When talking about Istanbul, the first thing that comes to mind is its unique views, and the next one is the waterfront mansions overlooking this view from the best places. Bosphorus waterfront mansions are among the most beautiful buildings added to Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire era.
They are among the most favorite works of the city with their elegance, willowy lines and styles, which help us imagine life from hundreds of years ago. Today, there are a total of 600 waterfront mansions on the Bosphorus, with 336 of these being historical buildings, and 234 being built of brick or stone.
Waterfront mansion market stagnant for one year
Having been the apple of the eye of the high-income group since the Ottoman times, the waterfront mansions of the Bosphorus change hands without anyone noticing whatsoever, most of the time. That is because the owners of these mansions, who are known by the community, want to keep the sale a secret, so that there are no rumors that the “mansion is being sold”. No mansions have been sold since the sale of the Şehzade Burhanettin Efendi Mansion in Yeniköy, purchased last March by Skeikh Temim bin Hamed el Sani, the Emir of Qatar, for 100 million Euros.
How many waterfront mansions are there on the Bosphorus?
There are a total of 366 waterfront mansions, which carry grade one, two or three historic building status on the Bosphorus. When also including those without any historical qualities, there are a total of 600 waterfront mansions on either side of the Bosphorus. There are 136 waterfront mansions with the status of a historic building in Sarıyer, 109 in Beykoz, 84 in Üsküdar and 37 in Beşiktaş. The total number of grade one historic mansions on the Bosphorus is 89 – 18 in Beykoz, 24 in Üsküdar, 41 in Sarıyer and six in Beşiktaş. As for grade two historic mansions, the total number is 208 – and these are distributed as follows: 64 in Beykoz, 20 in Üsküdar, 74 in Sarıyer and 30 in Beşiktaş.
The mansions carrying grade three historic building status are distributed as follows: 27 in Beykoz, 20 in Üsküdar, 21 in Sarıyer and one in Başiktaş, making a total of 69 mansions. There are currently for-sale signs hanging on 43 waterfront mansions of different sizes in Istanbul. 20 of these are on the Anatolian side, and 23 are on the European side. It is said that the total price being asked for all of these mansions is approximately 1 billion 60 million dollars.