The European side of Istanbul is a clear favourite amongst foreign buyers, who are looking for a home or an investment property, in one of the areas up and coming districts. Surrounded by history but near to excellent transport links and facilities offering a quality of life through state-of-the-art residences feature rich local amenities. Key districts include Sultan Ahmet, Taksim, Besiktas and Ortakoy where the infrastructure has been modernized and new homes built.
A key area is the Basin Ekspress – located between Ataturk Airport and the Mall of Istanbul – where many of Istanbul’s 5 star hotels are located. This area has received a lot of investment from the government and supports a thriving business district with many new residential projects featuring the latest high-spec properties.
The central Istanbul area covers a number of districts including Istanbul Central , Taksim , Sisli , Maslak , Levent , Nisantasi , Etiler , Istinye , Ortakoy , Eyup, Gaziosmanpasa , The Golden Horn (halic ), Besiktas and Sultan Ahmet. Investors can choose from a variety of new build , resale and city renovation Istanbul properties, with some excellent opportunities on offer.
Istanbul now has 3 airports with the newest one – Istanbul International Airport – located on the European side in the Arnavutköy district – and is recognized as being the world’s largest airport. When it is fully completed in 2028 it will have the capacity to handle 150 million passengers, 6 runways, parking for 70,000 cars and even a state palace. The new airport will be connected to several lines of the Metro and also have a direct link with the Marmaray rail line. Istanbul has 2 other International airports – Istanbul Ataturk airport also on the European side of the city – and Sabiha Gökçen airport situated on Istanbul’s Asian side.
Istanbul’s Most Sought After European Side Districts
Bakırköy is a neighborhood, municipality and district on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey and just a 21 minute drive from the historic old quarter of Sultan Ahmet. Bakırköy has a residential character and is inhabited by an upper middle class population.
Istanbul Ataturk airport is just a a short drive away whilst the nearby award winning Ataturk Marina has a capacity to berth over 1000 boats, and has become something of a hub for yacht tourism.
The coastline of Bakırköy offers up a range of superb restaurants and cafes with fresh seafood and spectacular sea views, whilst a frequent ferry boat service can take you over the Istanbul’s Asian side or perhaps the laid back Princes Islands
Other sought after neighbor hoods in the Bakırköy district include Yeşilköy, a popular sea resort in the 1970s and now an affluent residential area with a marina and sandy beaches. Yeşilköy has its own station on the main suburban railway line and is near to shops and restaurants.
Located on Istanbul’s European side, Beylikdüzü’s history stretches back to the second century AD where it started life as a Greek farming community. Today, it is home to a mosaic of cultures from around the world with excellent transport links. There is plenty to do in Beylikdüzü from relaxing at the seaside to taking a stroll through the botanical park or visiting the Marmarapark Shopping Mall – one of Turkey’s largest shopping and entertainment centres.
Sariyer – The District That Has Everything
Sariyer resides on the northern most tip of the European side, right where the bhosphorus meets the Black Sea and has many fine fish restaurants, an old fortress, sandy beaches, a forest and some small lakes. Sariyer is near to some of Istanbul’s futuristic shopping malls and is connected by bus, metro and cable car.
Bahcesehir – Istanbul’s Green Area
If there is one area you should look at for Istanbul real estate then make sure it is Bahcesehir!
Bahcesehir is located in the heart of Istanbul and is known as “the garden city” for its many green areas. And it is also home to some of Istanbul’s most luxurious residential apartments, featuring 5 star hotel type facilities and near to shopping malls including the Akbati shopping centre and Park Prestige Mall.
There are many restaurants and cafes too plus entertainment complexes, with updated transportation links including bus, motorway and metro into Istanbul central. Bahcesehir is highly popular with city workers who are drawn by the areas quality lifestyle, creating a high demand for rentals.
Bahcesehir real estate is much sought after by investors, attracted by modern properties at relatively cheap prices: new build 2 bed apartments start at just Euro 68,000 with key variables being location, size and on-site facilities.
Esenyurt – A Student hub
Esenyurt has its own university – the Istanbul Essenyurt university – and is also very near to 5 other universities and thus a very popular area for students. It is also only around a 40 minute drive away from Ataturk airport and has all the facilities needed for quality city living including three large shopping centers and four parks.
Esenyurt real estate in European Istanbul includes off-plan apartments with on-site facilities such as heated indoor pools, landscaped grounds and secure underground parking.
There are also some excellent Esenyurt investment apartments, which will be right by the Metro station, planned for early 2019.