Location of Beylikdüzü in Istanbul
|• Mayor||Yusuf Uzun (AKP)|
|• Governor||Yusuf Odabaş|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
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- 1 Location
- 2 History
- 3 General
- 4 Neighbourhoods ("Mahalle" in Turkish)
- 5 Climate
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
It is assumed that Beylikdüzü was first settled by Greeks from Byzantion in the second century AD as a farming village. It later became a popular resort for residents of Constantiople in the Byzantine Empire, a status that continued after the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire. The region was referred to as "Garden" in the later Ottoman period, and following the foundation of the Turkish Republic was called "Kavaklı," after the large number of poplar trees, a name which was used until 2003. The modern name means "Plains of the Beylik."
Beylikdüzü is populated especially after the 1999 Great Marmara Earthquake by the people from older districts of Istanbul who preferred to move to newly constructed buildings in Beylikdüzü because of their fear for safety of the old buildings. When the Metrobus (rapid bus system) is extended from Avcılar to Beylikdüzü in 2012, Beylikdüzü is affected by the second wave of migration. With the advance of Metrobüs the perception of "distance" has changed and places which seemed far away before became closer, so many moved to Beylikdüzü. Since the population of Beylikdüzü consists mostly of migrants from other districts of Istanbul or Turkey and Beylikdüzü is a relatively recently established city, Beylikdüzü has gained a welcoming atmosphere for the newcomers without having any social stratification. The popularity of Beylikdüzü has increased greatly in the last few years and the region became a hot spot for residential and commercial investments. Beylikdüzü has the highest rapid increase in the land and property value in Turkey, making its investors richer in a very short time.
The slum districts common in much of Istanbul are rarer in Beylikdüzü, where a survey by the municipal council indicated that 40% of residents have a university degree. Beylikdüzu together with the Ataköy Marina district are now attracting the upper-middle class because of their good infrastructure, and are seeing the construction of new luxury developments. The attraction is also increased by their close proximity to the Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Beylikdüzü is home to the most shopping malls in Istanbul and is considered a heaven for shopping, also referred to as the "AVM cumhuriyeti" (or republic of shopping in English).
Beylikdüzü is the one of the most cosmopolitan districts of Istanbul, thus hosting a mosaic of different cultures of Turkey together with people from other countries. Beylikdüzü matches the European cities with its high green space per person. The green space is over 10M² per person in Beylikdüzü. Almost in every street and avenue trees are planted at equal distance; making the whole neighborhood as an open air museum. The construction of the botanical park in the huge valley between Adnan Kahveci and Cumhuriyet neighbourhood is still going on.
Istanbul Seafood Wholesale Market Hall in Kumkapı (in historical peninsula) is planned to be established in its new and bigger complex in Beylikdüzü. However, people with environmental awareness in Beylikdüzü have a concern that the new seafood market which is planned to be constructed by land reclamation on the Gürpinar coast of Beylikdüzü, can disturb the natural underwater current which cleans the Büyükçekmece Bay. Environmentalist people fear that having stopped the currents the bay can turn into a sewage zone and lost all its beauty. Plus some experts claim that the seafood supply is mostly carried from the land not from the sea so it will add an unnecessary traffic pressure on the Beylikdüzü's existing road system.
Neighbourhoods ("Mahalle" in Turkish)
- Adnan Kahveci
Annual average temperature of the sea water is 14.4°C.
Annual average precipitation is 54.2 mm, with lowest in August and highest in December. The strongest winds are seen also in December.
Highest snowfall in Beylikdüzü is 60 cm.
Since Beylikdüzü is approximately 150 meters above the sea level, it is low in humidity and it is windier than the other central districts of Istanbul. Also Beylikdüzü is known for its clean and dry air. Winters tend to be stronger in Beylikdüzü compared to downtown areas. Since Beylikdüzü is surrounded by trees the change of seasons in Beylikdüzü offers a great visual show for its residents.
Choices of public transportation are very rich for the area. Access to the region became easier with the extension of the Metrobüs line to Beylikdüzü. Metrobüs operates 24 hours so it is possible to go to Beylikdüzü directly from the downtown anytime. It takes approximately 60 minutes by Metrobus to go to Mecidiyeköy – Zincirlikuyu (Istanbul downtown) from Beylikdüzü. In addition to Metrobus there are express public buses going directly to Beylikdüzü from Taksim square and vice versa. 145T collects its passengers from Cumhuriyet, Barış and Büyükşehir neighbourhoods of Beylikdüzü and goes to Taksim using the highway. 145M collects its passengers from Adnan Kahveci neighbourhood and Esenyurt Cumhuriyet neighbourhood and goes to Taksim by getting on the highway.
Since Beylikdüzü is developed around the E-5 highway it is also possible to take any public bus that comes from Bakırköy or Yenibosna and goes towards Büyükçekmece direction.
It is 13 kilometers from Beylikdüzü to Atatürk International Airport.
Beylikdüzü is connected to the TEM highway with Hadıköy and Esenyurt service roads.
Public Buses to/from Beylikdüzü ;
- BM1 Kavaklı – Coast Road - Beylikdüzü Metrobüs Station(ring)
- BM2 Kavaklı - Coast Road - Beylikdüzü Metrobüs Station(ring, other way)
- BM3 Dereağzı neighbourhood - Beylikdüzü Municipality
- BM4 İ. Marmara Evleri - Beylikdüzü Metrobüs
- 458 Gürpınar – Yenibosna Metro Station
- 76 Beylikdüzü - Bakırköy
- 400A Yenibosna - Beykent, Adnan Kahveci neighbourhood
- 142B Albatros (Büyükçekmece)- Beylikdüzü - Halkalı - Bahçeşehir – Fatih Sultan Mehmet Hospital
- 145 İ. Marmara Evleri - Aksaray
- 76Y İ. Marmara Evleri - Bakırköy
- 76G Gürpınar - Avcılar Metrobus Station
- 76F Beylikdüzü – Fatih University
Double-Decker Express Public Busses to/from Beylikdüzü;
- 145M Adnan Kahveci neighbourhood - Beykent – Esenyurt (Cumhuriyet, Yeşilkent and Güzelyurt neighbourhoods) – Taksim Square
- 145T Beylikdüzü (Barış, Büyükşehir, Cumhuriyet neighbourhoods) - Taksim Square
Metrobus Lines to/from Beylikdüzü;
- 34B Beylikdüzü - Avcılar
- 34C Beylikdüzü - Cevizlibağ
- 34G Beylikdüzü - Söğütlüçeşme (operates at midnight)
Other Public Buses Passing Along Beylikdüzü Highway;
- 303 Silivri - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 401 Çatalca - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 401T Tepekent - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 402 Binkılıç - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 403 Çiftlikköy - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 404 Karacaköy - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 418 Hadımköy - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 429 Kıraç - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 448 Mimarsinan - Yenibosna Metro Station
- 76C Büyükçekmece - Yenibosna Metro Station
- HT18 Hadımköy - Yenibosna Metro Station
- HT48 Hünkartepe - Batıkent - Avcılar Metrobüs Station
- Büyükçekmece Seaside - Beykent - Migros Beylikdüzü
- Büyükçekmece Seaside - Beylikdüzü E-5 - Esenyurt Cumhuriyet neighbourhood - Esenyurt Merkez - Esenkent (Bahçeşehir)
- Beylikdüzü - Avcılar
- Adnan Kahveci - Beylikdüzü - Yakuplu Government Office
- Beylikdüzü - Büyükçekmece Seaside
- "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.