We are happy to announce that we have found a flat in Zurich!
Well, actually a town just outside of Zurich, but it is only a 10-minute train ride to the Zurich Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station). There are several train and bus options, so we are well situated for the famed Swiss Transit System.
We are thrilled with our find. It is very large by European standards at 167 square meters (approx. 1800 square feet), has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths plus a large garden terrace with stunning views of Lake Zurich and the Swiss Alps. Which also makes it a great place to visit with plenty of room. (We will begin accepting reservations in January 2007!)
Here is our fab view of Lake Zurich! If you could pan the image to the right, you would see the Alps. To the left is the City of Zurich.
I actually found the apartment through a contact I had made on the Expats-in-Zurich Yahoo Group. The current occupants are moving back to the United States and wondered if we might be interested.
Very, very lucky were we as the Zurich housing market is extremely tight and competitive. Not dissimilar to New York City, but even more expensive. This apartment never made it on to the market...
When we looked at the apartment, we immediately wanted it and our relocation agent said we would not find anything better. In fact, she said that if we didn't take it, she would!
The current tenant set up a time for us to meet the landlord for the following day. We knew that the interview process was an important one, but truly had no idea of what the typical process was in Switzerland.
The interview was 2 1/2 hours long, much longer than most of the job interviews I have had. And when it was over, we still didn't know if we had the apartment! Apparently, this is the typical process for apartments in Switzerland.
Fortunately, a week after we returned to Kansas City we were informed that we had the apartment.