SPACIOUS W ELEVATOR, CAFE ON GROUND FLOOR & TEA GARDEN NEXT DOOR. CHARM!

Robin Sparks

Speaks spanish, english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Apartment, 3 + Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8)

This spacious, sunny 2 story flat on the 5th & 6th floors has city views and an elevator! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large kitchen. Charming and comfortable, and best of all is its location in central Cihangir, surrounded by cafes and next to Cihangir's central tea garden and antique alley.

Sleeps 5 in beds (3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths) and can sleep up to 8 with use of sleeper sofas in the salon. Ask about our other flat (identical layout) just below this one for large groups.

Much of Cihangir is hilly, but this flat is located in a flat location. On the first floor of the building is a delightful restaurant, and there are literally dozens of cafes within a few steps away. This flat is just a short walk or tram ride to all the major sites. http://bit.ly/17lDVlp

Lots of tile and wood and Turkish textiles throughout this 2-story, 3 bedroom flat. It has an inside staircase as well as separate entrances accessible by elevator. City views. Decorated with a mixture of antiques and modern furniture and art from Turkey and Indonesia.

Has a large fully supplied kitchen. 1 toilet + sink in bathroom downstairs, bathroom upstairs includes 1 toilet, sink, + shower/bath. All rooms in this house including the living-dining room can be closed off with solid wood doors to allow for greater privacy. Beautiful wood and tile floors throughout.

There are 2 standing balconies. The balcony upstairs is enclosed.

Large sunny eat in kitchen with antique table and chairs. The living room is spacious and cozy and can be closed off with a door to create a 4th bedroom with 1 large + 1 single sleeper sofa.

This spacious flat has a very homey feeling to it and is in an excellent location (for this hilly city!), with cafes just downstairs and all around (and they deliver!). For a taste of Istanbullan life, this is the flat! Cihangir's main tea garden is just next door.

Just a few minutes walk from this flat puts you just about anywhere you want to go. There is a taxi stand across the street. The tram is down the hill. Antique Alley (Cucurcuma) is one block away. Walk to Taksim or Istiklal Avenue in 5-10 min.

Feel like you live in a charming village in this flat as it is surrounded by traditional and modern cafes, and is just one block from Cucurcuma - also known as Antique Alley.

Ceiling fans in each room. A.C. Lots of windows and light and breezes in this flat. Lots of counter space and a real oven in the kitchen.

Located in the charming Cihangir neighborhood populated by artists, foreigners, and locals in the film business. Neighborhood has a bohemian, turn of the century feel to it.

40% off regular rates Nov 1-April 1, 2014! (holidays not included)

50% off regular rates for long term rentals Nov 1 - April 1, 2014

Regular Rates

2 Nights $ 210.00 per night

7+ nights $200.00 per night

14+ nights $158.00 per night

30+ nights/monthly rate $4200 per month

Rates are for 1-4 guests. Additional guests are $20 more per night.

Rate includes wifi, phone, satellite tv, air conditioning and radiant heat. We can arrange a driver to meet you at the airport holding up your name for a small fee. There is a one-time cleaning fee of $70.

You will LOVE this flat.

50% off regular rates Nov 15-March 15!

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the manager
We are loving Istanbul and your apartment. What a wonderful (and chaotic) city and a great location for an apartment. Despite the 4:30 call to prayers, the place is very quiet due to the proximity to the mosque. The weather here is very much like San Francisco where we are from.



Thanks again.



Steven and Patricia
May 2014
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Robin Sparks

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2006
Speaks spanish, english

I am a travel writer who rents flats in my favorite places on the planet to global travelers. I believe that when we 'live' in the places we visit, even briefly, we connect on a deeper level. After all, it is mostly the residents who make up the character of the places we visit. I began renting flats to stay in myself when I traveled many years ago, and learned that my experiences were far richer when I traveled in this manner. And so, I look for my favorite neighborhoods and apartments in my favorite cities, and provide them to other global travelers. Connection is what excites me. Ask me for my blog address for more information. By the way, I was in Istanbul during the demonstrations and I am still here, in fact extending my stay because it is a heartwarming time to be here. I realize that most of what you see is the news lately are protests, but that was contained in specific areas, easy to avoid. All is peaceful now and the current movement is a grass roots one - a reaching out to the people of Anatolia to inspire them to also stand up for freedom of speech. Turkey is evolving and it is an exciting time to be here. (written Aug 2013). You will be entirely safe. 99.9% of Istanbul was entirely unaffected by the demonstrations.

Robin Sparks purchased this apartment in 2007

Perfect location in a charming neighborhood surrounded by cafes and tea gardens. The layout of this flat will give you lots of room and privacy. And you can get to all the sites easily from here. Right next door to Antique Alley in Cucurcuma.

