Do you intend to move to Istanbul? But where is it more appropriate for foreigners to settle? Here is an overview of this Turkish city's neighborhoods and housing options.
Istanbul, Turkey's economic capital city, is also the country's biggest and most densely populated city with more than 14 million inhabitants. It is known to be one of the world's largest cities. Istanbul is very conducive to expatriation with its friendly environment. It has been attracting more and more foreigners during recent years, hence the development of its real estate market.
Istanbul is also a major tourist destination due to its numerous places of interest, as well as its rich cultural and historical heritage. You are likely to enjoy your stay if you are planning to move there. But before all, take the time to inquire on the most appropriate neighborhoods and on their inhabitants' lifestyles. This will greatly help you determine in which neighborhood you would prefer to live.
Istanbul consists of 39 districts, including Adalar, Çatalca, Esenler, Esenyurt Gungoren, Kartal, Maltepe, Silivri Şişli, Tuzla, among others. These districts are further divided into several neighborhoods, namely Galata, Pera, Tunel, Galatasaray, Dolapdere, Kabatas Odakule, Tophane, North Pera Pera and South Pera Pera, Balat, Faith, etc.
Beyoglu, Faith, Sisli and Besiktas are Istanbul's most popular neighborhoods. You will find mainly business centers and shopping malls, shops, restaurants and cafes there. Faith and Begoglu are famous for being the city's historical areas, hosting Galata and Pera which are ancient cities, as well as historical and cultural relics.
Sultanahmet Cankurtaran Binbirdirek, Alemdar are deemed to be posh areas for their classy restaurants and shops as well as big hotels and luxury housing. Among the residential neighborhoods, Kamer Hatun Arap Camii, Hacimimi, Müeyyedzade, Bereketzade, Sehit Muhtar, Taksim and Firuzaga, etc., are very safe and reliable.
However, Kamer, Bostan, Bulbul, Yahya Kahya and Çatmamescit are less recommended neighborhoods for security reasons.
Types of accommodation
Istanbul offers a variety of accommodation for all tastes: apartments, flats, houses which are available for rent. If you are making a short stay there, you can spend the night in a classic, luxurious or middle-class hotel, depending on your financial means, or in an apart-hotel. More traditional accommodation options are also available in tourist areas.
You may also enjoy the camping areas provided by Istanbul's municipalities. Renting a tent can be an exciting experience, though prices can be quite high. You will also find sea facing bungalows.
Rent prices in Istanbul are quite affordable. In general, you will need an average of € 300 to rent a studio and some € 500 to rent a one-room apartment. For a three-room apartment, the monthly rent will cost some € 1,000, that is about TL 2,892. But if you prefer to rent a modern apartment in the city center, you will need some € 1,500, that is TL 4,339. Note that the rent prices vary according to the type of accommodation and its standing.
Additional charges such as water, electricity, gas, and Internet, are not included in the rent. Hence, you are required to plan a supplementary budget.
You may start your accommodation search on the Internet. Check out general and specialized accommodation websites and compare prices. Classified ads in local newspapers, as well as a real estate agency may also help you if you are already on the spot.