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.veyrier.ch
Location: South of city centre, bordering France, in the shadow of Le Saleve
Favorite thing about Veyrier: Close to open countryside/fields/woods. Very close to telepherique for the Saleve (an easy outing for visiting friends/relatives!). Well maintained properties, quiet, leafy, yet only 15 mins drive to Lac Leman.
Least favorite thing about Veyrier: Maybe it’s still early days but haven’t found it easy to get to know fellow residents. It’s considered rural by the TPG so public transport services are a bit minimal: in the evenings one bus an hour!
Why Did You Choose Veyrier? Not sure ‘choose’ is accurate. It isn’t too far from IIL School or the motorway so husband can get to work (30 minute commute to Meyrin) the house seemed to be the only one available on the one day we had to find a home. With three weeks and Christmas between that day and our move, ‘choice’ not really an option! That said, Veyrier suits us very well as a family. (If I really had a choice I’d live in an apartment in central Geneva.)
How Easy is Trash and Recycling to Deal With? Somewhat easy
Additional Notes about Trash and Recycling: Still impresses that there’s a monthly roadside collection where, it seems, they’re prepared to take ANYTHING away, no fuss. Garden and household waste collected 2 x week. Both services unheard of in UK!
HOWEVER: no organic collection and paper/card collected only if you pay for a third bin. So trips to local facilities need to be made 1 x week.
How Convenient is Public Transit? Not convenient
Do You Need a Car in Veyrier: Yes
Additional Notes about Transportation: Car essential for school/work commute. Daytime bus service I have no complaints but services very quickly tail off (and quite early – eg from 7pm) in the evening so annoying if you haven’t planned well in advance. Temptation is to take the car and still enjoy a glass of wine, though have avoided so far! Taxis are expensive. No issues with parking.
What Kind of People is Veyrier Best Suited For? Families with young kids (there are excellent play/sports facilities on the doorstep) or dogs (plenty of off-road tracks for walking/running).
What Amenities does Veyrier Have? Plenty of local schools if you’re happy to send kids there. Great playground/sports centre at Grand Douzel. No swimming (yet, I think this may change). A handful of good restaurants, post office, church, doctors, pharmacy, hair dressers, pilates classes.
What is the Nearest Hospital or Urgent Care Facility? In Carouge, 5 minutes by car.
Anything Else to Add About Veyrier? Regular village-wide fairs (we’ve been here 10 months and witnessed 3 already). A bit of French is useful as it’s not quite as international as central Geneva. However there are plenty of ex-pats in the area so probably not too difficult to meet others from your mother-country.
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