Without a doubt, Istanbul is the most active real estate market in Turkey, but one district is gaining more fame and attention than others. The Beylikduzu property market, sitting west from the Bosphorus straits has received praise from many local and international real estate sectors for its excellence in urban planning.
Its reputation is rising as a desirable place for families, retires and working professionals to live and despite belonging to Turkey’s most populated metropolis, it is devoid of the typical hustle and bustle of city life.
Offering a laidback residential feel, the benefits of city living such as round the clock shopping and nightlife are close by and anyone thinking of buying property in Istanbul, would benefit from a viewing trip to see exactly why it is a hugely popular place to live in Istanbul.
History books say farmers first inhabited Beylikduzu during the Byzantine era. Its beautiful landscapes and scenic shoreline also led it to be a place of recreational activities for noble members of that era and this trend continued when Constantinople came under Ottoman rule.
For many years, it stayed off the radar as a place to live until 2000, and more so in 2012, when the new Metrobus systems made getting to other places in Istanbul even easier. Experiencing rapid growth during a time of urban regeneration, many Turks and foreign investors looked to Beylikduzu because it was offering a decent return on investment when it came to land and property prices.
This led Beylikduzu to build luxury residences, hence its upper-class status. Even though the urban landscape has changed, Beylikduzu has gone far out to preserve the horizon and prevent the town becoming a concrete jungle, a common criticism levelled at other places in Istanbul. Well-planned street layouts, as well as a massive amount of green spaces, boost the residential feel even more.
To say Beylikduzu is a shopper’s paradise is an understatement. An immense variety of large shopping malls all within 10 to 60 minutes’ drive offer Beylikduzu property buyers, Turkish and international brand names in abundance. Some of them like Marmara Park AVM make a roaring trade, especially with families because they also double up as entertainment centres with large screen cinemas and a variety of fast food and sit down eating options.
Beylikduzu offers a low-key nightlife scene focusing on sit down dinners and light-hearted conversations with good friends. Summer weekends are also a highlight of the social community calendar as Turks traditionally spend their time coastal side. Families also like the aqua park in neighbouring Kucukcekmece.
Otherwise, adventurous explorers can catch the local ferry service from neighbouring Buyukcekmece to Bursa, an area to the south that is renowned for its historical, cultural and natural beauty landmarks.
The location of Beylikduzu, outside of the main city centre is a massive advantage to property owners. Devoid of a fast paced environment, getting out around is quickly done.
The Eurasia Tunnel, Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge that all lead from European Istanbul to the Asian side are within one hours drive for car owners. Otherwise, the Metrobus system enables non-drivers to get to other areas like Taksim within 30 minutes.
To get to Istanbul from other countries, Ataturk Airport and its frequent, cheap flight schedules are 25 minutes’ drive away and when operational, property owners can get to the new Istanbul Third Airport within 30 minutes.
Buyers who want on-your-doorstep access to a coastal life in Beylikduzu, or a stunning sea view from their property, should look at the Dereagzi, Gurpinar, Marmara, Sahil and Yakuplu neighbourhoods.
In particular, the famous Gurpinar neighbourhood has been the focus of recreational projects by the local council and now includes artificial sandy beaches, while the Marmara neighbourhood is home to West Istanbul Marina with a capacity for 600 yachts up to 7 metres. Also acting as a social centre with shopping and entertainment facilities, and sports schools, it is the ideal place for property buyers in Istanbul who want to embrace life by the sea.
The other neighbourhoods of Adnan Kahveci, Baris, Buyusehir, Cumhuriyet, and Kavakli are all inland but still within quick and easy walking distance. Thanks to its 12.4-kilometre coastal line jutting out into a small peninsula, residents in all neighbourhoods of Beylikduzu enjoy clean air and windy conditions that in the height of summer go a long way to elevating high temperatures.
These one-bedroom apartments sitting near the West Istanbul Marina are a truly spectacular lifestyle residence in themselves. Community features include shops, health and tourism facilities, landscaped gardens and a beautiful sea view.
Alternatively, for a luxurious home, within the same development are four-bedroom, three-bathroom villas with 533 square meters of living space. Including private gardens, swimming pool and car parking, they reflect the elegant side of Istanbul’s real estate portfolio.