Catalca exists between Marmara and Black Sea, it is a county of Istanbul Province of Turkey. Catalca is only 59 km away from Istanbul’s City Centre.
It exists on European Part of Istanbul, North of Büyükçekmece, east of Silivri and west of Arnavutköy.
Catalca is also neighbour to Tekirdağ Province’s Çerkezköy and Saray.
Catalca’s nature full of forests and advantageous geography makes it one of the select counties of Istanbul, while Catalca is also the county with biggest territory in Istanbul with 1115.5 square km.
Catalca’s 135 km long shoreline also makes it a suitable place for a sea holidays especially at summers.
Lots of families visit Catalca on weekends for trekking in forests, because there are 724 square km forest area in Catalca County is especially congested on Yıldız Mountains north of the county.
Catalca’s weather conditions show similarity to Mediterranean climate while some parts are also affected by Marmara Region’s transitive climate.
Also proximity to Black Sea especially on north side of the county enables Catalca’s weather conditions on the north part of the county to be affected by Black Sea climate. Catalca’s average temperature in January is 6,5 degrees Celsius while in July it is around 23 degrees Celsius.
Catalca also has one natural lake (Durusu Lake) and one artificial lake (Büyükçekmece Dam Lake) inside its borders. These lakes supply most of Istanbul’s drinking water which makes Catalca one of the most important counties in Istanbul Province.
Population and Economy of the County
Total population of Catalca is the third smallest of all the counties of Istanbul Province (right after Şile and Adalar) with only 67.843 people living in the county. 51.8% of the population is male while 48.2% is female.
County is made of 39 neighbourhoods. While some lands of Catalca is used for agriculture, summer houses take most of the province because of the optimal conditions and beauty of the county. 47% of Catalca’s populace are engaged in agriculture, 26% works on service sector, 18% works on industry and trade sector is only takes 9% of the population.
While summer houses are bountiful in Catalca reason for agriculture still being the biggest sector of the county is service sectors small timeframe.
People can’t live off of being a service worker whole year so the percentages change during the year. Catalca is also a lucrative area of interest for construction companies because of its proximity to Istanbul.
There are lots of ways to access to Catalca by transportation. There are minibuses depart from Yenibosna county. Istanbul’s city bus services also reach Catalca frequently every 10 minutes both ways from and to Yenibosna via E-5 highway.
Catalca is 59 km away from Istanbul city centre and it is possible to reach it via E-5 and TEM highways. County is 17 km away from Istanbul-Edirne highway’s Büyükçekmece exit. For Istanbul-Edirne TEM highway it is 5 km away from Büyükçekmece Tollbooths.
There is also a train station in the county. Sirkeci-Edirne railway passes on northeast part of the county. It takes 1 hours 15 minutes from Sirkeci via train. There is also an airport called Hazerfan Airport which usually provides landing and take-off services to Katana and Cesna type planes.
History of Catalca goes as far back as 2000 B.C. It has been home to lots of civilizations. It has been subject to lots of important migratory events and wars.
First people who settled Catalca are Traks. Archaeologic finds coming from caves in İnceğiz Village of Catalca gives us an insight on Catalca’s rich history and livelihoods of Trak People. Catalca County was built by Ferhat Pasha, Grand Vizier to both Sultan Murad the Third and Sultan Mehmed the Third of Ottoman Empire. Hunting visits by Mehmed the Third was especially important in the development of the county.
Catalca is also home to lots of historic places and points of interest such as Hünkar Palace and Garden, Subaşı Village, Yalıköy, Museum of Population Exchange, İnceğiz Caves, Ferhat Pasha Mosque, Çataloğlu Palace, Kadri Ağa Palace, Hasan Paşazade Palace, Veli Usta Palace, Kızlar Ağası Palace and others.
Especially following places are worthy of sightseeing in Catalca:
Subaşı Village: Village is 7-8 km away from county centre. Village was a home for Khan Kaplan Giray the Second and his descendants after the fall of Crimean Khanate. There are Mosques, Wells and valuable gravestones built by Khan’s descendants. Also Khan’s and his descendants’ graves are on the garden of Subaşı Village Mosque.
Museum of People Exchange: This is a place of importance to both Crimean and Western Thracean Turks. Lots of Turkish people from Western Thrace were settled here after the exchange with the Greece. Their stuff and historical documents are on display in the museum. There are also artefacts from Crimean Khanate in the museum. There are lots of foundations for Western Thracean Turks around the museum.
İnceğiz Caverns: 4-5 km away from Subaşı village, has a history of being a settlement as far back as 5500 B.D. These caverns were used as monasteries around 400 A.D. These caverns get lots of attention from people as shooting place of two of Turkey’s most popular movies named Salako and Davaro respectively both starred by famous Turkish actor Kemal Sunal.
Ferhat Pasha Mosque: Built under the orders of Ferhat Pasha on the bottom of the Catalca Hill, this mosque was built by famous Turkish architect Mimar Sinan. It is also the resting place for some famous Crimean people.
Yalıköy: 50 km away from county centre, Yalıköy was historically a resting place for pirates. It is also famous for being used as a replacement plateau in shots in famous movie star Kemal Sunal’s movies frequently. There are even caverns around it named after Kemal Sunal.
Yearly Averages for Houses in Catalca
- Average Gross Space 169 square meters
- Average Unit Price 2.585 Turkish Liras per square meter
- Average Price 436.865 Turkish Liras
- Average time of amortization 26 years
Housing prices variance by room number
Rooms Space Unit price Prices Amortization
1+1 60 square meters 3.185 Liras/square meters 191.100 Liras –
2+1 90 square meters 2.776 Liras/square meters 249.840 Liras 27 years
3+1 130 square meters 2.524 Liras/square meters 328.120 Liras 30 years
Prices of houses for sale by neighbourhoods of Catalca County
Price, amortization and space averages of the Catalca County sorted by neighbourhoods.
Prices of houses for sale in Catalca rose 13.19% in one year and average space for houses for sale is 169 square meters. Average unit price for houses are 2.585 Turkish Liras. Amortization period for houses are 26 years in Catalca. By end of December 2018 housing prices rose most in some neighbourhoods of Catalca. These are Ferhatpaşa, Çakıl, Kabakça, Yalıköy and Kaleiçi in descending order.
Also by the end of December 2018 prices of housing in some neighbourhoods fell the fastest.
These are Kaleiçi, Yalıköy, Kabakça, Çakıl and Ferhatpaşa in descending order.
Also fastest neighbourhoods for getting your investment back are Kaleiçi, Ferhatpaşa, Çakıl, Kabakça and Yalıöy in descending order.
The neighbourhoods that are worst for getting your investment in a short time are Yalıköy, Kabakça, Çakıl, Ferhatpaşa and Kaleiçi in descending order by the end of December 2018.