Getting acquainted with uskudar district of Istanbul

Escudara Istanbul neighborhood

Uskudar is one of the most popular district in Istanbul which is located on the Asian coast of this great city. Not only the neighborhood is a priority and choice of the Turks themselves, but every year, many immigrants choose this region to live. Undoubtedly, the only reason that has made the district so popular is its unique features.

As you may have guessed, in the article in “Istanbul Hamrah”, we, as a property buying guide in Turkey, intend to introduce uskudar district. As always, we start with the geographical location of the area, then we discuss about the history and features of the district and finally we mention the purchase price of the property in uskudar. Stay with us…

Geographical location of uskudar district

Uskudar district is right in front of the Golden Horn which is located in the Asian part of Istanbul. It is adjacent to Kadikoy district to the south, to the Bosphorus Strait to the west, and to umraniye and Ataşehir districts to the east. It is also bounded on the north by the Beykoz district.

The uskudar district of Istanbul is 46.5 square kilometers (about 4,700 hectares) and has a population of about 550,000. Therefore, it can be considered as one of the busiest areas of Istanbul, with a high population density. However, it is much more secluded than the European neighborhoods of Istanbul.

Geographical location of uskudar neighborhood

For many people who have intend to live, work or study, both Turks and immigrants, the best city to buy property in Turkey is Istanbul. It is worth mentioning that uskudar district is one of the cities of Istanbul province and is known as “ilche” (ilce) in Turkish.

Ilche uskudar itself has 33 different neighborhoods, which are as follows:

ACIBADEM MAHALLESİ FERAH MAHALLESİ ACIBADEM MAHALLESİ
AHMEDİYE MAHALLESİ GÜZELTEPE MAHALLESİMİMAR SİNAN MAHALLESİ

ALTUNİZADE MAHALLESİİCADİYE MAHALLESİ MURATREİS MAHALLESİ
AZİZ MAHMUT HÜDAYİ MAHALLESİKANDİLLİ MAHALLESİ SALACAK MAHALLESİ

BAHÇELİEVLER MAHALLESİKİRAZLITEPE MAHALLESİSELAMİ ALİ MAHALLESİ
BARBAROS MAHALLESİKISIKLI MAHALLESİ SELİMİYE MAHALLESİ
BEYLERBEYİ MAHALLESİKÜÇÜK ÇAMLICA MAHALLESİSULTANTEPE MAHALLESİ
BULGURLU MAHALLESİKÜÇÜKSU MAHALLESİÜNALAN MAHALLESİ
BURHANİYE MAHALLESİ KULELİ MAHALLESİVALİDE-İ ATİK MAHALLESİ
ÇENGELKÖY MAHALLESİKÜPLÜCE MAHALLESİ YAVUZTÜRK MAHALLESİ
CUMHURİYET MAHALLESİKUZGUNCUK MAHALLESİZEYNEP KAMİL MAHALLESİ

History of uskudar district

Uskudar district of Istanbul dates back to the 7th century AD and the Byzantine Empire. At that time, the city was known as Chrysopolis. It is said that the Persian Empire at that time had a treasury in the city and the name of the city is exactly derived from this issue. In the 12th century, the name of the city was changed to “uskotarionاسکوتاریون. About a century later, the city fell to the first Ottoman sultans. From then on, the name of the city was changed to “uskotari” and gradually acquired the modern name of “uskudar“.

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Historical AND visual OF Istanbul's Escudar neighborhood

Uskudar played an important role in the development of the Anatolian Railway in the last century and was also used as a military base for Ottoman and Turkish troops. During World War II, large numbers of British soldiers resided in the area, and the tombs of more than 8,000 of them are now located in cemeteries in the uskudar district of Istanbul. Therefore, the importance of the district is greatly high not only among the Turks, but also at the international level.

 Istanbul's Escudar neighborhood Historical

Features of the uskudar district

Definitely, the first step to living in Turkey, and especially in the city of Istanbul, is to know the features of each region. The development of uskudar district officially began in the 1930s. Prior to that, the neighborhood was a separate province. But as Istanbul grew, the two districts were merged. As we mentioned in the previous section, the area is really ancient, and if you visit it, you will see that its historical structure is greatly wide and, of course, spectacular.

If you are intending to buy a property to get residency in Turkey, the district is suitable for you. Because the price is really reasonable and the population context is such that it provides security and comfort for you. According to statistics provided by uskudar Municipality, a large percentage of the population of the district is middle-aged and retired. This is a more residential area and many people travel to the European part for work or study.

Amenities of uskudar district

Fortunately, uskudar is one of the richest areas of this vast city in terms of amenities, and its location right in the center of Istanbul has made it really easy to access the facilities of other places.

