BPII Communities RSS Feed http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/ KohanaPHP Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:32:09 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/nahariya Nahariya Nahariya means rest and recreation, a place where one can enjoy an active vacation amidst an atmosphere of serenity. With the city's center always bustling, it's cafes never empty, it' beaches full of activities, Nahariya captivates you with it's lingering charm. Nahariya is Israel's northernmost coastal city and a pioneer among the newer settlements of the Western Galilee.  In 1934, German immigrants introduced industry and tourism to the city.  Since then, these branches have grown significantly, and today, Nahariya is a major tourist city whose innovative approach is evident year-round. Nahariya's main thoroughfare, Sderot HaGa'aton, crosses the city from east to west.  Along the length of this lively street are dozens of coffeehouses, restaurants and shops.  Lined up on the street during the summer and holidaay seasons are beautiful horse-drawn carriages which have become Nahariya''s symbol.  Their pleasant drivers will be happy to take you on a tour of the city and the coast. Other sites worth seeing include: Bielefeld Street where remains of a Byzantine church with it's colorful mosaic floor were discovered; Beit Lieberman at 21 Gdud Street in the city's south, built around 1860, which houses the Nahariya Historical Museum; the botanical and zoological garden at Ben Ga'on Street; and the wonderful playground near the beach.  The city recently built a new Olympic-sized sports arena which hosts games and internatinal conferences  The Nahariya hospital serves the northern part of the country. Nahariya's proximity to the sea is beneficial to residents and visitors alike.  The beautiful, long beach boasts a wonderful promenade lined with restaurants and coffee houses.  An open bathing beach runs along the promenade and nearby are lawns and playground equipment.  A large sports and recreation compound was built at the southern end for those who enjoy roller skating, basketball and mini-soccer.  The municipal bathing beach is located north of the promenade in the country club complex which offers sports and recreation facilities.  The promenade extends souuthward till the edge of Acre, and is good for walks, and for bicycling.  Nature lovers and others will enjoy the sites and beautiful nature reserves in the surrounding area, including Ahziv, The Bahai Gardens, Betset Beach and Rosh Ha-Nikra. You can take advantage of the many accomodations available in Nahariya.  For your convenience, there are a variety of hotels, boarding houses and guest rooms, as appropraite for a pastoral resort town. The city offers a large variety of private houses, duplexes and apartments. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:03:04 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/had-nes Had Nes Located one meter above sea level on the banks of the Jordan River in the Golan Regional Council, the community of Had Nes was founded in 1989.  The community's main source of income is Tourism, primarily Bed & Breakfast establishments, jeep tours and water activities.  Currently, 150 new families are building homes in Had Nes's new neighborhood.  The Settlement is officially defined as a Tourist village, with guest rooms, swimming pool and various attractions in the area. http://www.hapisga.co.il/eng/cat/110 The settlement has it's own nursery school and kindegarten.  An organized bus system takes children to the primary school in nearby Merom Golan and the High School in the town of Katzrin.  Various activities are available as part of the Moshav Youth organization.  They also have an active synagogue with services. A majority of local citizens work in the tourism industry as well as nearby industrial areas such as Katzrin, Tzahar and Hazor Glilit. During holidays the community organizes activities for children, youth and adults.  Clubs and activities for all ages are available in the local clubhouse. Tue, 27 May 2014 13:57:16 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/kfar-hananya Kfar Hananya Kfar Hananya is a communal settlement in the Galilee in northern Israel. It belongs to the Merom HaGalil Regional Council. Kfar Hananya is named after the ancient village of the same name, which is mentioned in the Mishna as a community on the border between the Lower Galilee and Upper Galilee.  Near the community is a burial place attributed to Rabbi Hananya ben Akashya and Mount Meron is just 15 minutes away.  The community was founded in 1977 as a moshav of the movement Hapoel HaMizrachi for members of nearby moshavim.  In 1992, it became a communal settlement. Today, the growing community is mixed with people from many origins and has an active Beit Knesset.  There is an older area and a new developing neighborhood attracting young couples.  There are currently 30 doctors most of whom work at the Safed hospital, writers, artists, a movie producer and at least 16 familieis with a varied selection of bed and breakfast establishments.  They have a local laundry and breakfast service as well as a Bistro restaurant in the settlement. Kfar Hananya is well located with a great view of mountains as well as to the Kinneret on the eastern side of the settlement.  It is about 15 minutes to Karmi'el and Tiberias and 30 minutes to Safed. