Inspired by three millennia of history, the soon-to-open Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul is set to become one of the most sought-after addresses in an already iconic city. Combining legendary Four Seasons service, world-class amenities and an effortless homeownership experience, this standalone development will set a new standard for luxury living right in the heart of Istanbul. Join us as we take a look inside and uncover the inspiration behind the exciting new development.
Located on the European side where the districts of Ulus, Etiler and Levent come together, Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul offers effortless luxury living in a dynamic and culture-rich neighbourhood. Think of gazing out over the mighty Bosphorus from a streetside café nearby, or stopping in a fashionable boutique for your next unique find. Strolling along the waterfront streets of Bebek, or exploring the hills of Etiler, where the city’s most notable culinary names await – all will be within easy reach.
“Our project is designed to integrate harmoniously with Istanbul’s vibrant atmosphere, conveniently situated near Istanbul’s prominent shopping and dining districts,” says Mesut Toprak, Chairman of the Tay Group, the development partner collaborating with Four Seasons. “We prioritize striking a delicate balance between [helping residents] engage in city activities, while safeguarding family privacy and serenity.” The goal, he says, is for both local and international residents to feel a connection to Istanbul through location, architecture, design and amenities.
This connection is further amplified by the personalized service that Four Seasons is known for. From making dinner reservations and stocking your kitchen with your favourite local pastries, to picking up your custom order from a designer shop nearby, the dedicated Four Seasons team will go the extra mile to make sure you feel right at home.
The residences themselves spread across four blocks in three ultra-modern towers and one low-rise building. A curated mix of Garden Suites, Apartment Residences, Penthouses and a Sky Loft, the 82 homes will have open-concept living spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxation in equal measure.
We view the architectural designs and materials not solely as historical tributes; they represent the ongoing sophistication of Istanbul’s urban landscape. – Mesut Toprak, Chairman of the Tay Group
Because no two Four Seasons residences are exactly alike, you can expect each residence to be fully customized. “We provide 46 distinctive floor plans catering to diverse lifestyles and preferences. This includes everything from expansive six-bedroom family apartments to minimalist two-bedroom urban living spaces that prioritize comfort without compromise,” Toprak says. “Nestled in one of Istanbul’s most prestigious areas, our apartments reflect the essence of both traditional Instanbulite and modern urban living. They are thoughtfully designed to provide rare urban sanctuaries, featuring terraces and gardens that present homeowners with a chance to relish their own private green spaces amid the urban landscape – a cornerstone of our design philosophy.”
Given the project’s iconic location, Toprak says, its architecture can be seen as a continuation of the residential architectural styles that emerged in the nearby Nişantaşı and Beyoğlu (formerly Pera) districts during the 19th century. However, “we view the architectural designs and materials not solely as historical tributes; they represent the ongoing sophistication of Istanbul’s urban landscape.”
Those with an eye for architecture, he notes, will find themselves immersed in detecting how these elements intertwine, showcasing the rich tapestry of Istanbul’s past and present.
Most of the residences will fall within two categories: Garden Suites and Apartment Residences. The Garden Suites will provide the option of single-floor or duplex homes, each featuring private garden terraces accessible through floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. The Apartment Residences will range from two-bedroom to five-bedroom apartments, offering flexibility and comfort made to suit families or those looking for a luxurious Istanbul pied-à-terre.
Set atop each of the three residential towers will be the Penthouse Residences: ultra-exclusive homes featuring 7-metre-high (23-foot-high) ceilings and living areas focused on an expansive outdoor terrace. The primary bedroom on the upper floor will boast panoramic views and a distinctive crown attribute. Floor-to-ceiling windows will drench each Penthouse in natural light throughout the day, creating an impressive and tranquil space that showcases stunning city vistas.
