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Neighborhood watch: Still in demand

Talbiyeh is one of the capital’s most expensive neighborhoods, but it is sought after among wealthy foreign buyers.

The Belgian Consulate building once belonged to Constantine Salameh.
Photo by: Wikimedia Commons
Many consider Talbiyeh the most high-end neighborhood in Jerusalem. Of course, the “golden triangle” of neighborhoods around the King David Hotel – Mamilla, David’s Village and the King David Street area – may be more expensive, but on average Talbiyeh is probably one of the two or three most expensive areas in the capital.

Like most of the older high-end neighborhoods in Jerusalem, this one was built in the early 20th century for the benefit of affluent Old City residents who wanted to live in homes more spacious than the cramped accommodations in their own walled neighborhood. Talbiyeh was built specifically as a residential area for wealthy Christian Arabs.

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