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Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

We are considering buying a property in Dietikon, within 10 mins walk to the bahnhof. We have visited the site and area a couple of times and liked the convenience. We have asked around, but have received split opinions about buying there...

Anyone who have lived or live in Dietikon can share some thoughts? Is it a friendly area for foreigners? How's the safety looking like? What is the mix of population? etc... Any opinion is greatly appreciated~~~
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

I have thought about this as well, but would love opinions on this also.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

There are books written on this subject, and England has even made a few TV series... on analysing the market, the rules of buying (location, location etc), how to make money, and how to "find the house you love"..

On this website you can see the prices that houses sold at in the past 4 years (if they have advertised on this site, or on the sites that this site takes its data from)
http://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/mar...type_idlist=4&

I think that the housing market here has become more liquid than it has been in the past, but it will still not be the same as in England, New Zealand, Au.. dont know about the US.

Dietikon has good train connections, and a good bus service. I assume you will buy on the residential side, not the industrial.
If you look on the www.dietikon.ch website, you can see that in 2009 Dietikon had almost 40% foreigners, so you'd fit right in.

They have 23000 people, and a lot of schools at all levels.

The tax rate is however 122% at the moment, which means the taxes are higher than in other cities/villages. Also might mean there are a lot of "low paid" people here.
If you look at the finances, they seem to be running at a loss this year. This may be due to a high investment in growth - i have seen lots of new houses built there recently. The previous year they ran at a profit.

But, if you have found a house that you have fallen in love with........
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I assume you will buy on the residential side, not the industrial.
Thanks a lot Rangatiranui! This is very helpful... Just one quick question, which side is the residential?
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Dietikon has a bad reputation among the Swiss as having a high proportion of the "wrong" types of foreigners. There are nice parts of Dietikon and good train connections and shopping. We briefly thought about buying there but were put off by rumours that the schools there were filled with non-German speaking foreigners (kids from the Balkans, Albanians, Sri Lankans etc.).
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Dietikon has a bad reputation among the Swiss as having a high proportion of the "wrong" types of foreigners.
You mean the kind that work for a living?
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Hi, we only lived here since one and a half months, and we live in a new complex near to where they are building the Limmatfeld
http://www.limmatfeld.ch/de/ (sorry its in german)

We like it very much on this side of the town...5 mins walk we are in Dietikon Bahnhof, and a 10 mins bus ride to some big outlets in Moosmat or even Spreitenbach Shopping mall and Ikea.
There's also a river that passes nearby with swans and ducks, and green spaces for the kids to play. Other than that, very good communication/access in to Zurich City etc... the people seem friendly and yes there are a good mix of foreigners here. There is also a direct train every 37 mins past the hour that takes you to the Airport without passing through Zurich HB.
All in all I would recommend it.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

The area as you get off the motorway, is the industrial area.

As you get further up the hill, i think you get into the "nicer" areas.

I think the new development on the other side of the river is also ok - but i am no expert, real estate is just a hobby

But "popularity" is often, (not always, as some people are just dreaming) reflected in price.

Drive around the area, see if you could see yourself walking down the streets. Any busy streets around where you might lose a cat?

Also go at different times of the day, to see which way the sun falls on the house. Shadows from tall buildings around it?

Listen. Are there annoying trains/planes/neighbours/cow bells ... or even smells?

But every purchase is a compromise - you must have a "must have" and "nice to have" list of things in your "perfect" house (which you will, by the way, never find )
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Hey, I live in Dietikon. I've seen prettier Swiss towns but it has a good range of shops and is very close to Silbern (more shops) and also to the massive Shopping Centre at Spreintenbach. We picked here because of the good train connections to Zurich and also we managed to find a decent sized apartment for our money. (We are renting, and I know that is very different from buying).

Tax wise it is a bit higher than Zurich (where we lived last year) but we get so much more for our money rent wise than we could have got in Zurich & a few other areas we looked at. If you are earning big bucks move to Kusnacht, if you can buy a house or apartment or pay the crazy rents those apartments/houses come attached with then you will benefit from the lower tax rate a lot.

As far as the people go they seem nice enough. Yes there are quite a lot of foreigners, says the foreigner, but I never seen any trouble and they seem nice to me. The Swiss people here seem nice as well. There are a lot of families in the area were we live so there is a nice atmosphere.

Our relocation agent said she would not recommend the schools in this area, she simply said they aren't good, we don't have kids so I told her that didn't concern us, and if we ever did have kids then we would move. I didn't question what exactly she meant by it though. Although if you are buying and have kids you might wanna check that out some more.

I do have to say that Glanzenberg doesn't look like the nicest of places, I've seen some dodgy stuff going on around there but then I know people who live there as well and they like the area but are moving out because one of their children is going to school next year and they don't want it to be one of these schools.

In Dietikon you can walk along the Limmat, which is lovely - spring, summer and autumn (havn't lived here in winter yet so I'm unable to comment).

Hope that is of some help!
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Don't do it, I lived there for many years, the public schools are terrible and so are the teachers. Around ten years ago Dietikon used to be a really nice place with a good mix of people. Unfortunately it has gone downhill since then.
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Don't do it, I lived there for many years, the public schools are terrible and so are the teachers. Around ten years ago Dietikon used to be a really nice place with a good mix of people. Unfortunately it has gone downhill since then.
So was Bronx and Hoboken across Hudson river...

