Wed, 28 Nov 07
An agricultural area growing citrus fruit, vegetables and cotton, Dalaman was put on the tourist map by its international airport.
Over 750,000 British tourists passed through last year on their way to the Turkish coastal resorts, although comparatively few stayed, says Dominic Whiting, editor of the Buying in
The plan includes a new golf course, due for completion in 2008, a marina, spa centre and 30,000 new hotel beds. Dalaman airport has already been expanded with the addition of an award-winning international terminal, capable of handling 10 million passengers a year.
Lutfu Yigenoglu, the Governor of Mugla province, in which Dalaman is located, along with British officials in
Dalaman itself is a work-a-day market town spread across a flat plain. Although not very picturesque, it offers a slice of real Turkish life. The municipality has been improving the centre and the shops and restaurants are becoming increasingly geared to providing for the area’s tourist population says Dominic Whiting.
The surrounding mountains are green and unspoiled. There is white water rafting on the
The government-led development plans for Dalaman have caused intense interest from buyers and investors. The resulting increases in land and property values have been dramatic, even by Turkish standards. These increases have slowed in the last year but prices are still well below neighbouring resorts, and annual increases of 10-20% are likely.
There is a wide choice of new and off-plan property in and around the town, but the quality of construction is variable so opt for a company that has a track record of well-built developments. Established local developer Curbanoglu ( Tel: 0845 355 5625, www.curbanoglu.co.uk ) have villas, bungalows and apartments available in the town itself and in Akkaya, a beautiful rural area 15 minutes away. Prices start from £44,000 for a two-bedroom apartment; £79,000 for a three-bedroom semi-detached villa or £132,000 for a detached three-bedroom villa or bungalow with private swimming pool.
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Dalaman case study
Ian and Louise Langley, school teachers from Folkestone, had been thinking of buying a property abroad for years, but had never quite taken the plunge.
We’d been toying with
The couple were impressed with the properties they were shown by one particular company, so they travelled out in May 2005 to the town of
Neither of us had ever been to
Although construction hadn’t yet commenced, plans for a complex of 14 villas caught their imagination. The site was little more than an olive grove at the time, but the view was excellent and it was close to a main road giving access to local beaches, Dalaman international airport and a golf course under construction. The yachting centre of Gocek was also close at hand.
It seemed perfect as it was close to everything and the development wasn’t too big, says Ian. We also liked the fact that the area was predominantly Turkish, with small farms and a village nearby, as we wanted local life around us.
Before making a final decision the
With their minds made up, Ian and Louise selected a plot at the top of the development, which had the best views and would catch more of the sea breeze in summer. The villa cost £107,000, which included the 530 sq. m. plot of land and construction of the house and a swimming pool. Having signed a contract and paid a deposit, the remaining money was paid in three instalments as the building progressed. They received regular updates and photographs by email from the developer, and they visited Dalaman again to check on progress.
With their villa nearing completion, the
It wasn’t exactly IKEA but there was a good selection of shops locally and the prices were really inexpensive compared to the
Ian and Louise returned later that summer for a holiday with their daughter, Jessica, and the family have been returning at every opportunity since. In the spring they rented a car to explore the mountains and they have been on boat tours from Gocek and have taken up scuba diving.
It is the perfect stress release from the class-room and after even a day here you feel so relaxed. We’re lucky to have such long holidays, laughs Ian. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and we love the fact that the area isn’t too touristy.
Tel: 0845 355 5625, www.curbanoglu.co.uk
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