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Hi everyone!

I am new to this forum, though I have read posts for some time now. I am a Mexican diplomat, who might be posted soon to GVA.

I am currently engaged and live in Central America with my soon-to-be wife and our 5 cats.

Now here's where it gets tricky. I have read posts about areas to live and about living with pets. A move to GVA is not yet definite but it is one of the two main options they are talking about for my next posting.

I am quite concerned about the living situation, as I have read many posts here and see that it REALLY is a PITA.

So, considering all the above, I ask for the mercy of the Forum Gods and anyone else who could recommend areas to search on homegate.ch and similar. I would be able to deal with an hour commute to work, especially if it means a better place to live with our cats.

We would be interested in renting and our budget is around 1800 CHF. Maybe a little more if it's worth it but definitely not a huge headroom on that.

I should know for sure my next destination sometime in may/june, and the move for me would be in early august.

Thanks in advance for comments, advice, etc.!
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Old 01.04.2012, 17:34
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Welcome to the Forum wichienmaat and I hope that you soon receive some advice as to where to house yourselves and your cats
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Thanks for the welcome and good wishes!
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Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

I've no experience of househunting in Geneva or even within an hour of there. But househunting with 1800 in mind, I know I'd need to be talking two bedroomed appartment in a 40 or 50 yr old block. It would be more low budget than a typical diplomatic style residence.
Are your cats are indoor cats? Then you may need even more space. A garden where they can roam would need a bit more money on top of that.
Are you really sure that is your budget?
Welcome to the forum, you will find loads of info here.
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Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Hi Maben!

Yes, all cats are indoor cats. And that's more or less the idea of home.

Regarding the diplomatic residence, I think what you have in mind are more the chief of mission or deputy chief of mission home. This will be my second posting, so I am barely starting out, no huge residences in mind for me!

A decent 2 bedroom could do the trick. It's more a matter of distribution and available space (cats, as opposed to dogs, have more ability to use vertical space, which means that a few shelves, perches and the like around solve the problem if the apartment isn't very big).

That's precisely the reason why I am thinking an hour commute by public transport. This should get me a bit away from the prices within the GVA district, allowing for a bit bigger space for the same price.

However, I thank you for your information and welcome! I am definitely finding lots of useful information here!
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Welcome to EF!
I hope it is possible for you to find a home soon for you and your family. Sorry, I can't advise you, but just want to wish you well.
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