Kartal is a district and a sub-municipality of Istanbul, located on the Asian side of the city between Maltepe(west), Pendik(east), Sancaktepe(north) districts and the Marmara sea(south). Kartal district shares with Istanbul the old history that started hundreds of years ago since the Byzantine Empire as they share today’s evolution and modernity. The district which has been inhabited for centuries is providing a dwelling for about five hundred thousand people of Istanbul’s today.
Kartal is the last one of the districts that Baghdad Street passes through before joining with the coastal road. Baghdad Street is the ancient highway that was used by caravans traveling from Istanbul towards the Middle East region and is currently an important destination in the Asian side of Istanbul for being a main road, a shopping and entertainment destination, and a residential area.
Kartal is also one of the districts that the D100 highway passes through. The D100 highway is one of the main highways in Istanbul as it goes across the southern districts of Istanbul and can be used to drive towards the European side of Istanbul through Avrasya tunnel in the west, or towards the Turkish capital Ankara in the east. The highway brings life to the areas on both sides which makes them more important and vital areas.
One more important road passes through Kartal is the coastal road of the Asian side of Istanbul which starts from Bostanci in Kadikoy and passes through Maltepe and Kartal before reaching Pendik and Tuzla districts.
Like in other parts of Istanbul, the Metro trains’ network is the most important public transportation method in Kartal which helps people to reach the European side and other districts of the city easily. The M4 metro line has been for years the main and only metro line that connects Kadikoy, Maltepe, Kartal, and Pendik districts, till extending the Marmaray train line in 2019. The Marmaray line started to cover more than 40 stations between Halkali on the European side and Gebze in the east of the Asian side of Istanbul which added a new transportation method to the districts it's passing through.
Kartal hosts a campus of Marmara University which is one of the oldest and the best universities in Turkey, in addition to another University which is “Gedik University”.
Kartal has many attractive tourist destinations like the Aydos forest and the eight kilometers coast as an outdoor destination, in addition to many shopping and entertainment centers spread around the district like “IstMarina” and “Anatolium” shopping centers.
The different neighborhoods of Kartal have variant available types of properties as Kartal district is relatively big compared to other districts of Istanbul.
Starting from the seaside and the coastal road, we can find a majority of mid-rise buildings that are of a few decades in age, where most of the first row buildings would have a beautiful sea view, while the inner rows can only enjoy being close to the coast without the view. "Dragos" neighborhood is part of the coastal area where villas are more common than apartments, however, some new high buildings complexes started to appear there and in limited other coastal locations.
Going forward from the sea towards the inner neighborhoods of Kartal we will find that the mid-rise building style is still the most common. The area south to the D100 highway is where most of the new developments are taking place. The area which was industrial before is transforming to be modern activity and business area.
The north side of the D100 highway is also being transformed little by little having more modern developments, towers, and residential complexes.
Continuing towards the north and before reaching the Aydos forest, we can find some modern neighborhoods with mid or high-rise buildings that have been developed one or two decades ago.
Kartal is a nice place for living and is one of the favorites for Turkish people. If you are looking for residential property, you can consider the coastal area as a better option with a higher budget, or you may consider the modern new complexes north to the D100 highway as a more affordable option.
Investors looking for good opportunities can find lots of options for offices, home-office apartments, or shops next to the D100 highway where more towers or high-rise building developments are taking place.
All of these options can be rented for business purposes which means a higher income and a better investment opportunity.
The Price range of square meter (m2) in Kartal is around 1000 USD to 2200 USD /m2.
The sea view is always an attractive feature of the property, and in Kartal it is even more attractive with the fascinating view of Istanbul’s Islands. Having this beautiful view while being close to the sea and close to the Marmaray train line makes the properties in the coastal area of Kartal the most demanded and highest in price. The prices in the inner part are variable according to the type and features of the property and according to proximity from public transportation. The commercial properties next to the D100 highway have a high value as an investment and also for being close to the Metro line.
Properties in the developing areas north to the D100 highway are the most affordable as the whole area is still developing.
Buying in Kartal is a good investment whether you buy a residential or a commercial property as the district is keeping developing and attracting new inhabitants especially with the increasing number of business centers and the enhanced transportation options.
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