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Where to Buy?

The vast majority of lifestyle buyers head to Turkey’s southwest coast, south of Izmir, where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean, running east to Alanya.

Although the Çesme peninsula offers some lovely, traditional seaside villages that are popular with weekenders from Izmir, 50km away, both this area and cheap and cheerful Kusadasi have slightly fallen in favour with the British market as other areas have evolved more enticingly.

One of these areas is nearby Didim, a working Turkish town that has been the focus of a raft of new investment that includes a new marina and town square. Both it and the next-door beach resort of Altinkum have historically appealed to British buyers seeking a holiday home for around £50,000.

Five years ago you could buy an apartment in these areas for around £20,000 – now you are looking at £35,000 plus for a resale – be careful to do your research and don’t on price alone.

There are also marina and golf course properties, and villas from below £90,000. Akbuk is a relatively green and quiet, but up-and-coming resort, nearby. Detached villas start cost around £130,000.


Fashionable Bodrum is definitely the highlight of this stretch of coast, and a luxury hotspot historically popular with rich Turks - it has gained several new five-star hotels in recent years and Kate Moss and Sadie Frost have been holidaying there in 2015.

Twenty-five miles long, it is a mix of package resorts, quaint fishing villages and classy marina towns. Some areas are much more Turkish than others – Turkbuku is an exclusive area popular with wealthy locals – whilst Yalikavik has evolved from being the same into a cosmopolitan resort that draws the likes of Jade Jagger and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Even this trendy resort has something for all budgets – a penthouse apartment kicks off at around £90,000, whilst you might get a small villa for a little over £150,000 but for quality and sea views you really need to spend £150,000-200,000. Starchitect villas in the hills above the marina go into several millions.

On the peninsula, Gumbet and Gulluk are more affordable, as is Bodrum town itself where you can get an apartment for less than £50,000, but all the resorts are easily accessed from Bodrum’s upgraded international airport.

On the way east to Fethiye you will hit the major tourist resort of Marmaris, popular with retirees, with a small villa from around £80,000. Apartments sell from £55,000 )resale) or £80,000 (new).


Dalaman is the next major buying area, that includes the unspoilt area of Dalyan where you can get an apartment from around £40,000 or a three-bed detached villa with a pool for £150,000.

Beyond that is Fethiye; a city and district that, with nearby Calis, Ovacik and Hisaronu, is a great favourite amongst British buyers. Calis Beach, a flat area behind the sweeping bay, is popular with retirees, who might buy an apartment for little more than £50,000.

The area is most famous for Olu Deniz, one of the most photographed beaches in the world, and away from this protected stretch, studio apartments can go from £35,000, good quality villas with private pools from £140,000.

In Ovacik – where there is a new shopping mall and aquapark – apartments start from £50,000 or villas from around £100,000.

The wine-growing town of Uzumlu 15km inland from Fethiye appeals to those seeking to escape the bars and nightclubs completely for a more authentic Turkish experience. The village itself is a pretty with cobbled streets and Ottoman style cottages, and in the green valley around it, backed by mountains that are snow-capped in winter, you can get a wide choice of detached three-bed villas for around £100,000.

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