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Buying property in Bassersdorf (ZH)

We are considering buying a property in Bassersdorf. Area is at the hill side with a nice view. Apartment is not cheap, but location is conveniently loacted, i.e. less 20 Min from Zurich HB by train & road, shops are close by. Generally have the impression that property prices dramatically increased in Zurich city and towns close by. Also tax rate is rather low (not as low as the lakeside towns or Zug, but still considerably low). As my wife is travelling a lot for business the close by airport is also a plus (some plane noise is acceptable, when living in Zurich city (Höngg) we also could hear the planes).

Any thoughts or other people living in Bassersdorf?
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I've lived in Bassersdorf for 10 years now. It's a nice community, a bit quirky but still with a sense of community. They have one of the bigger carnival celebrations around these parts, with a big parade and all night partying which essentially shuts the town down for a few days. They also have their own competing Sechseläuten, complete with its own exploding Böögg, which has taken the form of Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in years past.

It's well connected to Zurich and especially the airport. The plane noise is noticeable (and definitely worse than Höngg), with the town directly under a landing path there are very frequent planes (but landing, so the noise isn't as bad as takeoff). The takeoff noise is mostly quiet unless one of the big birds (A380) takes off and comes over the town after its first turn. I really only notice the Emirates A380 however.

I'd recommend this town, it's really nice, although I have noticed that it has gotten a lot busier within the past years. Traffic gets nasty during rush hour, but I don't notice it much because I don't drive.
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I've lived in Bassersdorf for 10 years now. It's a nice community, a bit quirky but still with a sense of community. They have one of the bigger carnival celebrations around these parts, with a big parade and all night partying which essentially shuts the town down for a few days. They also have their own competing Sechseläuten, complete with its own exploding Böögg, which has taken the form of Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in years past.

It's well connected to Zurich and especially the airport. The plane noise is noticeable (and definitely worse than Höngg), with the town directly under a landing path there are very frequent planes (but landing, so the noise isn't as bad as takeoff). The takeoff noise is mostly quiet unless one of the big birds (A380) takes off and comes over the town after its first turn. I really only notice the Emirates A380 however.

I'd recommend this town, it's really nice, although I have noticed that it has gotten a lot busier within the past years. Traffic gets nasty during rush hour, but I don't notice it much because I don't drive.
Thank you so much for your prompt reply. It helps.

We were walking around the town (area Hub, Steinackerstrasse and Rebhaldenstrasse) and had the impression of an affluent neighbourhood, decent houses & cars. We were told that the air noise is less compared to Wallisellen, especially in the east side of the town outside the landing route. Would you confirm that? Also, are there some expats or is it a narrow minded Swiss town .-)

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Thank you so much for your prompt reply. It helps.

We were walking around the town (area Hub, Steinackerstrasse and Rebhaldenstrasse) and had the impression of an affluent neighbourhood, decent houses & cars. We were told that the air noise is less compared to Wallisellen, especially in the east side of the town outside the landing route. Would you confirm that? Also, are there some expats or is it a narrow minded Swiss town .-)

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That area of town is quite nice - good houses, etc., as you say (if I had to describe it, I would say solid mid- to upper-middle class neighborhood). I had a friend who lived in that area.

The noise is indeed less on the east side of town. I live closer to the Bahnhof, because I don't drive (hate it), and I don't notice any noise at all from the landing planes - as I mentioned, it's only the big planes on takeoff that I really notice when they take their first turn over the town (I suppose they climb at a slower rate). However, I would think that Wallisellen is probably quieter than Bassersdorf overall, but probably they get a little bit of the takeoff noise.

There is a noise map produced by Empa (downloadable here) but it's from 2020, so I don't know if it will be different when air travel really starts to pick up again.

Regarding the residents, I live closer to the Bahnhof, and I used to live in Auenring (also close to the Bahnhof), which is the "sketchy immigrant" part of town. Much of the town is immigrant, however - my kids' kindergarten featured many foreign languages (English, Turkish, Albanian, Portuguese, Serbian, etc). There isn't any real tension noticeable to me, although there is the odd comment here and there. For example, some neighbors raise eyebrows when I tell them I used to live in Auenring, and there is the typical annoyance at speaking English. My high German is fine, but many Swiss will switch to English rather than speak the "foreign language" of high German. This is really minor, however, and the townspeople are not this "typical Swiss" that people often complain about on here. Except for noise! Having kids is fraught with danger with complaining old people, I do have to say. There have been complaints from some neighbors, but screw them - kids are kids.

The town is getting overcrowded, however, and it is very noticeable in the schools, which are sending kids all over the place to the various area schools to deal with the overcrowding (even giving them some more treacherous walks to school, crossing several busy streets). I can recommend the schools, however - at least in my experience they treat my children very well.
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Thank you so much for your prompt reply. It helps.

