When it comes to immigration, there are always a great deals of issues, especially immigration to Turkey. All the minor details to the biggest and most obvious issues requires attention and none of them should be missed. Immigration is a serious matter, and the slightest mistake can be detriment to you and waste all your efforts. Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Turkey, with a large number of districts and, of course, one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. One of the most important issues when immigrating to live in a foreign country is choosing the right neighborhood. The question now is, what are the best districts in Istanbul?
In the article in “Istanbul Hamrah”, we aim to introduce some of the best, most beautiful and most stylish neighborhoods of Istanbul. The city of Istanbul is a large and complex metropolis, its population is really large, and any type of people of any nationality and race can be found in it. Knowing the best districts of Istanbul makes it easy for us to choose where to live, work or travel. Then join us to ride around the city!
Living advantages in Istanbul
First of all, Istanbul was once the capital of the country, which means that Istanbul is really rich in culture and history. Istanbul is a city of magnificent mosques and palaces, and this factor is the main reason for attracting tourists and immigrants. Most significantly, the cost of living in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, is really low. There are many job opportunities in the city and in general, it is an ideal place for economic development. In the following, join us by introducing the best districts of Istanbul.
Are the Asian districts of Istanbul better or European ones?
One of the significant questions that has always been asked to buy a house in Istanbul is which side of this big city is better and more appropriate? Are the best districts in Istanbul in the Asian or European part? To answer this question, we must first refer to yourself. The most important issue in this regard is your goals and needs; do you want to invest, or do you want to live? Are you planning to become a Turkish citizen and a permanent resident, or will you only be living in the country for a few months of the year?
In general, it is not possible to give a clear and precise answer to this question. Comparing the Asian and European parts of Istanbul, it must be said that each has its own advantages and disadvantages. But the only point to pay special attention to is to find a property at a real price. Property prices in the city of Istanbul may decrease or increase at certain times. Sometimes you can even be overwhelmed by real estate profits at a price higher than the real value; therefore, it is necessary to spend time to gather information, and to seek help from experienced consultants.
Introducing Beşiktaş district in Istanbul
Beşiktaş is one of the most expensive and luxurious districts in Istanbul, moreover, its population is small which is about 200,000 people. Beşiktaş is one of the neighborhoods we see in Turkish series; narrow and pleasant alleys, with historic and small houses that attract every viewer. There are various historical monuments in the district; Ortaköy and Bebek districts are full of Ottoman relics, which is why many tourists consider it as one of the best districts in Istanbul.
The district is also one of the largest commercial centers in Istanbul. The largest international brands and companies have established offices in the region. Those who want to work permit in Turkey may need to start from here to find a job. Apart from shopping malls, it is not bad to know that five of the biggest shopping malls in Istanbul are also located in the district.
As we mentioned, the district is highly expensive and it may be a little difficult to find property in it, but it is not impossible anyway. The price of renting a house in this area varies between 3,000 and 5,000 lira. To buy a house, you have to spend about 500 thousand to 30 million liras.
Introducing Ataköy district in Istanbul
The Atakoy district is originally one of the Bakirkoy neighborhoods. It is very secluded and its population is only about 50,000 people; therefore, it can be said that it is one of the quietest districts in Istanbul. It is one of the central areas of Istanbul, so the quality of life and amenities in it is really ideal and is one of the best districts in Istanbul. It had better to know that the district is growing and developing day by day, and as a result, property prices are also rising.
Istanbul University of Arts and Culture is located in the Atakoy district, which will definitely be a priority for those who want to study and stay in Turkey. Apart from the university, there are also elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and, of course, the best kindergartens in Istanbul.
The district is generally suitable for the upper middle class, because as we mentioned, the purchase price of property in the district is a bit high. The average cost of renting a house in the district is about 3 to 8 thousand liras. If you are planning to buy, you should know that you will need about 1 to 8 million budget.
Introducing Sariyer district in Istanbul
Another forested district of Istanbul, which of course has a relatively large population (about 400 thousand people), is Sariyer. This district is a combination of beach and forest, moreover, the most famous forest park in Istanbul, Emirgan Park is also located in it. Although the population of the district is large and people of all walks of life live in this large neighborhood, but it is still one of the quietest districts in Istanbul. In the district you can find multi-million dollar villas next to ordinary and medium-sized houses. The “Zekeriyakoy” area, which is located in it, is very popular.
Apart from the above-mentioned issues, Sariyer is also one of the best districts in Istanbul for investing in the country. Those who want to get a residence in Turkey through investment, it is recommended to investigate living conditions in the district, because the center of the Turkish Stock Exchange is located in this place.
The average rent for a house in the district is around 1,500 to 35,000 lira. In addition, the purchase price of the property will vary from 300 thousand to 15 million liras. But be careful, as we mentioned, people of all walks of life live in the neighborhood. Inexpensive areas are often not a proper district to live in, and there are few amenities.
Introducing Beykoz district in Istanbul
Directly opposite Sariyer district, Bikoz is located in the Asian part. Beykoz district has one of the longest coastlines and includes both the Black Sea and the shores of the Bogazici Koprusu Straits. It is one of the largest districts in Istanbul and most of its area is covered with forests. Its population is about 250,000 people.
Beykoz is one of the best districts in Istanbul, and of course it is far from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it is very quiet and pleasant. The urban is mostly old and historical, and it is the same as the series pleasant neighborhoods. The famous and popular Kanlıca Beach and polonezköy Forest Park are located in the district and are one of the main destinations for Turks for weekends.
