I'm a travel writer who has lived short term in over a dozen countries. Finding one of a kind places to stay in each city has become my specialty. I handpicked this flat because it is everything I look for in a city home: Slightly off the tourist track so that I feel like I 'live' in the place I am visiting. With a view that leaves no doubt where I am. This flat is located in the charming Parisian-like Istanbul neighborhood called Cihangir popular with Turkish film industry types as well as intellectuals and artists. Lots of sidewalk cafes and turn of the century architecture.This large flat is fully furnished and includes television, A.C, washing machine, ceiling fans, dishwasher, wireless Internet and much more. It is a bright sunny flat facing the Bosphorus with its beautiful bridges, mosques, castles, and more. A quiet retreat from Istanbul's chaotic center, while just moments away. Ask about similar properties in this same neighborhood.
Location!Views!Great neighborhood!: As a travel writer who has lived in flats in over 14 countries in 9 years, I have a good idea of what global travelers like in a home away from home. I chose this flat for two main reasons: the neighborhood & the view. Homes with Bosphorus views in Istanbul are very expensive and much coveted. From this large 3+ bedroom flat you will enjoy one of the most outstanding views in all of Istanbul. Sit on your balcony in Europe and watch ships cross from Asia. Cihangir is considered one of the best places in Istanbul to live. Oft compared to Montmarte Paris. It is bohemian with many excellent outdoor cafes, turn-of-the-century architecture & cobblestone streets. The choice of residence for the city's artists, intellects, & foreigners. It is a short walk or tram ride to all the major sites. You'll have no hassles from rug salesmen or vendors here. Yet you are just moments from tourist central. It's the perfect combination of location, comfort, and views.
Be 'part' of Istanbul, and enjoy the view!: If you want to feel like you are part of Istanbul as opposed to a tourist - observer only, this is the place to stay. It is entirely safe day and night, and centrally located so that you are not more than a few minutes from Taksim and/or Sultanahmet. You will 'live' briefly in a charming neighborhood occupied by the city's artists, intellects, and foreigners. You'll see many a Turkish film star dining outside one of its cafes.
The view will blow you away. And the apartment is large enough for comfort but small enough to be cozy. 3+ bedrooms, large kitchen, dining...well, look at the pictures and you'll see. It is fabulous for entertaining in too. Filled with light and breathtaking views. Large balcony.
Your own personal guide, like visiting a friend: I have several Turkish friends who will take you by the hand if you wish and show you the city...the best places to eat, where to get your hair done etc....they'll even arrange for private tours of the city's monuments and outside the city if you like. Their English is impeccable and being a native of Istanbullan they know the city inside and out. They can show you the best places to eat, arrange private tours...and they can be your 'family' while you are in Istanbul.
This is a quiet building and the management has limited the number of guests who may stay in this flat at any one time to 5. If your group is larger, or if you want to not have to worry about being quiet, inquire about our other properties where noise is not an issue.
Central Istanbul, Turkey. On European side looking across the Bosphorus to Asia. Neighborhood is Cihangir, popular with artists, film industry people, and foreigners. Charming. Oft compared to Montmarte, Paris. Many articles have been written about this neighborhood in the Guardian and NY Times. It is the neighborhood lovingly referred to by Irhan Pamuk in his book 'Istanbul'. 10 min. walk to Taksim, 10 min. tram ride to Sultanahmet. Quiet apartment, close to all the sites while far away from tourist zone central to escape the carpet salesmen and vendors. Sidewalk cafes and boutiques abound. Close to tram and metro. Taxi stand one block away. Or walk anywhere from this location. Close to the sites, but just far way enough to feel like you live in Istanbul. Your own private balcony with a view over the Bosphorus and Golden Horn will provide you with many relaxing hours.
Other Activities: cafes, markets, ruins, shopping, restaurants, wonderful city life, live music
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