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Old 14.01.2021, 13:33
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Experience living in Onex?

Dear all,

Does anyone have any experience living in Onex, Geneva? We are looking at south of the Rue de Chancy (house) and have an eight year old. In terms of overall situation it suits but I can't find much on what is is really like to live there from an atmosphere / sense of community / good for kids perspective. Really grateful if anyone can share their views. Many thanks.

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Hi GVAbound

I lived in Onex 2 years, from 2019 to 2020. Now I've moved away to Geneva city as I needed a bigger house and we found it there.

Onex is very family friendy: lots of families living there, lots of shops and lots of schools. There is a ton of green spaces around, chiefly the Les Evaux parc and all the forest on the bank of the Rhone. I really miss the chance to do walks there.

The city is very multicultural, biggest group are the Portuguese/Brazilians. There are very nice markets, especially the Marche du Monde on sundays near the curches.

The Commune is really aware of having a city where most of the people are immigrants, so they offer a lot of social events to favour integration. The Maison Onesienne is a great place to go to meet people, do classess and they do a lot of stuff for kids (unfortunately now all is stopped due to covid). As an example, they offer classes of French for 150 CHF for the entire year (a real deal in Geneve).

Public transport is good, lots of buses and trams that gets you to the centre or the other side of town.

Not a lot of restaurants or bars, very quite at night as it's mostly a place for families to live.

Safety: you'll read the usual horror stories on Onex, but it's all the usual Swiss overreaction. The city is very safe. Me and my wife we walked alone at night several times (for example when returning from the airport) and never had an issue. Never heard of someone robbed in their apartment where I lived. Postman left a lot of packages in front of my door, never stolen (and my building had no lock or code at the entrance, so anyone could get to any apartment door.

Let me know if you have other Qs

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Re: Experience living in Onex?

#1 son's in-laws have a house in Onex, they've been there 40+ years, raised three children there and love it.
As Capitan Harlock says, it's fairly quiet and generally safe. Good shops (Migros, Coop, Aldi, Lidl, etc.), great transport links, decent schools.
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Dear Anjela, dear Capitan Harlock

Many, many thanks for your insights. This is exactly the sort of information that it is impossible to get elsewhere, and impossible to go and experience due to most things being cancelled due to COVID. I really like the fact that there is an active community. Parc des Evaux is indeed wonderful, as is the Rhone. I've realised as well how close the Parc des Gavottes.

There are quite a few derogatory comments online about Onex Cité - although I must say that I see similar observations about the area of Geneva I currently live in and it does not resonate with my experience.

Capitan Harlock - I see that there are a couple of cantonal routes running through (Rue de Chancy and Rue de Grand Lancy). What was your experience of traffic (traffic jams) and noise?
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Well Onex as a city is quite isolated by the traffic. The main routes go around the city. This means that within the city there is little traffic, then once you get to one of the big roads you get the usual Geneva atrocious traffic (but you have the same issues everywhere).

Regarding crime as I said people like to talk about Onex Citè. Citè is the part of the Onex with the big soviet-style buildings. I passed many times at night there all dressed up from work coming back from the airport, with luggage and computer bag and never had an issue.

If you come like me from a "normal" Country you know well that a dangerous zone is something quite different from what the Swiss think of.
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Re: Experience living in Onex?

South side of route de Chancy is a very quiet and green area. Villa zone as they call it here in Switzerland. Is the house on the north side of Route de Grand-Lancy? If so, that is quite well connected. But if it is on the south side, public transport is a bit limited for that area in my opinion. If you and your husband will rely on public transport to go to work, you might find it not so sufficient. If you intend to commute by car, you need to see where your office is. Driving through Geneva during rush hours is huge pain.

Otherwise, it is a very family friendly area.
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South side of route de Chancy is a very quiet and green area. Villa zone as they call it here in Switzerland. Is the house on the north side of Route de Grand-Lancy? If so, that is quite well connected. But if it is on the south side, public transport is a bit limited for that area in my opinion. If you and your husband will rely on public transport to go to work, you might find it not so sufficient. If you intend to commute by car, you need to see where your office is. Driving through Geneva during rush hours is huge pain.

Otherwise, it is a very family friendly area.
Most of the villa zone is within a ten minute walk of either a bus route or the 14 tram line on the Rte de Chancy.... that's now being extended out past Bernex and soon there'll be a load of new apartment blocks built out that way. Trams run every 5-6 minutes during the day, through Geneva centre and then out towards Meyrin/CERN.

@ GVAbound; the villa area of Onex is pretty quiet, I've never noticed traffic noise when visiting the in-laws and I'm usually quite sensitive to noise.
Just remembered there's a small indoor swimming pool behind the secondary school by the Migros, and the restaurant attached to that isn't bad.... not haute cuisine but fine for an evening meal when you don't feel like cooking!
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