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. Continue reading
“Is it easy to live in a high-rise building?” – this topic of our campaign “City of Wonderful Ideas” caused heated debate among the residents of the capital. Twice, KP correspondents gathered full houses on the streets of the city, and each time it was difficult for the people of Kiev to say exactly where it is better to live – on the lower floor or on the upper.
We have heard enough pros and cons (the most compelling read below). “And yet – what floor would you call ideal?” – we did not relent. Then it turned out that it was both more comfortable and safer to live on the 2nd-4th floor. “Better yet, get rich quicker and buy a house in the country!” – finally, the people of Kiev admitted. Continue reading
The one to whom everything that happens on the suburban real estate market is too reminiscent of Chekhov’s “Cherry Orchard,” whose heroes yawn meet a late train, will certainly be disappointed. Today, villages located outside the city do not resettle for the summer, and not the dreamy Ranevskys live in them, but rather the enterprising Lopakhins, who are clearly aware of when, to whom and for what they paid.
And they live in comfort, wondering in the evenings, either to spread out solitaire, or to go smoke a cigar in the company of people from their own circle; an ordinary TV has long turned into a huge panel on the wall and thereby turns the room into a kind of auditorium. In modern cottage towns, there isn’t even bird milk. Continue reading