Bahcelievler was called Hepdemon during the Byzantine Empire and was the agricultural center of the city due to the good groundwater in the area. It was also a preferred summer retreat because of its vicinity to the sea. There are many historical monuments from these earlier periods. The Siyavuşaşa Pavilion (Pool Villa), Viran Palace, Mimar Sinan Bridge (Çobançeşme Bridge) are among the landmarks of the region.
In 1978 the government instructed planned urbanization in the area. High buildings started being built from then on. Comparing to other areas in Istanbul, Bahcelievler has much more structured planning. It quickly became popular by well-known building companies, developing high-end and impressive apartment and villa projects in the area. This resulted in a number of good international schools, hospitals, and big shopping centers settling in Bahcelievler district as well, making it an ideal location to live.
It is possible to reach Bahçelievler, by using the E-5 highway or Basın Ekspres road, or by using the M1 and M3 lines and the T1 tram line.