If you have a large group, ask about the flat below this one. If available, they can be rented together. I love this location as I can get anywhere I want to go in minutes and the area is very safe. Out of all our flats, this one has the most neighborly feeling. City views. And this apartment happens to be in a flat area in a city that is full of steep hills.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Spacious w Elevator, Cafe on ground floor & tea garden next door. Charm!
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews
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Spacious w Elevator, Cafe on ground floor & tea garden next door. Charm!
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Beyoglu Istanbul
2

Not up to Par

  • 2 of 5
We had an incredible vacation and loved Istanbul.
We have been renting apartments all around the world for 15+ years.  This will be the first time we will be posting a negative review.  There were multiple problems with the apartment and the response to the problems we had while staying here was inadequate at best.
I will start by telling you the good points.
The location is great and the size of the apartment is perfect.  The apartment is close to everything and it was relatively quiet. The area is hip and vibrant and we loved the proximity to good food and shopping and public transportation. The stove and the clothes washer in the kitchen worked great.
Here are the negatives.
1) The apartment had been minimally cleaned when we arrived. There were dirty dishes in the sink, dust everywhere; looked like it was not even swept for weeks. The cabinets in the kitchen were grimy and the drawers were a mess.  
2) A number of lights and light bulbs were not functioning when we arrived. The front bedroom was without electricity for three days, lights near the stove not functioning, overhead light in upstairs bathroom not working; we only had a small light working in the bathroom, we had to open the bathroom door and turn on the hall light to see. We even tried to replace some lights but needed a ladder to reach the bathroom light fixture and we cannot find a ladder.
3) We tried to clean up some but the broom and vacuum was stuck in the closet with a stuck door. The person in charge opened it 4 days into our stay but inexplicably shut it (stuck again) a week later. After that, we could not clean the floors and despite pleas, the person in charge never came back so we could not sweep up after that.
4) The person in charge was basically useless. He responded to our emails and told us each time he will be there "today" but took days to come by (if at all) and when he did come, he would fix one thing and tells us he will be back tomorrow with "tools" but tomorrow never came. We eventually gave up. That was actually the most frustrating part of our stay.
5) The phone shower could not be hung up because the holder for the shower was broken so we had to shower sitting, holding on to the shower head. We are fairly agile for sixty year olds but the shower set up could potentially be a safety hazard.
6) Internet connection was sketchy at best. We had to reset it multiple times a day.
As of yet no response from the owner.
  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car
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Beyoglu Istanbul
Courtenay, Canada
5

Great location; Comfortable apartment.

  • 5 of 5
We are a 60 something couple and stayed in the Firuzaga apartment for 3weeks. Robin arranged a ride from the airport and Elif arranged our ride back to the airport. All went off perfectly. Highly recommended. Apartment nicely furnished. Elif responded very quickly to requests. Apartment is in a great location only about 10-12 minutes easy slight uphill walk for us. There were some protests in Taksim that reached as far as the apartment but being on the 5th & 6th floors we could not have felt safer.

We generally walked up to Taksim then took the funicular down to Kabatas to catch the tram to the old city. We found the walk down the hill hard on our knees. The Istanbulkart is the way to go. They advertise that up to 5 people can ride on one card (which sounds very convenient), but be forewarned, only the first rider gets a discount on transfers. If you do a lot of rides on the metro & trams it adds up in a hurry.

All in all... Highly recommend this apartment.
  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious w Elevator, Cafe on ground floor & tea garden next door. Charm!
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Beyoglu Istanbul
Los Angeles, CA, USA
5

My Favorite City in The World

  • 5 of 5
I have traveled through 20-30 countries across all of the continents and nothing quite compares to the beautiful and mesmerizing mix that Istanbul offers--culture, night life, history and amazing food. Istanbul has it all and renting from Robin makes it that much better. Her properties offer the best views, best neighborhood niches and best locations.

The place was clean, comfortable and perfect home base to come back to after our adventures on the city. We couldn't have asked for more.

