from Austria, I am from US originally. He would be working in the left side of Zurich...general area Stadion Letzigrund. We are searching for an area that is "young professionals" (only word I could use to describe excuse snotty-ness), but family friendly. I would prefer a home rental... but apartment WITH garden/terrace is okay too. He is only looking to commute max 45 mins to his place of work. If there is a really a nice location... would consider more than this*

A community that speaks SOME English would be beneficial for me--
My current Deutsch level is only an A2.... so... not so good lol but this must change naturally due to my husband's nationality and the fact I would like to exist in local life. Lastly, we are an interracial couple, so an open-minded community is above all, the most important thing for us looking to start a family.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

Welcome to EF!
This link shows where various nationalities live in the City of Zurich. The Seefeld area appears to have the highest percentage of native English-speakers:

http://blog.tagesanzeiger.ch/datenbl...laender-wohnen
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Re: Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

Thank you for that! Is anyone able to offer me any suburb info?
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Re: Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

The suburbs on the Letzigrund side of Zurich aren't exactly pretty, imo. You have Schlieren and Dietikon, but at least for me, that wouldn't really be my favorite places to live. Of course as usual subject to personal taste and preferences.

If you prefer a suburb, I'd rather look towards Urdorf, possibly Birmensdorf or Uitikon, all small communes. Or in Zurich you may want to look towards Wollishofen - the latter I think is quite nice, suburbian feel, but still part of the city, plus near the lake. It's not right by Letzigrund, but easily commutable.

Seefeld is another good option, though on the other side of the lake - good in some ways, but also more expensive, though quite popular with young professionals; maybe it's a bit too yuppie for your taste, not sure.

From all these locations, the commute to work for your husband should be around 30mins (public transporation)

I can't comment on the number of Engish speakers in any of these places though - I would guess Seefeld is probably your best bet here. As far as interracial couples are concerned, no one here cares about that. You will hear some people comment that "the Swiss" tend to stare (I haven't figured out what that means exactly, nor have I ever perceived it that way), but rest assured that has nothing to do with you personally or the fact that you're an interracial couple - they seem to do it with everyone (apparently). Just so that this is clear right away
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Re: Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

@Jgal

Welcome!

I wholeheartedly agree with Samaire13 about the comment that "the Swiss" apparently tend to stare: yes, people (in a very long thread to that effect on this forum) say that, but I have also never managed to figure out what that means, either.

Being an interracial couple here, in the city, is a non-factor for everyday interaction. What is not easily accepted is people who are very loud, very flamboyant, boasting about their money and purchases, pushy and flashy - but these are general behavioural attibutes that differ from the local Swiss culture, not racial ones.

In case you haven't already found them, here's the public transport network:
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/de/fahrplan/liniennetz.html
and here's the timetable search, in English:
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/home.html

It is, as you will probably have seen from other threads on this forum about "where to live", very difficult to find accommodation while you are still outside of the country (unless your employment deal includes a relocation agent). Many people come here, stay in an airbnb, or couchsurf, or in a serviced apartment or with friends for a while, and then ride up and down all those tram and busroutes, to get the feel of the place. Of course, you can learn a lot by searching online, and I recommend that, even though nearly all landlords will deal with you only once you are already in the country, properly registered, and have viewed the apartment.
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Re: Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

Hello!
Thanks that helps a lot....

We both don't know so much about Switzerland--- although suppose it's somewhat similar culture wise to Austria and they both speak German. But--Swiss German sounds much nicer to the ear--- won't tell my fiance that.


Can anyone tell me anything about Baden, Adiswil, Thalwill, and Horgen?
Heard these places mentioned before.... Baden & Horgen seemed to offer a bit more space without so high of a price tag.
And Affoltern*---? From my own research I found they had very nice newer places and a lot that were pocket friendly. But I don't hear it mentioned so much.
I grew up in countryside but 30 mins from a large US city... this is what I'm wanting again after living in the city for 4 years.
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Re: Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

Budget?
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Re: Place for young family half Deutsch speaking

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Budget?
Budget is 2200-3200=absolute max
Obviously we would prefer somewhere along 2,5 so we could get a "family" duplex or small house with a garden like we are both used to...

And we know with this budget it's countryside/suburbs for the most part. Which is fine... it's just the commute to the work place/city that stresses the Mr. Which is why I wondered about Baden, Affoltern (never spell it right), and Adliswil... Found a few there in price range.
The school systems.... playgrounds.... general area....
We just took a tour of Adliswil and was a bit quiet... but we liked. However, the next time we visit Switzerland we want to know as much info as possible so we can narrow down house-hunting....
7.5 hours each way is a lonngggggg commute And it would be pointless if we liked a place on pictures but found was a crappy area or had no children... etc.
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