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opinions on Affoltern, Zurich (not Affoltern am Albis)

Hi!
I`m an expat in Zurich (B permit) and I`m considering buying a flat in Zurich Affoltern (not Affoltern am Albis).

I like the flat, it is located at the foot of Honggerberg hill, but I would like to know what your opinion about this area is. Is it safe? Are people friendly and pleasant? Are schools good?

I would appreciate your opinion

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Re: opinions on Affoltern, Zurich (not Affoltern am Albis)

Not most knowledgeable, but as nobody wrote...

It is a bit isolated transportation-wise and hence cheaper. Heard there are some projects to connect it better. That may raise the RE value a bit. I guess it is one of the cheapest places/m2 in ZH city.

Most parts don't look so good. There is this part behind the train station that has nicer buildings (part of them is also gennossenschaft, part student housing, part private) but looks a bit too isolated.

Not too many shopping opportunities either. Parts that are closer to Oerlikon have more shopping and transportation.

Have some friends living there, went to see some apartments myself but that's it...

Don't know about the schools but usually in my experience more expensive areas are more likely to have better schools...
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Maybe I'm being unfair, but I think of it like this... (copied from my post about Dietikon)

I am sure there are fantastic places to live there, but isn't maybe an area that neither offers the advantages of small town nor of city life. It is a bit too far from the city center to easily take advantage of city culture, restaurants and night life, but at the same time not small enough and having too high populatoin density to offer any quaint small town feeling.

Again - this is a stomach feeling of mine. I invite you all to tell me that I am wrong.
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Maybe I'm being unfair, but I think of it like this... (copied from my post about Dietikon)

I am sure there are fantastic places to live there, but isn't maybe an area that neither offers the advantages of small town nor of city life. It is a bit too far from the city center to easily take advantage of city culture, restaurants and night life, but at the same time not small enough and having too high populatoin density to offer any quaint small town feeling.

Again - this is a stomach feeling of mine. I invite you all to tell me that I am wrong.
In other words it's a bit of a dormitory, I agree.

On the plus side - larger and cheaper apartments, plenty of play grounds and parks for kids, all in all most areas there are family friendly with mostly young(er) inhabitants.
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Re: opinions on Affoltern, Zurich (not Affoltern am Albis)

I would say that in the last couple of years lots of tatty and ugly 1950s appartment blocks were torn down and replaced by ugly modern appartment blocks built on the cheap that will look just as tatty in a couple of years time.

Cramming as many apartments as they could onto the limited ground space seems to have taken priority over any considerations of aesthetics or quality of life.

As other have said, there are plans to build a tram line there which might make it marginally easier to get into central Zürich, but it will still be a long slog. In the longer term they want to build a second tram line that will go to Oerlikon which IMHO makes much more sense.

On the plus side you've got the proximity of green areas and woodland around Käferberg, Hönggerberg, Katzensee etc all within walking distance.
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If you were just considering renting, I'd say 'Go for it!'. But I would be wary of buying there as I could imagine a couple of scenarios in which the long term relative value of apartments in Affoltern doesn't hold.

There are tons of properties being built there now, which means they'll all get older together and in x (you can fill in whatever you want for x - 20, 40, 60) years, it'll be a neighborhood with a whole bunch of large x year old apartment buildings. Obviously, it is impossible to predict the future, but if there isn't a fair amount of investment, the area could become a struggling part of the city. (Obviously, there are other scenarios, but I am a bit risk adverse).

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