By. Justin Mays
Multicultural and steeped in history, the district of Sisli presents a desirable lifestyle that you can experience when you buy a home in Istanbul. Each unique neighborhood is accessible by foot or through a multitude of transportation options. One of Istanbul’s major districts located just north of Taksim Square, Sisli flourished after the mid-19th century leading to a mix of architectural styles which complement each other thanks to informed urban planning. European influences are evident in the wide boulevards and classical French building styles of large stone buildings with art nouveau details, while being intertwined with Turkish Republican architecture and 20th century and contemporary structures.
The architectural fabric of the area was influenced by the influx of non-Muslim minorities and foreigners like Greeks, Armenians, and Balkan people in the late 1800s and further developed with the arrival of elite Ottomans. Today many old churches, mosques and synagogues still dot the district alongside specialty stores that sell products of a bygone era reminding visitors of Sisli’s roots. Later, Sisli became a small business, entertainment and financial center with more modern shopping centers and high rises.
Sisli is a shoppers’ paradise offering goods from small local shops to luxury brands. A popular weekend market spot in the center of Bomonti hosts an organic market on Saturdays and an antique flea market on Sundays. Cevahir Mall is one of the largest malls in Europe and is one of Istanbul’s busiest. With a total of 230 stores spread over 10 floors, 20 million people step through its doors annually. The walkable Nisantasi and Tesvikye neighborhoods are hosts to exquisite high-end shopping options with every luxury brand imaginable available while local designers showcase their unique pieces throughout the side streets. The Mecidiyekoy area is a major transportation center and has multiple malls like Astoria and Profilio, many small local shops and offices add to the bustle of the area.
When you tire of shopping, Sisli has some of the best entertainment options in the city. Bomontiada, a former brewery, has excellent restaurants and one of the best live music venues in the city. It is also home to the Ara Guler Musuem covering the photographer’s prolific career much of which was spent documenting Istanbul. Cemil Resit Rey and Lutfi Kirdar concert venues host famed international and local artists. Macka Park is one of the largest and busiest parks in the city for a green escape and a wander with friends. Movie theaters, arcades, bowling alleys, cafes with sidewalk seating and chic bars with views round out some of the fun options you can easily access in Sisli. Some of the finest restaurants for international and local cuisine are found here. From Japanese sushi to Italian pasta, you can find whatever you may be craving!
When it comes to more practical matters the area has some of the best schools and hospitals in the city. American Hospital has foreign language call lines and offers top medical care. Many leading doctors have offices in Nisantasi and Tesvikye too.
Given all its superlative qualities and popularity, surprisingly clients with any size budget can buy a property in Sisli. Contact us and we can help you find luxury penthouses to affordable smaller flats.