Oh wow. I can't believe I am writing this because it means that I have had to leave Levent and his amazing, welcoming home! Temporarily, I hope. If you have a chance, definitely stay with Levent! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. First, about the apartment. It is in a residential neighborhood, infrequently visited by tourists; it is spacious and accommodating. You will lack nothing here. Now, for the people. I cannot thank Levent enough for making me feel welcome, helping me to understand Istanbul, recommending things for me to see and making a HUGE effort to go see the city together. We got to see Istanbul Modern, where he took me on an individual tour (he is a museum/ art guide and was SO SO helpful in understanding the artwork) and then we went for dinner and a walk around Beyoğlu. This, in addition to many evenings and mornings talking about Turkey, art, politics, movies, books, anything! Levent was extremely welcoming and a joy to spend time with. I recommend this place to everyone.