Originally Turkish properties were quite different from how they look today. Over the past 15 years or so they have changed dramatically in design, layout and decor and what facilities are now available. When Turkey first opened its doors to foreigners buying property in Turkey, they had to think outside the box, they now had to build some apartment blocks within complexes that catered for holiday home buyers and investors. Now we were seeing complexes that have a communal swimming pool and other facilities within the complex walls.
We also saw complexes being built closer to beaches that gave amazing sea views, of course plots of land near to beaches were more expensive and generally this land hadn’t really been developed before. Yes, hotels were there already but not property that people lived in full time
The average Turkish family preferred to live close to shops, markets, schools and the local Mosque, they chose to live somewhere convenient and close to their families needs. Turkey had had foreign tourists visiting for years for holidays but then Turkey relaxed its laws regarding foreigners buying property and the property market literally went boom!
Properties before foreigners could buy
Apartments were in either small blocks or very large blocks but they had one thing in common, they were big and spacious to accommodate the large families that Turks have. These sprawling apartments were normally over just one floor and the balconies were on the small side, it was all about internal living space, if they wanted to be outside they would walk.
Houses tend to be on sitesis (sites), which are small or large communities which usually have green areas for children to play safely as these sites are gated. The houses tend to be small inside but have large wrap around terraces and summer kitchens. During the summer months families literally live outside on the terraces in the shade.
Properties after foreigners could buy
Apartments are either in small blocks or sprawling blocks and are generally on a complex. The complex can have a whole range of facilities such as a large communal pool or several pools, sunbathing areas and communal gardens. They are usually within walking distance of the beach.
Are the same as above and new sitesis are normally not built as owners prefer to buy a villa.
This is probably the biggest change of all, crops of villas were built mostly detached and stand alone, in their own grounds and some had a private pool.
Properties built today
Apartments are either in small blocks or sprawling blocks and are generally on a complex. The complex can have a whole range of facilities such as a large communal pool or several pools, sunbathing areas and communal gardens. Cafes or a bar are onsite as well as a games room, gym, sauna, children’s areas and maybe a small market for daily provisions, often there is 24 hour security. The build today is far better than 5 years ago with added extras on apartments. They are usually within walking distance of the beach or have great sea views and close to shops, bars and restaurants.
They can be detached and stand alone in their own grounds with a private pool and landscaped gardens with a gazebo, bbq area and sunbathing terrace. The plots tend to be larger and come in various sizes and most have amazing views of the sea or mountains. Some villas are part of a complex with communal pools or the villas can have private pools. Usually there are other facilities on the complex which are communal. On some complexes there is 24 hour security.
I have got to say these properties which are not cheap as you would expect are the stuff dreams are made of, these luxury apartments have fabulous sea views and a whole host of extra facilities. Luxury villas are out of this world, large open spaces, an infinity pool with panoramic sea views and some have an indoor pool too. Private gym, sauna and Jacuzzi are virtually standard.
Custom built homes
If you want to build your own villa it’s now possible, buy a plot of land and help design your dream home. The size of the villa depends on the size plot you buy, the bigger the plot the bigger the villa. Here you can let your imagination run wild and own that dream house.
Has real estate in Turkey evolved – it sure has!