Lebanon: For Rent

From the golden sands of its Mediterranean shore to the olive groves and pine trees of its eastern hills, the most characteristic feature of Beirut's skyline is the apartment house. Row upon row of multistoried slabs stand in brightly colored ranks, graced by rooftop gardens, sunken black marble bathtubs with solid gold taps, and airy, glass-walled rooms that look out on full-sailed dhows plying the routes once used by Phoenician triremes. Only trouble is that thousands of the apartments are empty.

Concrete Assets. Monthly rents range from $150 (for one room) to $1,000...

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