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50% Off Fall/Winter. Superb Bosphorus.Vu, 3 BR, Lg. Balc, Best Cntrl Nbrhood

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sunrise view of Bosphorus Bridge from salon and master bedroom

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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

50% Fall/winter discount excluding holidays (Dec 15-Jan 5).

I love my 'Cihangir 1 Flat' and I think you will too.
The 3 bedroom flat is comfortable and cozy and very sunny and bright with a breathtaking views enjoyed from almost every room in the house, especially the large balcony. The balcony is large enough to entertain on. Watch the fireworks over the Bosphorus bridge every night. Watch ships from around the world glide by on the Bosphorus. Wood floors and tile throughout. Enjoy Turkish art on the walls and Turkish rugs, nice linens and towels, books on the shelves...in other words, move in, unpack, and enjoy!

Three enclosed bedrooms. The main bedroom is quite large and surrounded with windows overlooking the Bosphorus. Bedroom #2 is very comfortable w king size bed and many closets for your clothing and luggage. Bedroom #3 is a cozy quiet bedroom with double bed. Renovated bathroom. Kitchen is large and roomy, and the dining room has a lovely round wood table w matching chairs and buffet with fabulous views.

Note: This flat is very quiet and I have promised the residents of this building that you will be too. The management is watchful and rules about not disturbing the neighbors is strictly enforced. A maximum of 6 guests are allowed in this flat. My other flats are more suitable for parties.

The neighborhood of Cihangir is one of Istanbul's most popular. It is Bohemian in nature with most of its residents writers, artists or in the film industry. This is the place to come if you prefer to avoid heavily touristed areas where you will be hounded by vendors. The streets are cobblestone and the architecture turn of the century. Oft compared to Montmarte in Paris. Sidewalk cafes and boutiques abound. You are a short walk to public transportation and 10 minutes walking to the center of Istanbul's entertainment area (Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue).And just moments by tram to the old city of Sultanahmet.

A recent Guardian article says:'Istanbul's small district of Cihangir ranked among the best places to live...'This is an Orhan Pamuk kind of neighborhood. You'll still pass woodturning workshops, button warehouses and old ice-cream parlors en route for that dark urbane bookshop. It still feels old and ancient and unretired and a bit shaby,' said the article. 'There are still whiskery grocers who'll deliver figs to the door. The dervishes still whirl up the hill at the Galata Lodge. Only now there's a great rooftop bar or 6 with views over the Bosphorus (I'd consider moving here for the vviews alone) and a good modern art gallery at the bottom of the hill. What with culture and economics so sifed to the east, this feels like where the world begins.' The Guardian January 23, 2012

Rates are for up to 4 guests. Each additional guest is $20 more per night.
There is a $70 cleaning/prep fee.
Our driver will meet you at the airport and bring you to the flat where my assistant will greet you. Driver fee is $45usd per car (holds up to 8)

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking allowed on balcony only...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    ask owner...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3

    ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • King size beds (1) nice quiet room, comfortable bed, walls lined with storage closets, Queen size Beds (1) A beautiful bedroom surrounded by wrap-around views of the Bosphorus, includes chaise for reading and a desk., Double Beds (1) Quiet small bedroom in the back next to bathroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) One is in a window alcove with a picture postcard view separated from main bedroom by curtain. The other is in an alcove in the living room, also with a view...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Recently renovated. Sorry, but most flats in Istanbul have only 1 bathroom. We offer other flats with 2 toilets, but this flat has the most expansive views and largest balcony....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Wood & marble floors, art on walls, quality linens. Antiques. One bedroom entirely lined on one end with windows overlooking the water. Living and dining also have fabulous views. And then there's the balcony...A cozy, sunny flat 5 steps down from street level. Located on hillside so views are unobstructed....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    Expansive view of one of the Bosphorus. Sit in Europe and look across the water at Asia. Look down the Bosphorus at the glittering Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmace Palace and much more. Quiet, with only the sounds of the boats and the call to prayer from across the city....moreless