Introducing Gaziosmanpaşa district in Istanbul
It is located in the European part of Istanbul. It is perhaps the smallest among the neighborhoods of Istanbul; however, its population is really large and about 500 thousand people. The area is almost one of the central areas of Istanbul and the transportation conditions are acceptable. To the north there is a highway, inside the neighborhood there are municipal buses and of course a tram line.
It is one of the best districts in Istanbul to live in; since the condition of the amenities in it is excellent as well as the purchase price of the property which is reasonable and fair. In each section and area, there is a school for each grade, and in general, the urban is new and modern. The average rent in the area is between 1000 and 5 thousand liras, and the cost of buying a property is between 170 thousand to 2 million liras.
Introducing Ümraniye district in Istanbul
It is one of the districts located in the Asian part of Istanbul. The area is one of the most populous neighborhoods in Istanbul and has a population of over 700,000 people; so if you are looking for peace and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, ignore the area.
Basically, the Asian part of Istanbul is older and has a more historical structure, but nevertheless, the region is one of the most developed and modern regions of Istanbul. A lot of construction and new buildings are being built in the district every day. Moreover, it should be said that there is a metro line in the area.
It is also one of the best districts in Istanbul and large shopping malls such as “Ak Kaya”, “Canpark avm” and “Buyaka” are located in this district.
If you are planning to obtain residency by renting a house in Turkey in the area, you should know that the average rent is around 1200 to 5 thousand liras. The purchase price of housing is between 300 thousand and 4 million liras.
Introducing Kartal district in Istanbul
One of the best districts in Istanbul is “Kartal” which is located in the Asian part of Istanbul. For those who are planning to buy a property in Istanbul, this may be really important to state that it is one of the quietest neighborhoods in this great city. Although the district has a population of about 500,000, it is far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Another unique feature of the district is that you enjoy both the blessings of the forest and the glory of the sea. Kartal is one of the coastal neighborhoods of Istanbul, and its coastline is about 8 km long. Moreover, the island of “Buyuk Ada” is located exactly on the horizon of the city which made it dreamily. Other beauties of the neighborhood are the beach park “Dragos” and the forest “Aydos”.
Kartal is one of the oldest districts in Istanbul, but in recent years, just like anywhere else, construction in the area has increased, and as a result, house prices have risen by about 25 percent. For this reason, if you are planning to invest in Turkey, the district may be a good option for you. The average purchase price of a house in the district is about 600 thousand and the average rental price is about 4 thousand lira.
Introducing Bahçeşehir district in Istanbul
It is one of the greenest districts in Istanbul which is located in the European part of Istanbul and its urban is really beautiful. It would be better to know that the first and largest artificial lake of Istanbul, with an area of about 26 thousand square meters, is located in it. Moreover, there is a vast amusement park in the district. All these reasons have made it one of the best and most beautiful districts in Istanbul. A large percentage of its population is young and employed.
The purchase price of a house in it can be considered average; since the district is not considered a luxury one. Besides, there is no subway or high-speed bus in the district. For this reason, the purchase price of an apartment in the area starts from about 5,000 lira and depending on the age and facilities, it can even go up to 10,000 lira. Like most neighborhoods in Istanbul, construction has increased and as a result property purchases have doubled. You had better to know that it is possible to buy property in installments in the district.
Introducing Esenyurt district in Istanbul
One of the largest and most populous districts in Istanbul is Esenyurt. The population of the region is about 900 thousand people and the majority of them are Turks. Remember that the district should not be confused with “Beylikdüzü “. It is a bit far from the city center of Istanbul, so the price of buying or renting a property in it is lower than other neighborhoods, but in any case, prices are still variable within it.
These districts are also more expensive due to their proximity to the metro bus, security, amenities, and the presence of new residents and buildings. For instance, the price of renting a house in these areas varies between 1200 and 3500 lira. To buy a house, you should consider a budget of about 250 thousand to 800 thousand liras.
- What are the most expensive districts in Istanbul to live in?
Among the most expensive and luxurious districts of Istanbul, we can mention Beşiktaş, Sariyer, Zekeriyakoy, Kadikoy, Bakırköy and, of course, Şişli and Fatih. These neighborhoods are all considered to be the best districts in Istanbul.
- What are the inexpensive and average range price districts in Istanbul?
Esenyurt district is one of the cheapest ones in Istanbul. In addition, the price of renting or buying a house in the district of Arnavutkoy, Silviri, Beylikdüzü and Avcılar is low.
- Are the best districts in Istanbul located in European or Asian parts?
The question cannot be answered explicitly, each of the two parts of Asia and Europe, have their advantages and disadvantages. The only thing to consider is buying a property at a real price.
Concluding remarks on the best districts of Istanbul
Immigrating to another country is the beginning of a new life. Living in another country requires us to be aware of all the details and move forward having sufficient knowledge and science. If we are going to live in another country, we must also have an appropriate knowledge of where we will live.
In the article in “Istanbul Hamrah”, we have introduced the best districts of Istanbul. Istanbul is a vast city and of course consists of many neighborhoods. If you are planning to buy or rent a property, you should know that the variety may lead you to a bit feeling of regret. However, in the article, we have tried to pave the way for you a bit by introducing nine of the best districts, and offering prices and details of living in them. But in the end, let’s ask your opinion, which of Istanbul’s neighborhoods do you prefer?