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Tel Aviv

What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

There are two main areas, and a few minor outlying areas, where the bulk of U.S. diplomats reside. If you're downtown, you're between a 5 and 35-minute walk from the Embassy. If you live in Herziliya, the commute time can run north of 30 minutes by car - quite a difference. Housing tends to run on the smaller size for apartments, but still mammoth in big-city terms (i.e. NYC or DC). One common complaint is storage - it's just not very common to have closets (who needs a coat in Tel Aviv?). Bedrooms can be pretty small. One of the housing pool's main buildings is right on the beach and a five-minute walk from work - this building is a bit older, but you can't beat the location. The other main property is a bit further (15 minutes from work), but more modern and sleek. Most properties downtown are apartments. Most people who live in Herziliya are in good-sized houses. - Aug 19, 2017
I have a nice downtown two bedroom apartment. Embassy housing is typically a two bedroom downtown apartment for singles and couples without kids and then single family homes about 9-10 miles away in Herziliya or Kfar Shmaryahu for families with school-age kids. Living in the suburbs means a decent commute for the kids, but can leave the parents with a 45 minute- to an hour or more commute during rush hour depending on traffic. In general the housing is quite good especially based on my experience with previous tours. Apartments downtown are small relatively speaking, but compared to locals the Embassy units are uniformly considered very posh by local standards as they typically are in the nicest areas and buildings. - Oct 24, 2016
Almost everyone that I know is either in Herzliya (suburbs) or in Tel Aviv near the beach. However, we ended up more in the center of the city and couldn't have been happier. The apartments in Tel Aviv all vary by size and the view one gets. Some are on high up and have the ocean in front of them some are low and can see another building in front of them. In Tel Aviv one can walk everywhere as it is quite small and easy to get around, if you end up living on the beach your commute to work will be 5 minutes. - Jul 25, 2016
Get ready for life in suburban Herzliya (and other nearby towns) if you have a family and want a house. Tel Aviv real estate prices are rocketing and the Embassy can no longer afford anything but small, but nice downtown apartments that only couples and singles can endure. Rush hour traffic is awful. Expect a 45-minute to 1-hour drive (or more) between the suburbs and Embassy. - Apr 12, 2016
Depends on what one includes as Tel Aviv. The city itself is small and housing is also small; the outer rings of the metropolitan area contain many typical sleepy neighbourhoods with more spacious accommodation, but the commute time is also longer. - Mar 23, 2016
Singles, couples, and (to a lesser extent) families without school-age children are housed in Tel Aviv or Ramat Aviv (next to Tel Aviv). Commute time differs - some folks can walk but some are far enough to drive. There is also a great shuttle as long as you are able to be fairly routine in your arrival/departure to work - so 10 to 30 minutes. Almost all families with school-age children are housed in Herzliya - Pituach (on the west side of the 2 closer to the beach) or Bet (the east side of the 2). Houses seem to be equally nice(-ish) or not on both sides of the highway. You should disabuse yourself of the notion that you will have a house on the beach. You may score a house 5 or 10 minutes from it if you request it and are lucky. If you are a die hard beach person, go for it. Houses in Herzliya are mostly single family, some are spacious apartment/townhome setups. - Nov 18, 2014
The homes are small --- think Tokyo small. The homes in the suburbs for families are larger, and many have nice yards. - Apr 10, 2013
It's apartment living for most, some houses. Infrastructure is poor for the most part. Apartments are small no closets, European-size appliances. Repair technicians skill level is moderate to low, usually simple repairs require many trips and visits before the issue is adequately resolved. Embassy families commute about an hour, they are looking at moving further out due to high housing costs. - Aug 14, 2010
Apartments in Tel Aviv - about a 20-minute walk from the embassy. Bigger apts in Ramat-Aviv and anywhere from a 20 to 45-minute drive depending on traffic. Houses in Herzliya Pituach to the north - about a 30 to 60-minute drive. - Jul 26, 2010
Embassy housing can vary. The closer you are to the embassy, the smaller your housing. Some places do not have closets (literally, no closets). In Tel Aviv, all housing is between 5-25 minutes walking, many colleagues ride bikes to work or walk. Ramat Aviv in far northern Tel Aviv is about 5 miles from the embassy, most people drive from there. If coming from Herzlia, there is an embassy shuttle, or about a 15-20 minute commute by car (without traffic). - Feb 27, 2009
Houses in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv are very nice and have yards. The commute is probably 20-25 minutes in the morning. - Sep 19, 2008
Housing is very nice. - Jul 2, 2008