In my personal opinion, Altinkum is not where I would choose to buy a property in Turkey if I had an infinite sum of money in my bank account. I sell property in Altinkum, so why do I reveal my honest thoughts about it? Simply because there are many more beautiful areas to choose from, depending on your preferences, but these do come at a premium, and let’s face it, in these days of the ‘credit crunch’, who wants to take out a mortgage or spend all their savings?
If you are looking for a cheap property in Turkey, Altinkum is affordable – where else in Turkey or in fact anywhere on the Mediterranean could you get an apartment for £18,000? Perfect for holidays and with excellent rental opportunities, buying a property there is not beyond the finances of many and will provide a great holiday home to visit at any time of year.
Situated between Izmir and Bodrum airports, Altinkum is easily accessible by air, and ferry boat. This is an area that was favoured by the Turkish ‘city dwellers’ living in Izmir, Ankara or Istanbul for holiday homes which later became permanent residences for some.
Altinkum property is predominantly apartments and duplex’s around the beach areas and town, however 10 minutes back from the main tourist area there are some fantastic villas which can be bought at a third of the price of anything similar in Europe, and half the price of other resorts in Turkey so anyone looking for a cheap property abroad can take advantage of what Altinkum has to offer for a very reasonable price.
Didim is a peninsula surrounding Mugla – on the east coast the beautiful bay of Akbuk which offers some great property with stunning views, to the west the Aegean sea and Lake Bafa and the Menderes River on the north coast. Altinkum itself means ‘Golden Sands’, turkey real estate which indeed it does have in the form of three beaches, main beach, 2nd and 3rd beaches, each providing gorgeous calm blue waters, excellent water sports facilities or boat trips in a traditional wooden Gulet to some of the natural coves and bays.
This is a resort perfect for families with children with its calm sandy beaches and aquapark, those looking for a lively nightlife, or for taking advantage of a fantastic variety of bars and restaurants serving all types of international cuisine. Along the promenade or around Dolphin Square, bars and discos offer an assortment of entertainment from bingo to belly dancing, karaoke to nightclubs.
The area is also famous for it’s ancient runs such as the Temple of Apollo at Didyama and the vast Roman ruins at Ephesus.
Many Brits have taken advantage of the cheap property in Altinkum Turkey for both holiday and permanent homes and the Turkish and foreigners live happily side by side. So popular is it with the British that they have their own English newspaper ‘Altinkum Voices’.
For those who are interested in relocating to and would prefer to be amongst the Turkish rather than the British, a word of advice – living amongst the locals is not always all that its cracked up to be, I have lived this way in both Spain and Turkey and being in an area with a large British population definitely has its benefits.
I have come across some real bargains in the last few weeks as the season is coming to a close, for example a 3 bed duplex for £26,000, as well as special offers which could be due to a reduction in price, last remaining properties on an almost sold out developments which can be sold cheaply, early release prices on new developments, an extension on the payment terms, extra facilities free such as white goods or furniture package, or a free viewing trip.