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Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

I have a new job in Luzern starting in December, and would really appreciate a bit of advice on where to look for an apartment, since I'm not so familiar with the area. I appreciate there are old threads on this, but the housing market is evolving so quickly (just look at google street view and compare to new apartment block locations), that I imagine some of this existing advice is now out of date.

A bit about me:

- I've already been in Switzerland for 5 years. I lived in Bern for 3.5 years, and currently livine in Zürich. So I'm familiar with the system in general
- I'll be moving on my own, 33 year old man
- I much prefer new, modern apartments
- Not too bothered about living in the heart of the city
- I'm not big into going out/night life. Much prefer to be close to hiking/cycling places

I was looking at Horw, since there are lots of new building projects, it is close to the countryside and the tax is low for when I get a C permit. Kriens was another option, but the tax looks to be way higher than Horw. I have heard that Emmen/Emmenbrücke is to be avoided.

Any advice for the greater Luzern area would be hugely appreciated.
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

Stay in Zurich and commute.
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Stay in Zurich and commute.
1 hour 40 minutes door to door, so no way.
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

Let me preface this by saying that I don't know the canton personally, but the following are places we have previously considered or where we have colleagues or friends living:


Meggen: Quite a suburban area, but very nice. It's split into two parts (in my view): the lake front and then the upper part. The upper part is very nice with very well maintained buildings and gardens. Obviously the lakefront is also nice. I believe that tax may be better there. (But don't quote me)



Weggis: This would be my choice and we have come close to buying something there before. Purely for the amazing views of the alps and the lake! Tax is high, but property prices are very low (compared to Zug!), not sure about rent. Commuting to Luzern may also not be that convenient


You may also want to consider Kuessnacht am Rigi. Not a bad commute and in the canton of SZ, so tax likely to be better
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Let me preface this by saying that I don't know the canton personally, but the following are places we have previously considered or where we have colleagues or friends living:


Meggen: Quite a suburban area, but very nice. It's split into two parts (in my view): the lake front and then the upper part. The upper part is very nice with very well maintained buildings and gardens. Obviously the lakefront is also nice. I believe that tax may be better there. (But don't quote me)



Weggis: This would be my choice and we have come close to buying something there before. Purely for the amazing views of the alps and the lake! Tax is high, but property prices are very low (compared to Zug!), not sure about rent. Commuting to Luzern may also not be that convenient


You may also want to consider Kuessnacht am Rigi. Not a bad commute and in the canton of SZ, so tax likely to be better
Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortuantely they're all a bit too far away from my work, and there are very limited (if any) rental options.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortuantely they're all a bit too far away from my work, and there are very limited (if any) rental options.
In what part of Luzern is your work? It's quite spread out if you include the 'suburbs' you mentioned.
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In what part of Luzern is your work? It's quite spread out if you include the 'suburbs' you mentioned.
Sorry, I should have clarified. It's in Maihof, next to the Rotsee. So about 8 minutes by bus north of the HB.
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

I've been looking at Littau, which has lots of very well priced new apartments, is only 16 minutes away from my work and has great access to the countryside. Not sure what it's like to live in though.
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Sorry, I should have clarified. It's in Maihof, next to the Rotsee. So about 8 minutes by bus north of the HB.
Why not Ebikon then?
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

Take a look at Rotkreuz, ZG
Pretty good connections:
- 14 mins to Luzern
- 37 mins to Zurich
Motorway is 2 minutes away.

Related to housing - not a lot of rental options, one needs to hunt a bit.
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

You cant really go very wrong around luzern. Kanton Zug if you want to pay less tax.
I live in Meggen, son lives in Littau; both pretty happy with our choices.
I would choose Ebikon over Emmen or Littau.

This site enables you to get a reasonably accurate estimate of the taxation differences:
https://www.comparis.ch/steuern/steu...n-im-vergleich

and differences in rent
https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/default

Best to go and have a walk around to get a feel for the atmosphere.
There is an oversupply of new build blocks of flats at the moment so if this is what you are looking at, your bargaining power should be good.
Be careful of the contract details.
Good conditions:
Three months notice at the end of any month other than Dec.
Two months deposit in a protected bank account.
No minimum tenancy length
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

Weggis is picturesque, no question. It does have the feel of the Suisse Palm Springs however, not a youthful community

Around the lake though, stunning spot

On the plus side, the Lucerne area has a big bike culture from what I have noticed
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

I live on the edge of Horw and love it.

5 minute train ride to Luzern, convenient access to the highway, most shops for everyday needs are found here (Pilatusmarkt, Coop, Migros, Landi, Denner, etc..)

There are some great picnic spots on the Horwer Halbinsel and also down by the lake is nice in Summer to bbq or swim (near Winkelbadi)

Weggis is beautiful but too far removed from everything.

Littau/Emmen/Emmenbrücke/Ebikon - meh. Im usually just passing through but have never thought to myself that it'd be nice to live in those places.

Adligenswil is nice, but not as convenient as Horw IMO.

Meggen is nice, with low taxes but high rent/property costs.

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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

Thanks for all the suggestions. Checked out some areas yesterday, and was pretty disappointed overall. Ebikon and Littau were both fairly unpleasant. Horw was a building site (literally a giant building just started right in front of the building I was thinking of applying for). Kriens Mattenhof area was the most promising of the ones I looked at.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Checked out some areas yesterday, and was pretty disappointed overall. Ebikon and Littau were both fairly unpleasant. Horw was a building site (literally a giant building just started right in front of the building I was thinking of applying for). Kriens Mattenhof area was the most promising of the ones I looked at.
The part of Ebikon up the hill is nice (towards Adligenswil) is nice. Is that where you looked, or down by the main road?

Not much available there though but good buses into Luzern and really nice forest walks and views from the top towards Meggen.
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Re: Where to live in Canton Luzern (2021 edition)?

It does not matter too much. I live in the city and I am fine with it. Easy walking to the main station. But taxes are for sure higher than in Kanton Zug!
If you want to give a cooperative a try: www.abl.ch It does have a lot of apartments in the middle of Luzern.
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Kriens Mattenhof area was the most promising of the ones I looked at.
Kriens Mattenhof would be a good fit for the criteria you mentioned in your first post, but it isn't great for getting to work in Maihof by car or by public transport (the rush hour traffic between Luzern station and Maihof is horrendous, especially in the evening).

On the other hand, if you want to bike to work it could be a good choice, although it would involve a bit of up and down and maybe a bit long if you want to avoid main roads (Mattenhof - Freigleis - Neustadtstrasse - Winkelriedstrasse - over the bridge by the Franziskanerplatz - then somehow up over the hill and down to Maihof).
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