area slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of the city center,
was established soon after the Six Day War in 1968, on what was
once a battlefield between Israel and Jordan.
Ramat Eshkol is located in northern Jerusalem bordering the
communities of Maalot Dafana to the South, Sanhedria
to the West, and French Hill to the East. The convenient location allows for easy access to the
Mount Scopus campus of Hebrew University, the Old City and Downtown.
The neighborhood - as well Sderot Levi Eshkol, (Eshkol Boulevard), the main thoroughfare of the neighborhood - was named for Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who led the country during the Six Day War. The government planned the area in order to create a link between West Jerusalem and Mount Scopus; from the Shmuel HaNavi neighborhood to French Hill and then on to The Hebrew
University in Mount Scopus campus.
Several parks in Ramat Eshkol stand as a testament to its history. After the Six-Day War, Ammunition Hill was restored and turned into
a park welcoming visitors from near and far. Gan HaHamishah Asar (Park of the Fifteen) was built to commemorate fifteen soldiers that were killed in a single day of fighting during the War of Attrition in 1969. Yet another park in the area is dedicated to a Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, for his selfless acts in saving Jews during World War II.
The first residents who arrived in 1970, before roads were built or bus service established, would hardly recognize Ramat Eshkol today. Its original inhabitants were mostly secular Jews while today it is one of Jerusalem's most sought after locations for young Orthodox families with a large contingency of Anglos.
Ramat Eshkol is one of the major stops along the Jerusalem light rail system servicing commuters throughout Jerusalem with a free of charge "park and ride" parking lot. At the center of the neighborhood is a well established shopping area that serves not only the immediate community but enjoys customers from all over with easy access whether by bus, car, or light rail and a variety of stores with plenty of adjacent parking.
Ramat Eshkol residents enjoy easy access in or out of the city, walking distance to several other Jerusalem commuinties Sanhedria Meuhevet, Romema, Maalot Dafna and even Mamilla nd the Old City for the enthusiastic walkers.
Most of the buildings in the area are of newer construction and all types of housing are available from small 1 bedroom apartments to spacious villas with private gardens in the Givat Hamivtar section and the exclusive street of Ramat HaGolan, where most of the houses were privately built.
Due to high demand for residential real estate in the neighborhood, property prices in Ramat Eshkol are among the highest in Jerusalem. Based on the Madlan Index, the average prices as of April 2022 per square meter in the neighborhood are between 25,000 NIS on the lower end and up wards of 30,000 on the higher end. Rentals in the area can be found between 5,000 NIS for a small apartmet and 10,000 NIS or higher per month for 3 to 4 room apartments.
There are many investors who express interest in investment properties in Ramat Eshkol. With new apartments becoming available through TAMA projects. They clearly believe in the neighborhood's potential: over the past year or two there have been more and more TAMA 38 Urban Renewal projects popping up in the area - reflecting a high level of trust placed by developers in the neighborhood's strength.
Ramat Eshkol of today can be described as "Anglo Yeshivish" in flavor. Many young couples call Ramat Eshkol their home while spending a few years learning here in Israel. Mixed in you will find many Anglo families, Israeli families and some more established long term residents of the area, making Ramat Eshkol a very vibrant, exciting neighborhood to live short or long term.