An historic neighborhood of south central Jerusalem is experiencing enormous popularity at present. New schools have opened there as well as religious schools where a more desireable education is offered. Prime Minister Netanyahu made a public statement yesterday as to the decline in education standards, the religious schools offer a highly desired alternative.
The Old Katamon neighborhood was established before World War I as an affluent neighborhood for Christian Arabs who built mansions there. Building activity and developed continued as the city spread southward and was captured in fighting in 1948 and became part of the central municipality of Jerusalem after Israel was declared a state in 1948.
A highly desireable neighborhood now due to its close proximity to the trendy area of Emek Refaim and the city center; real estate in Katamon has soared with new building projects of Katamon Heights and near the ben zakai roundabout another large luxury project is under construction.