Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Does anyone know of an apartment like this?

I'm looking for an apartment in Istanbul that has all of the following qualities:

*3-year lease

*Within 10-15 minutes walking distance to Taksim (Gümüşsuyu is probably ideal)

*Unfurnished, or little furniture

*Properly reinforced for earthquakes, soil and foundation report must be available, and the landlord must be willing to show them to me. ABSOLUTELY NON-NEGOTIABLE.

*Landlord friendly to cats.

*About 100 sq m.

*Very light, not claustrophobic, feeling of space

*Quiet: No construction nearby or planned--also non-negotiable.

*Sea view--I work at home, and I want to see something beautiful when I look out the window.

*A balcony that's structurally such that I could enclose it with mesh or wire, making it a place my cats can go without falling off and killing themselves

*There must be doors that close on the kitchen and at least one of the rooms that could serve as a study for me--open plan isn't suitable. I need to be able to keep the cats away from computer cords and gas stoves when I can't supervise them.

*Landlord has no prior history of major disputes with tenants or failure to do reasonable repairs in a timely fashion (in other words: NO CRAZY LANDLORDS.)

*Ready to move in immediately--no major renovations or repairs required

*Bathtub--not just a shower

*Safe neighborhood that would feel okay to walk in by myself at night, with appropriate building security (e.g., bars on ground floor windows, if any)

The above are non-negotiable, "nice to have" would include:

*no emlak, direct from landlord

*more than one balcony (one for the cats, one for the plants)

*elevator if it's on a high floor

*lots of closets and storage space

I'm willing to pay someone a reasonable fee to help me find this quickly. Get in touch with me or leave a comment if you know of something suitable.

The main consideration here is that I need to move very quickly, and can't take time off of work. So I don't want to see apartments that don't meet the criteria above.



  1. i myself would say the price is ridiculous for a rent tag but your criteria gets it that way.

    there IS emlak. i won't be asking for any money if you'd want to move in there, the estate agent will be plucking you anyway. (sorry about my french.) they are willing to hire white goods out. nice place, "some" view.

    you may even want to wander around the site above, i'd like to help you translate if your turkish (if any) won't do you any good. (kill him and blame me if she/he nags about your cats with that price)

  2. Thanks very much for the comment. I actually bookmarked this already; I wrote to the emlak, I think, and got no reply. It may be worth my writing again. I appreciate your pointing it out. It's actually not overpriced if it's really structurally reinforced--the age of the building means it needs or needed it, almost certainly. Well-constructed buildings are more expensive than those that aren't, but less expensive than dying in a collapsed building (if you view it strictly economically, in terms of lifetime loss of income). And given the seismic risk to Istanbul, it's quite a good bet to invest in structural reinforcement.

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