There are over 200 international companies based in Geneva and its international schools, well-connected airports and swift access to the Alps make it an easy base for families. The lake serves as the lungs of the city. Prime residential addresses beside the lake or close to the city include Cologny and Saint-Gervais.
To buy in Geneva owners must be either a Swiss resident, an EU resident in full-time employment in Switzerland or negotiate with the Swiss authorities on a one-to one basis. Despite these restrictions, demand for a home to buy in Geneva remains strong and rental properties are in extremely short supply.