Sisli – the heartbeat of Istanbul. The centre of commerce for Istanbul, and therefore Turkey. The incredible skyscrapers of Mecidiyekoy, offer incredible Bosphorus views, and is home to one of the most expensive real estate space in Turkey.
Sisli is made up of 19 neighbourhoods. The most internationally well known of these is Nisantasi, although technically such a neighbourhood does not officially exist – Nisantasi is split between Tesvikiye and Harbiye as a neighbourhood. The majority of housing stock in Nisantasi tends to be historic, and not suitable as modern housing. Nisantasi is Istanbul’s most elite fashion district, with big brands such as Gucci, Armani, and Louis Vuitton to name just a few. Nisantasi remains a tourist favourite, with major hotels setup in the region.
Most notably Fulya, Mecidiyekoy, Gulbahar, and Esentepe are home to the majority of skyscrapers built within the last 10-15 years. Towers such as Astoria, Trump, and Selenium twins are the earliest examples of tall towers in Istanbul.
More lately, Bomonti has developed into a superbly modern residential district, evolving from factory ghetto, to a modern art and fashion centre. Bomonti today is home to luxury skyscrapers, with Anthill towers, Divan Bomonti tower, and Hilton Bomonti to name a few. The Hilton Bomonti is the largest Hilton in the Europe. Note officially Bomonti is known as Cumhuriyet neighbourhood.
The remaining neighbourhoods are unfortunately in dire need of modernisation. Most notable of these are those that are placed behind the aforementioned skyscrapers in Mecidiyeko, Gulbahar, and Esentepe. These neighbourhoods, along with Izzetpasa, and Kustepe, suffer from exceptionally low quality housing, and it is anticipated that these will be replaced en masse over the next 5-10 years. With prices reaching a high of $5000 per square metre, these neighbourhoods will transform rapidly.
Sisli continues to transform from residential to largely commercial in nature. Sisli is without doubt one of Istanbul’s wealthiest districts.