Elahieh (also spelt Elahiyeh) is a posh district in northern Tehran. The area is a residential and commercial locale and is filled with the homes and businesses of many politicians, diplomats, expatriates. Prior to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Elahiyeh was home to a large community of Persian Jews, senators, ministers during the time of shah, members of royal circle, as well as famous scientists, artists, and writers. Many of them fled to United States, namely New York City, Los Angeles, South Florida and Israel when quotas on minority land ownership were issued during the administration of Ayatollah Khomeini.. Many of members of todays high ranking clergy members have been investing since 1990 on developing this area by building highly expensive and lavish high rises that have been replacing old beautiful gardens of this area. In the book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ Hooman Majd says that Elahieh is one of Tehran's "most fashionable districts" in Tehran, since this area included big gardens and mansions with eye catching architecture designs. It was perhaps the greenest part of northern Tehran as it was in lowest part of mountain receiving most of mountain waters. The highest part of Elahieh had the most beautiful and scenic garden view in northern Tehran.