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Are you moving to Geneva or just planning to move within the area and want to know more about Geneva’s neighborhoods? This another installment in our series profiling each of Geneva’s neighborhoods. We’ve polled our members who live in the various Geneva neighborhoods and asked them all about their neighborhood.

Neighborhood Profile: Chene-Bougeries

Name: Chêne-Bougeries

Neighborhood Website: http://www.chene-bougeries.ch/

Location: On the left bank of the lake, the first commune outside the city if you travel up the route de Chêne or the route de Frontenex

Favorite Thing about Chêne-Bougeries: Excellent public transport.

Least Favorite Thing about Chêne-Bougeries: There could be more local cafes and restaurants; also short opening hours at the local post office.

Why Did You Choose Chêne-Bougeries? We wanted to be on the left side of the lake for the transport, as we go to town often and go out a lot in the evening.

How Easy is Trash and Recycling to Deal With? Very easy

Additional Comments on Trash and Recycling: Our apartment building has bins for trash, glass and paper. One takes PET cartons, aluminum, and Nespresso capsules to bins about 5 minutes’ walk away.

How Convenient is Public Transit? very convenient

Do You Need a Car in Chêne-Bougeries not at all

Other Notes About Transportation: The centre of Chêne-Bougeries is served by one of the main line trams which goes to the centre of town and on to Carouge every few minutes.  Further north of the commune (nearer the lake) buses no 9 and the no 1, take you to town, to Champel and to the station. Buses 8 and 5, both also going to town and beyond, and also both frequent,  serve the more southerly parts of the commune, including Conches. The tram and buses go on late into the night at reasonable intervals.

What Kind of People is Chêne-Bougeries Best Suited For? I would say it is good for all ages and types of family, (it is very convenient for La Grand Boissiere campus of the International School).

What Amenities does Chêne-Bougeries Have? As mentioned, it is near the International School of Geneva. There are good public schools. The commune has a cultural centre in which it puts on activities and concerts. There is a major sports centre at Sous-Moulin, a skating rink, a swimming pool and many sports clubs. The Commune takes seriously provision for small children, young people and the elderly. It is easy to get to the beautiful parks looking onto the lake at La Grange and Eaux-Vives.

What is the Nearest Hospital or Urgent Care Facility? Clinique des Grangettes is on the route de Chêne. It has emergency rooms for children and adults; these close late in the evening, and in those circumstances the nearest is the HUG (Geneva University Hospital), which is first class.

Other Comments: It is quite a big commune, which seems to be well run, and puts out a lot of helpful literature telling inhabitants what is going on. Depending on your visa arrangements etc, your taxes depend to an extent on commune in which you live. Chêne-Bougeries is a comparatively low-tax commune.

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