This western province of Istanbul represents the true meaning of the saying “city within a city.” The name comes from the large plains in the area. Although what was initially known as the Beylikduzu plain is now part of the two neighboring provinces known as Buyukcekmece and Esenyurt. Comprised of 10 neighborhoods, the province is spread across a huge 320km2 area. The southern part of the province neighbors the Sea of Marmara.
This is one of the most carefully developed and planned areas of Istanbul. Virtually free of any unplanned squatter-type housing, it is home to many residential projects and luxury villas. Despite this fact, it is also one of the greenest areas in the city. Its rise to fame started after the Marmara earthquake in 1999, with the first wave of migrants from the city’s central zones, where old and poor infrastructure led them in search of newly built, earthquake-resistant projects. There are many of those projects in Beylikduzu as new ones are still being built, attracting those who want to buy Istanbul apartments to the area. It is currently the undisputed king of Istanbul property market, being one of its top provinces in terms of return on investment.
Its cultural and social mosaic is one that welcomes all, including different economic classes and even a considerable number of foreigners. There are numerous busses and also the metro bus that connect residents of the area to the city center. There is also a planned subway line in the works, connecting to the other subway lines in the city. It’s also only 13km away from Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Turkey’s largest container port and numerous industrial zones in the area make Beylikdüzü’s economy thrive. Yet the main driving force behind the province’s economy is doubtless the Istanbul real estate market. It is home to many quality residential projects as well as a big number of shopping malls. An impressive number of sports facilities, as well as health and educational institutes contribute to it truly being “a city within a city.” The area is also famous for the TUYAP Convention Center, where Turkey’s largest book fair is organized yearly. There are also other major trade fairs organized here throughout the year.