Living in Jerusalem is not cheap. From a real estate perspective, it is considered one of the most expensive cities in the country, particularly for those who prefer a suburban style of living. Single-family homes or even semidetached dwellings are prohibitively expensive, and they are also pricey in the suburban areas to the west of the city, such as Mevaseret Zion and Tzur Hadassah.

Not so in the settlements beyond the Green Line, in the West Bank. Among the “consensus” areas – which are expected to remain under Israeli sovereignty in any peace agreement and include Gush Etzion and Ariel – are the twin settlements of Kochav Ya’acov and Tel Zion, with a combined population of over 6,000.

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