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Old 18.08.2011, 23:53
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Work in Basel, live somewhere else?

What are nice places to live within commutable distance to Basel (except Zurich) if you're put off by high taxes in Basel itself? Are there nice towns in the French speaking parts that are worth paying higher taxes to live in? Or does it make sense just to commute from Zurich?
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Old 19.08.2011, 03:05
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What are nice places to live within commutable distance to Basel (except Zurich) if you're put off by high taxes in Basel itself? Are there nice towns in the French speaking parts that are worth paying higher taxes to live in? Or does it make sense just to commute from Zurich?
Many of the folks I've met who do not mind a commute to Basel "simply" live in BL as opposed to BS. Muttenz I like (I go to the pool there with my m-i-l), the "downtown" area has streets that seem a bit wider and easier to drive compared to some of the other smaller towns I've been through.

When I first moved here my brother-in-law and his wife lived in Zeigligen (however it is spelled) near Gelterkinden - I thought the area was very nice but also very small. Sissach I think is also nearby and possibly / probably a bit larger, it and the other towns are roughly 20 to 30 minutes out of Basel by highway (including time to get TO the highway), not too bad. The general area is a bit more out in the country though, doesn't seem to be much nightlife.
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Old 19.08.2011, 11:25
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Re: Work in Basel, live somewhere else?

The French speaking parts that are commutable to Basel are, from our rough investigation, all very much more highly taxed than Baselland (where we currently live) so if your main driver is a reduction in tax bill, these areas might not be for you.

On the plus side, the commute is a very good one from places like Delemont .. being 30 mins on an ICN train with plug sockets/wireless etc - much better than bitty journeys on regional trains, buses and trams etc. And house prices are much cheaper in Jura area. Plus if you speak French then it will be an easier ride than if, like us, your German is not as good as your French.

Otherwise, you can widen your search out to areas in Baselland around and beyond Liestal which can be quite rural but are still in easy and fast commuting distance of Basel. Other friends of ours live just over the Canton boundary in Aargau - around Rheinfelden and Magden. These are also very pleasant (Magden has a surprisingly large ex pat community if that is your thing) and still within an easy commute.
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Old 19.08.2011, 11:47
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Re: Work in Basel, live somewhere else?

The OP only contains a couple of sentences so it's amazing that they are totally contradictory. Good going, Phil_MCR

So do you want to avoid the high taxes by living anywhere but close to your job, or do you want to live somewhere "nice" despite the high taxes?

What's your family situation? Single guy? BS and BL taxes are almost identical. Family? BS taxes are higher, BL rents are higher. France ... cheaper, usually depressing (unless you're on the river or far enough into the Alsace proper), you'll need a car, you'll need to change your visa type.

All are possible, nothing is actually that difficult apart from you deciding what your priorities are. It's a very personal decision.
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Re: Work in Basel, live somewhere else?

Drop some sprogs, move to France.
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The OP only contains a couple of sentences so it's amazing that they are totally contradictory. Good going, Phil_MCR

So do you want to avoid the high taxes by living anywhere but close to your job, or do you want to live somewhere "nice" despite the high taxes?

What's your family situation? Single guy? BS and BL taxes are almost identical. Family? BS taxes are higher, BL rents are higher. France ... cheaper, usually depressing (unless you're on the river or far enough into the Alsace proper), you'll need a car, you'll need to change your visa type.

All are possible, nothing is actually that difficult apart from you deciding what your priorities are. It's a very personal decision.
well, the problem is the trade-off between commute time, taxes, night-life and space.

ideally, i'd like all the people i know in zurich to be nearby, have to pay no taxes, have a 100 hectare plot of land to wander around in on my own and be able to walk to work in 5 minutes and pay hardly anything for rent.

since i can't get all of the above, i have to somehow find what are the likely candidates which manage these contradictory desires.

for example, one emphasising commute, might be to stay in BS itself, another to live in zurich and commute. i wasn't sure what some of the other common options that people take might be since i don't know the area well...
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Re: Work in Basel, live somewhere else?

In which case, your solution is remarkably easy. Don't take the job in basel.
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well, the problem is the trade-off between commute time, taxes, night-life and space.

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Well ok then that's done for all my suggestions ..

... Baselbiet or Jura .. nightlife .. unless its of the 4 legged variety out in the woods, I'd say you'll be disappointed ...
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Re: Work in Basel, live somewhere else?

I know plenty of people who commute from Zurich to Basel for similar reasons and have no problems with that journey.

If I wanted to live in another city with decent nightlife, commutable to Basel and affordable with decent amounts of space, I'd probably choose Freiburg im Breisgau. Deutsche Bahn's equivalent of the GA is reasonably priced and what you lose on tax you may well get back on rent (especially compared to Zurich) - but it's no good for nights out in Zurich.

Otherwise, maybe somewhere on the end of the Basel's S1 line like Stein-Säckingen - plenty of trains to both Basel and Zürich, and again the opportunity of hopping over the bridge to Germany for renting and/or shopping.

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