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Live in Fener/Balat or Sutluce? (Istanbul)

My husband and I want to move closer from the Beyoglu area in June or July. We still have time but we are starting to consider which areas might be suitable. With our budget, we cannot afford to rent a decent flat in Cihangir/Gumussuyu/Galata and surroundings. I am thinking about Fener/Balat but I only had a walk once through this area. I have heard some expats live there and I would like some advice from those who know the neighborhood well: is it safe for a foreign woman (no harassment..etc)? Can you find decent unfurnished flats to rent (there seems to be only short term renting or sales)? Are there enough shops (bakals, small supermarkets) so you can do most of your food shopping without having to take the bus?
We are also considering Sutluce but I have heard the problem is that there are very few shops so it is difficult to do your weekly shopping without a car - any advice on this as well?
Thanks a lot!

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