We were walking around the town (area Hub, Steinackerstrasse and Rebhaldenstrasse) and had the impression of an affluent neighbourhood, decent houses & cars. We were told that the air noise is less compared to Wallisellen, especially in the east side of the town outside the landing route. Would you confirm that? Also, are there some expats or is it a narrow minded Swiss town .-)

Thanks.
We just sold our property in Bassersdorf (Rebhaldenstrasse) after living there for 13 years. Now we will return to our home country as my wife got a big promotion. The town changed significantly over the recent years; in a good way. Some facts:

Town offers modern infrastructure in the centre (Coop, Migros, pharmacies, etc), outdoor/indoor Swimming pools, and modern sport facilities.

Very good public transport connections: 14 mins to Zurich Oerlikon, 19 mins to Zurich HB, 8 mins to Zurich Airport, 20 mins to Winterthur. There is also a night train (my daughter loved it as she could clubbing till 3am in the morning in Zurich city and still get back home easily).

In case you have kids: Childcare and decent schools are in town. International schools are a 10mins drive by car or 20mins by public transport. My daughter did her Master's at ETH Zurich; took her only around 30mins from door-to-door. Very convenient and ETH was a fantastic university with close networks other tier-1 unis.

Many foreigners living in Bassersdorf, although it's a typical Swiss town. Swiss people like to live in the hill side areas. We also liked these neighbourhoods; local Swiss people were friendly and helpful to us even we didn't speak good German.

Tax rate is rather attractive (compared to Zurich city; although not as low as in the towns around lake of Zurich or Zug, still there is a nice tax effect when moving from Zurich city).

There is nice nature around the town (forests, tracks), perfect for running, cycling, walking.

Hilly areas at north eastern/western parts of the town (Steinackerstrasse / Hubstrasse / Gutreinstrasse / Rebhaldenstrasse) are considered upper-class residential areas within the town. This becomes clear when you walk around there and see some nice houses and shiny cars. Property prices in these areas are higher compared to other locations within the town. But you will get a nice place to live; green area close to forest, nice views (hills, Swiss alps) and good sun exposure. However, if you rely on public transport, you need to calculate 10-15 mins to get to the train station. Still, door-to-door connection to Zurich HB is less than 30mins and town is easy to walk. Also, there are buses for the lazy ones.

Regarding flight noise: The western part of the town (where we were living) gets some flight noise, as it is on the approach track to Zurich airport. As the plans are mostly landing, it's not the take-off noise, so we didn't felt disturbed or negatively affected. The Eastern part of the town is not really affected by the approaching planes, that's why it is considered the best part to live in town. During the day there are a some plans on the departure route over Bassersdorf in the early afternoon. They make the turn over Opfikon, Wallisellen, Dietlikon and then Bassersdorf; meaning, they are already rather high. You can hear them in town, but – according to my and many people's perception – not in a disturbing way. Therefore, flight noise is not an annoyance in Bassersdorf. As me and my wife had to travel frequently for business and private reasons, the rather short way to the airport was a big plus. Also airport shopping is nice, especially during rainy Sundays.

Property prices in the Glattal region increased dramatically. This trend continues. We made a nice gain when selling our property (+40% within 10 years). Took us only 2 months to sell it.

We can recommend the town, still miss our time there.
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Re: Buying property in Bassersdorf (ZH)

Bassersdorf is in the north-east of Zurich and belongs to the Zurich city urban region. Convenient and somewhat beautiful location (immersed in a natural green landscape - grassland and forests) and not really affected by air traffic. Great area for outdoor activities (walking or cycling) in the hilly surroundings. And yet you can reach the heart of Zurich city in around 15 minutes by public transport.

Small historic village center of Bassersdorf offers an attractive public life with an old village church, squares, shops, some restaurants and other service providers. Also many cultural offers (clubs, i.e. football, squash, tennis etc). The perfectly developed public transport network and the urban infrastructures are a real plus of this location and makes it an easy place to live.
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Re: Buying property in Bassersdorf (ZH)

I can't comment on the area, but buying an apartment anywhere is something I would try and avoid because of maintenance charges and the complications of legal and neighbour disputes being in a block. Buy a house instead. You may have to search a much wider area, and evaluate the areas as houses come up. Also being in the middle of a COVID period, flight noise will be significantly down on normal activity. That might be holding prices up in the area. Property in some cheap rural areas that have been on the market for years have all recently sold. People are renovating them and preparing to move, presumably from towns. "apartment is not cheap" is a worrying statement in view of the above. Can you afford to be lumbered with it if you need to move one day?
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