About This Listing
Highest quality designer linens and towels, sunning views and loft ceilings, 3 skylights. Newly renovated. Free water, coffee and airport bus pickup. Huge balcony with view from sunrise to sunset. 5 min to center. And I can show you around town too:)
I basically designed this house myself, so you won't find many others like it. By replacing the roof and rebuilding the structure, the loft ceilings, skylights and open, spacious feeling were made possible, though a bit unusual in Istanbul. I have tried to combine historic aspects with modern design in this one bedroom apartment in the center of downtown Istanbul.
The house is very sunny and bright in the daytime, combined with fantastic skyline views at night from the balcony. It also comes complete with free drinking water, filter and Turkish coffee, extensive guest book and brochures, transportation card, and music system.
It has been almost totally furnished in antiques, complete with vanity and the classic brass bed, brand new designer highest quality linens and towels (not shown) and all the modern comforts too, like a dishwasher, and air conditioner in the bedroom with an ionizer as well:) There is a great, constant breeze from the balcony, so you can basically decide your temperature for the rest of the house by how far you open the sliding glass door.
It has 3 SKYLITES as well. One is right overhead in the kitchen which brightens the room in a really dramatic way. The second is on the top of the shower. Yes, that's right, shower in the sunshine or the moonlight, and a bathroom fully brightened by natural light. The third is in the hallway, which makes long linear shadows down the wall. The whole apartment has quite high ceilings (3.25 m) and is the tallest building in the area (top floor) so it has a magnificent view on 3 sides, and a 26 m2 balcony. You can watch both the sunrise and sunset from here, but the city lights at night are the best in my opinion :)
I am Canadian and have lived in Istanbul for 14 years, so I know the city quite well, and am more than happy to help you out and make sure you have a great trip, and I live just next door in a totally separate apartment.. If I am free when you are arriving, which is most of the time, I will meet you in Taksim at the bus from the airport (or I will send a friend), and bring you and your luggage to the apartment too. During the walk to the house I can orient you to the city and point out good places to explore, ATM's, restaurants, antique shopping areas, historic buildings etc. Alternatively, I can arrange taxi pick up and departure from the airport as well, if you desire. Also, I will be happy to help get you get set up with public transportation, mobile phone if you like, advice, local knowledge, where to eat and go out, shopping, hidden spots, art shows etc.
If there is anything else you need just let me know.... I hope you will love it :)
-Guest Book Filled with Recommendations
-Free Drinking Water
-Pick Up and Orientation from Airport Bus
-Transportation Card (great savings)
-Free Filter and Turkish Coffee, ready to use
-Bath Robe Set and Slippers
-Iron and Ironing Board on request
Interaction with Guests
This really depends solely on what suites you best and what kind of experience you want to have here. I always offer to go out with guests and have made some very good friends either on the balcony or out in the center of town. In fact, I must say that I have gained a lot from meeting many of my Airbnb guests, and really enjoy talking with other travelers and swapping stories. Also, I am fairly up on national politics, architecture and the local scene, and am happy to impart what I know to help your understanding of this environs.
So, I am easily contacted and I leave it to you.... If you prefer to be independent and discover things yourselves (some guests are quite amazing at this), or perhaps you are here for a romantic getaway, then I completely understand that too, and will fully respect your desire for privacy. It's all about you :)))
Finally, I'm available for any type of question, problem, emergency or taxi arrangement as well, 24/7.
This neighborhood is what I would call 'the real Turkey', and is basically the Turkish middle class. Families that have owned their houses for 20 years, local bakery and corner stores that are part of the community, locals sitting outside on the street talking, eating sunflower seeds, and watching over the kids playing, the kindly men at the local tea shop. It's a slice of local culture, and a genuine community. In addition, it is extremely close to the center of town, the posh restaurants, live music, art galleries, and all the transportation. Everyone in this neighborhood knows each other's names :)
The apartment is just 5 minutes from Istiklal Street, and right next to the best restaurants, shopping and night life in town. All the public transport (metro, buses, ferries, Tunnel funicular, city tram, dolmus, taxis and airport bus) is easily accessible in 5 to 15 min from here too. Sultan Hamet and the Grand Bazaar are about 30 minutes away. Ferries to the Asian Side (Kadikoy) and the Islands are about 15 min from here.Tunnel and Nevizade areas, and Galata tower, (popular local and tourist destinations) are all only a quick 5 to 10 minute walk away. I can instruct you about the best ways to get where ever you want to go too... also, check the guest book for new and undiscovered places...
