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Re: Best area to live in Basel?

Have heard that BL reduced taxes this year after BS did in 2009.

Last year the diff between BS and BL had become quite less after BS reduced taxes.

Is this true that BL reduced taxes ?
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Re: Best area to live in Basel?

If you will work in Novartis,Basel and your son will go to Erlenstrasse kindergarten then you should definately look at apartments in Erlentor,(erlentor.ch) It is the same building complex as the erlenstrasse day care. All apartments are newly built, excellent fittings (washing m/c included) and it is 15 min walk or 5 min in tram to Novartis main campus. Just avoid the apartments in last block as construction work is going to start in nearby site very soon.

If you are single working mum, then living in Basel land may pose logistics problem (although nothing like commuting challenges of London,UK)
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Re: Best area to live in Basel?

This may sound like a strange question, but can anyone suggest any areas of Basel that are not so great to live in?

I am an architecture student and I am researching derelict places/buildings in and around Basel.

Any help would be very much appreciated!
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Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

Hi All,

I've just arrived in Basel & need to rent a flat. I havn't had much chance to look around the city yet so does anybody have any advice on areas of Basel to start looking in (or areas to avoid)?

I'm female & on my own so i don't want to be isolated too far out of the city centre & i need to be able to get a no.8 tram to work (i'm fine walking a bit though).

I've no idea what renting a place costs so i guess anything is an option atm...apart from student digs & penthouse's that is :-)

Thanks for any help
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Re: Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

In my opinion, most areas in Basel are relatively safe. Al though some people say that Klein Basel or parts of it are shady and dodgy (particularly if you are a female).
I live in Gundeli area (male by myself) and have never faced any problems walking home at wee hours, shopping and decent tram connections (al though I walk to work).
If you work for Novartis (guess from tram 8)? they should have relocation agents who can help you?
When I first moved to Basel, my temp. apartment was near Novartis campus (Voltaplatz) and some of my colleagues told me it is not a good area but I never had any problems during my 3 month stay there.
If you think that you will be working a lot then wherever you chose just make sure it is close to shops and if possible the ones that are open late and on weekends.
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Re: Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

Thanks, nice to know it's a safe city.

So i think i need to find nice areas then?
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Thanks, nice to know it's a safe city.

So i think i need to find nice areas then?
Depends on your needs and your definition of nice .
Living in the city center or close to the tram line can be noisy (particularly in summer when the windows are open).
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Re: Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

And there are lots of other factors to consider such as laundry time tables, apt. rules and etc.
If you have a car or plan to get one, parking space can be an issue too. My apt. doesn't have any allocated parking spaces and therefore it can be an issue if I had a car.
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Re: Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

Laundry time tables & apt. rules?...hmm, think i need to do some more research into renting over here. I'm not planning on getting a car so that's one good thing.

I was just looking for an area to start with really, rather than viewing places all over the city. I've only been to Kleinhuningen & the City Centre so far & I think I would prefer the City Centre. Maybe i'll start looking there, unless the prices scare me too much, & then i'll widen my field.
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Some apartment have very strict rules (no noise after certain time and etc). If you have common laundry then there may be a time table. I get 3 hours every week at a particular time during the week. I remember the time when I was viewing apartments....pretty stressful time. All the best!
I still don't know what is "city center", but I guess Altstadt is the city center?



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Re: Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

I have the idea that Basel in general is a quite safe city to live. The only area that I felt a bit more insecure and which was told by a friend born and raised here to be a bit more of a critical to live in (particularly for women) is Voltaplatz/St Johann.

I am very happy living in Wettsteinplatz area myself, I can talk about it. I think it's safe, not noisy and pretty close to Downtown/Altstadt. When I go out for the movies, clubbing or for a bar, I am usually walking home or riding my bike. I think this is an important thing to consider, since the public transportation in a general way doesn't run all night and you are not planning to get a car. But that's my experience, I think it depends on your life style...

Besides that, I also think that you should be concerned about the apartament rules.
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Re: Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

Hi!

Welcome to Basel! I think there is plenty of areas where you can feel safe in Basel and everything is quite close connected with the trams and buses.

If you're here, why don't you set off some time to walk around some areas that is in a decent distance from tram 8 or have good connections to it and see which ones that you feel most at home with. Also to check out other services like supermarkets close by.

There are a few threads, some a bit old but still valid e.g.
Best area to live in Basel?
Ideal location in Basel?
[Basel] The area to the north of the river

Good luck finding something!
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Re: Best areas to rent a flat in Basel?

Anywhere in Gross Basel except certain streets in St. Johann is wonderful...the whole city is great, but Gundeli, Gellert, Central, Schutzenmatt Park, Zoo Bachletten areas are just perfect!
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Hi. I am potentially moving to Basel for my job. I would love to hear peoples' perspectives on the best places/neighbourhoods to live close to the centre of town. I am a single gay man in my mid 30's and tend to like places that are trendy without being obnoxious, walking distance to cafes and restaurants is helpful, but not too noisy. Any ideas are welcome.
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Hello and welcome to the English forum!

We are quite diverse in our tastes here in Basel, about many things but also including what each of us considers the best part of town in which to live.

