My friends in the UK are more worried than I am: Why Turkey is a haven for retirees

My friends in the UK are more worried than I am: Why Turkey is a haven for retirees

NSMarion Adams, 57 at her home Bodrum resort in Yalikavak, TurkeyMarion Adams, 57, is originally from Banff in Scotland but has lived in Yalikavak, a smart enclave near the popular Turkish resort of Bodrum since 2004.She and her husband Laurence bought a beautiful stone house with five bedrooms, a swimming pool, spacious kitchen, sitting room and rooftop balcony with stunning views over the hills and out towards the Greek island of Kos in the glistening Aegean Sea for just £300,000.They settled into their delightful hillside community of five detached properties, each with their own private swimming pools and shared the cost of building a separate house for a local couple who would work as cleaners and gardeners for them all.Marion and Laurence had been to Turkey many times before they decided to live there and even lived in Istanbul for a while where Marion learned to speak the language. But tragically six years ago Laurence died aged just 76. Yalikavak is a particularly popular area for Brits as there is so much going on Darren Edwards Mrs Adams now lives on her own in the beautiful villa they bought together but would never dream of moving back to the UK.She said: “All my memories are in this house. I just love it here. “My neighbours look after me and I have a great circle of friends as there are lots of Brits who have retired here.”PR5 bed hillside villa with pool POAMrs Adams, a former financier in the City of London chose Yalikavak as she didn’t want to live too far from an international airport , a good hospital, shops and somewhere that doesn’t close down during the winter months.Yalikavak ticked all her boxes and has proved to be a good investment. Her house has been estimated to be worth over £800,000 now by estate agent Darren Edwards, the founder of Luxury Property Turkey. Manchester-born Mr Edwards is a 13-year veteran of the Bodrum property market and has seen it weather many storms in recent years including recession and unrest. However he points out that in key locations prices have risen due to 90 per cent of sales stemming from domestic demand, and the increase in high end hotels, restaurants and shops.PR3 bed hillside villa with pool £259,000He said: “I think prices will continue to rise also because of the growing infrastructure and the arrival of top International hotel brands such as the Mandarin Oriental and signature residential developments on the Bodrum peninsula.“The region also attracts a global mix of interested buyers from Scandinavia, the Middle East, America and Europe so is thankfully not dominated by one foreign nationality giving it a local yet real International mix.People who know Turkey are not deterred says Darren, who argues that the lack of certainty in Europe should give people confidence to buy here.He adds: “Yalikavak is a particularly popular area for Brits as there is so much going on.”Indeed Mrs Adams is plugged into a community of musicians and artists and a mixture of nationalities including Italians, Americans, Scandinavians, Dutch and Swedes.There is also a smattering of celebrities and retired politicians who have homes on the peninsular including the former German Chancellor Gerard Schroder, and 74-year-old Eastenders actor Billy Murray.PR7 bed villa by architect Richard Meier £4.6millionMrs Adams added: “There’s a good ex-pat community here. And we have a great lifestyle – I love walking on the beaches and the hillsides and cycling. There are lots of local organisations and even a slow food club.”Yalikavak combines the chi-chi ambience of St Tropez with the charm of a traditional fishing village.There is a cluster of sophisticated restaurants at the top end of the new marina including newly-opened Zuma, famed for its Japanese cuisine, and a mall of designer boutiques.At the other end a string of cafes and restaurants jostle for space along the waterfront next to stalls selling local crafts, jewellery and clothes.Mrs Adams’ house is on a hillside so benefits from a cooling breeze in summer; temperatures can hit the high 30s in summer. She has an outdoor Tandoor oven and pergola for parties, and a garden overflowing with bougainvillea, banana plants and fruit trees.NS’There’s a good ex-pat community here. And we have a great lifestyle’, says Marion AdamsShe is not concerned about getting old in her home. She explained: “I have a downstairs bedroom and bathroom and it would be very easy to get help locally if I …

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