A Palestinian family was so impressed with the apartment they decided to buy it for $600,000, and then they got to work on it.
The family moved into a $1.5 million apartment in the affluent Givat Shaul neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem on July 31.
The building, built in 2005, had a rooftop garden and a balcony overlooking the city.
It had been empty since the last occupants moved in six years earlier.
The next day, the family, which included their young son, told Haaretz that they were not going to take their eyes off the apartment, which was on the first floor.
The son, a university student at Hebrew University, said they were in awe of the apartment and their dream of owning it.
They thought they were making a purchase, they said, and that the building was “a masterpiece.”
They had not paid for the first apartment, they explained.
They were surprised to find that the first two floors of the building, in a building that was built on top of a hill and that was adjacent to a cemetery, had already sold for $1,400,000.
The building was in the same neighborhood as the home of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
“I have never seen a building of this kind.
I was not expecting such a price,” said Elad Shukri, the son, who has lived in the building since he was a teenager.
When the family returned to the building the next day to check on the state of the renovation, the new owner said, “The only thing you have to do is put your money down.”
The family has since sold the apartment for $5,200.
They are still in negotiations with the new owners.