You may be surprised to know that many people who want to invest in Turkey have never visited the country before. I myself visited just once when I decided to buy a lovely holiday home in this amazing country I now call home.
If you are looking for a pure investment then it’s a little more cut and dried and you just research which areas bring in higher rental yields. But if it’s the ideal holiday home you want, you must visit and see what the resort is like, see if it will meet your needs and requirements, think about it, this is the home away from home you will visit several times a year and possibly retire to one day.
Location is paramount and once you have chosen your location it’s easy to find your dream property. What are you looking for? A beach side resort, a bustling city vibe or a relaxing retreat?
The most popular beach resorts are – Altinkum, Bodrum, Kusadasi and Fethiye.
A city vibe – favourite choices are Istanbul, Alanya and Antalya and Bodrum.
The relaxing retreat – most popular are Akbuk, Uzumlu and Dalyan.
All of these areas are on the coast but if you go a little inland you will find small villages offering a laid back lifestyle everywhere and you can dip in and out of beach side resorts within a 15 minute drive or less.
What are the flights like to Turkey?
The main International Airports in the UK fly to Turkey to all the major resorts. Bodrum Airport serves, Bodrum, Altinkum, Akbuk and Kusadasi. Dalaman Airport serves Dalyan, Fethiye and Uzumlu. Antalya International Airport serves Antalya and Alanya and Istanbul Airport (of which there are 3) serves Istanbul. The flights are frequent from spring (March) until the end of October and if you want to visit out of season you can easily fly to Istanbul and catch an internal flight to the mentioned resorts and it’s just a 1 hour flight away.
Where are the local amenities?
The chances are if it’s a holiday home you are buying you won’t have a car unless you rent one. Think about getting to the shops for your daily provisions, most areas have small markets but if you go on holiday in August after 11am it gets very hot and a hike to the shops even if its just 20 minutes in the heat can be draining. Is there a bank nearby or at least a cash machine? Do you have access to a Chemists or a Doctors Surgery, even a Dentists?
Are cafés, bars and restaurants nearby?
You want to be able to get out and about whilst you’re on holiday and if you have eateries etc near to your holiday home this means it’s just a short walk for a night out. You might not want this on your doorstep but a stroll of 10 – 15 minutes is ideal during the early evening when it’s cooler and after eating, a nice stroll home on a balmy evening helps with digestion. You can then sit on your balcony or terrace and enjoy a nightcap or a coffee to round the evening off.
What is the local transport like?
The local buses are called a Dolmus and they are an excellent way of getting about, cheap and reliable and you don’t have to wait at a bus stop they will pick you up on route. You can travel 25km to another town from just 5TL which is currently about 75p. Taxis are in every resort and they usually charge from 15TL (£2.25) for anywhere within the resort. Ask when looking at locations is this spot on the bus route? Generally they are and it means you can get out and about easier.
How often does your nearest airport in the UK fly to your chosen destination?
What are the transfer times from the airport in Turkey to your holiday home?
What are the amenities like?
How far are cafes, bars and restaurants from your holiday home?
Are you on the bus (Dolmus) route?
How far away is the beach and places of interest?
Once you have found your ideal location for a holiday home you can then set about finding your perfect property and that’s easy. There are so many superb apartments, duplexes, penthouses, villas and bungalows in a variety of locations throughout Turkey; I can guarantee there will be one with your name on it. Happy house hunting in glorious Turkey!