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Jerusalem Attractions  - 103


Gentrification has pervaded several areas of Jerusalem in recent years, contributing to a rise in property prices and the growing popularity of specific areas. One of these areas is Arnona. After a trek from the upscale Baka to working class Talpiot, the pendulum swings once more toward the upscale as one enters the serene neighborhood of Arnona. While its remoteness from the German Colony makes Arnona less sought after than Baka, buyers have begun to see it as a more economical alternative. Before Arnona became the genteel suburb it is today, it was one of the earliest neighborhoods in modern Jerusalem-and on the front lines of the War of Independence in 1948. The neighborhood of Arnona was founded in 1931 on land purchased by the Keren HaEzra company.


The neighborhood was designed by Bauhaus architect Richard Kaufman, who also designed Rechavia, Beit Hakerem, and Bayit Vegan. During Israel's War of Independence in 1948, Jews living in Arnona fled the area as the neighborhood was occupied by Jordanian and Egyptian troops. When a ceasefire agreement was reached with Jordan in 1949, the cease-fire line was at the eastern border of Arnona. The neighborhood was only to regain its original borders nearly two decades later, following the 1967 Six Day War. In recent years, building projects have raised property values in Arnona. Now the southern suburb of Jerusalem is occupied by prosperous families, religious and secular alike. Overseas buyers looking to escape the inflating property prices of the German Colony and Katamon have been setting their sights on this somewhat more affordable neighborhood. Attractive buildings and verdant greenery also contribute toward making Arnona a pleasant alternative.


A high point in the city, Arnona commands a view of the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert. It is also home to a branch of the United States Consulate which provides consular services to US citizens.

  • Free entry


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