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Paradeplatz in Zurich


Most apartment rents in Switzerland’s main cities have increased over the past two years, with Zurich remaining the priciest place for property. 

The average monthly rent of a three-room apartment of 70 square metres will set you back between CHF1,370 ($1,390) and CHF3,760, depending on the area. The banking district of Paradeplatz tops the list at CHF3,760 – nearly CHF520 more than the previous analysis in 2017, real estate portal saidexternal link on Monday. As everywhere, prices fall as one goes further from the centre. 

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In second place is Geneva, where rent in the Bel-Air district now exceeds an average of CHF3,000. The authors of the study also note the near-absence of three-room apartments at less than CHF2,000. 

In Basel and the capital Bern, rent has also risen but remains significantly lower than in Zurich and Geneva and rarely exceeds CHF2,000 for a three-room apartment. In the most popular quarters of the two cities, it amounts to an average of CHF2,130 and CHF2,480 respectively. 

The prices refer to the average gross rent for a three-room apartment of 70 square metres. The calculation was based on the standardised median from the 50 nearest properties between January 2017 and May 2019.


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