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Expat living areas in and around Frankfurt

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I have used the search function to try and find out where we should be looking to live. However, most suggestions I found searching TT seems to focus on city areas with apartments, maisonettes, etc - not houses. We need a house with decent garden for medium-large dogs, a little out of the city.

 

We've been Immo-ing the net for a while now and have found reasonable rent prices in the Main-Taunus (Kreis) area. Places like Eppstein, Oestrich-Winkel, Hofheim am Taunus, etc have one family houses with sizeable gardens. It's about 20 minutes on the A3 from the Flughafen, where my wife will be working.

 

As things go the reasonable rentals could mean the location might not be the best. Does anyone know the area in question or maybe live there?

 

Obviously, we want to integrate into German society as fully as possible, but it would make life easier if we could live in a sort of non-virtual TT environment, with actual, real-life, beer-in-hand, over-the-fence rants or maybe being close to a local expat pub where one can watch some real sport like rugby or cricket.

 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or tips.

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Obviously, we want to integrate into German society as fully as possible, but it would make life easier if we could live in a sort of non-virtual TT environment, with actual, real-life, beer-in-hand, over-the-fence rants or maybe being close to a local expat pub where one can watch some real sport like rugby or cricket.

That's one integration that's doomed to failure. You can't integrate into German society whilst living in an expat community (if it existed). Your friends would be expats, neighbours would be expats, and guess who you'd spend your free time with? Expats. So if you want to integrate, you have to jump in at the deep end and start swimming.

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@ Jack. We already know a few Germans who live there, who we will be socialising with and through which we will probably meet other Germans to socialise with if they like us and we like them. There are also my sister and her German in-laws and my wife's German family with the same possibilities for new aqaintances all round.

 

Will see how it goes, but we're prepared to spend some time under water without coming up for air.

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So you will be joining a scuba-diving Verein?

 

As usual I recommend joining some activity that has a totally separate group of people from family & work. That way if you make a fool of yourself you don't ruin your whole life.

 

Anyhow - by joining a Luftsportverein I got to know a totally different group of people, made many friends, learnt the language & learnt to fly (that was far easier than learning the language).

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That's good advice, thanks. Not scuba-diving, though. Probably more like underwater hockey with the bloody noses and broken fingers to go with it.

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There are a lot of places that would put you within half an hour's drive to the Flughafen. Hofheim's not bad. Has an S-Bahn to Frankfurt which will give you a connection to more Ex-Pats. Two general thoughts about living near the Flughafen: 1) The area North of the Main River is very hilly while South of the Main it's very flat. That may be a consideration iif you're really into cycling or rollerblading. 2) You'll want to avoid anything directly on the flightline due to noise pollution. That would include Rüsselsheim, Flörsheim, Raunheim...have a look at the map.

 

I'm about 20 mins West of the Flughafen and know the South side of the Main fairly well so if you have any questions on towns in that area, feel free to drop me a mail.

 

Dan

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There are only a few highly-concentrated expat areas, but these tend to be vestigal US Army/State department housing such as the Siedlung in Frankfurt ... and these are like army barracks.

 

Rest assured, most towns in suburban Frankfurt are peppered with enough friendly expats to keep one from going completely insane, but don't get your hopes up about the locals.

 

Don't expect anything "over the fence" but (as our creepy "neighbors" did) someone throwing a sheaf of A4 paper printed with the local hedge trimming and grass mowing ordinances.

 

Once you're here, I'd offer to have you over for a beer an a rant without a fence in between :-)

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Thanks Dan and Expaticus. We're coming to Frankfurt on the 6th of Jan to look for houses, for my wife to meet her boss and to visit the family near Hamburg and Bremen. Will have a look at the areas you suggested and avoid those you warned against.

 

We're still waiting to hear if my wife will get free transport on the S-Bahn and bus service (via Lufthansa). In that case we'll be looking for places further away in the Odenwald, Bergstrasse or maybe the Vogelsberg. The only really vital consideration, other than space for the dogs, is that it must be a town with DSL coverage, so I can keep doing work for my SA clients.

 

By the way, Expaticus, you're on for that beer. Since I'll still be a noob I'll leave the ranting to you. Cheers!

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@South African

My Husband and I live in Idstein. It's 25mins north-west of the airport,about 15 min to Wiesbaden which is a bigger city.

