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Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

I've been told that Kleinbasel is not the best area to live in & no one has given specifics as to why. I am tempted to look in this neighborhood because there just seems to be more availability.

I'm not a snob who cares about being in the most fashionable area...I just want a place to be happy!

What are your honest positives & negatives of Kleinbasel?

Are there any specific sections of Kleinbasel that are better than others?

I was relocated once to an area in Europe where there was alot of depressed graffiti, broken beer bottles & teenagers up to no good. That is the only thing I'm trying to avoid.

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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

There are errr dodgy areas around Klein Basel but also in Gross Basel as for example I live in Gross Basel and I have a dope clinic right behind me...that I did not see when I came to see the place, even when I came afterwards without the agent...I would recommend looking at the area if you find an appartment you like, also the people that live around you. If you have children, whether there are other children might be important (noise factor, etc)

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Old 12.05.2010, 18:50
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There are errr dodgy areas around Klein Basel but also in Gross Basel as for example I live in Gross Basel and I have a dope clinic right behind me...that I did not see when I came to see the place, even when I came afterwards without the agent...I would recommend looking at the area if you find an appartment you like, also the people that live around you. If you have children, whether there are other children might be important (noise factor, etc)

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Can you define dodgy?

I think Klein Basel is great.
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Old 12.05.2010, 18:55
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

I don't live in Klein Basel (found a place near Brausebad as I know someone living in this building who introduced me to the landlord), but I actually prefer most of Klein Basel to Gross Basel.

There are some exceptions ... the Messe area is an ugly mess of buildings, and the old town around St Alban, Munster, Marktplatz etc is wonderful. KB seems to have more interesting architecture on average (apart from the exceptions above) and the area seems more "real" somehow. Make sure you're near a tram or bus stop that takes you to places you need to go.
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Old 12.05.2010, 19:30
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

It was voted the second worst place to live in in Switzerland. ( First being Zürich, naturally ). However, worst in Switzerland is equivalent to "rather pleasant" in the UK.

Seriously, it depends on what you're expecting out of life and your family circumstances. If you've got kids, get somewhere in Baselland.
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

Kleinbasel has also nice areas but in principle it has a vivid multicultural flair ;o. But nice area near the Rhine. I live in Gellert which I can recommend or Bruderholz area.
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

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I was relocated once to an area in Europe where there was alot of depressed graffiti, broken beer bottles & teenagers up to no good. That is the only thing I'm trying to avoid.

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In my opinion, if it is what you try to avoid, forget this area.
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

Hi,

This topic comes up quite a lot:

Clara-Quartier good or bad?

Neighborhood and rent check in Basel

The search threw up a few more besides.

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Nick
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

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In my opinion, if it is what you try to avoid, forget this area.
I think that is a bit of an exaggeration. I've lived in Claraplatz for 9 years and never had a problem.

I quite like the "village" feel that Kleinbasel has - which you don't see quite as much in the more well-to-do areas.

I notice from one of your previous posts that you live near Schutzenmatt; wasn't there a recent spate of muggings in the park?

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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

Living in Kleinbasel can also mitigate the culture shock of living in Switzerland. The shops are open longer, there are more smaller corner stores. People actually walk around on the street after 6pm !

There are many families and large playgrounds for the kids, though there are also streets with heavy traffic. The area varies from street to street. Some spots are ideal, and others are red light districts. Use your nose.
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I think that is a bit of an exaggeration. I've lived in Claraplatz for 9 years and never had a problem.

I quite like the "village" feel that Kleinbasel has - which you don't see quite as much in the more well-to-do areas.

I notice from one of your previous posts that you live near Schutzenmatt; wasn't there a recent spate of muggings in the park?

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I am not in that area anymore. My poin t was more about what I kept from her message. And yes you find it more in Kleinbasel. Don't take it wrong, I love the area but I prefer to go during the day for shopping, walking, etc then to live there 24/7. I am now in a very calm area and I am very happy there. If I want more ''action'' I go in the center, in Klein, etc.

I love what you can find in Kleinbasel. All those around the corner ethnics shops (open longer hours) and the big cultural melting pot.

But it doesn't change the fact you find a lot of what she wants to stay away. Nothing wrong with it, it is all about personal taste.
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

The thing about KleinBasel is : the closer you are to the Rhine, the nicer the apartments are, the shops close earlier and there's less dog poop on the street.

Head off somewhere between Claraplatz & Messeplatz that all increases. That said, now that I work near Langstrasse in Zürich, KleinBasel is really not all that bad.
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

I live in Kleinbasel and love it. Before we looked for an apartment a few people had warned us off Kleinbasel but I'm pleased we didn't listen to them. We saw lots of apartments and I think you get more for your money here.

It doesn't feel unsafe to me, I like the fact that it is busy (by Swiss standards) and the streets are not deserted. Where I live it is quiet at night, and there is a good mix of families, young and older people living around here. There are always shops open for when you need a pint of milk and it takes no time at all to get into the centre. I'm sure there are good and bad streets, but I think the same is true of anywhere. Don't rule it out until you've had a look!
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

My hubby, who is from Basel, refused to look at Klein Basel when we were looking for an apartment. His reasoning was because of the "red light" aspect to the area.

Meanwhile, we live near Kannenfeld Park and I have been approached on the street, in the middle of a Saturday afternoon (twice) with an invite from a random stranger for coffee. When I demurred, giving reasoning that I am married and not interested and the response was along the line of "well, I only wanted sex anyhow so whaddaya say?"

Day to day though, things are pretty good where we are. A lot of families, there seem to be a growing number of nationalities in my area. I hear English spoken with a few different accents when walking up the street and I hear French, Baselduutch, Italian, Spanish, and some others I can only speculate about (Slavic and African languages).
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

I lived in Kleinbasel near Wettsteinplatz for nearly 2 years and I would recommend it.

The accomodation was very nice ... the only problem I had, is that I am a lite sleeper and the location of apartment was near a main road, so in summer, it was difficult to have the windows open.

As already stated by someone else on this topic, a bad area in Switzerland, is not bad by UK standards.

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I think Klein Basel is great.
Read my post, I didn't say otherwise
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

Thanks everyone for your help! This forum is just so useful, & I really hope to be of assistance too to newbies once we're settled & familiar.

I'm going to keep an open mind when we come to town looking & search all the neighborhoods to know firsthand. I'm no conservative, but "redlight" areas to live in may be just too much of a cultureshock for my American self.
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Re: Is "Kleinbasel" a nice area? Looking for apartment in Basel.

Welcome to Basel.
I live in Klein Basel and I love it! (And I am Canadian and VERY bad neighbourhood averse!) The red light district is small and very easy to avoid.

I live in the "Hirzbrunnen" area. There are mostly houses and small apartments here and there is a neighbourhood feel to the area. We are very close the the Eglisee outdoor pool and the Lange Erlen park and tier park (a fantastic little free zoo). (No red lights in our neighbourhood!)

As mentioned earlier, the Wettstein area is lovely and the closer you are to the Rhine the better the apartments.

Regardless of whether you are looking in Gross or Klein Basel, you may want to avoid living near main streets (like Clarastrasse).

Good luck with your apartment hunt.
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I hope she found an appartment since May!
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