  • Water View:

    Amazing Bosphorus views. Makes you feel like you too are on a boat plying this famous strait. A view to the Asian continent....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Large wood table w matching chairs. Views. Hardwood parquet floors and many restaurants a short walk away....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Two air conditioners plus ceiling fans throughout apartment...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    2 blocks from house. Pay parking garage. Cars not advised as traffic is thick in Istanbul and public transport and taxis cheap and readily available....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Radiant throughout ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Large with amazing views. Parquet wood floors, Turkish art and antiques....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Local outgoing and international incoming. ...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    large fully furnished. Includes dishwasher. Marble counter tops. Tile floors. Full oven and stovetop. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic, can stock kitchen for small fee...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Large with freezer...moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Large, peaceful overlooking the ships on the Bosphorus and the Asian shore. Expansive view from mouth of Bosphorus beyond Bosphorus Bridge. Nice marble dining table and iron chairs...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway To Water

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Shoulder
Nov 16 - Dec 16, 2015
2 night min stay
$199
$1,350 $3,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Holiday
Dec 17 - Jan 4, 2016
5 night min stay
$250
$1,700

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Jan 5 - Mar 15, 2016
2 night min stay
$120
$840 $2,200

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$235
$1,600 $4,200

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • airport meeting & driver $45
  • cleaning/prep $70
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

50% off regular rates Nov 15-Mar 13, holidays excepted.

Rates are for 1-4 guests. Each additional guest is $20 more per night.

There is a $70 cleaning/prep fee.

We recommend using our driver who will pick you up at the airport for $45 per car and bring you to the flat. Taxis in Istanbul are notorious for 'getting lost'.


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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Ataturk
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
all around house
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
.5 miles at Kabatas
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
tram just downhill
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Downtown Istanbul doesn't really have highways
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
all around house
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Ortakoy

Car: Not Necessary

A very bright and warm flat with panoramic views that sleeps up to 8, and most comfortable for 6. Lots of sidewalk cafes and boutiques in neighborhood. See article about Cihangir neighborhood below. A 10 min walk to Taksim Square - the center of Istanbul's entertainment and dining center. And only 10 min by tram to Sultanahmet. No one will harass you to buy a carpet in this charming neighborhood with its turn of the century buildings and cobblestone streets. Where Istanbul's film industry folk and foreigners live. Oft compared to Montmarte in Paris or Soho in New York. A quiet sunny flat. The neighborhood from recent travel magazine article: 'Istanbul's small district of Cihangir ranked among the best places to live...'This is an Orhan Pamuk kind of neighborhood. You'll still pass woodturning workshops, button warehouses and old ice-cream parlors en route for that dark urbane bookshop. It still feels old and ancient and unretired and a bit shaby,' said the article. 'There are still whiskery grocers who'll deliver figs to the door. The dervishes still whirl up the hill...'

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: I am a travel writer who has lived in and traveled to over 2 dozen countries. I always stay in flats and have chosen some of my favorite places on the planet in which to provide apartments to rent to other global travelers. It's the only way to travel, as it takes you out of the tourist observer mode and puts you squarely into the 'real' spirit of the Place in which you are traveling. All my flats have the following things in common: 1. located just outside the tourist zone so that you might experience the authentic spirit of Place while being close enough to the sites and transportation to get to the 'tourist zone' easily, 2. beautiful views that leave no doubt where you are, 3. At least 2 bedrooms (except for my Terrace 1 flat which has one bedroom and a living/bedroom suite.