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:13:57 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/sde-eliezer-a-beautiful-moshav-in-the-naphtali-valley Sde Eliezer - A beautiful Moshav in the Naphtali Valley Sde Eliezer is a Moshav in the Naphtali Valley in the northern Galilee of Israel. It is affilitated with the Mevo'ot HaHermon Regional Council. Sde Eleizer was founded in 1950 by residents of Yesod HaMa'ala and Kiryat Shmona.  Mostly immigrants from Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Poland and Romania settled there.   The Moshav was named for Robert (Eliezer) Rothschild, grandson of Edmond de Rothschild.   Today, there is a mixed community and still growing.  There are about 100 members of the Moshav - it has an active Beit Knesset and a resident Rabbi, although most of the community are not followers - they do have regular services. On the side of the settlement there is a new development extension for mainly young families comprising about 70 families.  People either work the land, run private businesses from home or commute to other areas in the vicinity.  One can experience the freshness of the cool air and enjoy the splendid views of the mountains.  Many places have bed and breakfast facilities for vacationing families frome the south of the country coming to enjoy a getaway from the bustling cities. Come and see for yourself! Sun, 09 Mar 2014 15:24:29 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/kfar-vradim-village-of-the-roses Kfar Vradim - Village of the Roses Kfar Vradim, which means "Village of the Roses", was established in 1984 as a small village in the foothills of the western Galil.  Today, Kfar Vradim is a thriving community of approximately 7,000 residents who live in a region known for its tranquil, mountainous surroundings. Situated at a height of 600 meters above sea level, Kfar Vradim is located in the north of the Tefen region.  The village was originally founded by leading Israeli industrialist Stef Wertheimer.  It was part of a larger plan that included the Tefen Industrial Park, whose aim was the development of advanced industries in this area.  Wertheimers dream was to build a high-quality village that would offer outstanding educational and cultural services and attract upper-echelon populations from the center of the country.  Today, that dream has been realized; the village boasts a constantly growing community, offers quality housing at reasonable prices, and provides and environment for social involvement.  It also offers a high level of education and a multitude of cultural and recreational activities. See a list of properties currently for sale in Kfar Vradim Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:06:49 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/ashkelon-affordable-living-on-israel-s-coastline Ashkelon - Affordable living on Israel's coastline Ashkelon is the southernmost city on the Mediterranean shoreline. In recent years, its 12 kilometers of beautiful beaches have attracted Israelis and foreign tourists alike. Ashkelon was named after an ancient city whose remains can be found on Tel Ashkelon in the Ashkelon National Park. The city is mentioned in the Bible several times. But the main stories connected to it are about Samson and the fact that Goliath the Philistine was “a man of Ashkelon”… The city has been inhabited throughout the ages. Its location on the coast has often made it an important port city. Ashkelon has become a tourist center, offers new real estate projects for investors as well as new immigrants for attractive prices. The cities geographical closeness to all major cities of Israel as well as the Ben Gurion Airport, only adds to this coastal cities uniqueness. Modern day Ashkelon is about a 45 minute drive south of Tel Aviv and is home to in excess of 110,000 people. One of the city’s major attractions is the National Park south-west of the city, which includes the ancient Tel Ashkelon. The city’s remaining public beaches stretch out to the north of the National Park, with an abundance of holiday facilities and hotels. The seashore also has a Marina with a rich variety of coffee shops and restaurants, offering the vast richness of Mediterranean foods. Nearby there is a beautiful promenade with out door work out for young and old, and the Ashkelona Water Park. Afridar, the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ neighborhood of Ashkelon, has a history of its own closely linked to the history of Anglo settlement in Israel. Afridar has the distinction of having two firsts. It was both the first modern neighborhood of Ashkelon and the first “Anglo-Saxon” settlement – and, up to now, the only one in Israel. It was founded in 1951 by the Zionist Federation of South Africa solely for South African settlers. Within the original area of 1950s Afridar live approximately 15,000 souls. Today, the South African element of the population is greatly diluted, but the neighborhood is still Ashkelon’s most high-end residential area. Afridar’s English-speaking community includes South Africans, Britons, Americans, Canadians and Australians. The English Speakers Association of Ashkelon, ESOA, is active socially and culturally, organizing cheese and wine evenings, a book club, a monthly movie night, and lecture series, including a weekly Torah lesson. One of the organization’s aims is to help newcomers from English-speaking countries settle in and acclimatize themselves to their new environment. http://juviweb.wix.com/esoa - ENGLISH SPEAKERS OF ASHKELON Ashkelon is a modern city with a modern infrastructure. Factories and offices, telecommunication, computers, Internet service providers, cable TV, hospitals, health clinics, schools, real estate agents, trains, buses, taxis, manufacturing companies, power