Spacious Penthouse in Istanbul Arnavutkoy with great Bosphorus view and extensive terraces. Prime location Istanbul property with 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with 2 living rooms to give plenty space around.
Arnavutkoy has previously been home to the Ottoman strawberry, a less juicy and smaller kind than the usual strawberries found throughout Turkey.
To date some strawberry fields survive in the inland of the district and every spring local groceries are pillaged by strawberry lovers.
The population, in a publication of the Istanbul Ferryboat Company, written just before the First World War, was given as 493 Turks and Muslims in 168 households, and 5973 Greeks in 975 households.
The population was predominantly Jewish for most of Arnavutkoy history, but many Jews moved away after the great Arnavutkoy fire of 1877.
In history the village has been known in Greek, subsequently, as Hestai, Promotu, and Anaplus. The Byzantine church of St. Michel (Ayios Mihael in Turkish), built by Constantine, used to be here. It was pulled down and its stones used to build the castle of Rumeli Hisari.
Arnavutkoy is a mere 5 minute drive to Taksim square (on a good day we must add) and 5 minute from Bebek. It is one of the city's most authentic and picturesque districts, home to some of Istanbul's most authentic seafront homes.