Villa Sandyma: Contemporary Villa for Sale in Turkey, in Ancient Halicarnassus, by Property Turkey

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Perched like a sentry above the popular marina town of Yalikavak, Bodrum in Turkey, this contemporary villa for sale in Turkey, with its arresting sea views, represents a link between Turkey’s old and new eras. Located in a large rustic garden full of trees and hidden corners under the Aegean sun, Sandyma Villa looks silently over the marina and the far away islands, a permanent landmark in a rapidly evolving world.

From ancient Sandyma to a modern-day yachting hub

This part of Bodrum, Turkey was once known as Sandyma, and was known worldwide as a lively centre of trade and commerce. The turquoise sea was filled with traditional timber-built gullets, large and small, docking at the harbour to offload their goods or leaving Sandyma for faraway shores with bellies full of valuable metals and quality fabrics.

Today’s Yalikavak’s is almost unrecognisable. While there are still a great number of sailing boats (this part of Bodrum is a favourite stop off for sailors), and people still spot the odd gullet, people are more likely to see mega-yachts instead of trading ships; millionaires instead of rough-and-ready traders. A multi-million euro cash injection into Yalikavak’s Marina has seen the emergence of Palmarina Bodrum, one of the best marinas anywhere in the Mediterranean. This development has had an unprecedented effect on tourism, with wealthy yachtsmen and women travelling from all over the northern hemisphere to experience Palmarina’s world-class facilities. (Obviously it does help that this part of the world has some of the most beautiful sailing routes anyone will see anywhere.) The marina’s opening has had a buoyant effect on local real estate, with property prices rising steadily.

Sandyma Villa: contemporary design, unquestionable comfort

Sandyma Villa is a unique design for Bodrum and the wider Mediterranean. Every square inch has been crafted with comfort and aesthetic enjoyment in mind. The villa for sale in Turkey was designed by Property Turkey’s own architects, people who not only know and appreciate good architecture, but also the peninsula and what it means to love Bodrum.

Built as three connecting cubic living spaces, Sandyma Villa has been crafted in a way that combines Yalikavak’s light and space, and this incredible sea-facing spot to its best advantage. In every single nook and cranny of the villa for sale in Turkey people will enjoy soft sunlight and panoramic sea views.

Sandyma’s most remarkable feature was inspired by the villa’s striking location. The living area, constructed in a two-storey, 7.5 metre atrium, has soaring floor-to-ceiling windows and is ideally positioned to take advantage of Yalikavak’s most spectacular feature: the lazy, golden sunlight that strikes the town each afternoon, and the jaw-dropping sunsets. While this all looks straightforward: sunlight, sea and sky; the fact of the matter is far more scientific. The designers measured the sun’s rays at each point during the day and calculated the angle at which the sunlight reached the living space most favourably, and designed the position of the house around this point. But there’s no need to concern yourself with this - just sit back and take in the view.

To complete the atmosphere of indoor-outdoor harmony, Property Turkey has incorporated in another unique feature into this villa for sale in Turkey: a sliding panel transforms this interior space into an outside terrace – seamlessly connecting the living area to the pool deck. An incredibly contemporary design feature from their extremely talented architects.

The living area’s generous 50m2 space is perfect for relaxation. A central sunken living area provides a cosy enclave for lying on the sofa staring into space, catching up on some TV or just enjoying the view. The lucky owner’s mind will be soothed by the gentle forward and back movements of tropical fish in the large aquarium, set into the wall at the edge of the living area. This deceptively simple touch belies yet more science, as studies have shown that gentle peripheral movements have the ability to quiet the mind and calm the senses.

Sandyma’s kitchen is also a contemporary design delight, with cutting-edge fittings and cool, chic marble worktops. An island in the centre allows for some extra workspace (or an ideal place to lounge with a glass of red) and an American bar is perfect for on-the-spot meals. The American bar also provides separation between the kitchen and the dining terrace, a larger dining area ideal for large dinner parties.

All of Sandyma’s bedrooms have incredible Aegean views as well as available outdoor space - big sea-facing balconies or access to the front terrace. Two master bedrooms feature Jacuzzi bathrooms and walk-in dressing areas. There are three bedrooms upstairs and one on the ground floor.

Outside, a pool deck made from high-quality teak surrounds a 12x8 metre pool. The pool features a sunset infinity wing where there are stools set up to allow the owner to enjoy cocktails at dusk. Where the decking ends, the travertine paving begins. The whole area is aesthetically pleasing as well as practical. A pergola style shade covers a BBQ area at the right hand side of the pool.

Underneath the pool is an extra living space of 60m2. This can be used as a caretaker’s home, or perhaps a space for guests who’d like a little more seclusion. Or even a group of teens who like to do their own thing – it’s completely up to the owner. Thanks to the property’s overall elevation, this self-contained space also enjoys amazing sea views. Sandyma Village, and other villas for sale in Turkey, will leave travellers breathless.

Discovering Bodrum Peninsula, home of ancient Halicarnassus

The small but perfectly formed Bodrum peninsula is scattered with traditional fishing villages, secluded coves, striking landscapes, old windmills and rocky harbours. A quick drive or dolmus ride from Yalikavak will show anyone just how much this part of Turkey has to offer: explore Bodrum’s ancient castle and then do a little window-shopping on the promenade; stroll around a windy shore and treat yourself to a seafood dinner in Gumusluk, where once the Myndos Gate stood; keep an eye out for Turkish celebrities at one of Turkbuku’s trendy beach bars before hitting one of Bodrum’s nightclubs, or simply spend the afternoon lazing on the beach. If anyone fancies a bit of history, visit the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

While the peninsula certainly has its charms, those who love Yalikavak couldn’t fathom a life lived anywhere else. This lovely town, framed by hills and hugged by the Aegean, has been a favourite of Turks and travellers alike since it was a tiny fishing village.

Strolling through today’s Yalikavak, it’s difficult to picture the long-ago town which once stood here. The state-of-the-art Palmarina centre, the expensive boutique stores, the superb restaurants and the rich visitors.

Bodrum has entered the 21stcentury with style. However, the Yalikavak of yesteryear is still found in the town’s cobbled streets and the traditional coffee houses; the vegetable markets and the handmade crafts. And the town’s most striking feature, the sunsets that bring visitors from all over the coast, are just as bright now as they were a thousand years ago. Some things stay the same, while others change for the better. Yalikavak combines old and new world Aegean in a way that will never leave you.

For more information about this and other villas for sale in Turkey, please contact Property Turkey today.

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