Residents of high-priced Hayarkon Street, directly opposite the Tel Aviv beach, will soon have to get used to having American TV celebrities as new neighbors. Sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are jointly purchasing property at 96 Hayarkon, one of the most exclusive addresses in all of Israel, according to a property manager.
Oved Zangi, sales manager for 96 Hayarkon, confirmed for The Times of Israel that the Kardashians, represented by the broker Tomer Fridman of Sotheby’s International Realty, are scheduled to arrive in Israel in about a month to sign off on the deal.
The Kardashians, who own properties around the world, are reportedly planning to drop NIS 120 million ($30 million) on a fourth-floor apartment plus a 1,100 square meter (11,840 square feet) penthouse. The sisters apparently plan to combine the two flats according to Globes, which first reported on the purchase.
It seems the reality TV stars, already owners of homes in Beverly Hills, Manhattan and Paris, have long wanted to acquire a place in Israel to rest their heads and leave some of their expensive designer clothes. The plan is apparently for the sisters to share the apartment, taking turns staying in it on Holy Land holidays with their families.
Kourtney Kardashian’s long-time boyfriend and father of her three children, Scott Disick, is Jewish and has reportedly become interested lately in strengthening his relationship with Judaism and Israel. Disick, who stars with his in-laws on the reality TV show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” may have tried to express this interest by posting a surprising Instagram image of himself as a Jewish Superman back in 2013. However, these days he is getting more attention for trying to curb his addictions and keep his relationship with Kourtney intact.
96 Hayarkon is an iconic building, an example of historical Bauhaus design combined with ultra-modern architecture. Architect Pinchas Bijonski constructed the original portion of the property in 1935. The building’s new incarnation, opened in 2012, combines the renovated original structure with a modern 9-floor tower. Shlomo Grofman (former head of Africa-Israel) and former Israeli ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval were the developers.
The locals may not be interested in keeping up with the Kardashians but it looks like they will have to at least put up with them. Besides, Kim Kardashian’s spending some actual time in Israel with hubby Kanye West and daughter North could be a good thing.
They’ll probably mostly hang out in the star-studded Tel Aviv “bubble,” but at least Kim, known more for her booty than her brain, may learn enough about Israel, Palestine and the Middle East to prevent her from sending out any more ill-informed tweets.