When Rehavia was built, the neighborhood association allowed commercial businesses on the two main roads only. The roads open to traffic were deliberately built narrow to keep them less busy and thus quieter. The main, tree-lined boulevard which cuts through the neighborhood was restricted for pedestrian use. The subrurban feel has endured throughout the years and the area never ceases to interest both tourists and natives alike. Rehavia was one of the first neighborhoods built under the British Mandate. Some of Rehavia's major landmarks include the headquarters of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Gymnasia Ha'ivrit High School, the windmill on Ramban Street, the Terra Sancta building on the corner of Paris Square, the Prime Minister's Residence, the Jerusalem YMCA, the King David Hotel, the Ratisbonne Monastery and the U.S. Consulate-General on Agron Street. Many of Rehavia's streets are named after Jewish scholars and poets from the Golden Age of Jewish culture in Spain. Among them are Abarbanel, Ben Maimon, Ibn Ezra and Ramban. Other streets are named for Zionist leaders, inlcuding Menachem Ussishkin and Ze'ev Jabotinsky
Walk around the neighborhood of Rehavia for just a couple minutes and you are bound to notice the magnificent architecture and the vast sense of history the buildings convey. Located north of the neighborhoods of Talbieh and Old Katamon and bordering Shaare Hesed, Rehavia has always been regarded as a prestigious neighborhood, home to Jerusalem's elite. It is an upscale, English-friendly district, complete with bakeries, coffee shops, drug stores, delicatessens, grocery markets as well as numerous quaint boutiques and shops. The Rehavia neighborhood is located just minutes away from The Great Synagogue and Jerusalem's downtown district and is in walking distance of the Old City of Jerusalem. Stay in Rehavia and enjoy the comfort of a small city in Israel's largest.