Why the Owner Chose Istanbul:
Istanbul is my favorite city in the world. It is colorful, vibrant, full of history and the melodious sound of Middle Eastern music and the call to prayer, delicious food, and best of all, the Turks themselves. Turks are the most hospitable people on the planet. If you stay in a hotel in this city, you might not ever learn this fact, which is the biggest reason I rent flats. Once you've 'lived' in Istanbul, however briefly, you will never regard Turks in the same way again. This is a country and a city, in the 'middle', which is where I like to be philosophically and geographically. What happens in Turkey will determine the future of Middle Eastern relations with the Western world. A very exciting place to be! As for the neighborhood...Cihangir is the 'home' of Istanbul's writers (including Irhan Pamuk!) and artists and foreigners from around the world. Sidewalk cafes and boutiques give it a refreshing ambience all its own. I love how removed I feel from the hectic city, while simultaneously near all its amenities and sites.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
You almost feel as if you are on the Bosphorus along with the other boats from the living room, dining room, master bedroom and large balcony. Peaceful, quiet and flooded with northeastern light. Our Cihangir 1 flat is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Your views include not only a broad view of the Bosphorus, but a view of the colorful Bosphorus Bridge (check out how the colors constantly change at night), a nightly fireworks show, Dolmace Palace, picture postcard Ortakoy and of course the continent of Asia across the Bosphorus. There is a wonderful mosque about one city block from the house called Cihangir Camii with a beautiful small park containing benches which overlook the Bosphorus and Sultanahmet.


Contact us

Speaks: english, german, spanish, dutch

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • sunrise view of Bosphorus Bridge from salon and master bedroom

    sunrise view of Bosphorus Bridge from salon and master bedroom

  • Dine like a sultan on your balcony with a view

    Dine like a sultan on your balcony with a view

  • Large master bedroom with parquet floor and 180 degree Bosphorus & Asia views.

    Large master bedroom with parquet floor and 180 degree Bosphorus & Asia views.

  • Bedroom #3. Handstitched wall hanging from Afghanistan, Turkish pillows, quiet.

    Bedroom #3. Handstitched wall hanging from Afghanistan, Turkish pillows, quiet.

  • Living room loaded w Turkish antiques, wood parquet floors & an expansive view

    Living room loaded w Turkish antiques, wood parquet floors & an expansive view

  • Dining room seats up to 8 at round wood table with Bosphorus views!

    Dining room seats up to 8 at round wood table with Bosphorus views!

  • Chaise in master bedroom. Can be used as additional bed.

    Chaise in master bedroom. Can be used as additional bed.

  • sunrise from the flat

    sunrise from the flat

  • Tile, glass enclosed shower.

    Tile, glass enclosed shower.

  • Outdoor markets in Cihangir neighborhood.

    Outdoor markets in Cihangir neighborhood.

  • One of my favorite Cihangir Cafes near the flat.

    One of my favorite Cihangir Cafes near the flat.

  • dine on balcony in Europe looking over the Bosphorus to Asia

    dine on balcony in Europe looking over the Bosphorus to Asia

  • Reading nook with Bosphorus view in salon

    Reading nook with Bosphorus view in salon

  • Large master bdrm suite with desk, chaise, & magnificent views!

    Large master bdrm suite with desk, chaise, & magnificent views!

  • Bedroom #2 with king bed. Now has beautiful textile on wall & nu Turkish pillows

    Bedroom #2 with king bed. Now has beautiful textile on wall & nu Turkish pillows

  • Living room & reading nook (additional single bed) leads to balcony & master bdr

    Living room & reading nook (additional single bed) leads to balcony & master bdr

  • View from round dining table, seats up to 8.

    View from round dining table, seats up to 8.

  • Sunset view from master bedroom

    Sunset view from master bedroom

  • Desk in master bedroom with view of Dolmace Palace, Bos bridge, Asia, Bosphorus

    Desk in master bedroom with view of Dolmace Palace, Bos bridge, Asia, Bosphorus

  • Large comfy kitchen with dishwasher. Slated for renovation winter 2015

    Large comfy kitchen with dishwasher. Slated for renovation winter 2015

  • Turn of the century architecture in Cihangir

    Turn of the century architecture in Cihangir

  • Cihangir is full of cafes

    Cihangir is full of cafes

  • Cihangir street

    Cihangir street

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