When one hears about Istanbul, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is its history, huge mosques, bazaars and of course old streets that contain some of the best places to experience authentic Turkish food. Baklava, a traditional Turkish dessert, originates from Istanbul!
The city, like Turkey, has a long and dynamic past behind it. Formerly known as Byzantium or Constantinople during the time Christian emperors ruled, the city became modern-day Istanbul only in the 13th century, when invading Turkic tribes made Constantinople their home and the seat of power for the upcoming Ottoman Empire that ruled nearly the entire Middle East, the Balkans, and all the way south to the Horn of Africa. As the Ottoman Empire expanded, so did the city. Turkic tribes, originally nomadic Eurasian tribes, soon invaded decadent Byzantium and after a successful campaign, Mehmet II, one of the most influential Ottoman sultans, seized Constantinople and transformed it into an Islamic center of art, literature and, of course, the capital of the Ottoman Empire that would continue to expand for the next two centuries.
So, just like the story behind the rulers of the city, there is a story behind the life and economic activity of the city. The strangest part is the eastern section of the city, just across the Bosphorus strait, lined with medieval structures, ancient remnants of the past, not to mention the Hippodrome that once existed here, a huge complex once used to hold sporting events, especially chariot races. However, the real estate of Istanbul is in the western section, which is the modern version of the city and makes Istanbul a truly metropolitan region. Heavily industrialized and organized on a par with the world’s modern financial cities, the western edge is beautiful and comfortable with its Mediterranean climate, morning mist, and of course, the blue sea of the Bosphorus!
The properties for sale in Istanbul are mainly located in this region. From sky-reaching residential apartments, offering 3-4 bedrooms, and shopping malls and hotel apartments complete with quality furniture and furnishings, the western section gives you the ultimate standard of living not found in Eurasia while providing an intense tourist experience when you land in the eastern section.
I make sure that all investors who come to Istanbul get first hand information before deciding which company to invest in. Istanbul offers a wide range of properties.