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1. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

I am currently preparing my jobhunting in Israel and Turkey and have contacts in both countries now that may result in an offer.

In Turkey the one where I have gotten concrete interest from, is in Istanbul.
I know the city is really huge, so it may be difficult to orientate there.

Just in case the right offer would be the Turkish one... Can anyone tell me which are the nicest places to live?

I would love to be either close to the city center or close to the sea (but 'close' is a relative term) and if possible a place where a mixture of western and Middle-Eastern/Turkish elements occurs (a place where western people are fully integrated and common, but also without lacking authentic Turkish atmosphere).

I first thought of the Besiktas or Taksim areas, but they may be on the expensive side? Which areas of the city are recommandable for living?

2. Posted by stuthkfl (Budding Member 115 posts) 9y

Hi!
Beşiktaş and Taksim are the most central ones. Taksim is mostly full of offices, you may have a look at Cihangir and Gümüşsuyu which are nice places to live on the skirts of Taksim.

Beşiktaş is nearby the sea but don't imagine aperments with bosphorus view. It's just good to walk to the shore, and a really central point as well. If you look back streets of Beşiktaş, you may find a lot of apartments for a cheap rent.

Mecidiyeköy-Şişli are the other residental points full of shopping centers and shops. The two of them are side by side, and settled up on a metro stop. In Mecidiyeköy, there are more than one central bus stops as well. If it's ok to walk 20min each morning to metro, Fulya is really close to Şişli and would be nice to live as well.

Osmanbey is a good place to live as well, and if you'll earn a lot, Nişantaşı is one of the most exclusive places.

If you'll earn a lot, Bebek-Etiler and Levent are the best places to live if you insist on living in the central points as well.

Of course these are all for European side. I strongly recommend you to live in the same side with your work. In rush hours it's a torture to use the public transportation or stuck in traffic with your private car.

In brief, for European side, you may find bus to everywhere from
Taksim
Eminönü (skip this to live)
Beşiktaş
Mecidiyeköy

and the metro stops are,
Kabataş-Taksim (finucular)
Taksim-Osmanbey-Şişli/Mecidiyeköy-Gayrettepe-Levent-4.Levent
Nişantaşı close to Osmanbey, Cihangir close to Taksim, Fulya close to Şişli, Bebek close to Levent.

For Asian side, I don't know a lot but Kozyatağı, Kadıköy, Bostancı are good places and better to live comparing European side. Around Bağdat Caddesi is expensive but worth to rent if you have money...

If you give your proper amount that you can spend for rent, or your salary if you want me to guess your living cost and put in to account, I can help better.

Welcome to Istanbul.

3. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Thanks for welcoming me. Not sure yet that I will move to Istanbul ; I would love to , but I need to convince that company to give me the job ; however they have several vacancies and I match their profile so hopefully they will offer me a contract :)

Thanks for the very clear advice. Can you tell me which parts of Istanbul are true seaside? By that I mean, having a beach and a place where you can swim in sea. Sea of Marmaris probably best, as the Black Sea areas of the city seem far from the city center. But does Besiktas has beaches as well?

(PS I am not obsessed by beaches or so, but I love swimming in sea and living close to the water, I've lived by the sea for years now and could not live somewhere with no water close to me :))

Thanks for advice! Oh, if I go to that area I'll have to become a Besiktas fan I guess? Most of my Turkish fans are into Galatasaray

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 30, 2007, at 4:46 PM by Gerrit_BE ]

4. Posted by stuthkfl (Budding Member 115 posts) 9y

Quoting Gerrit_BE

Thanks for welcoming me. Not sure yet that I will move to Istanbul ; I would love to , but I need to convince that company to give me the job ; however they have several vacancies and I match their profile so hopefully they will offer me a contract :)

Thanks for the very clear advice. Can you tell me which parts of Istanbul are true seaside? By that I mean, having a beach and a place where you can swim in sea. Sea of Marmaris probably best, as the Black Sea areas of the city seem far from the city center. But does Besiktas has beaches as well?

(PS I am not obsessed by beaches or so, but I love swimming in sea and living close to the water, I've lived by the sea for years now and could not live somewhere with no water close to me :))

Thanks for advice! Oh, if I go to that area I'll have to become a Besiktas fan I guess? Most of my Turkish fans are into Galatasaray

Hi!
In here, you'll see the "plajlar" title in the index. The link under it are the topics of each beach.
Bostancı, Fenerbahçe and Caddebostan beaches are the most crowded ones, because they're the only beaches which are close to residental areas. They all are located in Asian side. Kınalıada is an island. Both Kınalıada and others are approximately 1-2 hours away from the city and the places are not good to rent a flat if you'll work in the city center. Traffic is horrible in Istanbul, especially during the rush hours.

During the summer, there are many busses working between central locations and beaches and forests.

If you insist on swimming in Bosphorus, you can go to Rumelikavağı. There are numerous buses and dolmuş (special Turkish minibus) working to there. I think it's the last stop of bosphorus ferries as well.

It's not Sea of Marmaris, it's sea of Marmara ;)

In that index, you can use ctrl+f and search for every place that I recommended you to rent a flat as well.

I'm sure you'll like that page, every tourist liked it
Don't hesitate to ask ;)

5. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 9y

Sorry for the lack of updates as I have been very busy but...

I got the job in Turkey and have relocated! I am now in Istanbul staying with a colleague of the new employer, and looking for an own apartment. I have visited a few estate agents already around the Maltepe and Kadiköy areas but it seems hard to find a furnitured flat. However, as second-hand furniture is cheap, an empty flat would do. Anyway I hopefully find a flat soon so that I have my own little spot. Did not find any beaches yet but I guess there must be a few around Maltepe?