AYNALI CESME, BEYOGLU
Situated on a hilltop overlooking Historical Peninsula and the Golden Horn and a 3 minute walk away from Istiklal Street, the Aynalı Cesme neighbourhood is a historical residential district of Pera.
The rich historical heritage of the neighbourhood goes back to the 16th century, when Levantines, Greeks, Jews and the other diverse nationalities of the Ottoman Empire started to congregate around Pera as their commercial and cultural hub and moved their residences in to Aynali Cesme, which had the double advantage of being both close enough to be a short walk to work and play, but also removed enough from the chaotic epicentre of activity to afford a good night’s sleep or some peaceful family.
These basic attributes meant that throughout the ages, Aynali Cesme has always provided a home to a wide range of fascinating characters. From the Levantine and Greek bankers and shop-owners of yester-year to the aristocratic Russian émigrés steeped in nostalgia and stories of untold wonder and loss, from the actors and playwrights of the 1980’s who congregated around the “Istanbul Drama Theatre” situated in the space now taken up by the TRT building, to the current inhabitants; a cosmopolitan mixture of traditional Turkish families who moved to the area in the 1960’s and 1970’s to the more recent arrivals; the musicians, expats and creative minds of the city.
With its historical significance and architectural charms bearing the marks of its heyday in the 19th century, Aynali Cesme is re-emerging as a favourite with local young professionals, expats, creative minds and visitors who prefer to be centrally based in a unique and authentic neighbourhood.
Aynali Cesme is also on the radar of savvy property investors it is also located not far from Turkey’s largest urban regeneration project: Tarlabasi360. The recent pedestrianisation of Taksim Square has accelerated both the demand and prices of housing in the area. Soho House Istanbul, an investment worth x USD is a mere 8 minute walk.