With its air quality, its environment, and its exceptional location on the banks of the largest lake in Switzerland and at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, Geneva is a unique destination. The cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry and the headquarters of numerous international organisations and many prestigious trade fairs, this human-sized city is a world reference in the luxury sector and in business. Its old town with its picturesque little streets, the nearby vineyards, ski slopes and nature, a buzzing cultural scene, reputed schools, a top-rate culinary offering, and the pervading safety and calm have earned it a spot among the top 10 most liveable cities in 2021 according to The Economist.
The real estate market : on the rise
Following a period of stability between 2017 and 2019, property prices have risen by 15% since 2020. Average prices are now at around CHF 10,000 per square metre. They can reach up to CHF 14,000 in the chicest neighbourhoods, CHF 20,000 in the old town, and peak at CHF 30,000 along the waterfront. Among the most in-demand properties are villas and apartments with a balcony or garden. Expats and locals alike appreciate the peace and quiet of the left bank, preferably around Cologny, Vandœuvres, Conches, Chêne-Bougeries, Collonges and on the quays. The development of public transport, including the CEVA, has added to the attraction of these outer suburbs, while still avoiding the aviation corridor between Versoix and Chancy.
“Make sure to choose the right neighbourhood. Champel for its peace and quiet, for example, even though the arrival of the CEVA has tended to bring down the average age of the population. Eaux-Vives is popular with young people. Carouge has an arty bohemian feel yet while still staying chic.”
“Now’s the time to make a move.”
Recommendations “The property market is buoyant. Following the price hike, now’s the time to sell for those looking for an advantageous transaction. At the same time, interest rates are starting to pick back up so you don't want to wait too long to buy.”
The secret to Geneva “To avoid noise pollution, move away from the major road and air corridors. But remember to keep in mind proximity to public transport, good schools, shops and the workplace. We’re here to guide you.” Recommends Grégory Marchand, Director BARNES Suisse roamnde.
Art of living
Genève is teeming with top restaurants, finest shopping and cultural venues. Diaries at the ready
The latest big Swiss museum and architectural masterpiece, the MEG, Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, houses a permanent exhibition of over one thousand remarkable objects illustrating “The Archives of Human Diversity”. Temporary exhibitions showcase hidden treasures within magnificent immersive scenographies.
Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65, 1205 Geneva
Patek Philippe Museum
© Patek Philippe Museum
Inaugurated in 2010, the Patek Philippe Museum brings to life the history of the famous Maison d’horlogerie. A unique place with over 2,500 watches on display, retracing five centuries of horological heritage.
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, 1205 Geneva
Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery
© Bel-Fair Fine Art
Jeff Koons, Banksy, Alec Monopoly, Jonone, Mr Brainwash, Liu Bolin, Richard Orlinski: the Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery, the first gallery by the internationally renowned group, exhibits the best of contemporary art.
Rue de la Corraterie 7, 1204 Geneva
© Bailly Gallery
Bailly Gallery presents both Swiss and international artists. With a focus on modern and post-war art, composed of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, visitors can admire pieces by Giacometti, Picasso, Calder and Lalanne, among others. All against an immaculate white backdrop that sets off each of the works on display to their best.
Rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville 10, 1204 Geneva
Located on one of the finest streets in the city centre, the bohemian concept store George opened its doors in September 2019. Ideal for an original gift idea thanks to its harmonious selection of decorative objectives including handmade glasses and carafes from Portugal, ostrich-feather shaded lamps and recycled blown-glass cluster lights by Alep. Not to mention a selection of jewels and other accessories including travel bags and belts.
Rue Verdaine 9, 1204 Geneva
One of the country’s most historic (and iconic) Houses. Läderach, the boutique for those with a sweet tooth, will delight chocolate lovers everywhere. A must!
Rue du Mont-Blanc 30, 1201 Geneva
© Fromagerie Bruand
Bruand cheese shop, which proudly boasts the slogan “Not for industrial Cheese Lovers”, is a reference. Here, everything is made by hand to tantalise the taste buds.
Boulevard Helvétique 29, 1207 Geneva
© Living tradition
Living tradition, a high-end furniture showroom, also proposes interior design services. Ideal when you’re looking to move to the area.
Rue Caroline 20, 1227 Geneva
At L’Aparté, the restaurant at the Hôtel Royal, Armel Bedouet showcases subtle and refined cuisine. In this stylish and intimate setting, with space for just 15 lucky guests, the Michelin-starred Chef presents his creations and favourite recipes in person. A unique experience.
L’Aparté- Rue de Lausanne 43, 1201 Geneva
© Il Lago
Il Lago, for Italian food any time of the year. The menu is the work of Massimiliano Sena, a Chef who has cooked in some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens.
Il Lago- Quai des Bergues 33, 1201 Geneva
Lobster rolls, wild sea bass, red prawns… At Fiskebar, inspired by Nordic cuisine, Chef Francesca Fucci prepares a fusion of organic, seasonal produce and experimental cooking techniques, against the backdrop of an open kitchen.
Fiskebar- Quai du Mont-Blanc 11, 1211 Geneva
© Chez Philippe
Chez Philippe is an immense steak house in true New York style. Chef Philippe Chevrier serves up exceptional meats amidst the trendy décor.
Chez Philippe- Rue du Rhône 8, 1204 Geneva
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