Sunday, December 7, 2008

A retirement center with ambiance

The good thing about having our main streets torn up in preparing the rails for the tram is that I walk more (by foot is now faster than by bus) and discover more of Jerusalem.
I never knew this graceful building was there, just across the street from the ruins of the old Schneller Compound.
Turns out that it is a retirement center.
Some 50% of the residents are Anglos, I just now read.
In case you want to sign up for an apartment there, see this review or the official website of Beit Tovei Ha'ir. I don't even want to think what it must cost every month.
The six-storey complex has 220 units in various sizes. Each apartment has a balcony. Great views of Jerusalem all around.
Don't you love arches? They add a softening touch to a city built all in Jerusalem stone.

16 comments:

Leora said...

This looks like one of the places my aunt lived in for a while in Jerusalem. She now lives in a similar place north of Haifa, closer to my cousins.

I remember talking to her on the phone once, when the suicide bombers were having a field day in Jerusalem. She was just concerned about the breeze of the trees was causing her severe allergy problems.

The arches of the building are nice, making the building more welcoming than if it were a mere rectangle of punched concrete.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely building and I, too, love the arches. Looks like a great place to live, but I'm afraid it would be quite out of reach on my retirement allowance. Thanks for the lovely photos. I have so enjoyed getting to see so much of Jerusalem through your eyes.

Kay said...

This is very pretty. I wonder if the prices are as sky high as those in Hawaii.

bennie and patsy said...

We have looked here but cost is so hight must be all C E O'S.
The arches do add a lot.
Patsy

Leora said...

I guess "punched concrete" is just a term I would call slabs of buildings that are put up to house as many people as possible. I see some of that in New Brunswick. I've seen some it in Israel, but prettier concrete buildings like the one you photographed are more my memory. I remember nice concrete buildings in Modi'in, for example.

Dick said...

That is a very nice designed building, I like the arches.

Reader Wil said...

It certainly is a beautiful and modern building. Good to stay there.

Dina said...

Hi Leora, I can understand your aunt. Sometimes nose problems can be worse than an intifada.
Thanks for the nice "punched concrete," it's new to me.

Thanks, all you nice commenting friends. Yeah, it would be nice to have money for a soft retirement at Tovei Ha'ir. Oh well...

Catherine said...

I prefer not thinking about retirement! What will be the price at my time! I understand why many people hope to stay at their home as long as possible. As beautiful is the building, it can't replace our own home.

mommanator said...

WHat a nfty senior apartment complex- splendid simplicity!

Cloudia said...

Walking is so wonderful. I see new things everyday. Thanks to YOU, we get to stroll through Jeruslam too. . . . nice . . .Aloha-

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i would much prefer a retirement home with in-house care than having my children carry teh burden of looking after me in my old age. sadly, most aged greeks are being looked after by their own kin, so that they dont end up having a life of their own. what a vicious circle. i woulndt care how much it cost, as this is one reason why we save money. we dont have many retirement homes in hania, but i wonder whether more will spring up in the future

Pietro said...

Dina, I prefer not to think to retirement. It's so sad. Unfortunately the end of life can be really gloomy for some people. The building is well designed, I like the arches too.

USelaine said...

Interesting to hear Kiwi's thoughts about family and retirement. They are in line with the usual thinking in the US, but other cultures see the family connections as a benefit that keeps the generations connected instead of lonely and isolated.

I like the idea of the arches at the corners too.

kjpweb said...

Beautiful building!
Cheers, Klaus

Sara said...

Thank you Dina for your comment in my blog.I belive that this Eid is for all humans and not just for Muslims.So Eid mubarak to you,too ;)