I have lived in Istanbul for over five years. I am married. My wife and I live near Taksim because that is where the life of Istanbul is, but Taksim is a hectic place, so we live in a quieter neighborhoold that is a 5-10 minute walk from Taksim Square.
We love making new friends and look forward to hosting you. We are big fans of coffee in the morning and beer or wine on our balcony or in Taksim at night.
Since I have lived in Istanbul for so long, I am effectively a tourist guide in my own right, so even if you don't have an itinerary, or are overwhelmed by the number of things to see and do, I can help to point you in all the right directions.