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Elegant library flat with panoramic Istanbul vista

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
2 nights minimum
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Perched on the 4th floor of a listed, historical 1913 walk-up, 5' walk from Istiklal Street, this fully-equipped and tastefully decorated apartment boasting a huge library and rare documentary photography travels you back to Istanbul's 19th century. The library spans East Mediterranean/Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia-specific literature, philosophy, travel writing and current affairs. Just renovated and 5' walk from Istiklal, 10' from trendy Cihangir and Galata districts. Many apartments are located around Taksim but it's rare to get access to an architect-designed one with such a well-stocked library and furnished with custom-built bookcases, Ottoman sedir seating and Middle Eastern and Viennese antique furniture. Rounded off with a modern kitchen and bathroom, this beautiful apartm...Perched on the 4th floor of a listed, historical 1913 walk-up, 5' walk from Istiklal Street, this fully-equipped and tastefully decorated apartment boasting a huge library and rare documentary photography travels you back to Istanbul's 19th century. The library spans East Mediterranean/Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia-specific literature, philosophy, travel writing and current affairs. Just renovated and 5' walk from Istiklal, 10' from trendy Cihangir and Galata districts. Many apartments are located around Taksim but it's rare to get access to an architect-designed one with such a well-stocked library and furnished with custom-built bookcases, Ottoman sedir seating and Middle Eastern and Viennese antique furniture. Rounded off with a modern kitchen and bathroom, this beautiful apartment is decorated with antiques from around the Middle East and Central Asia, and illustrated with documentary photography shot by its owner, a Mediterraneanist who employs print, photography and video to highlight little-known aspects of the region's shared past. This architect-designed and immaculately-equipped 100m2 flat is part of a network of centrally-located properties in Athens, Beirut, Istanbul and Tunis, dedicated to reminding us of an earlier, kinder period of cosmopolitan coexistence in the Mediterranean. High-end electrical appliances (washing machine, gas stove, oven grill, electric juicer, fridge), plasma LED TV with international and Turkish channels, laptop hookup, free Internet included.More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
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About the Owner
Iason F
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2017
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I am always available for tips, alongside support by my cohost Semi, and housekeeper Melek. When you book to stay here, you get my personal, 30-page guide to Vintage Istanbul, a compendium of epicurean information about the city's lesser-known neighbourhoods, pleasures and absences.
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About the neighbourhood
The surrounding area is blighted by gentrification but populated with crumbling historical churches and turn-of-the-century apartment buildings once inhabited by the Greek minority. One street over is the city's best and largest organic veg-and-fruit Sunday market, and of course you have all the distractions of Istiklal just a hop, skip and jump up the hill.
Getting around
Taxis are hailable from in front of the apartment, the sights of Sultanahmet are a 10' taxi ride away, and nearby metro stops in Şişhane and Taksım deliver you to the malls and offices of Levent or the boats of Karakoy, Kabatas and Besiktas to cross to Asia or visit the Princes' Islands and Asia. Located equidistantly (2' walks) from two major boulevards (Tarlabasi and Dolapdere), allowing you to get anywhere in the historical centre within minutes. There is a carpark 50m from the house.
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