Atsehir was created as a district in 2009, by taking neighbourhoods from Kadikoy, Uskudar, Umraniye, and Kartal. It was created out of a need to build 100,000 luxury homes for middle – upper class families. As a result, Atasehir today is an “example” district, with expertly planned amenities and infrastructure. This makes it one of the few in Istanbul, and as a result, a highly desirable region to live and work.
With a population of nearly 400,000, Atasehir is filled with top class schooling. Many children from neighbouring districts attend private schools or colleges in Atasehir. It is also home to one of the densest hospital zones, with over 20 private hospitals and clinics. Most of these are A+ private hospitals situated in a small pocket of KucukBakkalkoy.
Atasehir has a well planned road network, however it is also popular due to its easy access to the main link roads of Istanbul’s major highways. Atasehir is “boxed in” by the TEM (E6) highway, E5 highway, the O2 (2nd bridge) ring road. Due to the incoming Istanbul Financial District (completion due in 2022), Atasehir’s population is expected to grow by a further 50,000 white collar staff. Note the district is technically in Umraniye, although due to Umraniye’s “unfashionable” name, the authorities have done their best to describe it as being in Atasehir.
Transport infrastructure is advancing further, with the construction of two new metro lines to serve and connect the district to Istanbul’s existing metro and rail network. The M8 and M12 metro lines will have several stations within the district. These lines will connect to the M4, M5 and Marmaray rail network – all of which are East-West heavy metro lines.
Atasehir is also home to multiple shopping and cultural centres. In fact the largest mall of Istanbul, and one of the largest in Europe, is now in Atasehir – Metropol Istanbul.
Demographics of Atasehir are high, with the vast majority of residents having University education. Unlike most other districts of Istanbul, hardly any shanty “overnight” housing remains, with the district now an idyllic region of Istanbul. Along with Atakent on the European side, Atasehir is one of the most desirable regions of Istanbul to live in.