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Geneva Area Guide

Buying property in Geneva

It used to be that International clients mainly sought Swiss residency for tax reasons. Now it is more about personal safety, education and economic stability, with tax taking a back seat. We are noticing a significant uplift in the number of International clients wanting to relocate to Switzerland, whether they are non-doms from the UK or people from less fiscally and personally secure spots around the world.

Buying, owning or selling property in Geneva

Unfortunately the region surrounding Geneva is not a designated ‘holiday zone’ so this means that unless you are considering relocation then it is impossible to purchase. Our buying guide page offers more detailed information.

Living in Geneva

Arguably the world’s most important international city – home to the United Nations and the Red Cross – yet Geneva is relatively small in size given its status. Geneva has many aspects: as a business city, an intellectual centre and a busy luxury shopping destination. It is also one of the most important French speaking cities in Switzerland. The prime areas are split between the Left Bank and the Right Bank (determined by the flow of the water.) The Left Bank faces west and enjoys views of the Jura mountains while the Right Bank faces east and benefits from dramatic views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding Alps.

On the Left Bank, the top areas of Cologny and Collonge-Bellerive demand the highest values often offering wonderful lake views and contemporary houses. Other family areas such as Vandoeuvres and Chêne-Bougeries are also highly sought after due to the quieter surroundings and the ease of access to the International school. On the right bank, the regions of Chambésy and Versoix as well as the convenient residential district of Grand-Saconnex are the most in demand, with the lakeside houses in Genthod and Bellevue also offering many advantages. The city centre offers huge diversity with the ‘Old Town’ at its heart, the trendy district of Eaux-Vivres on the left and the bustling district of Paquis on the right side of the lake.

A short distance south of the centre is Carouge – an attractive 18th century suburb built in Sardinian style – which was built as a place of decadence and freedom and is, to this day, populated largely by artists and designers.

Education

There are numerous excellent world famous public, private and international schools within Geneva and in the surrounding communities. The world famous Geneva University was founded in 1559 and is attractive to many international students. Geneva is home to the world’s largest particle physics research laboratory in the world – CERN.

Activities

All winter and adventure sports are well-catered for in Switzerland - hiking, sailing, golf, horse riding, cycling to name a few. Safety standards are notably high, making this the perfect place to bring children and introduce them to the joys of outdoor sports. The possibilities for exploring the great outdoors in Geneva are year-round and almost limitless. There are 288 ski resorts within 3 hours of Geneva, the closest, Saint-Cergue, Les Brasses and Montriond, only 45 minutes away.

Culture

Geneva is one of Switzerland’s most privileged cities, home to world-class music, theatre, museums (Musee d’Art Histoire or Fondation Baur are superb examples), restaurants and a vibrant nightlife and club culture.

Accessibility

Overland: Switzerland is well connected by high-speed trains, famous for their cleanliness and efficiency, from across Europe.

By air: Geneva has its own international airport which is approximately 4km from Geneva city centre.

(All distances approximate)

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