Although the population of the area cannot be considered young, but living in the area is really suitable for young people, because the district is full of entertainment centers, cafes, restaurants, clubs and various attractions. One of the best universities in Turkey, uskudar University, is also a center for presence of young people in the region.

  • Public transportation
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 Most public transport in uskudar district of Istanbul is by ferry. In addition, the Marmara metro line is located right near the most important piers in the area.

You can also use bus, taxi or dolmus lines to get around the city. The area is about 2 minutes to the E5 highway and about 15 minutes to the TEM highway. It is about 20 minutes to the center of Istanbul and about 40 minutes to the airport.

  • Sights and historical places

There are many historical and tourist sites in the uskudar district of Istanbul, and considering the antiquity of the area, the issue is not be far from the mind. The region has more than 180 mosques, the most important of which are Mihrimah Sultan Mosque and Şakirin Mosque.

Numerous churches and synagogues can also be found in the area, such as St. Gregory’s Church and Elias Church, or the Bet Yakov Synagogue and the Bet Nissim Synagogue.

Many historical mansions and pavilions from the Ottoman period have been left in the area, such as Sadullah Pasha Mansion, Edib Efendi Mansion, Beylerbeyi Palace, Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Adile Sultan Palace, etc.

  • Shopping centers and Outdoor entertainment

Shopping is always one of the best pastimes, and Turkish shopping malls are ideal for this. Among the most famous shopping malls in uskudar district of Istanbul, we can mention centers such as Emaar Square Mall, AVM Chain Shopping Center, Capitol Shopping Center, uskudar Bazaar, etc.

 Istanbul's Escudar neighborhood uskudar market

Shopping malls in Istanbul's Skudar district

Finally, if you are looking for outdoor entertainment, you can also visit Çamlıca Hill or uskudar Park.

 Istanbul's Escudar neighborhood Emaar Square Mall

Buying and renting a house in the uskudar district of Istanbul

In terms of price and value of the property, uskudar district can be considered as one of the above-average and expensive areas. So that you can easily get a Turkish passport by buying a 100-meters house in the area. But as always, we required to keep in mind that the purchase price of a property in the uskudar district of Istanbul needs lower budgets comparing other countries.

 In the table below, you can see the purchase price of the property in uskudar district, in each neighborhood:

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The name of the neighborhoodPrice per square meterAverage cost price (100-meter property)
KANDİLLİ39,500 lira9,300,000 lira
KULELİ24,500 lira3,800,000 lira
BEYLERBEYİ25,000 lira3,700,000 lira
BAHÇELİEVLER13,100 lira1,950,000 lira
SELİMİYE7500 lira700,000 lira
AZİZ MAHMUT HÜDAYİ12,000 lira1,450,000 lira
ACIBADEM18,500 lira2,500,000 lira
Average property prices in the whole area of ​​uskudar13.600 lira1.700.00 lira

In addition, the rental price of the property in each neighborhood of uskudar area is as follows:

The name of the neighborhoodAverage rental price

(100-meter property)
KANDİLLİ26,000 lira per month
KULELİ11,000 lira
BEYLERBEYİ5700 lira
BAHÇELİEVLER4600 lira
SELİMİYE2900 lira
AZİZ MAHMUT HÜDAYİ3400 lira
ACIBADEM6500 lira
Average property renting prices in the whole area of ​​uskudar5200 lira

 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. In which part of Istanbul is uskudar district located?

It is located in the Asian part of Istanbul, right next to the Bosphorus Strait. In addition, it is adjacent to Beykoz, umraniye and Kadikoy neighborhoods.

  1. What are the features of the uskudar area?

Although the area is densely populated, it is far from the hustle and bustle of central Istanbul and highly quiet to live in. In addition, it is really green and has many scenic and historical areas.

  1. What is the purchase price of the property in the uskudar district of Istanbul?

The area is one of the above-average areas and the average property price in it is about 13,600 lira. But the price is varied among the neighborhoods.

Ready-to-sell project in the uskudar area

In which part of Istanbul is uskudar district located?

It is located in the Asian part of Istanbul, right next to the Bosphorus Strait. In addition, it is adjacent to Beykoz, umraniye and Kadikoy neighborhoods.

What are the features of the uskudar area?

Although the area is densely populated, it is far from the hustle and bustle of central Istanbul and highly quiet to live in. In addition, it is really green and has many scenic and historical areas.

What is the purchase price of the property in the uskudar district of Istanbul?

The area is one of the above-average areas and the average property price in it is about 13,600 lira. But the price is varied among the neighborhoods.

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