Idstein is a quaint beautiful town (but not too small or too big),very many people who work for Lufthansa and at the airport live here. It has at least 5 grocery stores,a cinema and schools for children or all ages. There are quite a few Immoblien Offices (Real Estate Offices) that you might want to check out.

Good Luck and maybe we'll be neighbors soon:-)

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Me,My husband and our 3 year old child is planning to relocate to Frankfurt in April 2008. For my son I am planning to admit him in a bilingual school . IBMs seesm to be the most famous one . The location of the school is Westendstrasse 45, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

 

Parallelly I am seracing for 3 room apartment/house in a decent area which is close enough to the school, train station and other conveniences. The names mentioned in the location selection does not make sense to me at this point in time. Can some one suggest what is the area called around Westendstrasse? Also if someone suggests any other locality which is close to any other bilingual school it would be a great help.

 

Neighourhood should be friendly , clean , safe and convenient.

Thanks in advance

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Don't expect anything "over the fence" but (as our creepy "neighbors" did) someone throwing a sheaf of A4 paper printed with the local hedge trimming and grass mowing ordinances.

god, how "little German" can you get.

 

Or should that be "little Nazi".

 

Words fail me. Sometimes I really wonder about the natives in this country.

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Hallo,

 

have you found a house? I live in Liederbach (Main Taunus Kreis). It's a small but not too small town, near to Frankfurt and it's about 20mins to Airport.

 

You may also consider Bad Soden, Schwalbad, Escborn, Hattersheim, Kriftel or Hofheim. Hofheim is also a very nice town. I used to live there and then I found the rental in Liederbach is lower than Hofheim. There is Shopping Centre named Main-Taunus-Zentrum near to Liederbach. Only one 5 mins car-drive.

 

Hope the info help you.

 

Regards

 

Cendy Tee

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Yeah thanks for the info.Also found out that the area is really expensive.We will be relocating and my husband's company has agreed to provide us with a furnished two bedroom or 3 room apartment/house. However there is an upper limit on what they will pay out.Can I expect to get something decent within 2000 Euro in that area which is furnished? Or is the amount too low.I will be renting it for about 24 months.

 

I was checking some of the rental sites where the advertisements are in english(i cant read german as yet). The apartment rented out loooks decent enough.

 

Which is a good area inFrankfurt where the rents are not too high and I can commute to drop my child to Westend and my husband can travel to Russelsheim w/o much hassel.

Thanks in advance

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OK, so a little update. We are now living on an Aussiedlerhof outside the quaint little town of Hergershausen, which is just off the 26 between Aschaffenburg (15km) and Darmstadt (23km). It takes my wife an hour by train and bus to Mörfelden (near the airport), where she works for Lufthansa Cargo. All the shops for basics are 6km away in Babenhausen (Edeka, Aldi, Lidl, REWE, Baumarkt) so just a short hop by car or an hour round trip via bicycle (am thinking of getting it down to 56 minutes by next May).

 

Aschaffenburg is nice for outings to market days at the castle or picnics by the river, but not the greatest for shopping. Apparently Darmstadt was almost completely destroyed in the war (are we allowed to mention the war?) and has some awful 50's and 60's "modern" architecture, which inspires thoughts of 1984, rather than Walter Gropius. It's a student town and has plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and town squares in which to sit and watch the people.

 

Because we're a bit out of the Frankfurt/Mainz area our rent is relatively cheap. We pay Euro 530,- plus Euro 150,- Nebenkosten for a place with EBK, Stellplatz and storeroom included. The area is mostly farmland and some woods with a big chunk of Naturschutzgebied thrown in. Cycling/walking/horse-riding paths criss-cross the area, which has a few dams, a river and protected wetlands.

 

Living in the sticks definitely has it's advantages. Registering myself and our dogs at the Rathaus, changing my wife's Lohnsteuerkarte to a new tax rate and applying for our driver's license conversions took an hour in total. Because we are more than 300m out of town we pay about half the normal dog tax and we're close enough to town to have DSL 6000. Additionally, most people here are really friendly and helpful.

 

I know it's only been a short time, but I would recommend this area any day. It might be too far if you're used to a quick commute, but if it's quality of life you're looking for this would be hard to beat.

 

So far, so good.

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