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We are thinking of moving to the Zurich area with my company but are concerned about the living arrangements. We understand that most people live in apartments but we have 2 young children who love our back garden and we can't concieve living without one. Can someone explain how accomodation works for families in Switzerland and suggest any good family areas to live in around Zurich?
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Old 27.04.2009, 22:35
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Re: Accomodation options

"around zurich" is a very wide description. you can always rent a house, or an appartment with a garden.
the postcode of zurich area is in the 8000's
try this website
http://www.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma...Location=intro

with this one http://map.search.ch/zuerich

many people commute from aarau (another kanton/state), and trains run every 15 minutes from baden where rents are cheaper, and houses more available. Try looking for something near a train line. They are very reliable.
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Most appartments have some shared open space nearby. You'd have to rank this a top priority to exclude living in the city, in my opinion.
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How old are your children ?

We live on the edge of zone 10 with three children and the common garden area outside our house includes a playground for the children, and there are excellent enormous playgrounds and playing fields within a short walk...also, there are a lot fewer cars, and our front door of our apartment opens into the common garden, not onto the road...so our children 7 & 9 years have no problem playing outside our apartment where I can see them from the window...and our neighbours keep an eye out for them also...

our 'house' is a 5.5 room apartment on the second floor up from ground level ;-)
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Re: Accomodation options

Thanks everyone for your responses.

Swisspea - our children are 4 (just) and 18 months. The set-up you have sounds good and makes us feel a lot more positive about the options.
Can I ask you another question?

Do you have to share a laundry room in your apartment block? We've read that this can be common and again it seems hard to imagine with a young family.
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Yes, our laundry is a *shocker* - three days on (and if one of your days falls on a Sunday, too bad, not supposed to wash that day, and we can only use the machines from 7am to 10pm...)...and then 10 days in between...

Actually, now my whole life revolves around when my washing days are, it's not so bad - and if they fall on Saturday I swap with the students next door because they like to wash on Saturdays, whereas I prefer to take that day out with my family...

I was going to add a lot more washing tips - but PM me separately if you want all the details...

getting all the washing done for a family of five is OK since I am a stay-at-home mum...but if we were both working outside the home and only there in the evenings, it wouldn't be possible...
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We are thinking of moving to the Zurich area with my company but are concerned about the living arrangements. We understand that most people live in apartments but we have 2 young children who love our back garden and we can't concieve living without one. Can someone explain how accomodation works for families in Switzerland and suggest any good family areas to live in around Zurich?

Working in Zürich doesn't mean you have to live in Zürich. It is absolutely possible to find something to rent with a garden and your own laundry room if you are willing to look outside of Zürich and commute. Village life has a lot to offer for youung families and I highly recommend this. But as they say, to each his own.
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Re: Accomodation options

Thanks again for your responses.

Village life is definitely high on our agenda, especially if it means we could have a garden and our own washing machine!

Swisspea - Your washing scenario sounds like a nightmare. Its such an alien concept to not have your own machine that we simply can't imagine how you cope. I guess you get used to it and plan around it as you described, but what a pain!! Happy washing
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Thanks again for your responses.

Village life is definitely high on our agenda, especially if it means we could have a garden and our own washing machine!

Swisspea - Your washing scenario sounds like a nightmare. Its such an alien concept to not have your own machine that we simply can't imagine how you cope. I guess you get used to it and plan around it as you described, but what a pain!! Happy washing
I have noticed lately more places advertising that they have their own washer/dryer. It seems to be in demand and people are willing to pay for it. There are just too many problems with shared laundry and families. I have never placed a family with kids in a building with shared laundry. Most have never had this experience and it is not one I think they need to look forward to. There are villages in the Baden area where you can rent a house with a garden and parking for under 2,500 per month. You just have to know where to look.
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Re: Accomodation options

Some bigger appartment blocks have even longer gaps between wash days. Some flats are plumbed for a machine in the bathroom... usually quite a squash though. Kitchens are usually built-in with no available space, never have seen a washing machine in any kitchen here. And before I had never seen a kitchen without that didn't have a utility room attached.
Large, more expensive modern appartments do have utility rooms however.
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Thanks again folks. All really useful information.
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