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Luxury by the Sea in Israel


By definition, living by the sea means having the basic ingredients to live in luxury. It would not be too far off the mark to say that as far as the prime rule of real estate investment – location, location, location – determines that living by the sea is deemed universally as one of the best locations around. As to whether the property itself lives up to the location is another question all together; however, should your land be by the sea, you are a major step toward attaining luxury by the sea.

נמל יפו העתיקה | The old port, Jaffa, Israel
The old port, Jaffa, Israelronsho © / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Israel is no different to the rest of the world other than the fact that it has been blessed with absolutely superb weather (unless you prefer the cold) and some incredible beaches. Read more

 

Vacation Like a King in Israel

The history of the Holy Land is replete with stories of kings – King David and King Solomon being two of the better known kings associated with Israel. Although Israel may no longer be ruled by kings, that doesn’t mean that you can’t vacation like a king in Israel.

Here comes the flood
Tel Avivronsho © / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

In fact, it can be confidently stated that you can holiday today in a far superior manner to the luxuries afforded the kings of yore. Not only will you be able to see sites that were extant thousands of years ago but you will also be able to enjoy all the developments that have taken millennia to come to fruition. And even though Jerusalem is affectionately known as the City of Kings, that doesn’t mean that luxury apartments in Tel Aviv will afford you any less of a royal vacation than the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

In fact, given the Biblical stories filled with intrigue and debauchery are perhaps better set in modern day Tel Aviv than the magnificent yet more sober and conservative environs of Jerusalem. Okay, perhaps not intrigue given that Jerusalem is the home of the Israeli parliament – the Knesset, but definitely debauchery; not that I am writing from personal experience, of course.

If it is wonderful beaches, excellent fine dining, vibrant cafes, and international class shopping, then Tel Aviv cannot be beat. And although it may be tempting to return at the end of the day to one of Tel Aviv’s five star hotels, apartments in Tel Aviv offer a more independent and hands on way of exploring the city.

For those who may think that this article is biased toward Tel Aviv, fear not. Jerusalem, whilst only one hour drive from Tel Aviv, is seemingly a world away. It has its own charm which appeals to many even though it doesn’t have an inch of coastline.

Jerusalem is a stunning city. History cries out from its every path, and its significance to Christian, Jew, and Muslim alike is evidence of its importance on the world map. In Jerusalem, you can literally follow the paths of kings and princes, and touch the same stones that were used to build edifices that have withstood wars and everything else that man and nature could throw at them.

Just to add some variety to your options, Israel is more than Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. You will find luxury accommodation from the Hermon in the north to Eilat in the south, where you may fancy a stay at Herods or, perhaps as a nod to female royalty, the Queen Sheba.

 

Luxury by the Sea in Israel


When I hear the world, “Israel,” the first think I think of are the incredible beaches, incredible food, and amazing weather. And I dare say that those familiar with the country would have similar thoughts.

Luxury Tel Aviv Holiday
Luxury Tel Aviv HolidayAna Paula Hirama / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

There are three seas in Israel – the Dead Sea in the east, the Red Sea at Israel’s northern most point, and the Mediterranean Sea that runs along much of the country’s west. And although the Dead Sea and Eilat are on most tourist itineraries, it is the magnificent Mediterranean coastline that attracts most of the locals, tourists, and people looking for the better things in life.

As Jerusalem has no coastline, those seeking luxury by the sea in Israel usually start in Tel Aviv and work their way north. Although there are beautiful beaches south of Tel Aviv, the prestigious suburbs are located in Tel Aviv and north of Tel Aviv. And even among those seeking sea land apartments Israel, the choice is basically centered around Tel Aviv and its environs and Herzliya Pituach, approximately 15 minutes drive north of Tel Aviv. For those seeking a house in proximity to the sea, the choices are more extensive.

Although it is no secret that accommodation by the sea is highly sought after in every country in the world, it is only a reasonably recent phenomenon that has seen Israeli developers building luxury apartments across from the Mediterranean foreshore. That it has taken so long is even more surprising given Israelis’ love of the beach and beach culture. No doubt local council bureaucracy ad much to do with this. However, developers are now making up for lost time although, given Israel’s tiny land mass, there are only so many prime locations available for development.

For those seeking luxury houses by the sea, the prime addresses are (once again) Herzliya Pituach, Arsuf, Ceaseria, Shefer, Michmoret, and Beit Yanai. All these suburbs are between 15 and 45 minutes drive north of Tel Aviv and each are a haven for beach lovers and those who appreciate the better things in life. As is to be expected, property in these premium locations does not come cheap.

The time has finally come for those not familiar with Israel to do themselves a favor and familiarize themselves with a country of great history, beauty, friendly locals, and don’t forget the stunning beaches, , incredible food, and amazing weather.

 

Enjoying the Luxurious Beaches in Israel


I remember taking a course in property investment. In the first lecture the lecturer extolled the virtues of, “Location, location, location.” He then followed up with something that is both apparent and, I believe, true. He stated that if you take almost any individual up in a helicopter and ride around for five minutes they will unanimously be able to tell you which areas contain the expensive real estate. Not that the lecturer mentioned this, however without a doubt beachside suburbs figure high on the list of desirable locations. And Israel is no different.

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Luxurious Beaches in IsraelKenzoka / Beach Photos / CC BY-NC-SA

Israel is blessed with a magnificent coastline that runs along a substantial length of its eastern border. If you consider the Dead Sea and the Red Sea at Israel’s southern tip, this tiny country is blessed with a vast coastline that is conducive to its hot summers and mild winters.

Although Jerusalem is the official capital of Israel, there are many who will argue that the true capital is Tel Aviv. So, in a show of mutual respect – and given that there are no beaches in Jerusalem – we will start our beach crawl at Jerusalem Beach (Hof Yerushalayim) in Tel Aviv. This beach, across the road from the Abulafia bakery is one of Tel Aviv’s central beaches. It is not directly across the road from the five star hotels along Hayarkon Street so it is not too crowded but you still have the energy and vibe of Tel Aviv with the sparkling water and powder sand of the Mediterranean Sea that runs along Israel’s east.

It doesn’t take much to enjoy Jerusalem Beach, just pull up a towel or hire a sun lounge, grab some baked goods from across the road, order an ice coffee from the adjacent café and enjoy the view.  It really doesn’t get much better than this. Or does it?

A fifteen minute drive north from Tel Aviv and we arrive at prime Herzliya Pituach real estate. And why is it prime? Because it abuts some of the best beaches in Israel.

Herzliya, named after the founder of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl, is home to many wealthy individuals and diplomats. It is a cosmopolitan city that attracts people from all over the world and the main attraction is the vast expanses of sand and crystal clear waters.

Once again, in Herzliya, a beachfront café is never more than a short walk away. At one end of the Herzliya Beach is Apollonia Beach – a narrow stretch of beach that runs between the ancient ruins of Apollonia and the sea. Check out the dramatic cliffs and the Gaudi inspired cave house and be amazed.

A ten minute drive north of Tel Aviv is Hof Tayo – Tayo Beach. Located in the city of Bat Yam (translation: Mermaid), Tayo Beach is a relatively newly developed beach with a restaurant and coffee houses a short walk up the decking.

Bat Yam may not be a suburb held in the same esteem as Herzliya but Tayo Beach is second to none. Once again, vast expanses of clean sand and water just waiting to be enjoyed.

So there you have it, three superb beaches each along the same coastline but each with a different aura, a stone’s throw away each other. And we haven’t even touched the surface of what Israel’s  beaces and what they have to offer.

 
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