Most people who arrive in the city of Tel-Aviv know about area’s such as Dizengof, Kerem and Florentin. Not a lot of people know that some of the family’s who are located in the city, live the american dream and own a big house with a pool, dog and 2.2 kids 🙂
Not Only a Rich Thing…
Seriously now, it’s not only a rich thing! A lot of people who live in this area are ether there from old times such as the people of Zehala, for example, that are there since 1952 when it was first built to resident army and security personals. (Zehala=Zahal=IDF=Israeli Defence Forces…Get it?)
However, these days most of the people of Zehala are newcomers with new money that can afford to buy a big house on 2000sqm just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Tel-Aviv.
The same thing is happening in Shikon-Dan and also in other Neighborhoods such as Ramat Hachayal and Hadar Yosef.
Buying a Property….Possible?
Well, there are many people who gave up that area a long time ago, but if you think about it, Tel-Aviv is only getting Better and Better. and with the city, the suburbs are getting popular as well. Owning a house in the suburbs is a great lifestyle choice and an amazing real-estate decision since property’s that are soled for a certain price could be very fast turned into a higher price. and that is because of the rich people who made up there minds about leaving in that area.
So if you have the money, try looking for the new neigboorhoods that are being renovated, there are at least 2 at the moment…
Have a great Hunt!
Who would have thought? Germans were here a long time before we ever thought about walking our dogs, jogging and going to the beach 🙂
The Templar Zone is Located Beetween Kaplan street and Haarbaa Street and was a German Neighboorhood around the 1930’s, Since A long time ago the Germans are gone and for years the place was just forgotten. Until about 6-7 Years back when People started seeing the potential of this place, the city turned the whole district into a park, the building were moved (yes, I’m not joking, they were physically moved!) And people started discovering the magic of the place.
Then there was Real-Estate.
It didn’t take long before the Real-Estate Companies started paying attention, and now there is almost no time to enjoy the small romantic park because it’s going to turn into another Exlusive housing project called Sarona.
However, until that happens, if your in the area, and you want another piece of history right in front of your face, check the place out, it truly has a magical feel to it…
About 3-4 years ago when I took my tourist friends to the Jaffa Flea Market, we actually went to the flea market itself, And today when I take out of town people to the same area, there is so much more to see and do rather than just the market.
Old Vs. New
The Flea market area Is totally packed during Fridays, and If its your first time in the city then you have to check it out on this day.
However, after you did that, I recommend to check out the spot during the weekdays, that’s when you really can get great bargains and easily find a seat in one of the many places out there.
When you really have time to check out the place you immediately see that there is a crazy mix of high end fashion boutiques and gift shops, next to old fish restaurants and vintage shops. That is the true magic of this area!
So? What to check out at the Yaffo Flea-Market Area?
I Promise that very soon I will elaborate On every single place that I recommend on, but for now, you will just have to take my word 🙂
These are my friends hang out places in the Yaffo flea market:
Poa – A very vintage style place with a weird but tasty menu that sells every vintage item you see in the place!
Margoza Bar – Right in front of the Poa, great bar…Say no more 🙂
Charcuterie – Amazing Sausages based restaurant with a great vibe!
One Bedroom – Lifestyle shop, A great example of the new age shops in the flea-market
These spots are something to begin with, ask around and use your legs, it’s a small area that holds many secret spots, take your time and discover them.
Yefet Street is a connection between the Jaffa beach, flea market and old city, but is also a place the connects Jews and Arabs tourists and locals.
The street has tons of places to eat great food starting from the famous Abolafia Bakery in the beginning of Yefet to Asli Humos that is 6-7 minutes drive from there.
Where Yefet street starts - The big clock!
These days, all the area’s that are around Yefet are being developed into another Real-Estate heaven! Places like the Flea Market are getting more than 5 real-estate projects built at the same time! And the beach front is just changing every time I check it out.
Yefet itself has a few amazing housing projects right on it, and things like an old British hospital turning into a boutique hotel is getting to be a very common sight.
What would be a perfect day at the Yefet Street area?
If I had to recommend the perfect day in the area, I would spend the day at the Maaravi Beach or Alma beach, after that go eat something at the Flea Market, (mix it with a bit of alcohol and vintage shopping :-)) and finish the day with a great sunset at the Andromeda Hill.