Best Istanbul neighborhoods for expats looking to relocate


A foreigner living in Istanbul, a huge metropolitan city with a population of more than 15,000,000 people, will witness the diversity of life. Traditional Turkish and modern trends are converging to appeal to tourists and expats from all over the world. From old Ottoman landmarks to modern skyscrapers with city views, you will never be missing a place to live. Sitting on two continents, Europe and Asia: The two centers that will help one to open the way to international fame.

Choosing the proper place to live is to choose the right neighborhood to live in Istanbul and it is the first rule of living as an immigrant in Istanbul. It is one of the most important tasks before moving to Istanbul. Since the city is located on two continents, it is very important to know which side you will live on before you arrive. While life is cheaper and more comfortable on the Anatolian side (Asia), expats mostly live on the European side due to job opportunities and international schools. Especially families with school-age children prefer to live on the European side, otherwise, they have to spend about three hours in traffic every day if the work-place is on that side.

Besiktas, Kadikoy, Sisli, Atasehir, Beyoglu, and Maltepe are the leading districts based on the social welfare status, education, health, social life, municipality services, and transportation. In recent years, property buyers from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, China, and Yemen, looking for diversity in the neighborhoods of these districts of Istanbul, have seen an increase in the number of properties bought from these districts.



Besiktas (European Side)

The Most Livable Neighborhoods: Etiler, Bebek, Arnavutkoy, Kurucesme, and Levent

Besides being the culture, art, and education capital of Istanbul, Beşiktaş is also the most valuable region of the Bosphorus with its Etiler, Bebek, Ortakoy, Arnavutkoy, and Kurucesme neighborhoods where many foreigners currently prefer to live. Besides being a wonderful region where you can observe living Istanbul in the best way, Besiktas, at the entrance of the Bosphorus, is one of the most important transportation hubs.

Beşiktaş is famous for its vibrant and colorful daily life, bazaar, fish market, student population, culture and art activities, nightlife, shopping centers, historical buildings, football club, seaside recreation, food and wine venues, and ferry ports.


Kadikoy (Asian Side)

The Most Livable Neighborhoods: Moda, Caddebostan, Fenerbahce, and Suadiye

In addition to being an important transportation hub for the Asian side, Kadikoy is one of the most popular and colorful districts with its vibrant atmosphere and city life, historical buildings, bazaar, largely young and student population, cultural events and arts, shopping centers, cafes, bars and restaurants, and lively nightlife. You can experience and enjoy how Istanbulites live in Kadıkoy with its very peaceful and green neighborhoods of Moda, Caddebostan, Fenerbahce, and Suadiye.



Sisli (European Side)

The Most Livable Neighborhoods: Nisantasi, Tesvikiye, Macka

Sisli is a cosmopolitan and luxurious district of Istanbul on the European side. It is famous for its vibrant and busy city life, history and culture, museums, churches, mosques, lively shopping streets, and shopping centers. Şişli is one of the most expensive districts of Istanbul in terms of accommodation, with its Nisantasi and Tesvikiye neighborhoods, the trendy shopping districts of Istanbul with old apartment blocks.


Atasehir (Asian Side)

The Most Livable Neighborhoods: Atasehir center

Atasehir is an emerging suburban district and business center on the Asian side of Istanbul. Atasehir is an ideal place to live in Istanbul as it is famous for its newly built residential and home projects, the well-built road network that you shouldn't forget the traffic problem, and facilities for a good standard of living and recreation space. Many locals and foreigners now prefer to live in the Atasehir center in order to have a good city life standard.



Beyoglu (European Side)

The Most Livable Neighborhoods: Galata, Cihangir and Asmalimescit

Beyoglu, the heart of Istanbul, is a large district located on the Golden Horn, famous for its cosmopolitan city life and traces of at least 100 years of European architecture. Beyoglu hosts the most iconic tourist attractions of Istanbul such as Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, the old Greek neighborhood of Pera, and Taksim Square. Galata, Asmalimescit, and Cihangir neighborhoods are quite lively and nice to stay with their unique architecture, lively streets, and atmosphere.



Sariyer (European Side)

The Most Livable Neighborhoods: Istinye, Yenikoy, Baltalimani, Emirgan, and Tarabya

Located at the northernmost of the European coast of Bosphorus near the Black Sea, Sarıyer is among the most beautiful districts of Istanbul in terms of nature, valuable history, Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage, and sea tourism. The most popular real estate areas in Sarıyer are TarabyaYenikoy, and Istinye, a very popular neighborhood home to luxury villas and many shopping malls.



Bakirkoy (European Side)

The Most Livable Neighborhoods: Yesilkoy, Atakoy, Florya

Bakirköy is located on the European side, between Istanbul’s main highway, the E5, and the Marmara Sea coast. Home to attractions such as Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern, the district is famous for its modern and vibrant daily life, markets, cultural and artistic events, nightlife, shopping centers, seaside recreation, and beautiful restaurants and shopping centers. Istanbul Aquarium and Istanbul's former arrival and departure point Atatürk Airport are located in Bakirkoy.



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