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Comparing locations - Oberglatt and Dietikon

Hello,



We are currently evaluating two apartments (for purchase). One of them is in Oberglatt, and the other is in Dietikon.



We went to both the locations, and our impressions were as follows:
  • Oberglatt is more sparsely populated, and very residential. It felt like a small village, with not many shops or restaurants in the village centre. Consequently, it also felt more quite and peaceful.
  • Dietikon felt more urban, with more people and shops in the city centre. It also felt crowded and cramped compared to Oberglatt.
  • The tax rate in both localities is the same (though higher than ZH city).


We currently live in Oerlikon, so everything (shops, post office, train station, decent restaurants) is within walking distance from our house. This would not be the case with the two options that we have in Oberglatt and Dietikon. We do see that there are plenty of options for essential items nearby, so that's not a concern.



However, we would like to know from people that have lived in Dietikon and/or Oberglatt, what they think about the two locations and which would be better to live in?


Also, an unrelated query. How is the tax rate for which locality decided? Currently, to me it seems that the more "posh" areas like Kilchberg have lower tax rates leading to a concentration of high-income individuals there (which also makes real estate unaffordable there).
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Old 25.05.2021, 11:52
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Re: Comparing locations - Oberglatt and Dietikon

Dietikon is a dump. Never lived in Dietikon, but worked there and had friends living there. There is no way I would move there, let alone buy a place. Cannot say much about Oberglatt.

Edit: A few more thoughts on Dietikon:

The center and everything along the main road from Spreitenbach to Schlieren is dreadful in my view. Concrete, traffic, old housing, dodgy shops. Traffic I thought was quite bad and not helped by all the young guys showing off their old M3s. On Saturdays a lot of spill-over traffic from Spreitenbach (Shoppi, Ikea). The area north of the railway where a lot of new housing has been added in the last 10 years may offer modern buildings but otherwise very little in my view.

Heading south towards Urdorf and up the valley towards Mutschellen there might be some nicer and quieter parts. I recall the area into Reppischtal from cycling tours and I found this quite nice, but also this probably is not Dietikon anymore.

If I were looking for housing in Limmattal, I would look at Urdorf, Weiningen, Engstringen maybe.

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Re: Comparing locations - Oberglatt and Dietikon

Also have a bump.
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Re: Comparing locations - Oberglatt and Dietikon

I'd say the public transport could be an important factor to compare, especially if you have children, so it's worth spending a while perusing all the routes and timetables (convenience of changing, overall duration) for what they'll most likely want or need to be doing now, in 2, 5 and 10 years' time.

Also transport for adults to get to work, whether that is by public transport and car.
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Re: Comparing locations - Oberglatt and Dietikon

If I had the money, I'd have preferred to buy an apartment in ZH city. But anything that we like in the city costs more than 1.5 million, and that's really not affordable for us right now.



It might become affordable five years down the line, but I am not sure the increase in our salary and savings over the next five years will keep pace with the increase in real estate prices.



The options that we have in our price range right now, are outside the ZH city. We are only looking at options that have a connection to ZH HB at least every 15 minutes. We have found options in the following areas - Opfikon, Dietikon and Oberglatt.


None of these would be ideal for us, work wise. For me, the daily commute would be between 1-1.25 hours (one way), and for the wife 40-50 minutes. However, given that I can work at least 2 days a week from home, we think it would be doable.



If we want locations that are equidistant from our work locations, and also accessible from HB, we are looking at places like Thalwil, Kilchberg, Horgen - and there's no way we can afford a house there with our budget.


So what now? If we want to buy a house, it seems to me that we will have to choose from the not so desirable locations. The other option is to keep renting, but that is a bummer because we thought we could afford a decent house in ZH.
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Re: Comparing locations - Oberglatt and Dietikon

That's a huge lot of commuting for the parents and family...just for the privilege of buying a 'house'.


Our friends and colleagues who have a 'modest' apartment budget have been buying around Affoltern am Albis, Bonstetten, and getting cars. It's a 'new growth area' - lots of new privately owned apartments.


Opfikon/Oberglatt will be significantly impacted by airport noise - probably not something you can measure right now as there are so few planes!


Dietikon is a 'hole' for people with really low incomes. I wouldn't go there if you paid me...


I have no idea what 'budget' you are working with, but I assume you are looking for an 'einfamilienhaus' rather than an apartment...
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Re: Comparing locations - Oberglatt and Dietikon

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The options that we have in our price range right now, are outside the ZH city. We are only looking at options that have a connection to ZH HB at least every 15 minutes. We have found options in the following areas - Opfikon, Dietikon and Oberglatt.

None of these would be ideal for us, work wise. For me, the daily commute would be between 1-1.25 hours (one way), and for the wife 40-50 minutes. However, given that I can work at least 2 days a week from home, we think it would be doable.

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So what now? If we want to buy a house, it seems to me that we will have to choose from the not so desirable locations. The other option is to keep renting, but that is a bummer because we thought we could afford a decent house in ZH.
For a while, such a commute can be okay. I would not choose a permanent home that involved that much commuting except, perhaps, if you are both also studying something or are avid readers, or frequent social media, or do subtle isometric exercises or meditate, really anything that means you know how to use your time well, when in the train or waiting on the platform. With such skills, you can utilise those many hours; without them, over time the commute becomes a drain on one's energy and mood.
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