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living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Hey..

I am trying to find somewhere to live for my family (myself, wife, 2 kids (4 & 18mth) I want somewhere on the outskirts of Zurich, easy public transport into the city.. maybe a village/town 30 mins or so outside Zurich.. or even the suburbs of Zurich..?

pref with some expats knocking around to help with getting to know the locals etc... any ideas.. ??

I will be over on my own for the first few months (renting an appt in Zurich) .. so need a few towns/villages areas to trawl the tinterweb for places to accomodate me and mine before they move over..

ta muchly
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Old 08.09.2009, 17:37
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

You could do worse than where I am in Affoltern am Albis (not Zurich Affoltern). We are 28 mins to Zurich on the train (every 15 mins + night trains on the weekend), 15-20 by car to zurich enge. We also have enough shops for most basics and an outdoor pool in the summer with diving boards, grill etc. Crazy golf, tennis, pitch & put and good walks in the countryside.
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Hi

You could have a look at places like Kilchberg & Thalwil (and the surrounding areas) - all have lots of expats and are close to Zurich

If you look on Homegate.ch you will get an idea of what you get for your money - also remember taxes change depending on where you live

There are some threads on here that can also help you more with that


Good luck with the move!

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Hi

You could have a look at places like Kilchberg & Thalwil (and the surrounding areas) - all have lots of expats and are close to Zurich

If you look on Homegate.ch you will get an idea of what you get for your money - also remember taxes change depending on where you live

There are some threads on here that can also help you more with that


Good luck with the move!

S
Sharon, Thanks for that.. quite like the look of Thalwil - how long will that take to get into Zurich? whats around etc..and you mention tax... does it go down the further you get away from the city?

Thanks
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Old 08.09.2009, 19:46
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

On the other side of the lake from Thalwil are Kusnacht, Erlenbach, Herrliberg, Mannedorf and Meilen. I've visited friends living there and its great for families. Direct s-bahns every 30 minutes (depending on which stop) that will get you into Zurich HB / Stadelhofen within 15-20 minutes.
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On the other side of the lake from Thalwil are Kusnacht, Erlenbach, Herrliberg, Mannedorf and Meilen. I've visited friends living there and its great for families. Direct s-bahns every 30 minutes (depending on which stop) that will get you into Zurich HB / Stadelhofen within 15-20 minutes.
Sounds good thanks for that I will see whats over there too.. your money seems to go a bit further on houses etc.. would that be a fair assumption.?
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Stafa is nice, a bit further down on the right side of the lake. About 25 mins from Zurich by train. Quite a few expats and a great playgroup in English for the little one (Somewhere for your wife to meet some new friends too!)

If you need any info about the place, PM me and I will try and help.

I agree with the post above, check on Homegate and you should find a few places!

Happy home hunting!
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Stafa is nice, a bit further down on the right side of the lake. About 25 mins from Zurich by train. Quite a few expats and a great playgroup in English for the little one (Somewhere for your wife to meet some new friends too!)

If you need any info about the place, PM me and I will try and help.

I agree with the post above, check on Homegate and you should find a few places!

Happy home hunting!
not coming up on a search stafa... do you have a postcode or sommat?
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Thalwil post code is 8800

http://www.homegate.ch/homegate/obje...gion=&country=

not sure if this will work?
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Yes, it is 8712.

I don't have "umlaut" function - sorry!

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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Alt+0228 will also do. Find them all here
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

I'm a Thalwiler. There are trains quite frequently in the am- every 5 minutes or so heading towards the HBF. During non peak hour its every 15 minutes or so. My favourite thing about living here and commuting to Zurich is that the IR trains on their way to Zurich from Luzerne stop in Thalwil. With those trains its about 10 minutes to Zurich HBF. I also love that there are direct trains from Thalwil up to the Airport- as my husband does a lot of travelling for work, this is really handy.

Getting a place here (anywhere in Switzerland, really) is hard work though, so look at *everything* and keep an open mind! Good luck!
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

and what is there to do in Thalwil, entertainment wise..? restaraunts? park's shops, PUB's??
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

There are many foreigners in the Baden area.....not everyone who lives near Baden works there. Many commute to Zürich (train connections are excellent).

Might be worth taking a look just to see what you can rent in the region.

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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

We have been in Volketswil Dorf (8604) for 2 years now and are very happy and settled with the kids in an excellent local school. Connections to Zurich are 4 x per hour via bus and then train from Schwerzenbach less than 30mins to HB. Location is on the edge of lovely countryside with an excellent outdoor swimming pool for the summer months.

Be prepared to look at a lot of houses as selection is not large and some are very expensive. Good luck
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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Look along the S18, the "Forchbahn". From Forch onwards house prices begin to get reasonable again and it's still less than 30 mins with the train. Plus you have the lovely and more accessible Greifensee.
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Look along the S18, the "Forchbahn". From Forch onwards house prices begin to get reasonable again and it's still less than 30 mins with the train. Plus you have the lovely and more accessible Greifensee.

Thanks spiderdaddy.. any village/town names in particular.. dont want to be in the middle of nowhere.. as want there to be plenty to do with the kids etc.. plus want to make sure the better half can get out an meet folk...
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Thanks spiderdaddy.. any village/town names in particular.. dont want to be in the middle of nowhere.. as want there to be plenty to do with the kids etc.. plus want to make sure the better half can get out an meet folk...
Here you go, with the Tax Authority in brackets
  • Zumikon - Lots of English speaking people and the Inter-comunity School a private english language school. But expensive. (Küsnacht)
  • Maiacher & Forch - also not cheap (Küsnacht)
  • Aesch/Scheuren - no actual village center, but a school (Maur)
  • Egg - (Egg)
You could also look at Maur itself, but there is only a bus to Stettbach and Klusplatz.

Plenty to do around here, but we met all our friends through the school and kids.

It is country/village life, but I still manage to get into town for a knees up.

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Re: living outside Zurich - Easy commute

Or, why don't you explore the calm and quiet outskirts in the areas of Canton Schwyz bordering Zurich. Wollerau, Pfaffika. Really tax friendly too.
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Or, why don't you explore the calm and quiet outskirts in the areas of Canton Schwyz bordering Zurich. Wollerau, Pfaffika. Really tax friendly too.

Thanks for that thought... how long to then get into Zurich? as that is where I would be working.. and do you reccomend anywhere??

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