If you have already visited Turkey on holiday, you may know where you want to buy property. If you have not, the great news is that many districts have impressive portfolios of apartments and villas for you to choose from. One aspect to be aware of, though, is the price fluctuations from region to region. For example, a brand new 2-bedroom apartment in Kalkan starts from roughly £90,000 pounds while a brand new 2-bedroom apartment in the Aegean resort of Fethiye is half that price.
Certain areas within Turkey have also become popular destinations for foreign buyers, mainly because of the excellent infrastructure, easy access to airports and western style attitudes. Most of these areas are concentrated in Istanbul and along the Aegean and western coasts. Let’s have a look at them further in detail.
Best Places to Buy Property in Turkey
Istanbul: As a business, financial and tourism hub, Istanbul is naturally the biggest city in Turkey and a popular destination for working expats. Naturally, the benefits of living in such a big city are a vibrant shopping, nightlife, arts, and culture scene. With two airports and another soon to be completed, flights to and from Istanbul are frequent. Read our Istanbul Area Guide here.
Bodrum: This cosmopolitan destination is a favourite for westernised Turks and foreigners of all nationalities. The peninsula is comprised of smaller resorts of which some like Yalikavak and Turgutreis have become popular expat havens. The peninsula is serviced by its own airport, and part of its popularity can be credited towards the mass of budget, and luxury apartments and villas. Read our Bodrum area guide here.
Didim: This small town has mainly garnered the attention of British holidaymakers and expats. It’s development and infrastructure is massively behind that of places like Bodrum, yet this is reflected in the low property prices. Another reason why prices are cheap compared to other resorts is that there is still lots of land plots available for building and properties are in abundance. Read our Didim Guide here.
Fethiye: This peninsula has seen dramatic developments in recent years as its reputation on the Turkish Riviera soared. Consisting of the smaller holiday resorts of Calis, Hisaronu, Ovacik, and Oludeniz, the city centre is a bustling district with an impressive shopping and lifestyle entertainment vibe. The district of Uzumlu has also seen impressive development while maintaining its traditional village charm. Fethiye is mostly well known because of its landmark Blue Lagoon. Read our Fethiye Guide here.
Kalkan: Property prices are generally higher in this prestigious resort because they all have sea views, and there is not a mass of land available to build on. Although apartments are sold in Kalkan, the general trend is villas with a luxury theme, modern furnishings, fittings, and gadgets. Find out more about Kalkan.
Antalya: As the second most visited tourist destination in Turkey, Antalya has all amenities and an impressive airport to boot. The region breaks down into smaller holiday resorts, each with their own characteristics. Side is a historical hub while Belek is the golfing capital of Turkey. As well as the city centre, another popular resort for foreign property buyers is Alanya, an area attracting various nationalities. Read more about Antalya here.
Dalyan: Part of the lure of this region is the untouched beauty of Mother Nature. Dalyan is famous for its Lycian rock tombs and mud baths. It is serviced by its own airport and the cross-country bus services run directly through it. Property buyers tend to focus on the Akkaya area that is near a lake and extremely scenic. Find out more.
Further Reading: This article is part of a series about buying Turkish property. Our other posts give detailed information and advice on costs, choosing a property, living in Turkey and much more. You can find them all below.
1: Organizing Finances, Turkish Mortgages & Currency Exchange
2: Cost of Buying Property in Turkey
3: Best Places to Buy Property in Turkey
4: Advice on Choosing your Property and our Responsibilities
5: Process to Buy Property in Turkey
7: Moving to Turkey, Cost of Living and Residency
8: Renting out your Turkish property