Basel is fairly small, you can get across town on public transport in about 10 to 15 minutes so there isn't any major need to be situated in a particular place and still have good access to interesting things (clubs, cafes and such).

That said: I live about mid-way out from center, takes me equal time to get closer to Allschwil (nearer the border with France) as it takes for me to get across "downtown" Basel. I like it here as it is a bit more removed from the seasonal activities (such as Fasnacht) but access is (of course) very easy. I even *could* walk to downtown in about 20 - 30min from here.

I have some friends who live in Allschwil, others that live between where I am and there and still others who live in a completely different area of town, across the river in KleinBasel.

It seems that the closer you get to "downtown" and the closer to the river in KleinBasel side, the more international AND lively the neighborhood becomes while my area tends to tuck up around 9pm or so, except for the random wanderer coming home from the clubs later.


So, in closing: Walking distance depends upon what is "walking distance" for you - if you want to still look perfectly turned out for fashionable club socializing and walk, you'll probably be "happiest" in the 4058 or 4051 post code areas but as I said, almost anywhere within Basel is "walking distance" on a nice day.

Good luck with your decision and your looking around at places to live here!
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Hi. I am potentially moving to Basel for my job. I would love to hear peoples' perspectives on the best places/neighbourhoods to live close to the centre of town. I am a single gay man in my mid 30's and tend to like places that are trendy without being obnoxious, walking distance to cafes and restaurants is helpful, but not too noisy. Any ideas are welcome.
Hello bwgs

I moved last year and live in Gundeli (4053 Gundeldingen). To me, it has just the kind of feel you describe, a bit alternative/cool, without trying too hard, kind of a relaxed feel. There are some cool bars and cafes, and there are some quieter parts. It's pretty mixed culturally and age-wise, which is good in my book, very close to the main train station and therefore easy access to the airport and anywhere else. I'm at the far end of the district, 10 minutes bike ride from the centre of town, probably 5 if I was fitter! Bus and tram connections are excellent, as they are in most parts of town. Though I didn't realise till moving in that I was on one of the main routes into town from the motorway, so it's a bit noisier than I'd like, but my apartment's lovely!

When I moved I was lucky enough to be provided with a temporary apartment by my company for 3 months. If that's on offer to you, I'd recommend it, to give yourself a chance to get acquainted with the city, have a pootle around, see where you feel comfortable. If not, then definitely visit. A number of people recommended Gellert to me; it seems to be the posh end of town, very quiet and leafy, but - how to put this politely - also seems to have a higher average age. I originally wanted to live in St Alban/Breite, near to the river, but it was near impossible finding an affordable apartment there. It seems pretty arty there, but a bit more self-consciously (and expensively) so. Parts of Kleinbasel also seem pretty cool, but to me it seems a lot busier/noisier/less chilled (to be fair I haven't spent a huge amount of time there). I looked at an apartment near the Universitats-Spital (gorgeous, still gutted my application didn't succeed), the area seems very nice indeed, but a bit "grown-up". And Wettstein seems nice, but very quiet, though a couple of great restaurants.

You mention that you're gay, not sure if that's because you wanted some feedback on the scene here, and I can't really help with that. There doesn't seem to be one, though to be fair I'm not especially looking for it, but it's certainly not as evident as in UK cities such as Manchester for example, but I guess Basel's quite a bit smaller. (Just had a quick look, if you are interested, search the forum for "gay basel" there are a couple of threads which might help).

Hope that helps, and good luck!
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I personally wouldn't like to live there although I have friends who are quite happy there. There are a lot of roadworks at the moment around Voltaplatz and it is generally quite a noisy area with a lot of traffic and tram lines which run quite late into the night and start early in the morning.

The government is spending a lot of money however to rejuvinate the area so it will improve over the next few years as run down houses and derelict areas are cleaned up.
is this still the case? someone recently told me it was not so bad anymore and that it was gentrifying. any opinions on this?
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I live in Voltaplatz, the area is improving a lot! Lots of new buildings, parks, bars, etc, there are a lot of young couples moving to this area
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It's MUCH better than it used to be. The other half used to live near to Voltaplatz and I was really impressed with the rejuvination of the area.

Not a bad place at all now
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is this still the case? someone recently told me it was not so bad anymore and that it was gentrifying. any opinions on this?
One of the old train station buildings at Bhf St. Johan has been converted into some arty looking stuff, I've not investigated as yet but it seems there's some sort of gallery there, a restaurant offering buffet (no clue yet ) and opening in October will be a dampfbad & hamam.

There are a few new / new'ish apartment buildings there, some with brick which are VERY nice, the ones behind are nice looking but seem to be cheaper (likely cheaper rent and construction both). There is a new Coop with apartments above as well, I've not seen these so can not offer much opinion about them, other than how convenient they are to Coop and the train station.

There definitely seems to be attempt to make the immediate area there (quite) a bit more upscale... and they're beginning works on some of the other areas nearby too. I've seen mention of something going on at Wasserstrasse which is one of the shabbier looking streets, but I really am unclear yet what's going on. Within the last year or so, among the work done also has included cutting the thru of one of the streets and instead put in some sort of sitting park ish thing, there are restaurants with outdoor seating on either side if I remember right.
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