plants, cultural center, malls, gyms, educations facilities, you name it, Ashkelon has it all… View a list of properties currently for sale in Ashkelon   Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:50:19 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/ir-yamim-the-pride-of-netanya Ir Yamim - The pride of Netanya Ir Yamim is a planned residential Community of approximately 900 Dunams,located in the southwestern part of Netanya, being built with the sea as its focal point. When completed, Ir Yamim will have more than 4,000 dwellings. The community has nature on three sides: to the west, the Mediterranean Sea; to the south, the Poleg Nature Reserve; and to the east, the Irusim Nature Reserve. Ir Yamim will have all the facilities that one could dream of, including close proximity to Ramat Poleg country club, shopping centers, schools, synagogues, beautiful promenades along the beach, bicycle paths. The Ir Yamim Mall, now under construction and due to open in 2011 is 70,000 sq meters on 58 dunams of land, near the coastal highway.  The plots on the western side of the community are designed for resorts and hotels.  The 2 km strip of beach within Ir Yamim, is the only beach strip in Netanya with no cliffs blocking the beach from the city. The Netanya Municipality considers Ir Yamim to be the most luxurious neighborhood in the city and aims at a refined environmental development. The Municipality has created residential building codes that insure high quality construction and design. View properties currently on the market in Netanya including some in Ir Yamim   Sun, 18 Jul 2010 01:58:56 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/hadera-important-economic-center-on-the-coast Hadera - Important economic center on the coast Hadera is a city of approximately 80,000 people along the Israeli Mediterranean Coastal plain, 45 kilometers north of Tel Aviv and roughly the same distance south of Haifa.  The city's jurisdiction covers 53,000 dunams, which makes it the country's fourth largest city in terms of area. Hadera was founded in 1891 by Eastern European immigrants from Lithuania and Latvia.  The city has had 2 large growth spurts over the years, the first happening after Israeli statehood in 1948, when many immigrants came from Russia and Eastern Europe.  Also, of significance was the arrival of 40 immigrant families from Yemen. Hadera was declared a city in 1952.  In the 1990's, the second large wave of immigrants arrived in Hadera from Russia and Ethiopia. Hadera is home to Israel's first paper mill, Israel's largest power plant and the world's largest desalination plant. The scenic part of Hadera includes Givat Olga, which is both the name of Hadera's largest neighborhood as well as Hadera's beach. The beach is an inviting stretch of sandy beach, followed by pleasant and romantic coves as you head south of the main beach. Givat Olga was named after Olga Hankin, wife of Yehoshua Hankin who purchased the land where Hadera was founded. Fri, 09 Jul 2010 16:48:50 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/migdal-tranquility-by-the-kinneret Migdal - Tranquility by the Kinneret Migdal is a small community in Northern Israel, approximately 3 miles north of Tiberias, on the western shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).  The modern community of Migdal, was founded in 1910 as a farming community and today is home to approximately  2000 people. Migdal is an ideal place for a retired couple or for a second home.   Many people from Tel Aviv have discovered Migdal in recent years as a great weekend getaway location or as a spot to own their own vacation home.  Of course, tourists from all over the world go through Migdal on their way to and from sites that are of interest to Christian Pilgrims.   Investment opportunities definitely exist for couples or individuals to open businesses like Bed & Breakfast operations or other tourist related businesses. Mon, 05 Jul 2010 20:41:45 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/kadima-tzoran-a-rural-community-near-raanana Kadima-Tzoran - A rural community near Raanana Kadima-Tzoran is a rural community about a 15 minute drive north of Raanana near Highway 4 and a relatively short driving distance from the Mediterranean.  Kadima-Tzoran is actually 2 separate communities that merged in 2003 and are now under the jurisdiction of one municipality.  Kadima was established in 1933 as an agricultural Moshava, initiated by Mr. Yehoshua Hankin, the "Lands Redeemer".  The majority of the first settlers came from older Moshavot and Moshavim from the Northern Sharon and immigrants from  Germany. Immigrants from eastern countries joined after the State of Israel was established.  The citrus orchards were the main source of income.Kadima became a local municipality in 1950.  Tzoran was established in 1992.  The name is derived from the historical Chashmonaim settlement in the area. Kadima, a community of 10,000 residents, has a greater number of families in a lower socio-economic bracket, though in the past 15 years new residents, mostly hi-tech professionals, have built a new area of large, private homes in Kadima near the Tzoran forest. Tzoran, with its 8,000 residents, is a slightly younger community of mostly all private homes on large lots, where the feeling is one of suburbia.   The population of Kadima-Tzoran is projected to nearly double in the next 10 years to 35,000 people. The Community is also near The Walworth Barbour American International School in Even Yehuda, a private, American curriculum, English language school. