Life in Maslak is a well-established habitat for work, living and is is also connected to the rest of the city via both personal driving and public transportation. Maslak has shifted to being a desirable attraction point of Istanbul within only 2 decades, before which it was hosting a simple industrial zone for auto body shops and İstanbul Technical University campus.
Locating to The Life in Maslak
Location of Maslak district has its pros and cons that have major effects on the life in Maslak. Maslak has direct access to TEM Highhway, FSM Bridge and Bosporus Lane. It is also very easy from access from Akatlar – Etiler – Levent districts as long as you do not act in the rush hours.
Traffic problem of Maslak is mostly a prejudgement. It is very easy to reach from Maslak to other regions of İstanbul in “reverse traffic” destination, while rest of İstanbul is trying to reach to Maslak. So, your life in Maslak does not have to contain the traffic as a problem on its own. If your office is in Maslak and you prefer to drive, living in Maslak or districts such as Tarabya, İstinye or suburbs such as Zekeriyaköy and Kemer Country will add hours to your everyday life.
Just keep in mind that Maslak was an industrial zone only 2 decades ago in addition to the main campus of İstanbul Technical University, the most reputable technical university of İstanbul. The rest of the settlement was not developed under the supervision of a major urban planning, but one building at a time, vast majority of which are the office buildings. Therefore there is a major flow of people to Maslak between 08:00 – 09:30 and from Maslak between 17:00 – 19:00. But the reverse destination does not bear this problem.
Reachng to Life Maslak with Public
Maslak is subject to a very enhanced public transport system. In addition to traditional landlines, underground transportation via metro line is also adding speed and comfort to the life in Maslak. The traditional landlines mentioned above are minibusses traveling from and to Sarıyer and Beşiktaş, covering Levent regions and enabling access to Esentepe with Zincirlikuyu stop, walking distance. This destination also connects you to sea transportation from Beşiktaş, to Kadıköy and Üsküdar. A little further travel with these landlines provides connection to “Kabataş Pier” and “T1 Tram Line”. Kabataş Pier enables you to reach Anatolian Side the same way “Karaköy Pier” and “T1 Tram Line” reaches to Historical Semi-island and inner parts of the city.
Metro line is not just a line on itself. It is connected to Metrobüs in “Gayrettepe Station”, which enables access from far ends of city; from Beylikdüzü to Kadıköy (Söğütlüçeşme). Also connecting to Marmaray Train Line from “Yenikapı Station” all the way from Halkalı to Gebze, covering entire Kadıköy coastline such as Feneryolu, Suadiye and Bostancı. A 10 minutes walk from Şişhane Station connects you to “Karaköy Pier”, which has a variety of lines to Anatolian Side; Üsküdar, Kadıköy and Bostancı.
Life in Maslak After Working Hours
Residential buildings in Maslak are mostly high-rise and high-end residential compounds. Mashattan, Eclipse Tower and Spine Tower are the spearheads of the residential settlement and so the life in Maslak. As the demand grew, developments spread through Ayazağa District; MyHome, Skyland and Vadistanbul.
Almost all of these residential compounds have their own facilities within itself such as car park, security, professional management, GYM, supermarket, etc…
Another advantage of these buildings is the fact that they are far more modern, chic and solid than most of the rest of İstanbul. Built-in kitchen components such as fridge, oven and cooker are delivered by the developer as a common standard. The fact that there is a considerable international community has also resulted with a serious supply of furbished and even serviced apartments as well. It is fair to say that life in Maslak has been shaped by the demand coming from business life within the district. Just keep in mind that Maslak is not a walker’s neighbourhood, it has developed mostly for drivers.
Working Life in Maslak
We have witnessed to a major office development in İstanbul over the last 20 years. Traditional office buildings gave way to modern office buildings that are referred as “plaza” in Turkish. These buildings began to be built as banks’ HQ buildings in Levent and Maslak, which attracted smaller companies with 250 sqm. – 2.000 sqm. demand range to these districts, as well as serviced office users. Considering the fact that Levent already had a traditionally established settlement and Maslak had more space to develop, demand naturally shifted to Maslak region. In time, building quality and quantity kept increasing as public transport enhanced with the underground metro line. Metro stations in Maslak give direct access to the office buildings, but not to residential compounds except for Spine Tower.
The office section of Maslak faces Büyükdere Avenue and goes down from a slope with cutting streets. Especially buildings located in the first 2, even 3 streets parallel to Büyükdere Avenue have very easy access to all public transport services; underground metro and landlines which attracts companies for their staff using public transport.
People Prefer the Life in Maslak
People prefer to live in or around Maslak are usually people who are working in Maslak as well. Proximity to modern offices makes residences in Maslak region very preferable, especially for the international community and expats. Buildings such as Sun Plaza, Beybi Giz Plaza, İz Plaza Giz, Giz 2000 Plaza, Orjin Center, Park Plaza and Maslak 42 accommodates many international companies and serviced offices. Windowist itself is a serviced office building on its own. Many local and international serviced office providers such as Regus, Plaza Cubes is an attraction to international companies’ start-up station; therefore an international community lives in Maslak almost 24/7. It is only fair to say that life in Maslak offers a satisfactory work and residential environment for the international community and local white collars.
The fact that there are many international schools nearby is another factor of choice. İstanbul Technical University, the most reputable technical university of İstanbul is also the traditional habitant of Maslak.
İstinye Park, the most elegant shopping centre is also a major living centre and social area. It contains both, top high-end brands and brands reaching to public. I-MAX movie theatre, a grand food court reaching from Burger King to extreme fine-dining adds attraction to the life in Maslak. It is fair to say that although Maslak is a little distant to traditional city centre, it is very well connected to the rest of İstanbul and life in Maslak is its own habitat for work and life.