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