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 22:02:50 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/herzliya Herzliya - Great quality of life Herzliya, named after Theodore Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, is a city near the Meditteranean coast of Israel with a population of approximately 100,000 people.  The city, located in the Sharon area of Israel, is 15 kilometers north of Tel Aviv and is spread over 26,000 acres.  Herzliya has grown from it's humble beginnings as a Moshava in 1924 to become one of Israel's largest cities. In a quality of life survey in 2008, Herzliya ranked second highest among Israel's 15 largest cities.  Investment in education was higher than all other cities in the survey and more high school students were eligible for a bagrut matriculation certificate.  The Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) is an upscale, private college that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in government, business administration, law, computer science and other academic disciplines. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, residents of Herzliya are among the wealthiest in Israel, due in large part to the wealthy residents of Herzliya Pituach.  Herzliya also hosts the annual Herzliya Conference.  The Herzliya Conference has become an annual summit of the most influential Israeli and international leaders. The conference is attended by government ministers, Knesset members, senior defense officials, leaders of the Israeli business community, senior academicians, media representatives from Israel and abroad, delegates of world Jewish organizations, foreign dignitaries and Israeli diplomats.  Herzliya Municipality Photo of IDC Campus Building, taken by GM Bernstein Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:43:51 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/petach-tikva-mother-of-the-moshavot Petach Tikva - Mother of the Moshavot Petach Tikva is a city of nearly 200,000 people, on the eastern fringes of Tel Aviv.  The city, which in Hebrew means, "Opening of hope", was founded in 1878 by religious pioneers from Europe.  The founders got their inspiration for the name from the prophecy of Hosea (Hosea 2:17), "And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the Valley of Achor for an opening of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.  Petach Tikva was the first modern Jewish agricultural settlement in Ottoman Palestine and has since grown to be one of Israel's most populous urban centers.  The settlers of Petach Tikva had to endure quite a few hardships in order to 'get things off the ground" so to speak.  They got pushed around a bit by the Turkish sultan, who negated their original purchase of land in Achor Valley near Jericho.  The plot of land that the settlers were allowed to purchase, near the source of the Yarkon River, turned out to be a "malarial swamp", which they had to abandon until they could get financial help from Baron Edmond de Rothschild, allowing them to drain the swamps sufficiently, to move back.  Petach Tikva went on to become the "training grounds" for thousands of pioneer workers who learned all about farming before going on to establish settlements in other parts of the country.  The agricultural schools founded in those days, still exist today. Modern day Petach Tikva has grown to such an extent that the city now boasts the second largest industrial sector in Israel.  It has also become home to more and more companies in the high-tech sector.  The city has been one of Israel's fastest growing communities in the last few years, with a very high rate of "new construction".  It's proximity to Tel Aviv and relatively more affordable housing, have catapulted the city's growth. Some 70,000 Orthodox Jews live in Petach Tikva, which are served by 300 Synagogues.  Wed, 09 Jun 2010 15:23:11 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/safed-mystical-capital-in-the-north Safed - Mystical capital in the North Safed is a beautiful community in the north of Israel, steeped in history.  The town itself is the highest community in the Galilee and actually in all of Israel, at an altitude of 2,953 ft above sea level.  Safed or Tsfat as it is often referred to, is one of Judaism's four Holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias.  The city has been the center of Kabbalah since the sixteenth century.  Due to it's beautiful setting, surrounded by pine forests and its mild mid-year temperatures, Safed has become a summer holiday resort, frequented by Israelis and foreign visitors alike.  In addition to being home to artists and an "arts scene", Safed has been hailed as the klezmer capital of the world, hosting an annual klesmer festival that attracts top musicians from around the world.  The "old city" part of Safed is a fascinating place with stone structures built on the mountainside and cobblestone allies, revealing artist's galleries, medieval synagogues, private homes and small guest houses. As many other places in Israel, Safed has endured numerous hardships over the centuries, including massacres at the hands of invading armies, earthquakes, plagues, etc.  After the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 and the influx of Sephardic Jews, Safed became a global center for Jewish learning and a regional center for trade throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.  In the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, at least 12,000 Arabs fled or abandoned their homes and the city came completely under Jewish control.  