By. Justin Mays
Istanbul has the distinction of straddling two continents, but the Asian side is sometimes overshadowed by the European side given its better known historic cultural sites. Yet the Asian side provides plenty of charms especially for people looking for a less crowded environment. Kadikoy, a huge seaside district of approximately one million people has great shopping, medical services, parks, long seaside boulevards for daily strolls and one of Istanbul’s largest and most famous weekly markets. Considered more suburban and progressive, the area attracts many families and young professionals, especially over the last decade, who are joining the established residents for more living space and housing value for their money.
Colorful art installations and an atmosphere of bustling activity characterize the welcoming hub of Kadikoy where you will find many restaurants, shops, student-friendly bars, and transportation options--from intercontinental and island sea ferries to metros and trains. The Sabiha Gocken Airport is the second largest airport in the city with connections to Europe, the Middle East and beyond, in addition to its frequent domestic flights. Following the sea breeze, running and biking paths connect beachside parks strung all the way from the Kadikoy ferry terminal through Moda to Fenerbahce Stadium to chic Kalamis Marina and then to Caddebostan’s park. All along the way are green open spaces, teeming with energy during the weekends, where you can sit with friends or just people watch. If you tire of wandering the narrow streets around the Kadikoy ferry and fish market area, large modern malls and the famous Bagdat street cover all other shopping and dining needs. Many chefs have been lured to this side of the city due to the lower rents making it a desirable dining destination. There are performing arts centers, theaters and concert and sporting venues to fill your cultural and entertainment needs.
Housing is a mix from luxury apartments in Istanbul for sale or old apartments for sale in Istanbul, with Ottoman mansions dotted among a medley of renovated or newly built apartment buildings and homes designed to meet modern demands. Your home will likely have lovely views of the Sea of Marmara and the Princes Islands and/or the European side. New developments are abundant, and each neighborhood has its own distinct vibe. Our agents are happy to walk you through some of the most popular areas like Fenerbahce, Moda, Kalamis, Goztepe, Erenkoy, Suadiye and Caddebostan to identify where the best neighborhood for you will be.