With a vast and stunning coastline which gets easier to reach each year, southwest Turkey continues to attract British buyers in their thousands. Don’t jump in without reading our indispensible guide.


Vibrantly diverse and one of our most exciting emerging markets, Turkey remains a mid-table mainstay of our Top Ten Places to Buy 2015

Each year it gets slightly easier to buy and a more firmly established market for overseas buyers – in fact at the close of 2014 it finally became a reality that purchasers of resale properties could get their title deeds in one day (see below).

Despite fierce competition in the last few years from the depressed property prices of Spain, Turkey still remains great alternative to the Costas for coastal properties well under the £100k threshold; whilst at the other end of the spectrum it attracts high-end buyers for its affordability when weighed against the Cote D’Azur or Sardinia.

Its huge south-west coastline littered with ancient remains and unspoilt beaches still offers plenty of potential, and over 35,000 Brits own a property on the shores of the Mediterranean, along with a good number of Scandinavians, continental Europeans and a growing number of Russian and Middle Eastern investors. Some uncertainty surrounding the elections in Turkey is now over, and the Turkish lira is on its way back up as a result.

Over the past two years, these non-EU investors have really fuelled the markets in both Bodrum and Istanbul whilst the British especially love the various resorts around Fethiye, Kalkan and Altinkum.

Yalikavak on the Bodrum peninsula has become especially fashionable in the past two years, attracting luxury brands and a wealthy cosmopolitan market since its new Palmarina was completed. 

Competitively low living costs are also a big factor, especially for the semi-retired or fully relocating families. Local produce, labour costs, healthcare, education and property taxes are all low; and how does council tax of £35 per year appeal? Utility costs are much lower than in nearby Cyprus.

Winters are much warmer than the UK – at least in the southern seaside areas where British people usually buy.

Source: 'A Place In The Sun'