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I feel like I’m on HGTV Househunters International

After a couple of days of searching, I’ve found a couple of apartments that I think will work, but I’m having a hard time making up my mind.  I also plan to see a few more tomorrow, then choose one of them.

So, the top two contenders are:

Park Vadi, a huge place overlooking a park

+: large, modern, balcony, view, sports club on site, huge park that I can walk to

-: huge, tacky, apartment was really hot and realtor said it was like that even in the winter, longer walk to market

Smaller, Older Flat in the middle of Kavaklidere

+: cosy, furniture is my style, feels very comfortable, can walk to everything, jacuzzi tub, two balconies (small)

-: small balconies, possible noise, garage is tight – chances are I’ll scratch my car.  on the other hand, I won’t have to drive much, no view.

In the search, I’ve found some definite differences between Turkish and American flats:

  • I didn’t see a single clothes dryer, and the washing machines are way smaller.  Most people dry their clothes by hanging them, or on drying racks.
  • Gas: to pay for gas stoves, water heaters, or regular heaters, you buy a card with a chip from a little stand on the street and insert it into the meter
  • very few flats here have air-conditioning.  The weather is pretty pleasant so far – I’m not sure if this will be an issue.
  • most have 24 hour guards who leave their posts to bring you bread, gas cards, groceries, or whatever else you might need
  • you can call a number and have 5 gal water bottles  delivered in minutes
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