Other Things to Note
I will supply you with a local Istanbul Card for transportation, which is about 200% cheaper than paying cash, and can be used for two people on almost all means of transport in the city. There will be 10TL on it when you arrive, so please try to 'leave the tank full' and put 10tl on it too before you are leave... You will probably have to put extra money on it at any of the many transportation hubs in the city, but it is a much easier and cheaper system than cash.
Also, only change a minimum amount of money at the airport; you can get a much better rate in town!
You probably don't want to take a taxi from Sabia Gokcen airport unless it is very late at night; it is about 120tl. The airport bus (Havatash) is about 10tl per person and takes almost exactly the same amount of time.
I'm a pretty flexible guy, so no real worries on this one. I try to manage the house for the maximum benefit of all my guests. So, when it comes to checkout I don't mind what time you leave, and if it is empty at that time it's yours all day :)) However, if someone new is arriving early the same day, then please pack up by about 1 pm and you can go explore the city for the day. You can store your luggage till your departure, no problem at all. Only, I need to clean the apartment and change the linens etc. (about 2 to 4 hrs) and the apartment should be empty and cleaned when the new guest arrives. Here's to hoping that this is an improvement on hotels' strict checkout polices :)
This apartment was amazing and James and Ece gave us answers to every query, giving us a little tour when we arrived as well! All the recommendations they gave were great and the area of the apartment to shops and Bars is perfect. Please don't book if you can't handle the stairs though!! You have to ask yourself when you leave a place of you would consider staying there again... We would without a doubt stay here again! Perfect for a weeks stay :)
Mon séjour dans l'appartement de James s'est déroulé dans d'excellentes conditions! Le lieu est situé dans un petit quartier très calme tout près (10 minutes à pied) du coeur d'un chouette quartier haut en couleurs, pleins de petits bars et restaurants. On se sent vite très à l'aise dans l'appartement de James. Au dernier étage d'un petit immeuble, la magnifique terrasse surplombe une bonne partie de la ville: magique!
The host was very welcoming picked us and got us acquainted wıth İstanbul straight away!
Min fru och jag hade ett par fantastiska dagar i Istanbul (första gången). James svarade snabbt på de frågor vi hade och var mycket hjälpsam. Under vistelsen var James upptagen med filmjobb men vi fick all hjälp vi behövde av hans vän Ece som mötte oss vid flygbussen och guidade oss och gav oss värdefull information. Granskapet kan sägas vara ett bostadsområde med små affärer och bagerier, det är trevligt att gå ner att köpa bröd hos bagaren och frukt hos frukthandlaren. Lägenheten har en mycket fin terrass med en riktigt fin vy. Terrassen är det absolut bästa med lägenheten som annars kan beskrivas som ett rum med kök. Man skall tänka på att lägenheten ligger på sjätte våningen (utan hiss) men när man kommer ut på terrassen glömmer man snabbt trapporna....
Myself and my girlfriend only stayed with james for a couple of days, but it was perfect. The place was very clean, the pictures dont do the space justice at all. The view was amazing, even during the colder months. James has very good taste and the flat was beautifully furnished with a great layout.
James was friendly and very welcoming. He invited us into his own flat and asked us back when ever we wanted to hangout, unfortunately we didn't get a chance to chat properly. Maybe next time as I intend to stay there again.
About the Host, James
Teacher, traveller, climber, diver, adventurer. Currently teaching the prep year at Bogazici University. Istanbul is a great city.
About me, well let's see, I'm Canadian..... and I studied Development work and Environmental Studies in Canada, which led me to a life of travel. I have done research in Baffin Island with the Inuit, and also with the Karen people, in a village in Northern Thailand. I lived in Thailand for 5 years, did aid work in Burma (for the Karen, not the 'government'), and then moved to South Korea. After travelling the Phillipines, India, Nepal and Northern Pakistan I moved to Hong Kong for 2 years. I also spent a good part of my high school in the States, though most of my family comes from England and Scotland. I've been in Istanbul for about 12 years now, cause it is just an impossible place to leave!! :)) Hope to meet you so we can exchange stories, info and insights on the world...
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