Safed has been continously occupied by Jewish people since the time of the 2nd Temple. Modern day Safed is home to at least 32,000 people, 99% of which are Jewish.  Safed website The next time you visit northern Israel, you might consider a stay at one of Safed's unique destinations, the Artist's Colony Inn, a Bed & Breakfast, in a stone bulding, restored under the inspiration of Architect, Ofir Asiass, located right in the heart of Safed's Artist colony. Tue, 25 May 2010 16:13:00 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/haifa-israels-northern-seaport Haifa - Israel's northern seaport Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel and the third largest city in the country.  Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Haifa has a history dating back to Biblical times. The earliest known settlement in the vicinity was Tell Abu Hawam, a small port city established in the Late Bronze Age (14th century BCE). In the 3rd century CE, Haifa was known as a dye-making center. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands: It has been conquered and ruled by the Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, Egyptians, and the British. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the city has been governed by the Haifa Municipality. Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa covering 63.7 square kilometres (24.6 sq mi). It is located about 90 kilometers(56 mi) north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion, are located in Haifa, and the city plays an important role in Israel's economy. It has several high-tech parks, among them the oldest and largest in the country, an industrial port, and a petroleum refinery. Located on the northern slopes of Mount Carmel and around Haifa Bay, the city is split over three tiers. The lowest is the center of commerce and industry including the Port of Haifa. The middle level is on the slopes of Mount Carmel and consists of older residential neighborhoods, while the upper level consists of modern neighborhoods looking over the lower tiers. From here views can be had across the Western Galilee region of Israel towards Rosh HaNikra and the Lebanese border. Haifa today has a population of 266,300. Eighty percent are defined as Israeli Jews.  Immigrants from the former Soviet Union constitute 25% of Haifa's population.  According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, Arab citizens of Israel constitute 9% of Haifa's population.  Haifa is commonly portrayed as a model of co-existence between Arabs and Jews in Israel, although tensions and hostility do still exist. Haifa municipality Mon, 24 May 2010 23:11:46 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/raanana-jewel-of-the-sharon Raanana - Jewel of the Sharon Founded in 1922, by a small group of Jews from New York, Raanana’s story is that of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel. It is a story of Zionist fulfillment, woven into the fabric of the history of the establishment of the State of Israel. In its early years, the fledgling settlement was a symbol of agricultural activity, and its settlers made their living primarily from citrus fruits. Since the 1980s Raanana has become a city.  What once was a tiny settlement of just a few dozen people, and later grew into a village with 3,000 residents at the time of the War of Independence, is today an ever expanding city of close to 85,000 residents spanning an area of 15,000 dunams. Modern day Raanana, has become a very popular suburban city in the Sharon region of Israel.  A large portion of Raanana's residents are immigrants from English, French and Spanish speaking countries.  Raanana has been named the city with the highest quality of life in Israel and the safest city in the Middle East.  Raanana municipality website Wed, 19 May 2010 17:34:05 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/tiberias-overlooking-the-kinneret Tiberias - Overlooking the Kinneret Tiberias is a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Established in 20 CE, it was named in honour of the emperor Tiberius. Since the 16th century, Tiberias has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed. In the 2nd-10th centuries, Tiberias was the largest Jewish city in the Galilee, and the political and religious hub of the Jews of Palestine. According to Christian tradition, Jesus performed several miracles in the Tiberias district, making it an important pilgrimage site for devout Christians. Steeped in history, Tiberias was founded as a Jewish city sometime around 20 CE by Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, who made it the capital of his realm in Galilee. As mentioned earlier, the city was named in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.  The city of Tiberias has gone through many upheavals over the centuries at the hands of many invading armies or enemies as well as by natural disasters, including floods and many earthquakes.  Modern day Tiberias, the Kinneret and some of the small surrounding communities have become very popular tourist destinations for both Israeli citizens as well as international visitors.  As mentioned previouly, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and other destinations in and around Tiberias are of very high interest to Christians from around the world.  Tiberias has historically been known for its hot springs, believed to cure skin and other ailments, for thousands of years. Tiberias municipality Wed, 19 May 2010 16:54:49 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/zichron-yaakov-serenity-by-the-sea Zichron Ya'akov - Serenity by the Sea Zichron Ya'akov, which literally means "Jacob's memorial",  is a serene, hilltop community  on the southern hills of the Carmel mountains, overlooking the Mediterranean, roughly 35 kilometers south of Haifa.   