Time to rebuild the place

Dietikon Schlieren and Kilwagnen are areas that add some more glamour to mundane Swiss lifestyle as they are predominantly populated by expats. There is more action there for sure and you will be surrounded by larger number of expats thus making it easier to come across likeminded folks except for few black sheep but this you can find everywhere. Some Swiss would say avoid this area as it has higher incidents rate but it is very biased view and I wouldn't worry. You will live close to Vitis sports centre in Schlieren, you have Ikea close by and Tivoli shopping centre next town. And there you are really central to Zurich and Baden, Basel.

I go there almost once a week and have sentiment for car garages that's where I found and got my baby from
Personally I think it is a good location.
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The area as you get off the motorway, is the industrial area.

As you get further up the hill, i think you get into the "nicer" areas.

I think the new development on the other side of the river is also ok - but i am no expert, real estate is just a hobby

But "popularity" is often, (not always, as some people are just dreaming) reflected in price.

Drive around the area, see if you could see yourself walking down the streets. Any busy streets around where you might lose a cat?

Also go at different times of the day, to see which way the sun falls on the house. Shadows from tall buildings around it?

Listen. Are there annoying trains/planes/neighbours/cow bells ... or even smells?

But every purchase is a compromise - you must have a "must have" and "nice to have" list of things in your "perfect" house (which you will, by the way, never find )

We briefly thought about buying there but were put off by the annoying planes every 5 minutes, so no thanks , in the end we buy in Uster
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Location, location, location.

Personally, I wouldn't buy property in Dietikon.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

It's a good location, but bottom lines is the schools are not good due the high percentage of non-native kids who don't speak German at home. If you have no kids, aren't planning any, or intend to send them to int'l school then it's not an issue except the real estate current and future value will be negatively impacted due to the schools. If your kids are smart and get accepted to Gymnasium, then it's OK because the Gymi they would go to is in neighboring Urdorf, and is a highly ranked one. Keep in mind only about 10 percent of kids make the cut to gymnasium.
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You mean the kind that work for a living?
Eh no, DB actually... the other kind... the kind that look like "how the hell did they get to stay here in the first place" kind....... considering this is Switzerland and "one" has difficulty getting residence in the first place.

I live in Dietikon. Great place, shopping is ok/good.. I am talking about going on the bus for 5 minutes to Silbern though, not Dietikon town itself. The supermarkets are starting to cater more to the foreigners which is a good thing and yes, the percentage of foreigners is high, BUT I have never had anything but friendliness shown and everyone is very respectful. I am sure there are bad eggs everywhere.

Seemingly unemployment is high here.

We also have our residence mad person who stands around and talks to himself and anyone who will listen to him but he seems a harmless chap.

Train connections are good. You might want to check schools if you have kids though and who you want your children going to school with. Whether that be positive or negative by the way. I wouldn't want a son going to Eton either!! Not before I had stuck the soap on a roap firmly to his chest.....

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We briefly thought about buying there but were put off by the annoying planes every 5 minutes, so no thanks , in the end we buy in Uster
wow, you must have bionic hearing. I am very noise sensitive and those planes have never, I stress NEVER bugged me. They fly at the perfect height not to bother me.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

Dietikon isn't a nice area among the Swiss so if you buy there, you won't be doing an investment. I worked in a shop there for a while and most our customers where East Europeans (nothing against them, my husband is one too) but I don't think you will hear much English at the supermarket. It is good if you need to go to Ikea, Mc Donalds or one of the furniture shops.
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

I lived in Dietikon for about a year, and actually quite enjoyed it.
Very convenient for getting to Zurich (trains each 15 minutes), but far enough out to have nice scenery around. And the planes never bothered me.

We moved out of Dietikon because of the schools. Even some (Swiss) school teachers told us they were moving out of the area as their classes now had just 1 Swiss child per class.

Yup, I'm a Brit, so spot the irony in what I'm saying. But my girls are Swiss-English, and we want them to grow up with other Swiss kids.


My worst example was at a Dietikon nursery, where a 4-year-old Turkish boy refused to pick up a toy when asked to, by the (female) nursery teacher. He told her "I'm the man, you're the woman, you do it."

(I know, it's a bit of an extreme example.)


So, Dietikon: great, if you haven't got kids. Think twice, if you have.
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wow, you must have bionic hearing. I am very noise sensitive and those planes have never, I stress NEVER bugged me. They fly at the perfect height not to bother me.


well i dont know... my husband say am almost Deaf
but maybe because we was looking a place far from noise like autobahn, trains and airplanes .
(first we live next to the grossmunster, after that thalwil, and now uster, is the one with less noise)
but am honest when i say i can hear the airplanes in dietikon.
(we just start to imagine in summer with windows closed at night because of the noise)
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Re: Living in Dietikon, thoughts?

I have lived in Dietikon for eleven years and I like it very much. There are plenty of shops, take aways I also like the Saturday morning market. (vegetables, bread, cheese and fish etc). Spreitenbach shopping centre is also close by.
Public transport is great I haven't used a car for some time.
I live near the train and bus station.
For the last few years I have enjoyed many interesting events.
I wouldn't live here if I had kids.
I don't hear any noise from airplanes my windows are only closed during the winter months.
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