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The calm Area of Buyukcekmece

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The calm Area of Buyukcekmece
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In the western suburbs of Istanbul on the European side of the Sea of Marmara, is the magical district and municipality of Büyükçekmece. Büyükçekmece is one of the most contemporary locations in European Istanbul. It contains a total of 39 districts. All the 39 districts are governed by independent municipalities. 


History of the Büyükçekmece district: 

Büyükçekmece neighborhood is found in Istanbul's European District and the area is adjacent to the Marmara Sea's coast. The region of the Büyükçekmece district was uninhabited farmland and forest at the start of the Ottoman era. Büyükçekmece district was still quite rural in the early years of the Turkish Republic as well. With a sandy shoreline and a lengthy seafront, the region was a well-liked getaway spot for day trips and weekend getaways.

People used to travel to Buyukcekmece for activities like fishing, crabbing, and beach days up until the 1960s. Beginning in the 1960s, Büyükçekmece started to be a more industrialized area. As a huge number of real estate projects have begun to be developed in the area. Consequently a migratory population from the Anatolian side to the newly developed area. Holidaymakers are still present in some neighborhoods of the district. 


Social and touristic destinations of the Büyükçekmece district:


  1. Kıyı İstanbul Marina

Istanbul Marina is situated in the burgeoning neighborhood of Büyükçekmece. With its marina lining the expansive coastline, squares and streets lined with classic buildings from well-known towns, retail centers showcasing the most luxurious international brands, and upscale dining options, it provides not only a comfortable place to live but also a luxurious lifestyle.

  1. The longest pedestrian walkway along the seaside

Büyükçekmece neighborhood features Istanbul's longest pedestrian walkway along the seaside. The 26-kilometer-long, breathtaking shoreline that makes Büyükçekmece famous is a popular summertime destination for locals and foreigners. Numerous dining establishments, tea gardens, bars, and recreation spaces can be found along the beach to allow you to fully enjoy the experience. 


  1. Büyükçekmece Lake

Büyükçekmece Lake is located where the Karasu stream meets the Sea of Marmara. There is no longer a connection between the lake and the Sea of Marmara because the stream was dammed to make a drinking water reservoir. The lake is 7 km long, 2 km wide, and has a surface area of over 29 km2. The lake's maximum depth is 8.6 meters, however for much of its surface, the water doesn't go deeper than 50 cm.


  1. Mimar Sinan’s famous bridge

The iconic bridge by Mimar Sinan is one of his most well-known creations. The bridge serves as the emblem of Büyükçekmece. It was constructed between the Büyükçekmece Lake and the Sea of Marmara. Suleyman the Magnificent gave the go-ahead to build the bridge before beginning his Szigetvar campaign. Mimar Sinan, under his direction, with a large team of stonemasons and carpenters began building the structure in 1566. Ruler Selim II used it upon his return to Istanbul as the new sultan, so it was finished in 1567. The bridge was called the “Four Brothers” and was formed by adding four separate bridges of different sizes and lengths to together. The masterpiece of engineering is 635 meters long and 7 meters wide. The poetical text on the inscription of the bridge belongs to the Poet Hüdai. The original signature of Sinan on the bridge was stolen. During the restoration in 1970 a similar signature was formed in place of the original.


  1.  The Kulturpark 

The historical bridge, caravanserai, mosques, and fountain by Mimar Sinan are all situated within the 200.000 m2 named Kulturpark. The park, which was initially created for the Ottoman Empire's 700th founding anniversary celebrations, is now used for performing arts and cultural events. In addition to ancient buildings, the complex also includes a museum, a 5,000-seat amphitheater, sports facilities, residential sections, cafes, and restaurants. There are a few small regional eateries (yöresel evler) in the neighborhood that serve local cuisine. Among them, House of Mersin, Zigana, and Kbrs are well-liked.


  1. Atatürk Culture Center 

Atatürk Culture Center is the biggest cultural complex of Turkey and satisfies a large part of the cultural needs of Istanbul. 


  1. Tüyap Fair and Congress Center

They are the primary location for all significant occasions, including trade displays, exhibits, congresses, and seminars. The complex has a total area of 8,000 m2, 11 conference halls with a range of capacities, and around 42,000 m2 of exhibition space distributed among 10 halls. Large convertible halls, global-standard utility infrastructure, wi-fi and internet access, a 10,000 m2 social area with full air conditioning, 7 cafeterias and restaurants, catering capabilities, and many more special features are also present.


What are the advantages of real estate investment in Büyükçekmece district?

  1. Rich in sites and facilities:

Büyükçekmece district is a relatively newly developed area. The area is rich in nature sites, social sites, touristic sites as well as educational and medical facilities. What makes the district an attractive area to many locals and international investors. Check out our luxurious projects from the links below: 

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  1. Family and youth friendly area:

Büyükçekmece district every year in July hosts one of the biggest cultural and artistic gatherings in the area, such as the festival of culture and arts. The festival runs from July 1st to 7th every year. The festival hosts at least 35,000 participants each year, this festival is the third largest in the world in terms of both size and number of attendees.


  1. Rich in educational facilities:

There are 265 schools in the region, with 2282 classrooms, more than 52,000 pupils enrolled, and roughly 2225 instructors working there. It has multiple branches for two universities, three institutions, and one university.


  1. Rich in medical centers:

Büyükçekmece district is a rich area in terms of health facilities in Istanbul, Turkey and Europe. There are over 240 medical facilities, including public hospitals, university hospitals, inclusive clinics, medical clinics, and private hospitals. These facilities are distributed among public hospitals, university hospitals, medical clinics, and private hospitals.


  1. Excellent geographical location and easily accessible by transportation:

It is possible to reach Büyükçekmece district by all means of transportation such as, land, air, and water. Moreover, Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul is conveniently located nearby, and a private airport is available within 10 kilometers from the neighborhood for individuals who like to fly their own light aircraft.


Despite all that is going on in the world, Turkey's real estate market is booming, and prices are growing. Learn more about the benefits of investing in Turkish real estate by contacting our experts. 



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