Kochav Yaakov, located just 10 minutes northeast of Pisgat Zev in Jerusalem was established in the summer of 1984 by a group of religious Zionist families who organized to establish a new community. The beginning years were challenging but by 1990 the first 52 homes were built. Over the years after several expansion projects, Kochav Yaakov today is home to over 550 families and growing. Adjacent to Kochav Yaakov is the chareidi or “ulta-orthodox” community of Tel Tzion which was established in the year 2000 and now is home to over 1000 families.
City living is not for everyone, for those looking for a more suburban lifestyle there are many options. Settlements or yeshuvim are small communities that offer that “hometown” feeling of yesteryear many of us strive for when raising our families. These communities are often located within close proximately to cities allowing people the conveniences of the city while enjoying to the quiet community life they desire for their families. These days, “moving out” has become quite a popular trend.
The construction of several new housing projects in Kochav Yaakov are well underway and the demand is growing. The following are some of the reasons Kochav Yaakov has become such a desirable place to call home.
The decision to purchase a home on a yeshuv can prove to be a financial sound choice, since you can purchase a home for a substantially lower price than you could within the city limits. In Kochav Yaakov, a large villa of 6 – 7 rooms with a yard can be purchased for approximately 2,000,000 nis., about the price of a small apartment in Jerusalem. Homes range in size from 100 sqm one floor units, to 300 + sqm private homes. Some of the properties have added rental units on as “in-law” quarters, or as a source of income.
Kochav Yaakov is a “melting pot” of many backgrounds and cultures. Walking through the streets you may hear French, English, Amharic, Russian, and Spanish mingled together with language that brings the community together, Hebrew.
Kochav Yaakov has a multiple schooling options including daycare, pre-schools, and elementary schools (separate for boys and girls) as well as middle school and “ulpana” high school for girls. In fact girls from many regions of the country travel to the Tzvia Girls’ Ulapana in Kochav Yaakov. For residents looking for a more “charedi” school selection the neighboring Tel Tzion offers “chaider” for boys and a Bet Yaakov school for girls. With Jerusalem in such close proximity, there are families that opt to bus their children to the many choices available in the city while still enjoying the slower paced home life of a yeshuv.
Most yeshuvim are geared towards family life with a central focus being the children of the community. The yeshuv boasts several synagogues to meet the needs of the many cultural backgrounds that make up the community. There are parks throughout the neighborhood, extracurricular clubs available for both children and adults, opportunities for Torah learning and personal growth, health clinics and 2 local food markets make shopping convenient.
Kochav Yaakov is home to an events hall “Pinat HaKochav”, a Yemenite Cultural Center, as well as a number of ever expanding list of homegrown industries.
Less than five minutes down the road is the industrial area of Shaar Binyamin with additional shopping and services including a large supermarket, bakery, clothing, furniture and shoe stores and much more.
So if you are looking for a community, close to Jerusalem with great amenities and schooling options, where housing prices are still reasonable, a community that has been able to retain that “hometown” feeling, why not put Kochav Yaakov at the top of your list?