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Hiring an agent to help find a music practice space to rent?

I've been using the practice rooms here at the Uni (available for staff as well as students), but it is not enough for me long term. It's worth it for me to spend a good amount of money on a place where I can play music. This could be an apartment or rental house which is detached or doesn't share walls, or it could be a non-livable art studio e.g. in an industrial area, and then I could live in a shared flat for example.

I'm willing to spend a good amount-- my budget for living+studio could go up to 2'000 CHF / mo, so for example that could mean 800 for a room in a shared flat, and 1'200 for a studio somewhere. Or it could mean 2'000 CHF to rent a small cottage in the country that I could both live in and use for music; I just need to be able to commute to Zurich. Maybe I could even spend more for the right thing.

I've searched a lot online. I found a place with sound-isolated units outside Zurich at one point on homegate, but have since lost the listing. But it didn't look very inspiring since it was a very enclosed and insulated space-- ideally I'd like a studio space that is somewhat aesthetic. I see houses out in the country in my price range, so that is a possibility. Searching for music rooms (yes, I've already scoured every single past forum post and the various sites advertising rooms) is very difficult. Dedicated websites for music rooms are scarce and don't have many listings. Generic property sites--even if they let you search for Atelier or workshop spaces-- are impossible, because they either say "no music" or nothing at all. And like I said, the beat-up and dingy rooms that rock bands practice in are not suited to me. I'm not that loud and I prefer a natural space.

Long story short, I've run out of patience for searching on my own, since I am also working full time. And if I can't find anything suitable in the next few months, it will essentially be a deal breaker for me, and I'll have to consider moving somewhere that would have better availability for this kind of thing.

So my next thought is just contact some relocation agent places and see if they can help with my parameters. I'm unsure if they'll be aware of the type of properties that could be used for a music studio, however. Also to clarify, I would not be building a typical modern music studio-- I just need a room with some decent natural acoustics and to throw a piano into it. A power outlet and wifi would help but are actually not necessary, and potentially I could get by with less-than-convenient bathroom access also.

Or again, I suppose a small house in the country could work-- maybe that would be the simplest. Still, I think my patience is short enough that I would need hired help.
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Countryside.

How flexible are you about the commute?

https://www.immoscout24.ch/de/d/einf...pn=1#simplemap

https://www.immoscout24.ch/de/d/einf...t=28&ci=3&pn=1

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Re: Hiring an agent to help find a music practice space to rent?

I like that second one quite a bit from the pictures.

It would seem crazy to me to commute longer than 1 hr each way. But I could do an hour each way for the right place I think.

I don't have a car here but in theory wouldn't mind getting one and then driving to a park & ride (that's what they're called in the US.. I researched before and it looks like there are the same here). For example, I'd much rather drive 25 min to a park & ride + 25 min on the train + 10 min walk, versus 90 minutes total split up between different train or bus routes.
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I don't have a car here but in theory wouldn't mind getting one and then driving to a park & ride (that's what they're called in the US.. I researched before and it looks like there are the same here).
Same same, but different. For example it might cost a parking fee:
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Re: Hiring an agent to help find a music practice space to rent?

Did you try raumboerse-zh.ch ? They seem to have a few ateliers that may suit you.

This one may be perfect, but it must be lived-in by two people and duration is limited.
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Re: Hiring an agent to help find a music practice space to rent?

What about searching for a hobby room and then checking the rules to see how much noise is allowed? I realize some hobby rooms don't have the best acoustics, but TBH a lot of practice rooms at unis aren't that great either.

We have had musicians in our building (piano, violin, flute) that all practice in their flats for a limited amount of time, so I presume someone renting a hobby room could also play music.

It would probably depend on how loud, how often, for how long at a time, and whether or not they are a terrible musician that makes people want to tear their hair out.
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What about searching for a hobby room and then checking the rules to see how much noise is allowed? I realize some hobby rooms don't have the best acoustics, but TBH a lot of practice rooms at unis aren't that great either.

We have had musicians in our building (piano, violin, flute) that all practice in their flats for a limited amount of time, so I presume someone renting a hobby room could also play music.

It would probably depend on how loud, how often, for how long at a time, and whether or not they are a terrible musician that makes people want to tear their hair out.
Yeah the practice rooms at the Uni are not great although I have grown to like a couple of the pianos.

I could try to contact a bunch of hobby room listings, or try to do the apartment thing, but I am just tired of playing that game, and I've realized that musical freedom at home is one of the best or most valuable things I can arrange for myself. I went for 4 years practicing in an apartment in the states and felt it was a miracle I didn't get complaints. I did hold back though, at least a little. I like to sing opera which besides drums or electric instruments is probably one of the most intrusive to neighbors.

I was thinking of moving to the country in the US so that might be an option here too, and the public transit is better as well.

I'm just thinking of dumping some money on the problem (hiring a relocation agent type person) to help with the legwork, since it is my first few months on a new job and I want to spend my energy wisely. Not totally desperate but would be willing to accelerate the process through this route, assuming I can find somebody knowledgeable and not scammy. Any recommendations would be welcome.
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