Rehavia, Jerusalem

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Rehavia is one of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods; it is a quaint and charming upscale area between the city center and Talbiya with She’ary Hessed to the west and Nachlaot to the north. Rehavia was established in the 1920s when Jerusalem was expanding and new settlements were being built for the ever growing number of residents. German architect Richard Kaufmann was commissioned to create the neighborhood modeled after the garden cities of Europe. The narrow streets were deliberately constructed this way to deter large vehicles and keep the neighborhood peaceful. Trees were planted the length of the neighborhood’s main streets like European avenues. The neighborhood maintains its village feel as the buildings cannot be more than four levels high and the surrounding areas are rich with greenery and trees. The rich foliage has earned Rehavia the name “Garden City.” The stone homes, many of which are 90 years old, add to the neighborhood’s charm. Rehavia is not far from the Old City and has been compared to New York’s Upper West Side of Manhattan because of the vibrant atmosphere and many English speaking residents and vacationers.

Rehavia is a popular choice for those staying in vacation rentals as you can immerse yourself in the true Jerusalem neighborhood life. The busiest street of Rehavia is Gaza Street it is a dynamic area of cafes, bars, restaurants and stores. Two of the most popular establishments are the Humus Shop and the Rehavia Sushi and Restaurant Bar. For more shopping there is HaPalmach shopping area where there are grocery stores, shops and restaurants.

Rehavia has been home to many of Israel’s most famous personalities including David Ben-Gurion, Arthur Ruppin, Golda Meir and Daniel Auster. Exiled Ethiopian leader, Haile Selassie stayed in Rehavia when he arrived in Israel in 1936. The attractions of Rehavia include the Ratisbone Monastery, the Prime Minister’s official residence (Agion House) and the famous windmill on Ramban Street. However most visitors don’t come to Rehavia for the attractions but rather looking for a relaxed, village feel and accommodation in historic homes full of character.

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