A Comprehensive Guide to Property in Istanbul

Due to some economic crisis on the real estate and new home construction industry in Turkey, both the costs in the business and the prices in the real estate have fallen down in the recent years. However, this situation is a great opportunity for the investors to buy property in Istanbul, also in Turkey. Also this the best time to invest in real estate in Istanbul.


Whether you are looking for a main residence, great houses, a secondary one, apartments, flats, holiday homes, or merely a rental investment, Istanbul is one of the perfect cities in the world to invest in.

A Comprehensive Guide to Property in Istanbul

Istanbul – a welcoming city

Coming for buying a resident home, apartment, holiday home or for coming to live here, Istanbul is an enticing, exciting and lively city that you won’t get bored. The pretty and prestigious neighborhoods of the city offer fantastic way of life here.

The city is an excellent combination of two continents linking Asia with Europe. The city is the largest one in Turkey, as well as the biggest financial and cultural center. This huge metropolitan city is home to 15 million residents and also one of the top 20 most visited cities in the world.

The proximity of the Istanbul and the surrounding areas through Marmara region to both New Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) also has a very positive effect for buying a property in Istanbul. New Istanbul Airport (IST) is one of the major airports in Istanbul and also in the world.


Where to buy?

* The central city districts, the districts of Bosporus European and Asian coastline have the most valuable properties, luxury residences and homes.

* There are variety of new projects mostly built in high-rise tower complexes with shopping malls, restaurants, many other facilities all under one roof which takes the attraction of the investors in Turkey.

* Besiktas, Bakirkoy, Kadikoy, Beykoz, Sariyer, Adalar, Uskudar, Sisli, Zeytinburnu and Beyoglu (in order) are the most expensive districts in Istanbul.

* Bebek, Etiler, Ulus, Fenerbahce, Caddebostan, Suadiye and Atasehir neighborhoods are the most prestigious places in Istanbul and they offer luxury new built residents, houses and apartments at very good prices compared to those you can find in Europe or overseas.

* The districts on the outskirts of Istanbul such as Beylikduzu, Avcilar, Sancaktepe, Silivri, Catalca, Sultangazi and Basaksehir (in order) are the cheapest ones.

Best places to live in Istanbul

European side

  • Beyoglu, Sisli, Cihangir, Besiktas, Ortakoy, Sariyer, Bakirkoy, Yesilkoy, Fatih

Asian side

  • UskudarKadikoy, Moda, Acibadem, Bostanci, Atasehir, Suadiye, Maltepe

Best places to invest in Istanbul

European side

  • Besiktas, Taksim, Sisli, Bakirkoy, Basaksehir, Beylikduzu, Arnavutkoy (near IST airport), Bahcelievler, Kucukcekmece

Asian side

  • Uskudar, Kadikoy, Sancaktepe, Cekmekoy, Umraniye, Atasehir, Bostanci, Maltepe, Kartal, Pendik

Read more on our Best Places to Buy Property in Istanbul page.


Cost of Accommodation

* The average home rental price for whole Istanbul is about 14-15 TL per square meters, which means a 100m2 flat renting price is between 1400-1500 TL.

* The home rental prices for the cheap districts and neighborhoods are between 9-12 TL per square meters, which means a 100m2 flat renting price is between 900-1200 TL.

* And it rises up to 2500-3000 TL on the Istanbul city center districts and on the districts that are home to universities.

* Furnished flat prices are like %25-30 more expensive. Also note that the average home rental prices rise about %30 percent each year in Istanbul.

* Besiktas and Sariyer districts are the most expensive ones by means of home rentals with an average home rental price 3,500 TL. And than comes Bakirkoy with an average home rental price 3,000 TL, and about 2,650 TL for Kadikoy and Beykoz.

Why buy?

* Istanbul and surroundings offer many great projects of newly built residences, houses, apartments, holiday homes and luxury villas or land with sea view or mountain view for sale with very reasonable prices that allow investors a high investment return. The property market in Istanbul is very attractive for investors from all nations.

* Property in Istanbul is among the best in Turkey that the buyers will sure enjoy living in the city, as well as the investors may enjoy a wealth of rental possibilities and income prospects.

* Istanbul and surroundings offer sun, sea, stunning views and beautiful scenery, friendly people, value for money, freehold properties, low cost of living, potential EU accession and great investment opportunities.

* Buying a property in Istanbul is an ideal investment as the city offers very reasonable prices especially for foreign buyers. Average prices of the houses, homes, villas and apartments in the region have raised about more than a hundred percent since 10 years.

* Foreign property buyers may benefit from the really low prices of the real estate in Istanbul, as well as cost of living. Istanbul also have a great investment return in the form of rental income as most of the properties in the city offer 12 months rental potential.

* Another great opportunity is that the Turkish Lira has fallen down since 1 year, which means the major foreign currencies are like %40 more valuable than the TRY. And while the prices of the real estate in Istanbul have fallen down at the same time, especially foreign investors will benefit twice from this point of view.

* For example if a newly built residence or home is about 1.000.000 TRY which was about 200,000 EUR in mid-2018, now you can buy this place for about 155,000 EUR.

How to buy property in Istanbul?

A Comprehensive Guide to Property in IstanbulFirst of all, you need to make up your mind to buy a property in Istanbul. Should decide you’ll buy it for living or for investment. And than you’ll need to find the proper location that best suit your need in the idea of your buying a property in Istanbul. After you chose the location, it is up to you whether you find a trusted estate agent or you make the research by yourself. The buying property process is very easy that you can complete all the paper works, payments, transactions and take your title deed in one day at the Land Registry offices. Read more on our How to Buy Property in Istanbul page.

Possible traps

There are so much newly built residences, apartments and villas in Istanbul since 5 years, that there were nearly more places to live than the inhabitants of the city. Some of these new building can be considered as situated so far away from the city center, don’t have so much access to public transportation, has flats with very low prices but can not be a good deal.

You’ll need to pay a lot of attention when taking information about these places, their locations and opportunities from the realtors. Anyways there are numerous good deals in Istanbul for sure that you won’t want to miss as the city is a great destination and place to live and has all the necessary facilities and opportunities to its inhabitants.