This apartment, with stone foundation walls dating to the 1800s and other features of classic Turkish architecture, is in the lively Galata district in central Istanbul.
The one-bedroom apartment is one of eight units in a complex called Alaattin Apartments in two adjoining historic buildings that have undergone a two-and-a-half-year renovation. Historic features of the eight-story building, which has a small glass elevator, include a hand-cut marble staircase and pine doors similar to those found in the nearby medieval landmark, Galata Tower.
The only apartment with a private entrance, this 2,000-square-foot unit is entered through an original steel door, which has been restored and opens to a dining room. Floors on this level are of antique 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 and made by the German company Siemens. 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, made of original stone found in another part of the building, descend to a lounge, living room and large walk-in closet that leads to a full bathroom. The living room has a small working fireplace carved into the stone walls, built-in bookshelves and a hammock. 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.
The large duplex is currently leased until 2021 but more information is available on the link below: