It will be a pleasure for me if I can show you the real Turkish hospitality and if you feel comfortable in my home.
LOCATION and THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
I live in Göztepe Minibüs Street which is the safest place in İstanbul. Wealthy and well-educated people would prefer to live here. You will feel the Turkish elite life style in Göztepe. Supermarkets, banks, restaurants, museums, fish bazaar, theaters, opera, movie theaters, pubs, bars are so close and shopping is not expensive. It's a strategic location to go all the places in Istanbul.
If you want to go to Eminönü, Sultanahmet, Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace, Princes' Islands, you can use bus for 10 minutes to Kadıköy, and ferry ride with a great Bosphorus view for 20 minutes.
If you want to see Bağdat Street which has so many shopping centers, Kalamış Marina for yachts, Fenerbahçe, Caddebostan Beach for swimming, beach volley and pubs, you can walk 20 minutes on a nice view streets and beautiful flower gardens.
You can go to Kadıköy by bus or train in 10 minutes and you can use the metrobus to Atatürk airport, metro (underground), ferry, cable railway, bus to everywhere. You can always go to Taksim by yellow minibuses in 15 minutes. I will give some tips for shortcuts.
ABOUT MY HOME:
It's an extremely comfortable, sunny, 3+1, 140 m² apartment which exactly has everything you need. It's on the fifth floor with an elevator and it has two bedrooms, one bathroom, air conditioners which are in one bedroom and in the living room, a balcony with foliage views (if you need you can smoke in the balcony), lots of closet space, a large living area and a kitchen. It has wooden floors in the house and receives tremendous sunlight during the day. I have wireless high speed unlimited internet connection, professional hair dryer, TV, record player, water pipe. The kitchen is equipped with a marble counter top, a full size refrigerator, a cooker, a kettle, a microwave, cupboard space for storage and enough cookware/dishware for entertaining. You can cook, make Turkish coffee by coffeemaker, or cook Japanese-style rice by Japanese rice cooker. Drinking water is free. You can use sports equipment. Moreover, you can also use whatever you need.
The guest bedroom has a comfortable double Super King size bed (180×200 cm), air conditioner, large windows, massage table, massage oils and huge closets (in the next room). I also provide clean towels & sheets. There are a lot of wonderful places to see in Istanbul so you can relax after long, tiring days in your quiet room.
Come, stay and take good memories with you to your home :)
This was our first airbnb experience and I must say it was nothing short of exceptional! I don't see how anybody could ever top Chari as a host anywhere in the world!! He is one of the kindest, funniest, most helpful and talented people I have ever met. From making us a lovely breakfast to helping us organize very comfortable (and very reasonably priced) transport to driving us around the city to take in the sights, Chari selflessly helped us and cared for us in every way possible. His place was extremely clean and comfortable and my 1.5yr old son has adopted Chari as his very own "uncle". I cant recommend enough this absolutely fantastic host and cozy apartment!
We had a delightful few days in Kadikoy and would definitely recommend staying on the asian side away from all the more touristy parts of Istanbul. Chari is a wonderful, enthusiastic and funloving chap who genuinely loves welcoming people in to his home as friends. You will be very welcome here!
Simply awesome guy with an amazing sense of humor!
For my next trip to Turkey, there wouldn’t be a doubt as to where to stay (hopefully)!
Chari aka Turkish Superman bakes his own bread, pickles olives, cooks superb breakfast and prepares hookah on a balcony (I know!)!
The neighborhood is great, very green with commercial and residential areas, great parks and gardens.
Chari, words cannot describe how I’m glad to get to know you. Thank you for a such a memorable stay in Istanbul.
Note for a visitor, Chari place should be on a tour guide.
Chari is a successful lawyer who loves hosting guests at his place. The flat was really nice and quiet so that you don't get bothered by the early morning mosque prayer. The area is well connected to both airports, and Kadikoy centre/pier is easily accessed by bus.
He took afternoon off of his busy work schedule to take me to the local beach overlooking Prince Islands. Although it was just for one night, we shared lots of stories while listening to his vinyl record collections. Highly recommended!