World-class Marinas Putting the Wind in the Sails of Turkey’s Lifestyle Property Market

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Turkey’s growing marine tourism sector is expected to boost interest in property in coastal resorts in 2014 thanks to a raft of world-class marinas, many of them less than a year or two old, attracting an increasing number of lifestyle property investors, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in February.

Resorts with world-class marinas along Turkey’s pretty Aegean and Mediterranean coastlines have become property hot spots not only for foreign investors, but also members of Turkey’s rising affluent middle class, many of whom are based in Istanbul.

Some of Turkey’s newest and most desirable marinas include Palmarina in Yalikavak-Bodrum, newly opened in June 2013, D-Marin Marinas in Göcek and Didim, the latter being Turkey’s largest marina, the Setur and Camper & Nicholson marinas in Çeșme, and three further Setur marinas in Finike, Kaș and Antalya.

Commented Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue International Property: “Turkey’s upped its game in maritime tourism in recent years and we’re beginning to reap the rewards. That said, there’s more to come, as the Government has a target number of berths to hit before 2023. Areas such as Bodrum and Göcek have become highly fashionable hang-outs for the world’s sailing jet set, who attract chic restaurants and boutique shopping, as well as higher property prices. Istanbul’s hosting of the World Marine Conference in June this year will raise awareness of Turkey’s world-class marinas even more.”

One British couple who have benefited from owning a property in one of Turkey’s most desirable marina resorts are Jim and Elizabeth Wainwright. In 2008, the Wainwrights bought a four-bedroom, four-bathroom detached villa in the resort of Göcek, where they also keep their 50-foot yacht. Their property, which they purchased off-plan from the developer, is just a 10-15 minute walk from the marina.

“We were already familiar with Göcek from mooring our yacht there, so we knew we wanted to buy a villa in the resort,” said Jim. “Göcek is regarded as the boating centre of Turkey. It actually has a number of marinas, including the most expensive one in Turkey, and attracts wealthy Turks as well as affluent foreigners, including Russians. There are no high-rise buildings and we love the calm, cosmopolitan atmosphere, as well as the selection of excellent international restaurants – I’ve got to know many of the bar and restaurant owners over the years.”

Reaching Göcek from their home in the West Midlands is easy for the Wainwrights, thanks to direct flights to Dalaman Airport from Birmingham, East Midlands or Manchester. “Göcek is just a 20-miute transfer from Dalaman Airport,” continued Jim. “In fact, it once took me just 45 minutes from landing there to being sat on the yacht with a drink in my hand – I timed it!”

The Wainwrights spent around £30,000 kitting out their villa, which comes carefully furnished to European standards and with its own pool. They also began letting it successfully two years ago. However, after six years of ownership they are ready to sell, not because they don’t like it or have fallen out of love with Göcek, but because they prefer to be on water. “When we come to Göcek now, we find that we are spending increasing amounts of time on our boat and not getting much use out of the villa,” concludes Jim. “It makes more sense to sell – basically, we had to choose between the boat and the villa, and chose the boat!”

For more details on the Wainwrights villa, contact Spot Blue International Property on +44 (0)20 8339 6036, or visit and search for property reference GOC110.


For further information or to inquire about selling property in Turkey through Spot Blue, please contact:
Julian Walker
Spot Blue International Property
Tel: +44 (0)20 8339 6036    
Email: info(at)spotblue(dot)com

About Spot Blue International Property
Spot Blue International Property is one of the UK’s leading Turkish property agencies, with hundreds of properties regularly listed and updated on its website, As well as helping developers promote their projects to the UK and other foreign markets, features properties for sale by private individuals. Spot Blue only promotes property of developers that pass its due diligence assessment. It also specialises in matching buyers with suitable properties and operates in all major resorts in Turkey. The company’s high profile in the UK means it is regularly quoted in the national press and invited to appear on panels at leading seminars and exhibitions.

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