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We had a lovely time staying in the apartment, and being in Balat definitely gave us a different view on Istanbul than we might have gotten elsewhere. Ozkan was extremely helpful making sure everything was arranged ahead of time (he and Peter were traveling when we arrived), and helped us with transportation to and from the airport. The apartment is small but functional - a little kitchen, fridge, oven, stove, pots, pans and silverware. We had a great time walking around (it's very hilly, you will definitely get a workout!) and used the guest book (filled with tips) to find places to visit and eat. The area is very traditional, and relatively poor, though there are small signs of emerging gentrification, and a little ragged around the edges, but the apartment itself is great, and we had no problems walking around, even at night. If you're looking for a taste of the real Istanbul, or at least a part of it, I highly recommend this stay. Thank you so much, Ozkan and Peter!