Moving north to the Galilee was our dream but now it's becoming a reality. Here's my story so far ...
For many years, we've been taking short breaks in the Galilee. It's great to take time out from the hustle and bustle in the center of the country and come back feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a few days in the north.
On one of our trips, we were fantasizing about what it would be like moving north and making our home in the Galilee. Call it middle-age crisis if you will, but after our daughters had left home and our son went into the army, we were looking for a lifestyle change!
I started to search the web for real estate in the Galilee. Today, you can find a lot of information from the Galilee Development Authority about moving north, although some of it is still only in Hebrew.
We heard of some projects in the Karmiel area where you could buy a plot of land and build a house on it, so we booked a zimmer (B&B) at Mul Nof Harim (Mountain View) log cabins in Kfar Hananya, so we could check out the area.
We fell in love with the view from the zimmer, and since then our dream was to build a house there. But, it seems that building your own house in Israel is a long and complicated process and there are no end of traps you can fall into with the builders.
Still, we finally moved into our new house at the beginning of 2013. We love the area and aren't sorry about moving north! We even have our own self-contained apartment which we rent out for short rentals, so if you're interested in checking out the area, this maybe a good option for you! Click here for more details and photos.
Should you follow our example and build your dream house in the Galilee? I would say only if you have plenty of money and nerves of steel!
But ... I don't mean to sound negative - I would definitely recommend living in the north of Israel. Today, there are plenty of projects that are being built and the prices are still very much cheaper than in the big cities. If you are a first-time buyer, you can also benefit from government price subsidies.
While we are taking care of the business of trying to build a house, we moved to Karmiel and I must say that it was far above our expectations. The town is clean and well looked-after. There are nice parks and beautiful views of the mountains almost everywhere you go. I can highly recommend it as a place to live.
The only problem may be finding new employment - but I think the secret is to be flexible. If you're considering this as an option, I've written a guide to job hunting in the Galilee to give you some ideas.
If you want to move north or have recently made the move, I would be happy to hear any questions or comments you may have. Click here to contact me.
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