Apartments in prestigious areas of Jerusalem cost less than on the Kiev periphery
In the midst of the New Year’s marathon, fate brought me to the same table with a married couple from Jerusalem, who arrived in warm Kiev in Israel to see for themselves the city where the parents of the spouses were born.
Netta and Arnie complained that supposedly in Jerusalem real estate is too expensive, and they cannot afford to move to a new building. First of all, Israel is a relatively small country, and housing supply is limited. Secondly, among wealthy Jews in the USA, France and Great Britain, it has become fashionable to have an apartment in Israel, preferably in Jerusalem, in its prestigious areas. Overseas owners buy a second home in Israel, dreaming of moving to the promised land in old age. And in anticipation of this hour they rent it out.
Between the on-duty speeches of Pugacheva and Zadornova, those sitting at the table asked what heights the real estate prices in the center of the Holy City had rushed to. The Israelis talked about an apartment with a total area of 120 squares in the city center, which slipped out of their hands last fall, since the owner requested $ 250,000 for it, and they could not afford such an investment. “Two hundred per square meter,” someone quickly recounted, so that it would be more convenient to enter the Jerusalem prices in the Kiev coordinate system. On the other coordinate axis, the average Israeli salary was placed – the equivalent of $ 1,700 a month – and the domestic one: $ 220 in the country and 317 in Kiev.
The Israelites significantly improved their mood when they were told about prices for Kiev real estate. Particularly amused was the story of one of the audience: he called back to the construction company, which was laying the foundation for a new high-rise on Klovsky Descent (just next door to the Praveks central office). “Do not call here because these prices are most likely unavailable to you,” he heard in the receiver.
“Why are you so expensive?” – Netta and Arnie never received an answer to this question, although each version was accompanied by a toast. For the builders and for their cartel plot. For the Kiev bureaucracy, whose bribes make up almost a third of the cost of the square. For suburban peasants who carry packs of dollars from the sale of shares to construction companies, which today they hypocritically intend to once again ban selling. For transfers from zarobitchane from Italy and Portugal, which also feed the demand for real estate.
Netta and Arnie returned to Israel with good news: Kiev is even more expensive.