This thriving and cosmopolitan city is located in the Marmara region of Turkey, its east of Istanbul at the tip of the long and narrow Gulf of Izmit of the Sea of Marmara, heading towards the east and it is the capital of the province of Kocaeli. Actually Izmit is probably better known as Kocaeli and the local Turks still call it by this name. It’s a super location only 104km from Istanbul taking under two hours by car. A new high-speed train service from Istanbul takes only 45 minutes and Ankara is just 3 hours away and an extra benefit of living in Izmit is that it is served by two excellent highways linking Istanbul and Ankara as a main train and road line. When I first heard of Izmit I confused it with Izmir which is on the Aegean coast – but they are very different locations.
The 45 minute train journey means you can work in Istanbul and commute home to Izmit daily. It’s ideal if you don’t want to live in bustling Istanbul and another great advantage is property prices are affordable for now. Once buyers see Izmits potential it is only a matter of time before property prices begin to rise. Young professional Turks are looking for these types of areas to make their homes in; they know it’s important to have a balanced work life and home life. Family time is on a Sunday in Turkey and families like to go out together to walk in parks or spend the day on the beach having a picnic and Izmit is a great location with plenty to see and do.
Izmit is city living combined with a tranquil setting with lush park areas giving excellent views of the city and lake with cycle lanes and children’s playgrounds plus cafes and restaurants make a nice trip out. The historic clock tower is a must see and is very beautiful in design and if you are interested in Mythology and Historical Arts you can visit the Museum and see all the artefacts they have on exhibition. The Naval Museum gives a true insight as to how the crew lived and worked on board a submarine and destroyers; it’s a fascinating display of Turkeys Naval history. There is a Science Museum showing a range of geology exhibits plus an insight to how the Law of Physics works. There are numerous shopping malls to satisfy the avid shopper, a small zoo which is perfect for the little ones and nature and wildlife parks.
Eating out in Izmit is delightful with an excellent selection of cafes, restaurants and bars on hand to offer mouth-watering local cuisine to seafood’s, steakhouses, and international favourites. Nightlife can be relaxed or upbeat, whatever best suites your mood. When you own property in Izmit it offers a good combination of a working lifestyle with plenty to do at the weekends, or a great holiday home you can escape to when you feel the need to relax and it’s close enough to vibrant Istanbul. Flights to Izmit are by way of flying into Istanbul to SAW Istanbul Sabiha Gocken airport. It takes only a 90 minute transfer from the airport to the centre of Izmit. International flights fly into Istanbul Airport several times a day.
The delightful residential area of Bahcik is a mere 10 km from the centre of Izmit and here you will find a wonderful combination of blue lakes, mountains, lush parks and the Sea of Marmara. This lovely suburb is a haven for a peaceful, tranquil and serene environment away from the busy city centre of Izmit and lively Istanbul and this is an ideal location for a home to raise a family.
Property for sale in Izmit in the pretty area of Bahcik starts from an unbelievable price from £44,657 for a 2 bedroom apartment on a communal complex with mountain, sea views and an amazing array of facilities. They include a communal pool, tennis court, basketball court, volleyball court, cafeteria, waterfalls, ponds, flora, children’s park, social facilities, fitness centre, barbecue area and communal gardens.
If you want something bigger and closer to the centre of Izmit how about a 3 bedroom villa with 2 bathrooms set on a complex with private gardens and communal swimming pool? It is only an 8 minute drive away from the city centre however these villas are set in peaceful surroundings. This can be yours from £122,806 again with a range of excellent facilities.
Why not check out Izmit today? It could change your lifestyle.