When did it become so expensive to live in Izmir?
We’ve been on the hunt for an apartment for a few months, just recently visiting locations and whatnot since the prices have been going down for the winter season.
But dang. If it isn’t expensive, still!
Hubby and I work quite close to each other (he is at a factory and Im at a school, just two metro stops apart). So valid living options are centered in one 5km radius. You think it would be easy, since there are many new apartments, old sites, etc to choose from. I mean, there are “for rent” signs everywhere.
But the PRICE!!
Not many places have shown up on our radar for under 1000₺/mo, and that’s not even considering proximity to amenities, public transport, pazar locations, etc. That’s not even taking into account the size (I’m talking tiny in some cases!) of the apartment and its having proper heating systems or not (we need that natural gas!).
Like, base price for a poor looking, run down, old apartment on the first floor on this side of town is minimum, 900₺. Woah now. Woah.
For folks that live in Istanbul, you’re probably laughing at me. Like, that’s not bad for living in the city. But considering you make more in Istanbul… We do want to save money from our pay checks, and hope to buy a car and stuff one day in the near future.
So far the two places we seriously considered from sahibinden were a fantastic price, but the location was terrible. I mean, you’re going to get kidnapped on the road terrible.
And so we continue to live in a room in my in laws apartment… More about that later.
Note: between work and looking for an apartment, time to write has gone down to near zero. I hope to pick up soon! Sorry! Check my Instagram for more activity starting today! I ran out of data too fast last month…