To get to Zichron, from the coastal highway, you drive up green, forested slopes.  Once you are at the top, there are breathtaking views, looking to the sea over the fish ponds of Kibbutz Ma'ayan Zviking. One of the first Jewish settlements in the country, Zichron Ya'akov was established by Baron Edmond de Rothschild and named in honor of his father Yaakov (James). It is the home of "Carmel" and other wineries, where the grapes that grow in the vicinity produce the wine sold throughout the country and the world. Its altitude, proximity to the coast and natural beauty has made it a popular vacation area. In 2008, the population of Zichron Ya'akov was 18,100.   Zichron Ya'akov has one of the highest percentages of English speaking olim in Israel, at 15% of the towns population. Many of Zichron Ya'akov's residents, especially those who live on Hameyasdim Street, are still farmers with wholesome, hardworking, early-to-rise, early-to-bed values. Walking down the street, you can see courtyards containing hand tools that were used before being replaced by more modern methods, and horse stables at the back of residential houses, which are now used for different purposes.  Side by side, with the farmers properties, upscale private homes have been built by families attracted to the scenic landscape. There is a sizable religious Jewish community in the town, ranging from Ultra-Orthodox to Reform streams. The original Carmel-Mizrahi Winery continues to make wine in Zichron Ya'akov. The town draws many tourists attracted to its picturesque setting and historic city center whose restored main street of landmark buildings, called Derekh HaYayin ("Path of the Wine"), houses coffeehouses and boutique shops selling locally-made crafts, jewelery, and antiques. Zichron Ya'akov municipality website   Tue, 11 May 2010 15:13:58 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/caesarea-seaside-resort-lifestyles Caesarea - Seaside resort lifetyles Caesarea is a unique and afflluent community in Israel, located halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa, on the Mediterranean Coast.  An area steeped in history, dating back to 22 BCE when Herod began construction of a deep sea harbor and built storerooms, markets, wide roads, baths, temples to Rome and Augustus, and imposing public buildings.  Every five years the city hosted major sports competitions, gladiator games, and theatrical productions.  Modern Caesarea got it's start shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel, when the Rothschild family turned over to the State of Israel a 35,000 dunam plot of land in and around the modern city of Ceasarea.  The Rothschild family then formed a Charitable Foundation, which leased the entire 35,000 dunams back from the state.  The Foundation is funded by land sales within the 35,000 dunam area.  The entire area is privately run and managed by the Caesarea Development Corporation and all profits from the CDC operations are given to the Foundation to be passed on to organizations that advance higher learning and culture across Israel. Caesarea is divided into a number of residential zones, known as clusters. The most recent of these to be constructed is Cluster 13, which, like all the clusters is given a name, in this case, "The Golf Cluster", owing to its close proximity to the Caesarea Golf Course. These neighborhoods are universally affluent, although vary largely in terms of average plot size.  The Caesarea Golf Course is the only 18 hole golf course in Israel.  While Caesarea residents enjoy their Country Club lifestyle, just a short ways from the sea, tourists flock to the historic port area and Aqueduct Beach. Caesarea Dev Corp website Photo of beach and shops at port in Ceasarea is courtesy of Hillel MIntz Fri, 07 May 2010 15:28:36 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/herzliya-pituach-the-israeli-version-of-newport-beach Herzliya Pituach - The Israeli version of Newport Beach One of the most affluent areas in Israel, Herzliya Pituach features both beaches and a Marina in addition to providing somewhat secluded neighborhoods of luxury villas.  Many ambassadors and foreign diplomats reside in Herzliya Pituach.  Many of the villas on the tree lined streets of Herzliya Pituach are within walking distance to the beach.  Herzliya Pituach is actually one neighborhood of the larger city of Herzliya, which has a population of nearly 90,000 people.   On the western side of Herzliya, Herzliya Pituach is a sought-after venue for high-tech companies, and its marina, many restaurants and entertainment spots have turned this part of Herzliya into a vibrant hub of Israeli nightlife.  The Arena Mall, which is located right at the Marina is a popular shopping and dining destination. View a few currently available properties in Herzliya Pituach Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:28:20 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/netanya-mediterranean-beaches-at-your-service Netanya - Mediterranean beaches at your service Netanya is a city in Israel on the shores of the Mediterranean with a nearly 9 mile stretch of beaches that have made it a very popular tourist destination.  The city, which was founded in the late 1920’s, was named after the Jewish American philanthropist, Nathan Straus, who was a great financial supporter of those who were attempting to settle the Jewish homeland.  