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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

You guys are simply great! Thanks for the imput...NO idea what we'll do, but it has been fun fantastizing about my Swiss farm life....may be a pipe dream.

Well, I could go back to Texas, but I'm currently not liking the climate there.
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Old 17.01.2017, 21:10
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I think to have found my dream home, but it is located in the country-side on the other side of Luzern and my husband is concerned. I's love to hear your opinions.

Husband's concerns:

Isolation: The birds and sheep shall keep me company. Plus, I can have dogs (BERNERS) and donkeys, if I like!

Higher Taxes: Unfortunately...yes.

Commute and distance to nearest train (10 min): About one hour to Zürich.

Would you do it? It is absolutely gorgeous....Help!!
I loved living in the country but one hour from the city is too far and isolated.
10-15 km from the city is far enough in the country!
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I think to have found my dream home, but it is located in the country-side on the other side of Luzern and my husband is concerned. I's love to hear your opinions.

Husband's concerns:

Isolation: The birds and sheep shall keep me company. Plus, I can have dogs (BERNERS) and donkeys, if I like!

Higher Taxes: Unfortunately...yes.

Commute and distance to nearest train (10 min): About one hour to Zürich.

Would you do it? It is absolutely gorgeous....Help!!
Do it and live it for as long as you feel like. You might like it was much as you dream, or another reality of it might actually put you off.

If it means big financial cost (i.e., buying a place) that is a different consideration. The higher taxes? Just the cost of your personal pursuit of happiness or living - ignore it.

Rent a place for a year or two and simply settle into it, live it. If it works, it works. If you miss things, it will come out eventually - you don't need to stay 5-10 years in a place to recognise it.
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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

Oh, I forgot to mention, it is only 20 minutes from downtown Luzern. It is 50-60 minutes from Zürich.....10 minutes to closest village.
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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

Oh, it sounds even more tempting You should definitely think about this twice.
Don't give up too soon. Dream properties are hard to find.
But I agree, you both should like it. This is crucial. Has your husband actually visited this property? Maybe he will change his mind when he sees it. Or better to say all the good things there might outweigh his concerns about the things you mentioned earlier. I am talking from experiences here, namely, my husband also didn't want to even hear about the apartment in the countryside, but when we visited it, he changed his mind immediately. And we were both extremely happy there.
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Dream properties are hard to find.
No - buy the land wherever you want, demolish old craphouse that stand on it and rebuild. Or is "affordable" a part of the dream?
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Oh, I forgot to mention, it is only 20 minutes from downtown Luzern. It is 50-60 minutes from Zürich.....10 minutes to closest village.
What? You didn't say that!
Then it's perfect. When are we moving?
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Oh, I forgot to mention, it is only 20 minutes from downtown Luzern. It is 50-60 minutes from Zürich.....10 minutes to closest village.
That puts things in a whole new light. That sounds pretty much perfect to me.
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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

Im 25 and living in Basel Stadt with my girlfriend and all we want to do is move to the country. Waiting for her to finish her PhD so she starts earning proper money to go and do it
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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

Now I am curious to see this "Dream property!" Send us a link, will you?




For my husband and I, we considered moving to one of the villages outside of Basel and even found a house we really liked. But we seriously considered the commute: one hour each way (with perfect timing between connections) was too much time for us to give up. Instead, we found a very cozy place in a quiet corner of the city and enjoy our time together. Recently we bought a garden plot, so I can finally get my green thumb back into the soil




Your question is so individualistic, it really is hard to judge. For me, I would love a place out in the country if I did not have to commute every day. But then my collection of cats and other animals would probably grow to unhealthy levels
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Im 25 and living in Basel Stadt with my girlfriend and all we want to do is move to the country. Waiting for her to finish her PhD so she starts earning proper money to go and do it
I live in Basel-Stadt, darkest Kleinbasel. My children go to the local schools and I would`t want to go anywhere else.
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I think to have found my dream home, but it is located in the country-side on the other side of Luzern and my husband is concerned. I's love to hear your opinions.

Husband's concerns:

Isolation: The birds and sheep shall keep me company. Plus, I can have dogs (BERNERS) and donkeys, if I like!

Higher Taxes: Unfortunately...yes.

Commute and distance to nearest train (10 min): About one hour to Zürich.

Would you do it? It is absolutely gorgeous....Help!!
Are these the only concerns from your spouse? Probably each of you should make a list of pros and cons for your current location and the "dream place". If you do it openly and individually, you will be able to see what matters most :-) Could it be he is concerned about the change and the hassle of moving?
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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

One of the 'ticks' for one of my daughters and her husband when looking for accomodation was that it should be no further than ten minutes walk (mind you, they walk fast) from a railway station. Not for themselves alone (they both drive but don't have a car) but there are friends and family members who don't have cars either. They wanted to make it as easy as possible for others with limited time to visit them.

I love the country but having lived for four years outside a village which had buses twice a week with a two mile walk in the opposite direction to a large village on a regular bus route, as I get older (I no longer see well enough to drive) I appreciate that here, besides shops, we have doctors, dentists, opticians and hearing aid folk within walking distance and regular buses to get to appointments with them if I feel lazy. In fifteen minutes from the house door (on foot) I am out in the country. Suits me quite well.
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Probably each of you should make a list of pros and cons for your current location and the "dream place". If you do it openly and individually, you will be able to see what matters most :-) Could it be he is concerned about the change and the hassle of moving?
This is an excellent suggestion. Lists are great, but I think one must also prioritize the items so that when you compromise it may be on something less significant.

I have neighbours who rented the current house they live in before they purchased it. This is rarely an option and it is a hassle if you decide not to buy as you need to move again. I have clients who rented properties which were for sale. I wish we had rented our former house rather than purchased it. It was an option when we viewed it but not the preferred option for the owner. Still it doesn't hurt to ask. The worst that can happen is the owner says no.
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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

Welll, it did not happen...moving into a larger apartment...


Although I was very sad about it, have decided to just get on with life...try to happy and know other times shall come...The apartment is very nice...just not my Swiss Farm House....with Berner Sennenhund Dogs running around....




C'est la vie.


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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

Sorry it didn't work out, Susan. I can see why you were tempted; that property is just about my idea of perfect, too.

As I get older and reality sets in my dream of a Swiss farm has pretty much faded. A shame, but there are other things to dream of.

We've turned our attention now to looking for a holiday property. Just trying to figure out where in Europe we non-EUers might be welcome...

Enjoy the new flat. New chapters are always exciting.



But who knows... a fluffy Bear of a Bernese might still be in your future.
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Yeah- sorry too, that place looks amazing indeed. Onwards and forwards, bonne chance.
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Re: Living in the countryside...yes or no?

Just for the book shelves, I would have gone for it!


But seriously: do you fancy having to take your car every time you've run out of bread or milk? (mind you, for the milk, looks like the cows and sheep were on your door step?


Also, what if your neighbours are obnoxious bastards, you're a bit stuck there.


We have bought in the countryside, and yes, the church bells every 30 minutes take some getting used to, but there is a bus every 20 minutes, a few shops and most importantly, the most gorgeous bakery and chocolatier...opposite my house!
For teenage kids, being able to jump on a bus to go out with their friends, without mum and dad playing Uber taxis, was a key decision.


You will be making friends far more easily where you are and I'm sure on balance you'll learn to love it, but I know your feeling, such a gorgeous house does not come by very often.
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