Afridar is the historic center of Anglo Ashkelon. It was settled by South African olim in the 1950s and is today one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood is ringed by Sderot Drom Africa ("South Africa Boulevard") and features the Central Afridar Synagogue, the largest and oldest Ashkenazi shul in the city and the Desha HaGadol ("The Big Lawn") which is Ashkelon's "Central Park".
Construction in the area is overwhelmingly detached and semi-detached single-family homes ("villas") many of which have been extensively renovated if not completely rebuilt. Prices vary considerably depending upon size and condition, though most properties will go for between two and three million shekels.
The villas surrounding Park Baltimore are newer and sell for between three and four million shekels, roughly speaking. There are a few older buildings housing residential flats, built mostly in the 1960s and 70s, and which lack elevators, safe rooms and balconies. Nonetheless, due to their prime location, these three and four-room units start at NIS 800,000.
The commercial district on and around Tsfanya includes Bank HaPoalim, Shufersal supermarket, Domino's Pizza, several cafes and informal eateries, a 24-hour convenience store, Pub HaNasi. Mai Way Sushi, Space gym and health club, and Bank Leumi.
Afridar is served by bus lines two, four and five providing access to just about anyplace in the city. In addition, there is a taxi stand by the clock tower next to Pub HaNasi.