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Anyone Living in Kemer Country (Istanbul)

Hi all,

We are considering moving to Istanbul with a young family (2 kids: 2 yrs and 4 months). We are considering living out of the city centre, possibly in Kemer Country. We have 2 questions which we hope someone with knowledge of the area can answer.

1) we've experienced the traffic problems of Istanbul first hand. It is possible to commute by car from Kemerburgaz to the city centre (Beyoglu or Esentepe) every day? Alternatively can you park up and take the Metro?

2) my wife would be giving up a busy career and social life. Are there many English speakers living in Kemer Country? And any with young families? Is there a good social life to speak of? Whilst we would endeavour to learn some Turkish, I understand that this is likely to take some time.

Any advice on the above would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

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