Thank you!
  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Spacious w Elevator, Cafe on ground floor & tea garden next door. Charm!
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Beyoglu Istanbul
Paris
5

Nice flat in the heart of Modern Istanbul

  • 5 of 5
We were a group of eight people and really enjoyed our stay at Firuzaga flat rented by Davide & Elif. The flat is situated in one of the best corner of Cihangir area in Beyoglu: it's a dynamic nearby and safe area where you cross real inhabitants of Istanbul downtown. There are several bars and cafe around the building, as well as grocery store, bakery, local commerce and even carrefour supermarket. it has a good view sight at 5th and 6th floor, and hopefully the lift works well, that's one of the reasons we choose this flat for our senior parents. The photos reflect well the colorful inside paintings and beautiful little carpets as internal decoration. The only weak point is lack of large saucepan in the kitchen if you are a big group and wish to cook once. Don't worry about the noise of the mosque beside, the voice is not very powerful and you'll be used to that typical short song soon. Davide welcomed us at arrival for check-in and Elif came to say us goodbye at check-out, they are both kind and available by tel and email, they may arrange your transfer service to airport if you wish. it is ten minutes from Istiklal avenue, so ideal also for shopping and night life. I recommend this apartment, you'll like it!
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Beyoglu Istanbul
North America
4

Ideally located comfortable apartment

  • 4 of 5
Our family of six had an enjoyable stay in Robin's apt. We were very pleased about the location and we, as well as the previous reviewer, had to consider our trip closely with respect to the protests going on in Taksim Square. We decided to not let that affect our plans. We were in Taksim Square every day and though there was always police presence there, we felt safe even if the activities re protests were a little overwhelming at times, it was certainly no reason to change travel plans over. If anything, it added some cultural interest to the trip!

The neighbourhood has every possible convenience. I have a little tip re public transport. It would be more cost effective to walk DOWN to Karakoy tram station rather than UP to Taksim to take the funicular down where you would hook up to the tram to get into the old district. The walk is almost the same distance and better downhill (note that up to Taksim from the apt is not too steep - not a problem at all but why walk up so that you can pay to go down?). The public transport system is not expensive but each portion of the journey is a separate fare. Then I would recommend on the way back from a long day of sightseeing to take the tram across to Karakoy and take the funicular up to Taksim and walk down to the apt. Also, it is best to use the Istanbul card so that value can be added onto the card and can be used up to a maximum of 5 people. There is a magazine stand in Taksim Square that apparently sells them, however he was sold out when we needed them. Ironically, they are not sold in the funicular station at Taksim square. It was a bit of a wild goose chase to find them. We finally found the cards along the Bosphorous in the area where are the cruises depart from (across from the spice market).

APT: All was as stated and shown in pictures. There was plenty of room for us all. I was only just a little disappointed with the kitchen (this is a personal thing and I can understand that this is likely a non-issue for many people). We like to cook for ourselves and I found the kitchen without airconditioning in summer to be way too hot at the end of the day to cook in. Perhaps if there were some blinds to keep the heat out, a/c air could have circulated better from the living room. There were also some key task lights in the kitchen that had burnt out bulbs.

Robin and Elif were helpful and available. Correspondence was easy and this was much appreciated.

Thank you!
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Beyoglu Istanbul
Washington state, USA
5

Great time in Istanbul

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 teens) had a fantastic stay in Robin's Firugaza flat. A short time before our departure from home, the protests over Gezi Park, etc broke out. We closely watched the news, and kept in touch with Robin. Numerous family and friends felt we should just remove Istanbul from our itinerary. Are we ever glad we didn't change our plans! We have travelled far and wide across this city (to the ancient sites in Sultanehmet via tram, across to Karakoy, in Asia, via passenger ferry, to historic Balat & Fener neighborhoods via city bus) and haven't felt unsafe or threatened at all! We had planned to avoid Taksim entirely, but went up there the very first day and nearly everyday since. (Mind you, we are simply observers, keeping a low profile, with a clear exit plan if things were to escalate.) Seeing the citizens standing in silent protest was actually quite moving. Even if unrest was still occurring, it doesn't feel as if you'd ever notice in other areas of town: this is a huge city, and it shouldn't be defined by that one area. Thankfully, Robin's words of encouragement were spot-on, and we had nothing to worry about!

Now to the flat and neighborhood: one word- wonderful! We loved everything about the flat: kids had their own rooms, we all had room enough to spread out, and it has all that you need. Plus it's really nicely decorated. Enjoyed and actually looked forward to the call to prayer from the next door mosque (even the 4:30 am one)! Living above and among all the cafes, bakeries, markets and shops was awesome! Talk about great aromas and outstanding food choices just steps from the front door. Haven't had a bad meal yet, but our favorite so far was Mucver's just across the street. We had a sampler of their "homemade items", and loved every one.

Elif, who initially met us and showed us the appt was sweet, friendly and kind. Davide, who we hired to take us on a half day tour was very informative and fun to be with! We strongly recommend doing this if you want to feel comfortable getting around like (and with) the locals! Plus we got a feeling for the areas we most want to spend our time at.

