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This article was updated on Friday, 29 April, 2022

Gokturk and Kemerburgaz – What’s the fuss?

Gokturk and Kemerburgaz will be hotspots over the next two years, as the region ramps up due to its incredible location and natural beauty.

Gokturk and Kemerburgaz are two small “towns” in the Northern forests of Istanbul. Both have histories dating back centuries. Gokturk has a history dating to 1561, where it is named as Pektinaxôrion, meaning village of Roosters. Kemerburgaz dates to to 1924 where it starts as a small village. Naturally as Istanbul has expanded, these two towns were swallowed into Istanbul’s administration, and today belong to the district of Eyup Sultan.

Today, Kemerburgaz and Gokturk have a combined population of 60,000 people. Despite this small population, it has one of the highest concentration of private schools. This is due to the wealthy demographic of the two neighbouring towns. 24 private schools can be found in both towns (combined) as well as seven well equipped private hospitals.

Property in the region is strictly limited in density. New build apartment blocks are limited in size to four stories. Construction is further limited by the green belt of forest, which is protected by law, and cannot be zoned in the future.

What’s the fuss then?

These two towns sit on the D020 highway which heads into the northern part of the Maslak – Levent business zone, which houses global HQs for international and national brands, as well as most of Turkey’s major banks. It allows residents to get into this region within 20 minutes by car.

The construction of the new airport changed the fate of these two towns. The D020 was modernised to highway standards and is the major link from the city centre into the new airport. Furthermore, the government made one of its biggest ever investments in building a link from Gayrettepe to the new airport. This line runs directly parallel to the D020, and has two stations serving Gokturk and Kemerburgaz. This allows residents super fast access to the city centre.

In essence, these two towns have now seen demand from city dwellers seeking a green country lifestyle, without the hassle of Istanbul’s frustrating traffic.

The metro will change the landscape of both towns.

M11 metro line showing the stations from the city centre to the new Istanbul airport.

The metro line has reached a construction level of 90% as of April 2022, and is expected to fully open by December 2022. This line will again transform the demand in the area that already has a restricted supply of housing stock. A restricted supply combined with high demand usually results in capital gain.

Parks and schools drive demand from families

Families are further attracted to the region by the sheer number of private schools. Here is a shortlist of all the private schools in the region.

Göktürk tarafıyla aynı olmakla beraber,

  1. Hisar eğitim vakfı nursery and primary school
  2. Özel eyüboğlu nursery and primary school
  3. Özel kemerburgaz akçaağaç nursery and primary school
  4. Özel kemerburgaz doğa bilim nursery and primary school
  5. Özel bahçeşehir göktürk  nursery and primary school
  6. Okyanus College
  7. Özel ay College
  8. Kemerburgaz Doğa College
  9. Biltes College
  10. Ay College
  11. Keşfeden Eller nursery
  12. Biltes Koleji Göktürk Campus – college
  13. Biltes Koleji Kemerburgaz – nursery
  14. Yıldız Tozu nursery
  15. Göktürk Şen nursery
  16. Göktürk Okulları nursery
  17. Özel Kemerburgaz Uçan Balon Çocukevi nursery
  18. Amerikan Kültür Kids Göktürk Anaokulu
  19. Doğa Koleji
  20. Kemerburgaz Okyanuscollege
  21. Hisar Okulları – all ages
  22. Göktürk Final – all ages
  23. Göktürk Final – nursery
  24. Göktürk Bahçeşehir College

Parks are exceptionally popular and there is plenty to choose from. Both towns are surrounded by Belgrade forest, a deep green forest which goes on for dozens of kilometres.

Watch our nature lover Murad go off road dirt biking in Belgrade forest

Friendly nature parks are available in the form of Kemerburgaz kent forest, Gokturk nature park, and Kemer country club.

Kemer country club is home to Istanbul’s only golf club, and is not limited to golf. It also has dozens of other sports available from Horse riding to tennis. It stages major events and also houses restaurants, kid clubs and a major hotel.

View over Kemer country club

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