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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