The orientation of your home can have a big impact on how much natural light it receives as well as how much the sun will impact the natural temperatures of your property (for more on this, see below). 

While the orientation refers to the property as a whole, the aspects that it has refers to the directions of openings such as windows, balconies and doors that the property opens out to.

Our aspect viewer (that you can see on our detailed property listing pages) shows you which directions the property has aspects to.

Aspects Explained

This explanation of the aspects has been written from a northern hemisphere perspective. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, then this is all back to front!

The explanations of the aspects assume that there aren’t any obstacles to your receiving sunlight - obviously if there’s a building in the way of your southern exposure, it’s not going to let light into your property.

South - A south facing aspect will maximise the opportunity for daylight as the sun travels in it’s arc across the sky from east to west. All things being equal, you should in theory be receiving sunlight throughout the day. South facing windows can be advantageous in the winter as they will help heat up your home, but in the summer, you may want to make sure that you have blinds/shades setup so that this doesn’t overheat your home. Southern facing balconies or gardens should get the most daylight (without any other factors being taken into account)

South East - Asouth east aspect will make the most of sunrise, but after mid-day will receive less direct sunlight.

South West - Asouth east aspect will make the most the afternoon light, but before mid-day will receive less direct sunlight.

East - An eastern aspect will receive sunlight in the morning, but be restricted in the afternoon as the sun traverses the sky into the western hemisphere.

West - A western aspect will receive sunlight in the afternoon, but be restricted in the morning as the sun rises in the east.

North, North East & North West - Generally, in the northern hemisphere, a northern aspect can be problematic in terms of daylight for the reasons that we have discussed earlier in this article relating to the path of the sun in the sky. However, given the amount of daylight received in Israel, together with the heat that can be generated by the sun for most of the year - it can be cloudless from April to around December - a northern facing aspect may be a good thing as this will mean that your home is less likely to get overheated due to warming effects from the sun during these months.   

Sunlight in Jerusalem

Israel is based in the northern hemisphere, which sees the sun move across the sky from the south travelling from east to west. As you can see from the table below, you can expect quite a lot of sun during the day - during the summer months, there’s often barely a cloud in the sky - definitely a huge perk if you’re from somewhere like London where the average cloud cover is closer to 75%!

Average Sun Hours per day

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12 hours

Earliest Sunrise

05:39

Latest Sunrise

06:50

Earliest Sunset

16:31

Latest Sunset

19:29

Average Cloud Cover

36%

Data from suncurves.com

Other factors to consider

Height of the windows - in the summer, the sun will be higher in the sky compared to the winter, where the angle of daylight will be much lower. The layout of your windows can therefore have a big impact on how your property receives light during the year - for more info on this see https://greenpassivesolar.com/passive-solar/building-characteristics/orientation-south-facing-windows/

Views - The aspects of your property impact how much natural light that it will receive, but that’s not the only consideration that you should have. There are some spectacular views to be had in Jerusalem, particularly due to its hilly nature - very often there are properties that look out over a valley or the Old City where the aspect may not be ideal but the view more than makes up for it - don’t write a property off without checking to see if you’re going to miss out on something spectacular!

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