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Where is the best area to buy property [near Zurich]?

We are currently renting in Zurich city but looking to buy a house as we want to have an investment. It does not have to be in Canton Zurich.
We are not sure what area we would like but are flexible however we do have a 6 year old so maybe not that flexible in that we want to have good schools, parks etc nearby.

Here are our criteria:
-no more than 40km from Zurich
-family friendly neighborhood with schools, parks, shopping etc.
-easy access to trains, buses
-area with good resale value
-competitive housing prices
-low taxes
-no more than 30 min to airport


Is this feasible? Your help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks
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We are currently renting in Zurich city but looking to buy a house as we want to have an investment. W
We are not sure what area we would like but are flexible however we do have a 6 year old so maybe not that flexible in that we want to have good schools, parks etc nearby.

Here are our criteria:
-no more than 40km from Zurich
-family friendly neighborhood with schools, parks, shopping etc.
-easy access to trains, buses
-area with good resale value
-competitive housing prices
-low taxes
-no more than 30 min to airport

Is this feasible? Your help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks
Goldcoast, Zürich.
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Goldcoast, Zürich.

Thanks but what is the area called when you do a search?
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Re: Where is the best area to buy property in Switzerland?

Küsnacht is as good a place to start as any I guess.
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Goldcoast, Zürich.
Probable fail on this criterion:
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competitive housing prices
Although that very much depends on the OPs definition of competitive...
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Re: Where is the best area to buy property in Switzerland?

Zollikon, Kuesnacht.

Side note - you did not mention a budget... I hope you have plenty because you will need it. A large flat will be around 2.5 Million there, a house on your own? the sky is the limit...
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Thanks but what is the area called when you do a search?
No sure the entire area has a searchable name, but if you look at a map, it's the top(ish) half of the eastern part of lake Zurich. Not sure what you plan to spend, but this area is at the upper end of the scale.

Zug is also a good bet (Town, Old town and Zugerberg), but with substantially lower taxes.
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No sure the entire area has a searchable name, but if you look at a map, it's the top(ish) half of the eastern part of lake Zurich.....
Has its own Wikipedia entry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldcoast_(Switzerland)
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Although that very much depends on the OPs definition of competitive...
I missed that request! Let me know if you find such an area!
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Probable fail on this criterion:

Although that very much depends on the OPs definition of competitive...

It clearly is pretty competitive there as any decent real estate will hardly ever make it onto homegate... the only problem you will have is that the bank wont loan you the money completely, so youll need a pretty full bank account. A friend went to an auction there recently. between 200 and 300 bidders showed up and the place sold within minutes for a nice 800k over his banks valuation.

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looking to buy a house as we want to have an investment
This has been discussed ad nauseum on the forum, but I'll toss in my 2P/5Rp anyway:

The Swiss real estate market is not like that of many other countries. Given the paucity of properties available, restrictions on use of properties, anti-speculation penalties, etc., buy first and foremost as a place to live, consider investment secondary. If you make a profit on resale then that's the icing on the cake.

You don't mention your budget...

Gold Coast, the right side of the Zürichsee (Zollikon-Meilen, with Männedorf and Stafa a sort of 'lesser gold coast') is the Meilen area on the Homegate map. These properties are expensive. You may be hard pressed to find a decent single family home for under 2-3 Million, many go for quite a bit more than that. There will be significant competition for the few properties under 2 million.

Ditto anywhere around or in sight of the lake. Left side of the lake, from Wädenswil to Thalwil, is called the Horgan area on the Homegate map. Taxes higher than the gold coast.

Ausserschwyz (Canton SZ, Wollerau to Bäch along the lake, plus Schindellegi and Feusisberg) is Höfe, and the towns around the Obersee (Lachen, Altendorf, Galgenen) is the March area. Höfe is lower tax than March - in fact, Höfe is the lowest in the country for high income earners. Prices are even higher for a single family home. As Trev says, the sky's the limit.

Also look at canton ZG - again, very low taxes, high prices.

These are all lovely, family friendly areas, easy commute to the city. More than 30 minutes to the airport, though.

Prices will generally be lower away from the lake - but not necessarily for single family homes. There are so few single family homes available that prices in that segment tend to not trend by area or tax rate to the extent that other properties do.

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I have to say, though - buying here requires extensive knowledge of the areas you are considering, as mistakes can be easily made and very difficult/expensive to get out of. These are very basic questions you are asking - are you sure you are ready to commit to spending millions in this market yet?
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Re: Where is the best area to buy property [near Zurich]?

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That's what she said.
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Is this feasible? Your help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks
How much do you want to spend?
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Re: Where is the best area to buy property [near Zurich]?

If you have a few million to spare then you will find something nice. But generally most are ugly overpriced things.The Swiss are mostly apartment people
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We are currently renting in Zurich city but looking to buy a house as we want to have an investment. It does not have to be in Canton Zurich.
We are not sure what area we would like but are flexible however we do have a 6 year old so maybe not that flexible in that we want to have good schools, parks etc nearby.

Here are our criteria:
-no more than 40km from Zurich
-family friendly neighborhood with schools, parks, shopping etc.
-easy access to trains, buses
-area with good resale value
-competitive housing prices
-low taxes
-no more than 30 min to airport


Is this feasible? Your help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Thanks but what is the area called when you do a search?
First hit on Google: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldcoast_(Switzerland)

"The following municipalities are situated on the Goldcoast: Küsnacht ZH, Zollikon, Erlenbach ZH, Herrliberg, Meilen, Männedorf and Stäfa. All of the above are within the district of Meilen (Meilen District). The rest of the right shore of the lake is sometimes also referred to as being on the Goldcoast."
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Re: Where is the best area to buy property [near Zurich]?

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We are currently renting in Zurich city but looking to buy a house as we want to have an investment. It does not have to be in Canton Zurich.
We are not sure what area we would like but are flexible however we do have a 6 year old so maybe not that flexible in that we want to have good schools, parks etc nearby.

Here are our criteria:
-no more than 40km from Zurich
-family friendly neighborhood with schools, parks, shopping etc.
-easy access to trains, buses
-area with good resale value
-competitive housing prices
-low taxes
-no more than 30 min to airport


Is this feasible? Your help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks
1 - What's your budget?
2 - What's low taxes to you?

If you increase your time to the airport to 45-60 minutes, then I guess you can start to dream.

I personally haven't been to the area, but I heard that the district of Pfäffikon (ZH) has some reasonably priced houses and it is close to Zürich and the airport. No clue about the rest.
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Re: Where is the best area to buy property [near Zurich]?

https://www.ch.ch/en/checklist-homeownership/
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Although that very much depends on the OPs definition of competitive...
THe Goldcoast is way above budget

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1 - What's your budget?
2 - What's low taxes to you?

If you increase your time to the airport to 45-60 minutes, then I guess you can start to dream.

I personally haven't been to the area, but I heard that the district of Pfäffikon (ZH) has some reasonably priced houses and it is close to Zürich and the airport. No clue about the rest.
Our max budget is 1M but hoping for something around 800K if it exists.

By low taxes I mean lower than Zurich ...

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Our max budget is 1M but hoping for something around 800K if it exists.
And by low taxes I mean low compared to Zurich Canton.

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And by low taxes I mean low compared to Zurich Canton.
Taxes are different per city so have a look outside of Zurich city. It can make a huge difference
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