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House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

I search in the forum but unable to find anything related to this topic.
We narrow down to a House/Apartment which we liked very much but we noticed the site is just next a waldweg or a small wald (forest) highland where the height is climbing up may be upto 50-60 meter from road level. Builder also confirmed that building will not be closer than 18 feet from the wald.

We would like to know , is there any points we need to consider before buying any living place next to a wald or little high land?

Can anyone help in this ?

I have attached picture next to the building site.

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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

To my mind, living adjacent to a forest is a very good thing!

Privacy is a rare and very valuable comodity here - I'd buy adjacent to a forest over Quartier fishbowl living any day. But that's me...


A few things to check out before committing yourself:

You mention a Waldweg; does the path cross your property? What are the rights of way involved? For instance, if you envision fencing in your garden, are there public access grants that would prevent you from doing so?

How busy is the path? Check it out at various times, various days, see if hikers/bikers/dog walkers going by affect you, or not.

If the path is fairly busy, do make sure that the builder takes privacy into account in designing the windows. Seriously - lots of builders out my way seem to have forgotten this point.

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Does bordering on forest land affect your use of the property? Sometimes it can, sometimes it's a complete non-issue. For instance, sometimes planting non-native species, installing fencing that is unsafe for wildlife, use of certain garden chemicals might be prohibited within a certain number of meters of a protected zone. Or not - local regs all over the ball park.

But check with not only your Gemeinde Bauamt but also the relevant authority managing the forest for any impact on your property. (There can be both cantonal and communal forest regs.)

Also, are there any covenants that require you to maintain anything in relation to the forest? For instance, I border an agricultural land. We adjacent homeowners are responsible for maintaining the border fence to keep the farmer's cows in, the farmer is not. Is there anything similar you need to know about? Highly unlikely with forest land, but check to make sure.

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Another issue might be resistance to building near a wildlife area from neighbors or local interest groups. Has anyone filed a protest against the permit application? Again, check this out for yourself.

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I like living on higher land, as my view is not blocked and storm drainage is not (has not been, knock wood) a worry. But check both those things out for yourself.

Does the garden slope? If so, do you think that would impact how you envision using your garden?

Do you envision any landscaping that might affect downhill neighbors' drainage, or any other aspect of their property?

And - has the builder ensured the slope of the access way to your property (drive way, walk way) is appropriate even in icy winter? Are steps needed? If so, how does that impact accessibility in years to come - baby buggies, carrying groceries, age related mobility problems, etc. It's always so sad when someone has to leave a beloved home because they simply cannot negotiate the steps to the front door any longer.

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I also like living near forests for the shade and cooling effect in summer. Many people here, however, seem to hate trees. Are you a sun worshipper? If so, check out the amount of sun you get on the site. And think resale value, as sun can be a factor. (I don't understand the tree-haters. To my mind, shade trees add great value, but YMMV.)

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One would hope a builder has already sorted some of these things out, but don't count on it - do the research yourself.

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Another thing: What do you know about future development plans or 'rezone-ability' for the area? If privacy and forest views are important to you - and impact the price you are willing to pay, what is the likelihood of that land remaining forest? Keep an ear to the ground, talk to folks who are 'in the know' locally. You'd hate to pay an extra million for a view that next year will disappear, blotted out by more concrete boxes.

Just a few random thoughts. What specific worries do you have? Perhaps if you elaborate we can better advise you.

Good luck!
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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

I live rather close to all the trees on the Uetliberg - Albis ridge. Twice the car has been eaten by marders, total cost roughly 2000chf . Make sure you have at least teilcaso car insurance ! Also there are some foxes around, I don't know how a confrontation between our cat and a fox would end ... ?
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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

I have a forest behind my place (though separated by a busy road). It's great in terms of neighbours - no noise. It's good for a walk (if you are into that kind of thing). There's a bunch of critters, so make sure you got insurance specifically against marten damage (I pay 20chf per year for that). It might create shadow/increased humidity on the fassade towards it, which might create a less hospitable environment for gardens/ seating places, so make sure the plans are well organised for your outside area. It will also most likely mean you will never be able to increase the size of your home or build a shed or anything due to the waldgrenze (a line that protects wooden areas from construction) - so keep that in mind.

All in all, I find living next to a forest a positive thing.
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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

Worry about what?

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Worry about what?

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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

landslides? avalanches?
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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

Will no one think of the ticks? They hide in wait and watch you, millions of little eyes hiding in those trees. Just looking and waiting.
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Will no one think of the ticks? They hide in wait and watch you, millions of little eyes hiding in those trees. Just looking and waiting.
Same issue came to my mind. They are little bast#rds.. Specially if you have allergy/s
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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

Sometimes in the night, the trees come to life and attack people.


It happened to a guy in Isengard.
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Same issue came to my mind. They are little bast#rds.. Specially if you have allergy/s
I would never choose to live near a dense wood/ forest, as beautiful as it is. I would hate the damp.

I much prefer the open sky, dry air.. however, that said, a friend lives beside a forest and it is much cooler in the summer months which is a huge benefit.

So, it's down to personal preference and whatever suits..

@amogles, that's Fangorn Forest and that guy you know is a hobbit.
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@amogles, that's Fangorn Forest and that guy you know is a hobbit.
Depends on the point of view, really. Sometimes the forest comes *to you*.

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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

I recognise that place from the OP's image. It isn't Isengard....

Would'st thou like to live deliciously?




Maybe choose another forest?

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Depends on the point of view, really. Sometimes the forest comes *to you*.

Happened to Macbeth even.
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Will no one think of the ticks? They hide in wait and watch you, millions of little eyes hiding in those trees. Just looking and waiting.
Yes, Lyme disease, or Borrelia burgdorferi, can be a terrible thing.
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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

We live next to a forest. I was worried about bears and wolves; but after ten years I can say this danger is over-rated. Deer are a problem; they can wave their bums at you in the morning and as for the birds - all immigrants and they do not observe the rules about quiet- I am suprised this is tolerated but apparently it has been going on for years and now with global warming they are not even bothering to fly south -they are making nests here and multiplying.......
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I search in the forum but unable to find anything related to this topic.
We narrow down to a House/Apartment which we liked very much but we noticed the site is just next a waldweg or a small wald (forest) highland where the height is climbing up may be upto 50-60 meter from road level. Builder also confirmed that building will not be closer than 18 feet from the wald.

We would like to know , is there any points we need to consider before buying any living place next to a wald or little high land?

Can anyone help in this ?

I have attached picture next to the building site.

Well, once bought a wonderful new apartment above Herrliberg, with a bit of fruitful land, next to one of the most amazing excursion places above Zürich.

Neither the constant flies from the cows in the pasture next door, the electric fence at the end of the vegetable garden (to keep them out), nor the constant touristic traffic at weekends (including traffic collisions) did it for me.

But make your own decisions. Perhaps you'll feel at home, who knows.
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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

We live on the edge of a local wood/park, it's great!

Keeps us cool in summer, sunny in winter (we face south).

We also have a rustico in a local forest 5 km from home, also great, and lots of animals.

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Re: House near wald/forest ? Do we need to worry ?

Could there be water flowing down through the soil and destabilizing the house foundations over time?
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