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Friday, June 17, 2011

New Building Style, Judea and Samaria

Due to the housing demand, many Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have begun building multi-family housing.

This way there are more families on less land.  Some people really like the idea, because each building becomes a mini-neighborhood.  Prices are less, also, and upkeep falls less on the individual homeowner.  Other people wish they could have larger plots of land and more distance between homes.  Personally, I think there should be choices and a range of prices, too.

And just a reminder, many of the so-called "settlements" are towns decades old.  The schools are filling with second generation students.  Our Ohel Shiloh School is finishing its thirtieth year.  It first opened on September 1, 1981, with eighteen students in three grades.  Today the boys and girls schools are under separate administration.  There are many classes in the eight elementary school grades and hundreds and hundreds of students.

The latest community projects are being geared for the 55-plus age group, as the original "pioneers" are reaching retirement age and looking for suitable activities.  Life in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria suits Jews of all ages.


Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

and those "little kids" who were in those first few classes, now have kids that age (and older).

Batya said...


Robertcw72 said...

Nice housing units...look like Condos :)

Anonymous said...

i wonder. it might be better to insist on single units, so you can expand the area of expansion.
i just dont know how the rules work.

Batya said...

Thanks, Robert, they're terraced apartments and seem very nice.

a, "insist?" Who do you think is in charge? The homes are being built by small building contractors. Not everyone can afford or is interesting in living in a private home.

Yakov Butterfield said...

What are the prices like? We are paying 4200 shekels /month for 2 bedroom 80 square meter Apartment in Arnon Hanasi area of Jerusalem

Batya said...

Yakov, it's certainly less here, but there are other factors.

Anonymous said...

I loathe multi-family apartment buildings in Israel. And, yes, I live in one.

Had post Israeli policy been to give Jews parcels of land with ample garden space at reasonable prices, the prophecy of Jerusalem eventually reaching Damascus would have come true already.

The government is super stingy, trying to cram as many people as the can into a plot of land, while extorting as much money as possible.

Hadassa said...

There are good reasons for multi-family dwelling, especially for rentals. We were so happy to leave our multi-family rental for our purchased single-family house, but we were grateful for the opportunity of the low-cost rental until we decided to purchase. In hilly regions, like the one in which I live, many houses are built into the hills, which allows multi-family dwellings private yards and gardens on multiple levels.
As a tactical move, when many families move into rentals, and later want to purchase single-family houses, the pressure does help with obtaining building permits, especially if the families have grown to the point where the rental units are very cramped. I wouldn't want high-rises in my community, but the 3-4 family houses are quite attractive. They genuinely look like large villas.
As far as schools are concerned, one of the teachers at the girls' school in Elon Moreh is teaching some of her granddaughters, who live in three communities in the area. Did Ohel Shiloh start out like Nahalat Tzvi in Elon Moreh, with one building divided down the middle splitting the school into a boys' half and a girls' half?

Batya said...

Shy, what I "loathe" is a dictatorial policy that demands only one type of housing.

Hadassa, The young families (with a few kids each already) who bought in these projects consider them great improvements over their present small rental homes.