Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Emerging Community: Efrat

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As part of the ongoing Aliyah series that is unfolding on the Muqata, we'll now discuss another "emerging community".

Not a community lost somewhere in the United States where there are barely enough Jews to make a kosher-style deli, but one just 10 minutes from Jerusalem.

The neighborhood of Zayit in Efrat is a young, vibrant community. It boasts around 500 families. More than 50% are English speakers. While an Orthodox community, it is also an open one, and one can find both secular and Chareidi Jews living there.

It is also one of the highly demanded neighborhoods around.

A new project by the Barkan corporation called ParkView (Nofei HaPark) has just opened up (and is quickly closing up, due to the high demand).

ParkView consists of 51 quality apartments of 4-6 rooms overlooking a park (to be built soon).

(I was told that those who bought in the similar complex next door had a 30% shekel increase (more in dollars) in the value of their apartments in the last year, though past performance is no indicator of future earnings).

Anyway, I know a few people who live in the Zayit and they say they love the neighborhood and the people.

To find out more, get prices, and buy a home in Israel, I recommend you check out ParkView and contact Barkan directly.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד


therapydoc said...

I'll keep it in mind. Thanks.

Almost Jerusalem said...

All of Efrat is lovely. We are in the process of buying in Lev Efrat, a charming cul-de-sac in the slightly more established (and greener) Te'ena neighborhood. Zayit is getting a lot of buzz because that is where the new construction is, but if you don't mind yad-shniah (second hand), it is definitely worth looking anywhere in town!

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