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Old 04.11.2020, 16:25
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Re: Looking for nice areas in Zurich

At a stretch you might consider Zug? Tax wise you will save a lot, you are very close to nature, not a long journey to Zurich main train station, but it does lack a varied nightlife.
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Re: Looking for nice areas in Zurich

Travelasti, I was in the same position as you just a few months ago. In the short time that I have been here I've had the opportunity to explore (mostly cycle around) various parts of the city and form impressions and observations:

(1) Your baseline & perceptions - Depends on what you are used to. My overall impression is that Zurich is a very liveable city. There are differences between the best and worst areas, however these discrepancies are not as pronounced as I've seen elsewhere, eg London. So depending on where you have lived, areas may be perfectly acceptable to you which are unacceptable to others, and vice versa
(2) Budget - what can you afford? Rentals are high
(3) Space - How much space do you need? And can you afford what you think you need?
(4) Time & commuting - public transport is excellent. The SSB website/app will give you an idea how long it takes to travel from A to B. Cycling is popular (more so in the summer) and there are bikes and e-bikes for hire
(5) Competition & distance - the more desirable areas closer to the city centre have a reputation for being more competitive with other would-be-renters chasing after the same property. You will probably face less competition the further out you are.
(6) Tax - each canton and commune sets its own tax rate, and there are potential savings to be made which might offset commuting costs
(7) Socials - there was a bustling social scene until a week ago. The autumn shutdown has put the lid on that.

As a broadbrush answer to your question:
(1) The areas around and close to the lake. The north-western shore is known as the "Gold Coast" and the south-eastern shore the "Silver Coast". The words speak for themselves
(2) Set back from the lake and heading up the hill are some stunning properties
(3) Altstadt as the name implies has some older, quainter properties
(4) Hidden gems - look and you will find. So (as an example only) whilst I personally would not like to live on Dubendorf High Street, very nearby I discovered some very pleasant residential areas whilst out on my bike
(5) Towns and villages - further out there are some delightful places. However depending on your personal baseline, these may be too sleepy for you (eg: in general shops are shut on a Sunday except around the Hauptbahnhof HBf)

My recommendations:
Do as I did when I moved here:
(1) Rent a short-term business apartment (more expensive, but where you can give notice month by month)
(2) Find something relatively close to the centre and the HBf
(3) Use your first few weeks to explore the city and its surroundings, by foot, bike, bus, tram, train
(4) Decide what suits you and what does not
(5) Home in on selected areas
(6) Search for a more permanent property once you have a feel for the place.

Good luck !
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Re: Looking for nice areas in Zurich

Seefeld is expensive because it is the best place to live. You are close to the lake Globus for shopping sushi in your doorstep etc
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Would advise living in the marked area. Sunny side,less traffic, better proportion of Swiss, fewer criminals. Dont live in the low areas along the Limmat river as there is danger of flooding when the Sihl dam breaks.
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I lived in Höngg for 7 years, when I was (feeling at least) youngish. Great area, sunny, close to the river (swimming), close to the city (15 mins by ÖV), close to the hills for walks/cycling, close to highway to get out of the city. Pricier now though than before.
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Hi everyone,

I will be relocating to Zurich in early 2021 and I was looking for recommendations on nice areas to live in (within 1 hour of the centre of Zurich by transport, preferably less). I have been looking at Oerlikon which seems nice but I am open to other suggestions. I will be moving with my other half, we are both young and like to go outdoors on the weekends but also enjoy our nightlife on a Friday night (pre pandemic). Ideally we would like to be close to grocery stores, transport etc.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions and if you would like any further information then please let me know.
Rents start in zürich from around 1300chf for a nice 2 bedroom apartment and go up to astronomical amounts
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Re: Looking for nice areas in Zurich

Have lived in Wiedikon for 6 years (2013 to 2019), happy to chat!
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