The other crown jewel will be the Sky Loft Residence, perched on the low-rise building in the centre of the complex. Characterized by high-sloped ceilings and skylight windows in both the bedroom and living areas, the Sky Loft is designed to capitalize on the feeling of spaciousness. The interiors of this bright and airy residence optimize the interplay of space and light, augmented by innovative glass ceilings that maximize city views for an inspiring environment year round.
Energy-efficient buildings, sustainable materials and green living are a priority at all Four Seasons properties, and they also rank high on the priority list for homebuyers. The team behind the residential property in Istanbul understands the crucial role sustainability holds not only in various aspects of real estate development but also in enhancing the well-being, productivity and overall satisfaction of residents and the community.
“Our commitment to sustainability is at the forefront of our design philosophy. In our quest to create living spaces that nurture both residents and the environment, we have integrated a multitude of eco-friendly features. Our project proudly meets the rigorous standards set by the LEED certification,” says Toprak. LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is the world’s foremost green building rating system. “By prioritizing energy efficiency, optimizing air circulation, implementing rainwater collection and purification systems, and mitigating light and sound pollution, these residences work to benefit the environment, society and investors alike,” says Toprak.
In addition to intelligent building design, the residences will feature environmentally friendly VRF air conditioning and state-of-the-art under-floor heating, plus noise-cancelling technology and full insulation between residences. The complex itself will feature a parking structure with electric vehicle charging stations and advanced automation designed for 21st-century living.
When you live with Four Seasons, you’re not just getting an amazing home, you also gain access into an exclusive lifestyle. As a standalone property – meaning one that’s not connected to a hotel or resort – Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul will be home to an array of world-class amenities tailored specifically for residential use.
“Our intent is for residents to enjoy the shared amenities as a seamless extension of their homes – an extra kitchen, a treatment room and a cinema room equipped with a superior audiovisual system,” says Toprak. “We believe this goal aligns perfectly with Four Seasons hospitality standards.”
Self-care is made easy at the state-of-the-art spa featuring a sauna, steam rooms and a heated indoor swimming pool perfect for morning swims surrounded by natural light. You can also relax on the outdoor garden deck, spend some time in the fully equipped fitness centre or the private yoga and Pilates studio, or opt for a relaxing spa treatment in the privacy of your residence.
A golf simulator suite, stylish multi-purpose lounges, and private cinema furnished with luxe leather seating and leading-edge AV technology will be perfect for days when you’re hosting guests or looking for fun. The family-friendly residential complex will also boast a bright and well-stocked kids’ playroom, as well as a young adult room featuring everything from table tennis and chess to video games to keep young residents and their friends entertained.
“The common spaces were meticulously crafted to evoke a residential ambience, seamlessly extending the essence of the apartments,” shares Toprak. “Our focus was on creating a fluid transition from the entrance to the amenities, inviting homeowners to enjoy the luxury of amenities reminiscent of their own homes.”
Four Seasons has set the benchmark for hospitality in Istanbul for more than 30 years. In partnership with the Tay Group, both Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus and Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet were meticulously restored to become the renowned luxury hotels in Istanbul that they are today.
“As we expand our stand-alone residences in priority markets worldwide, Istanbul presents the perfect opportunity to build on the success and reputation of our renowned hotels at Sultanahmet and the Bosphorus, creating a distinct lifestyle experience with the privacy and comforts of home,” says Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development, Portfolio Management and Residential. “This new project is a natural extension of our partnership with Tay Group, and we are proud to collaborate once again as we offer residents the ultimate living experience in Istanbul.”
To create a truly seamless living experience, Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul will be managed by a dedicated team, including a Director of Residences and Residential Concierge, that will focus on delivering the legendary service that Four Seasons is known for. Imagine dinner parties with tailored menus prepared by a Four Seasons chef, unexpected birthday surprises or your favourite flowers arranged on your table to brighten up a rainy day, all done with genuine care. At Four Seasons, your residence is an extension of you, so no detail is too small or too big when it comes to creating a home and a life you love.