The name Netanya, actually means “what God gave”. Founded by five settlers in 1929, Netanya was home to 9,000 people when Israel declared it’s independence in 1948.  Actually, Netanya was the first community to be designated as a “city” in the newly established State of Israel. According to a survey taken by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics in 2001, 99.9% of the population was Jewish.  As of 2007, Netanya was home to 176,500 people and is expected to reach a population of 350,000 by 2020.  In terms of religion, 50% of the Jewish population in Netanya is secular. In terms of the origin of Netanya’s residents, just over 50% of the inhabitants are born in Israel and the remainder are immigrants, who over the last 20 years have come largely from France and Russia with Jews from the U.K. also being represented amongst the immigrants. Netanya is located just north of Tel Aviv and in recent years has seen it’s beachfront become populated with numerous high-rise apartments towers and has become very popular among English speaking tourists. Netanya municipality Wed, 28 Apr 2010 02:59:15 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/tel-aviv-the-first-modern-jewish-city Tel Aviv - The first modern Jewish city Tel Aviv, which literally means “Spring Mound”, was founded in 1909 on the outskirts of the ancient port city of Jaffa.   The growth of Tel Aviv soon outpaced Jaffa, which was largely Arab at the time. Tel Aviv and Jaffa were merged into a single municipality in 1950, two years after the establishment of the State of Israel. Tel Aviv's White City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, comprises the world's largest concentration of Bauhaus, modernist style buildings. Tel Aviv, is the second-largest city in Israel, with an estimated population of 393,900.  The city is situated on the Israeli Mediterranean coastline, with a land area of 51.8 square kilometers (20.0 sq mi). It is the largest and most populous city in the metropolitan area of Gush Dan, home to 3.2 million people as of 2008.   Tel Aviv is the country's financial capital and a major performing arts and business center.  It is also home to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and many corporate offices and research and development centers.  Tel Aviv's urban area is the Middle East's second biggest city economy and is ranked 42nd among global cities by Foreign Policy's 2008 Global Cities Index.  It is also the most expensive city in the region and 17th most expensive city in the world.  New York-based writer and editor David Kaufman called it the "Mediterranean’s New Capital of Cool". Tel Aviv’s beaches, bars, cafés, restaurants, upscale shopping, great weather, cosmopolitan lifestyle and famous 24-hour culture have led to it being a popular tourist destination for domestic and overseas visitors alike and has helped make its reputation as "a city that never sleeps". By the time of Israel's Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948, the population of Tel Aviv had risen to more than 200,000.  Tel Aviv was the temporary government center of the State of Israel until the government moved to Jerusalem in December 1949. However, due to the international dispute over the status of Jerusalem, most foreign embassies remained in or near Tel Aviv.  In the early 1980s, 13 embassies in Jerusalem moved to Tel Aviv as part of the UN's measures responding to Israel's 1980 Jerusalem Law.  Today, all but two of the national embassies are in Tel Aviv or the surrounding district. Tel Aviv is divided into nine districts that have formed naturally over the city's short history. The most notable of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. This area is traditionally made up demographically of a greater percentage of Arabs, but recent gentrification is replacing them with a young professional population. Similar processes are occurring in nearby Neve Tzedek, the original Jewish neighborhood outside of Jaffa. Ramat Aviv, a district in the northern part of the city largely made up of luxury apartments and including the Tel Aviv University, is currently undergoing extensive expansion and is set to absorb the beachfront property of Sde Dov Airport after its decommissioning.  The area known as HaKirya is the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) headquarters and a large military base. Historically, there was a demographic split between the European northern side of the city, including the district of Ramat Aviv, and the southern, more Sephardi and Mizrahi neighborhoods including Neve Tzedek and Florentin. Since the 1980s, however, restoration and gentrification have taken place on a large scale in the southern neighborhoods, making them some of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods for the more prosperous north Tel Avivis.  In north Tel Aviv, the old port area, which had become run-down since the port was decommissioned in 1965, also saw an urban revival, becoming an upper scale  area with shops and restaurants. Like many cities in Israel, Tel Aviv is rich in history, which if written about here, would take pages and pages.  One of the most notable periods of Tel Aviv’s 20th Century history, is the 1920’s and 30’s, when Bauhaus architecture was introduced to the city by German Jewish architects who settled in Palestine after the rise of the Nazis. Tel Aviv's White City, around the city center, contains more than 5,000 Modernist-style buildings inspired by the Bauhaus school and Le Corbusier.  Construction of these buildings, later declared protected landmarks and, collectively, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, continued until the 1950s in the area around Rothschild Boulevard.  