Want to buy a house in Istanbul? Then the first thing you might wonder is what are the best areas to buy property in Istanbul.
Since Istanbul's neighborhoods are as diverse as its residents, narrowing down the right ones can be quite overwhelming.
For this reason, we've created a brief overview of the areas on Istanbul’s European and Asian side that are currently most popular with foreigners.
Çekmeköy, a district on the Asian side in the suburbs of Istanbul, is currently one of the most preferred areas for foreigners to buy property. Far from the city center and the hustle and bustle of big city life, the district boasts nature, clean air and a modern, relaxed atmosphere. Here you can find elegant apartment complexes, large housing estates with security, as well as very luxurious villas, most of them surrounded by nature. In terms of earthquakes, Çekmeköy is very favorable due to the solid ground. Facilities such as educational institutions and hospitals are also abundant. It is not surprising that foreign families with children especially appreciate this area.
Sitting on the Sea of Marmara, Avcilar is a lively and densely populated area. This district on Istanbul’s European side has plenty of commercial, educational and recreational facilities, as well as shopping centers and international schools. Due to the Metrobus line passing through this district, as well as the E5 highway connecting it with the city center, the Avcilar district features good transportation options. Another huge plus is that the area has a beach with a beautiful promenade and a number of recreational amenities. It also offers properties with sea views.
Whether you are looking for a property to live in or to invest in, the fashionable shopping district of Şişli is definitely worth considering. Located on the European side of Istanbul, the upscale district is one of the oldest and most sought-after areas in Istanbul. It is central and well-connected to other parts of the city by public transportation. Şişli is home to prestigious neighborhoods, including posh Nişantaşi and the up-and-coming Bomonti. The abundance of social activities, shopping opportunities, luxurious hotels and hospitals, as well as fancy restaurants and cafés make it very popular with foreigners. It is no surprise that this district has comparatively more expensive real estate.
Located on the outskirts of the European side of Istanbul, Beylikduzu is one of the up-and-coming areas to buy property in Istanbul for foreigners. Thanks to its seaside location, there are many properties with a view of the Sea of Marmara or Buyukcekmece Bay. Foreigners appreciate the fact that this district offers a secure place to live, as well as green spaces. There are many modern and high-end real estate projects, shopping centers, universities nearby. With the completion of the metro lines, living in this region will be even more comfortable. Since Beylikduzu is far from the city center, real estate prices are comparatively lower.
Beşiktaş has an excellent location close to the city center. The central district on the European shores of the Bosphorus has it all, from culture, art and nightlife, to shopping, seaside, and parks, to excellent health services and public transport – even its own football team. It is no wonder that this famous district is very popular, but also very expensive. The elite seaside neighborhood, Bebek, is especially popular with foreigners and offers luxury properties. Here you will find some of the most expensive properties in Istanbul.
The coastal area of Zeytinburnu on the European side of Istanbul has one of the highest foreign populations in Istanbul, which is why it boasts a very distinctive mixed culture. This old district is home to ancient structures, such as the Walls of Constantinople, and also newly built skyscrapers, malls, hotels and residential complexes. Adding to its advantages, Zeytinburnu's is a prime location in the immediate vicinity of the city center and has easy access to public transportation. Foreigners who prefer a luxurious lifestyle will also appreciate this district. The newly built seafront of Zeytinburnu features many luxurious projects that come with views of the Sea of Marmara.
The vibrant Kadıköy district is attracting more and more foreigners to the Asian side of Istanbul. The trendy neighborhood is located on the Sea of Marmara, which means that you can find many properties with sea views here. What makes this neighborhood so popular with expats is the cosmopolitan vibe, the recreational areas, and the slower paced lifestyle. Although it’s a residential area, there is no shortage of tourist attractions and a vibrant nightlife scene with lots of bars, clubs, and restaurants. Kadıköy is very well-connected, especially with ferry connections to the European side and to the Princes' Islands.
Many foreigners consider Bahcesehir for its richness in nature, and peace and quiet. The district in Istanbul’s outskirt is known to be one of the safest and quietest areas in the city. Another big plus for many expats is that Bahcesehir is home to many international schools. Property options include apartments, studios villas and high-end housing. Real estate prices are far more affordable than in many other parts of Istanbul. Although far from Istanbul’s center, the district is near Istanbul Airport, Canal Istanbul, malls, universities and public transport.
After learning which areas to pay special attention to when buying property in Istanbul, be sure to read our Real Estate Websites for the Best Deals in Istanbul and 12 Things to Know Before Buying Property in Istanbul as a Foreigner articles.