The incredible city of Istanbul has an enduring appeal. The vibrant metropolis has always had a reputation as a centre for trade, finance and investment. However, as its grown and more families move from abroad to the city, it's become a centre for families looking for Istanbul properties with a view to exploring a new lifestyle and new adventures. While you might think a huge city like Istanbul is endlessly hectic and traffic-choked, there are actually a number of suburbs that offer opportunities for families. Near good schools, close to parks and with excellent travel links, we've rounded up some of the most ideal properties for families in Istanbul.
Read more: Why I moved my family to Istanbul.
1. Sea view apartments in Yakuplu
Enjoy pure indulgence and complete luxury, with everything you and the family could possibly wish for. This new and exciting property in Yakuplu has been designed to provide its residents with the full works in a stunning setting, looking out to the sea of Marmara.
Make use of the newly developed Marina and enjoy the sun on the complex’s private beach - no need to save your sun loungers from now on! There’s also a high quality, 5 star hotel situated closeby to the apartments, the perfect place for family and friends to reside when they come to visit.
These open plan apartments have been perfectly designed with families in mind, offering plenty of space to enjoy some quality time together. Not only that, you’ll find an abundance of amenities just a stone’s throw away from your new home, including a private school, hospital, shopping centre and sports facilities.
This upcoming development is just 17km from Ataturk airport and is due to be completed before the end of this year.
2. Luxury apartments overlooking lake and sea
The perfect place to bring your family if you’re choosing to move your work life to Turkey. Take your pick of one to five bedroom properties in this urban development overlooking to beautiful Kucukcekmece Lake and the Marmara Sea.
Just a few minutes away from the Media Highway Business District and a short train journey from Sultanahmet, a brand new home here is not without its business or employment opportunities. There’s also a university nearby for if you or the children dream of heading into higher education.
You’ll also find plenty of amenities on site that the whole family will enjoy making the most of. The outdoor areas in particular are something to admire, particularly when paired with the incredible Turkish weather. If you grow fancy a day trip somewhere closeby, there’s always the lake a few minutes walk away, as well as 4 large shopping centres a short drive away.
3. Beautiful family homes in BeylikduzuBeylikduzu property is quickly growing in popularity and as such, its amenities and facilities are now second to none. This stunning property development brings some of the most luxurious family homes to the area, perfect for families to grow and enjoy many years together.
Not only can you move into a brand new luxury property and truly make it your own, you can also revel in the many onsite facilities on offer, too. Enjoy some you time at the fitness and wellness suite, or splash about with the whole family in one of the swimming pools on offer.
The kids will adore the mini zoo and the tennis and basketball courts on site. There’s also 24 hour security so you can rest assured and feel comfortable in your brand new home.
The development is extremely accessible, too, at just a 20 minute drive away from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, so you’ll find heading back to visit friends and family very easy.
4. The ultimate Bahcesehir home for outdoor-loving families
Known for being one of the most green areas of Istanbul, Bahcesehir is loved for its incredible natural beauty. If you and the family love the outdoors, purchasing a property in this purpose-built development is not to be missed - especially if you're looking for a solid investment with excellent capital gains and an assured exit plan.
Built with families in mind, these one to four bedroom apartments are not only easily affordable, but are definitely one of the best you will find in the gorgeous location of Bahcesehir.
Over 80% of the development’s area is dedicated to social and communal areas, providing safe and easily accessible areas for the kids to play, or for you to enjoy time with them too. As if the panoramic lake views weren’t enough, you can spend some time exploring the 40+ shops on offer, or relaxing by the pool whilst the children play in their dedicated outdoor area.
5. Stunning villas for families in Buyukcekmece
Grab yourself one of these spectacular family villas in gorgeous countryside whilst you can! Situated in the Buyukcekmece Valley, these luxury villas allow you and the family to escape the city madness, whilst allowing quick and easy access to Istanbul as and when you need it.
You’ll find unique villas ranging from four to eight bedrooms here, with plenty of peace and quiet and a location that’s perfect for bringing up a family. Built with families in mind, you’ll have no trouble fitting in with other residents in a similar situation as yourselves.
You’ll find yourself never really having to leave this wonderful Buyukcekmece property, what with plenty of facilities available, from swimming pools and fitness centres, to shops and restaurants, to name just a few.
6. Luxury apartments in Sisli, Istanbul
Snap up a bargain with these impeccably designed apartments in the centre of Sisli, Istanbul. These city centre apartments are due to be completed this year, but purchasing before completion can provide you with a massive 40% discount - a solid investment for your family’s future. Demand for this central location will remain high, which will add to the considerable capital gains you'll achieve from an early purchase, and rental properties are in constant demand, especially from professionals needing to commute to the central city for work.
Located in the lovely Bomonti district, the property is the perfect investment for those looking for the ultimate luxury lifestyle amongst like minded people. Enjoy local bakeries and shopping delights closeby, as well as priority facilities such as schools and hospitals just a short drive away.
Take your pick from one to three bedroom apartments, with the option of combining two apartments to create one huge property for you and the family!
7. Invest in your family’s future in this Kucukcekmece home
Situated in the upcoming area of Kucukcekmece, these spacious Kucukcekmece apartments are not only idea for bringing your family up in Istanbul, but can help to protect your family finances for the future, too.
Enjoy open plan living with high quality features and spectacular waterside views from your very own windows. Not only that, but you’re in for a treat with integrated smart home technology, making family life simple, stress-free and as comfortable as can be.
Head out of your apartment and make the most of the onsite facilities, such as the Turkish bath and steam room, swimming pool, gardens, or one of the many cafes, restaurants and shops. There’s also onsite parking available for all residents and with 24 hours security, you can feel safe and secure in your brand new residence.
8. Incredible architecture within the central district of Kadikoy
Make yourself at home in one of the most spectacular residential properties for an unbelievable price in the centre of Kadikoy, Istanbul. This fabulous development offers large modern living quarters for individuals, couples and families alike.
Families will benefit from three large bedrooms within these open plan apartments, as well as the best smart home technology on the market. You’ll also enjoy the outdoor and indoor swimming pools, along with areas within the community to relax in and quality time with your loved ones.
This Kadikoy property is located in a very central location, with transport links just a stone's throw away. Not only that, but the accessibility of the property is set to get even better, what with a new metro line being developed close by.
These are real homely residences in Istanbul designed to reflect on the cultural history and spirit of the city. These properties ooze a luxury appeal that would be hard to find anywhere else in Turkey. An absolute must see.