Some 3,000 buildings were created in this style between 1931 and 1939 alone. Since the 1960’s the Bauhaus architecture has given way to office towers and a chain of waterfront hotels and commercial skyscrapers.  Some of the city's Modernist buildings were neglected to the point of ruin. Before legislation to preserve this landmark architecture, many of the old buildings were demolished. In recent years, efforts have been made to refurbish Bauhaus buildings and restore them to their original condition.  Tel Aviv has become a hub of modern high-rise architecture due to the soaring price of real estate in the city. The Shalom Meir Tower, Israel's first skyscraper, was built in Tel Aviv in 1965 and remained the country's tallest building until 1999. The Azrieli Center, composed of three buildings— one square, one triangular, and one circular—usurped that title. Since 2001, Israel's tallest building is the City Gate Tower, which is located in the neighboring city of Ramat Gan, although the country's tallest wholly residential building, the Neve Tzedek Tower, is in Tel Aviv. New neighborhoods such as the Park Tzameret are being constructed to house luxury apartment towers including YOO Tel Aviv towers designed by Philippe Starck, while zones such as The southern Kirya are being developed with office towers. Other recent additions to Tel Aviv's skyline are the 1 Rothschild Tower, Be'eri Nahardea Tower and First International Bank Tower.  As Tel Aviv celebrated its centennial in 2009, the city attracted a number of brand-name architects and developers, including I. M. Pei, Donald Trump, and Richard Meier, who have been flocking to this Bauhaus mecca to help create the next generation of iconic landmarks. Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:22:34 +0000 http://www.buypropertyinisrael.com/community/jerusalem-the-eternal-capital-of-israel Jerusalem - The eternal capital of israel Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Israel and one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back to the 4th millennium BCE.  Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism and Christianity and has been the spiritual center of the Jewish people since c. 1000 BCE, when David the King of Israel first established it as the capital of the Jewish Nation, and his son Solomon commissioned the building of the First Temple in the city. In the course of its history, Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.   Nestled in the Judean Mountains, between the Mediterranean Sea and the northern edge of the Dead Sea, modern Jerusalem has grown far beyond the walls of the “old city” to cover a 48 square mile area (125 sq km).   Volumes have been written about what is probably the most amazing city in the world.  Although the name Jerusalem means "Abode of Peace," "Teaching of Peace", or "Whole or Complete Instruction", the actual times of peace for this city have been elusive, both in ancient times as well as in modern history.  The capital city was right in the middle of the war that broke out shortly after the modern state of Israel was birthed in 1948.   The war of 1948 resulted in Jerusalem being divided, with the old walled city lying entirely on the Jordanian side of the line. A no-man's land between East and West Jerusalem came into being in November 1948: Barbed wire and concrete barriers ran down the center of the city, passing close by the Jaffa Gate on the western side of the old walled city, and a crossing point was established at Mandelbaum Gate slightly to the north of the old walled city. Military skirmishes frequently threatened the ceasefire. After the establishment of the State of Israel, Jerusalem was declared its capital. Jordan formally annexed East Jerusalem in 1950, subjecting it to Jordanian law.   After 1948, Jordan was able to take control of all the holy places inside the old walled city, and contrary to the terms of the agreement, Israelis were denied access to Jewish holy sites, many of which were desecrated. Jordan allowed only very limited access to Christian holy sites. During this period, the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque underwent major renovations. In 1967, the Six-Day War saw hand to hand fighting between Israeli and Jordanian soldiers on the Temple Mount, and it resulted in Israel capturing East Jerusalem. Hence Jewish and Christian access to the holy sites inside the old walled city was restored, while the Temple Mount remained under the jurisdiction of an Islamic waqf. The Moroccan Quarter, which was located adjacent to the Western Wall, was vacated and razed to make way for a plaza for those visiting the wall. Since the war, Israel has expanded the city's boundaries and established a ring of Jewish neighborhoods on land east of the Green Line. However, the takeover of East Jerusalem was met with international criticism. Following the passing of Israel's Jerusalem Law, which declared Jerusalem, "complete and united", the capital of Israel, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution that declared the law "a violation of international law" and requested all member states to withdraw all remaining embassies from the city.   The status of the city, and especially its holy places, remains a core issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to this day.   Some of the better known neighborhoods in Jerusalem include Rehavia, Baka, Talbieh, The German Colony, Nachlaot, Old Katamon, Arnona, Musrara, Jewish Quarter, French Hill, Greek Colony and Shaare Hesed. Jerusalem municipality