Our visit to Istanbul is exceeding our expectations; we'd love to live here (but not drive here) :-)

Greetings from Washington State, USA, Jeff, Lynne, Sarah & Ethan
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Hagia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Grand Bazaar
Topkapı Palace
Galata Bridge
Sultanahmet Square
Beyoğlu
Galata Tower
Istiklal Caddesi
360 Istanbul
Ferries
"A must do - trip up the Bosphorus and back. Cheap, beautiful, another view of Istanbul from ..."
Eminönü
"Great shopping, boats, fresh fish seaside, lots of local color"
Funicular
Süleymanıye Camıı
Golden Horn
Istanbul Archaeology Museum
Dolmabahçe Mosque
Maiden's Tower
Pierre Loti
Sehir Hatlari Full Bosphorus Cruise
Çemberlitaş Hamamı
Chora Church
Üsküdar
Ortakoy
REINA
"Huge disco on the Bosphorus."
Galata Mevlevihanesi
Karaköy
Eyüp Sultan Camii
Babylon
Topkapı Sarayı
Fish Bazaar
Pierre Loti Tepesi
Bebek İskelesi
"Nice chic getaway from central Istanbul...walk along the Bosphorus to this village. Eat over..."
Assk Cafe
"Wonderful place for breakfast or lunch."
The Spice Bazaar
Basilica Cistern
Bosphorus Bridge
Taksim Square
Bebek
Çiçek Pasajı
New Mosque
The Old City
Nevizade Sokak
"Great food and street dining atmosphere"
Tophane
Hamdi Restaurant
Taksim
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ataturk Airport, 30 min. by car
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Kabatas
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
tram just down the hill
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Princes' Islands, 30 min by fast ferry
Car: not necessary

Amazing neighborhood...central and you'll feel like you live in a village surrounded by sidewalk cafes, check out this guide we have put together for you for things to do in the area. There are many more cafes within a few feet of this flat that we can give you info about after you check on. Our favorite attractions in Istanbul - http://bit.ly/17lDVlp

10 min or less walk to tram and/or subway. Surrounded by sidewalk cafes and a large tea garden and antique alley. Great walking area. Very safe neighborhood. Just minutes walk from Istiklal, Istanbul's pedestrian dining and shopping street. This neighborhood has charm galore and is within easy reach of all the sites. Just 5 min walk to subway, or 10 min walk to tram which will wisk you to Sultanahmet in 10 min. Taxi stand across the street. You will LOVE this neighborhood...a great combination of traditional and modern.

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Beyoglu Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall/Winter, excl holidays
Nov 15 2014 - Mar 15 2015
2 night minimum stay
$85
$510
$1,700
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$170
$1,090
$2,900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/prep fee $70
utilities long stay $200
Notes Rates are for 4 guests, each additional guest is $20 more per night.

We offer half day tours & airport pickups for reasonable rates.

You will LOVE this neighborhood. Everything you need within steps of your door. The baker, the candlestick maker :), the key maker, the grocer, and so much more...Feel like you LIVE in a charming nook of Istanbul with easy access to the major tourist sites.
Holidays (Dec 17-Jan 5) are standard rates.

Pay 30% of total +3.9% transaction fee via paypal.com or bank wire. Balance in cash on arrival. Email for details.

$70 one-time cleaning fee for 2 weeks or less stays. Cleaning fee every 2 weeks for longer stays.

Utility/water/building maintenance fee of $200 per month for month or longer stays.
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Amenities

Amenities

Beyoglu Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 6
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
  • 6 stories
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Also sink. located in hall between living room & kitchen
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , also has sink. Located in hall between bedrooms.
  • Tile floors and walls. Conveniently located, one on each floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , antiques, lg window w city view, lots of storage
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , lg bedroom w/ enclosed balcony. Sunny.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , bright room w/ antique textiles, private
    Salon - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Salon has 2 sleeper couches and shuts off from rest of house
  • We can bring portable crib. Just ask, 2 Sleep Sofas in living room that can be shut off with door and can double as 4th bedroom. Bedrooms have wood floors, doors, and window frames. Lots of antiques and Turkish textiles throughout. A wall of wood storage cabinets in bedroom #1 and large window with city views. Bedrooms and 1 bathroom are on the 6th floor; salon, kitchen and bathroom #2 on 5th floor. Staircase between floors, also elevator with separate entrances.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • walking
  • boating
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • racquetball
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • cycling
Notes:
Lots of wood framed windows, wood and tile floors, Turkish textiles and art. Wonderful location in the middle of the Cihangir neighborhood made famous by writer Irhan Permak, in his book 'Istanbul', and recently featured in a Guardian article as 'One of the Best Places to Live'. Next door to Cihangir's main tea garden. Ma & Pa cafes just downstairs w delicious food. They deliver! So much entertainment,shopping and food right out your door.
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