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.
Name: Vésenaz, a village in the Collonges-Bellerive municipality
Neighborhood Website: http://www.collonge-bellerive.ch/fr/
Location: Vesenaz is a village ten minutes from the heart of Geneva (when there is no traffic). We are close to the lake and have views of the Jura mountains. Our town is rapidly growing with luxurious apartments and homes, a new Manor and enlarged Migros and Coop stores. One does not need to leave the area to find a plant nursery, construction/DIY shops, a cooperative (Landi), gift shops and bakeries. I rarely use my car! With the completion of the tunnel under Vesenaz in January 2014, the village will become a lot quieter and the town center greener.
Favorite Thing about Vésenaz: Knowing so many people.
Least Favorite Thing about Vésenaz: The commuting traffic cutting through our neighborhoods to avoid the jams caused by road construction.
Why Did You Choose Vésenaz? At the time (1999) it was the only house we could find due to the sudden influx of families moving with Proctor and Gamble. It wasn’t a particularly pretty village at the time but due to its proximity to the city and the land available at the time it has grown to be a very popular location for families to move to.
How Easy is Trash and Recycling to Deal With? Very easy
Additional Notes about Trash and Recycling: Green garbage is picked up once a week at the curb while the community glass, paper, aluminum, plastic and, yes, nespresso capsules are recycled underground near the park.
How Convenient is Public Transit? Very convenient
Do You Need a Car in Vésenaz: Not at all!
Other Notes about Transportation: The busses are very frequent during rush hour-9 busses between 7 and 8 am. There is a dedicated bus lane to Rive so the travel time is 15 minutes regardless of the city traffic jams.
Getting to the train station is not so easy since you have to change busses one time. However, with the new dedicated lane for busses on the Mont Blanc bridge, the time isn’t too bad during high traffic times.
What Kind of People is Vésenaz Best Suited For? Vesenaz is great for families, especially if one’s children are in the local school system. My children were in the local school and their school mates came from a wide range of nationalities and economical backgrounds. The village is safe at night but it tends to be a target for home robberies (but what area isn’t these days).
What Amenities does Vésenaz Have? A small park and playground for small children. Football/soccer club, badminton, ballet, gymnastics, gym and equestrian center in Vesenaz. Two tennis clubs, Karate, indoor rock climbing and music school in within 5 minutes of Vesenaz. There is a crèche, a daycare, Swiss elementary school, private French school (5 minutes) and a Swiss middle school. Geneve Plage is nearby as well as the Wake Board school. There is a sailing club as well as several ports.
What is the Nearest Hospital or Urgent Care Facility? Grangette is the nearest Clinique which has emergency services and extended daytime hours. It is between 10 to 15 minutes away. The HUG can be anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes away.
Other Information about Vésenaz: Vésenaz is on the border between city and country. One can be downtown in a matter of minutes or surrounded by farmland a few minutes in the other direction. We enjoy the amenities of both, especially farm-fresh local produce.