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LUGANO - best areas to live

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We are a young married couple with a 3 yr old daughter and we're going to be moving to Lugano. I am researching the best areas to live and am not sure which are considered to be the "nicest" areas - we are wanting somewhere that is safe, has a view of the lake, close-ish to Lugano city(we love to dine out, shop and want to explore the city more), preferably somewhere that has a café/shops close by and has a nice community spirit about it. Are there areas that I should avoid looking at? I have heard that Massagno is lovely - is this correct? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Massagno is nice and has a Park nearby for Children to play. We used to live in Paradiso up the Hill with a fantastic view to the city and lake before moving to Davesco which is a bit farther away but has the charm of a small Village.
I am sure Tom will be of more help as he still lives in Lugano or actually close to Lugano.

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How much do you want to spend?

Personally, we avoid Lugano itself like the plague, it's really gone downhill over the past 20 years.

All the stores we liked are gone, and parking and driving has become a nightmare.

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How much do you want to spend?

Personally, we avoid Lugano itself like the plague, it's really gone downhill over the past 20 years.

All the stores we liked are gone, and parking and driving has become a nightmare.

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I agree, reason why I will move to Locarno this summer. Still has that little town feel expect in summer when it is flooded with tourists.
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Re: LUGANO - best areas to live

Oh no! Have we chosen the wrong place? We were actually deciding between Lugano, Locarno, Lausanne and Zurich. We're not restricted by work, we just need to be relatively close to an international airport as my husband will still be traveling regularly for work. I realise Lugano and Locarno are Italian speaking, Lausanne is French speaking and Zurich is German speaking - this isn't too big an issue for us(I love languages, and we are all eager to learn).

Would Locarno or either of the other two be better options than Lugano?

In terms of budget, we would ideally like to keep rent under 7000CHF per month - we're looking for a 3 bed 2 bath with a lake view, which I know may be a bit of a stretch!

Thank you both so much for your input.

Jodie
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...In terms of budget, we would ideally like to keep rent under 7000CHF per month - we're looking for a 3 bed 2 bath with a lake view, which I know may be a bit of a stretch!
Bold part mine. For real? That's a decent budget. I did a quick homegate search along Zurich's Cold Coast areas (which are supposed to be some of the most pricey) and found 39 properties that are at least 4 bedrooms, a handful of which have lake view.

This one is well below your budget: https://www.homegate.ch/rent/107624806

This one too: https://www.homegate.ch/rent/107658937

Here's a duplex for just over half of your budget: https://www.homegate.ch/rent/108300772

Would you prefer a whole house to yourself? At about 60% of your budget: https://www.homegate.ch/rent/108255844

And at the top end, how about a whole house and a private pool with your lake view? https://www.homegate.ch/rent/108093487

Cute villa with pool in Lugano is well within budget: https://www.homegate.ch/rent/107950080

I'd say you've got some nice options!
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In terms of budget, we would ideally like to keep rent under 7000CHF per month - we're looking for a 3 bed 2 bath with a lake view, which I know may be a bit of a stretch!
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Errrrr..... someone I know pays 1650 in Lugano with a lake view, 3 bedrooms, but sadly, only one bath.
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Oh no! Have we chosen the wrong place? We were actually deciding between Lugano, Locarno, Lausanne and Zurich. We're not restricted by work, we just need to be relatively close to an international airport as my husband will still be traveling regularly for work. I realise Lugano and Locarno are Italian speaking, Lausanne is French speaking and Zurich is German speaking - this isn't too big an issue for us(I love languages, and we are all eager to learn).

Would Locarno or either of the other two be better options than Lugano?

In terms of budget, we would ideally like to keep rent under 7000CHF per month - we're looking for a 3 bed 2 bath with a lake view, which I know may be a bit of a stretch!

Thank you both so much for your input.

Jodie
I think the posters above are exaggerating. Like old people who keep complaining about the "good old days".

I am not a resident of Lugano but I go there once and while and it's a very good town. It's safe, clean, beautiful, nice park, and the climate is the best in Switzerland. Traffic became worse during the last years due to the frontalieri but it's far from being compared to a big city traffic jam.

If an international airport is important, then I am not sure Lugano is the best. The biggest airport nearby Malpensa which is ~80km away, 1 hour by bus if I am not mistaken. Lausanne is a bit closer to the Geneva Airport but not by much. Zürich is the best city by far if being close to an airport is important.
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With CHF7k budget for rent, I’d have to charge you for my comments!

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Re: LUGANO - best areas to live

Here, you can take a look at some of the apartment offerings in Besso area. We love this area. Very safe and lively. It is very close to the station. One can take the buses to Milan Malpensa from the station. There is Mobility car sharing as well.
On via Besso, the Bus#3 can take one to Centro.
Also nearby is a Migros as well as the motorway.
The english speaking college (Franklin College) is nearby as well.

https://www.tutti.ch/de/li/ganze-sch...bilien?q=besso
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The english speaking college (Franklin College) is nearby as well.
Now Franklin University.
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Here, you can take a look at some of the apartment offerings in Besso area. We love this area. Very safe and lively. It is very close to the station.
Until recently, Besso was the ghetto and drug infested area!

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