Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Architecture Wednesday: A Duplex in Istanbul

This duplex apartment in the Galata district of Istanbul can be yours for just $875,000. Sure, it’s one bedroom, but it’s in a small, boutique building with just eight other apartments and it’s old.

The stone foundation and walls date back to the 1800s; that’s enticing enough, that sense of history. But this 2,000-sqaure-foot apartment is also the only one with a private entrance: an original steel door, which has been restored and opens into the dining room. The floors on this level are original wide-plank wood, and part of the apartment has handcrafted Turkish vaulted ceilings. Beyond the dining room is a bridge, overlooking the lower level that leads to an open kitchen, terrace and master bedroom.

The kitchen has custom red cabinets and butcher-block countertops; appliances are stainless steel. A set of French windows off the kitchen lead to the small terrace, which also adjoins the master bedroom. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and a small half-bathroom.

Stairs off the bridge — crafted of original stones found on-site — descend to the lounge and living room areas, along with a large storage closet and full bathroom. The living room has a working fireplace carved into the stone walls, and built-in bookshelves, while the bathroom has a restored cast-iron bathtub and shower. Its rustic stone walls are accented with Turkish-style tile that also adorns the countertops.

Plus, plus, the apartment’s furniture is included in the asking price … and, if you’re so inclined, you can actually buy the entire building for a hair above $8 million. Who’s in?

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mistress maddie said...

Again.....LOVE!!!!! I've been a sucker of late for stone work. Plus I just want to live there so I can sing Istanbul, Not Constantinople

Mitchell is Moving said...

I love it. And, like mistress maddie, the song sells it for me.

Helen Lashbrook said...

I'm in; how much have we pooled so far? And who gets which apartment?

Biki Honko said...

Those stone stairs are beyond fabulous. Funny that you should post this, just read an article a few days ago about how Istanbul is the Paris of the east.