Ahmet Afif Pasha Waterside Residence / Yeniköy
With its architectural design and size, Ahmet Afif Pasha Waterside Residence is one of the most distinguished residences in the Bosphorous. The first owner of the residence was the daughter of Koca Reşit Pasha, Mrs. Ferendiz. Its second owner was Ahmet Afif Pasha, after whom the estate was named, the caretaker of the commissaries in the estate and the husband of Refia Sultan. When Afif Pasha had the estate reconstructed by Alexandre Valluary, the architect of well known Zeki Pasha Waterside Residence, after having the estate demolished, the residence became known by his name.
Ahmet Afif Pasha Waterside Residence was bought by the Muhayyeş Family in 1926, after the demise of the Pasha in 1920. When Misbah Muhayyeş, a tradesman from Beirut, who assisted Mustafa Kemal in Syria died in 1955, the residence changed hands and was owned by his inheritors. However, the inheritors had failed to take proper care of the estate, which was in derelict condition up until the 1980s, after which it was eventually bought by Kemal Uzan from the inheritors in 1986. After a lengthy and comprehensive restoration the estate was used as the residence of Mr. Uzan.
Ahmet Afif Pasha Waterside Residence, is composed of two parcels of land, which amounts to 2 242 m2 land, also had a grove of 17 thousand 500 m2 at its back. However, the grove and the residence are not connected today. This antique residence consists of the ground floor, two regular floors and an attic floor with a roof area. With its 22 rooms and hallways altogether, the residence has 1250 m2 indoors area. There is also a house built of stone with its own garden, garage and boathouse in the parcel that is situated by the residence.
The residence was sold to Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, the chairman of board of directors of Akbank for 58 million TL in 2009.