Are you moving to Geneva or just planning to move within the area and want to know more about Geneva’s neighborhoods? This is 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 Website: http://www.mairie-bellevue.ch/
Location: On the right bank of the lake, Bellevue is a small suburb of Geneva which borders the lake and is right along the lake road (Route du Lac). Bellevue is just a 7 minute train ride to the main train station, a short 10 – 15 minute drive to the airport and to Nyon, and just 5 minutes to the French border.
Favorite Things about Bellevue: I love the view of Mont Blanc and the Alps from our window and being right on the lake.
Least Favorite Things about Bellevue: There’s no real grocery store in town so I have to drive or take the train to go shopping. But, the gas station in town has a great mini market open from 6 am to 10 pm which works really well in a pinch.
Why Did You Choose Bellevue? We love the location being so convenient between Nyon and Geneva and near the airport. We also love being on the lake and having a view of Mont Blanc, plus we have a bit more space than we would in an apartment in the city and we have a yard (garden).
How Easy is Trash and Recycling to Deal With? neutral (see below)
Additional Comments on Trash and Recycling: There are communal trash and recycling containers throughout the town. Luckily, we have a trash can right next to our house so regular garbage is easy. Recycling is kind of annoying because you have to walk down the street to deposit it, but its only a 2 minute walk so its really not that bad.
How Convenient is Public Transit? neutral (see below)
Do You Need a Car in Bellevue: neutral (see below)
Other Notes About Transportation: The train is very convenient in that there’s a stop right in town and its only about a 5 minute walk. Unfortunately, the train only comes every 30 minutes, but its only 7 minutes into Geneva and only 3 minutes to Versoix (and grocery stores). There’s also the V bus, but I never bother with it because it takes longer than the train. We do have a car and really like to have one because it makes going shopping much easier and getting to work is far easier for my husband with the car. However, I go everywhere during the day by public transit, but I often have to make one or two transfers.
What Kind of People is Bellevue Best Suited For? Everyone except for young, working professionals who enjoy the nightlife. While we don’t have children, we see tons of families with school age children in our neighborhood so its definitely a great place for families. We enjoy it because we get more space and its a bit quieter than the city.
What Amenities does Bellevue Have? There is a great lakeside beach and marina area (Port Gitana) in Bellevue where people go swimming and have picnics in the summer. It also has a ping pong table (bring your own paddles and ball) and an ice cream stand in the summer. There’s a gas (petrol) station, a mechanic, a post office, several lake-side restaurants, a couple auberges (restaurant/hotels), a pharmacy, and a clothing boutique. There are nearby sport facilities but none in Bellevue (except the school playground with basketball court) and a local school. Webster University is also on the Bellevue-Genthod border.
What is the Nearest Hospital or Urgent Care Facility? The closest options are Centre Medical de Meyrin behind the airport or HUG in the city.