Israeli Dream of Owning Stand-alone Home Is Semi-detached From Reality

Owning a stand-alone home is becoming increasingly untenable as land reserves shrivel. The best solution for many is buying a garden apartment.

Detached homes are synonymous with quality of life. Apartments in the center of older cities were small and crowded, byproducts of the shortages and austerity that ushered in Israel's statehood. Detached houses were like the American dream: spacious homes with each child having his or her own bedroom, a yard with a dog and room for the children to run wild.