Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s sumptuous new multi-million dollar Turkish Aegean villa has caused a stir on Turkey’s west coast. Locals are thrilled that the duo - arguably the world’s most famous couple - have moved into the Saklikoy area of Urla, giving the area a tourism boost and raising the profile of local property.
The superstars spent US$2.6 million on the luxury Turkish property in late October. The 2500 square metre home has seven bedrooms spread over four storeys, as well as a sports hall and private pool: ample space for the couple and their six children.
The family fell in love with the area while visiting Turkey last year. Local businessman Mehmet Unal told the Anadolu Agency this week that he organised a boat trip for the couple and their children during their visit.
"They had their children, cooks and staff with them. We took them around Pinarli, Yassi, Cicek and Kasik islands from early morning till the afternoon. They even came to our restaurant with their yacht," he said.
"The couple loved Urla very much, because we have the sea, artichokes, fish and everything here and this place is just 20 kilometers [13 miles] from the airport. [Now that] they saw this, I think they will visit here very often," he added.
According to the chairman of Izmir’s Chamber of Real Estate Agencies, house prices in the area began to climb as soon as the couple’s names were attached to the purchase.
"Earlier, you could find a moderate house far from the coast for a price of 200,000 Turkish lira [around $69,500]. But after the news of celebrities buying houses flew about, the price of the cheapest house has jumped to 250,000 Turkish lira [around $86,900]" he said.
The couple own a number of homes abroad - including a $60 million mansion in the south of France - and are said to be looking for a home in London. Jolie is a frequent visitor to Turkey as part of her UN Goodwill Ambassador role.
Five amazing luxury waterfront homes in Turkey
Reasonably priced compared to its more expensive counterparts in Spain and France, there are some incredible luxury waterfront properties dotted along the Aegean and Mediterranean Turkish coastlines. Take a leaf out of Brangelina’s book and explore some of the finest examples of luxury Turkish beachfront property out there.
Glitz and glamour in Yalikavak
Yalikavak has certainly seen its share of glitz and glamour over the past few years, with the revamped marina attracting superyachts (with corresponding superstars) to the area. As a result, demand for luxury marina property has soared.
This sumptuous off-plan home is a five-minute sail from the marina and there is room on your private beach to construct your own jetty. Because it’s still at the off-plan stage, it’s perfectly possible to customise the home and really make it your own.
Spectacular private mansion with beach and jetty
Sorry Brad and Ange - while your new home does look lovely, you’ve got to admit this Bodrum mansion is a show-stopper.
With eight bedrooms spread over 1100 square metres of living space and its own private, sandy beach, this uber-private property oozes secluded luxury. In this Ortakent mansion you’ll find everything you’d expect from a property with this price tag - private dock, infinity pool and top-quality marble throughout - as well as a few surprises, such as an aqua park and a large staff residence.
Gorgeous villa on secluded Sovalye island
You can’t get more Hollywood than an island residence. Sovalye Island, 10 minutes by water taxi from Fethiye, is a secluded oasis away from the rigours of everyday life. There are no cars and just one hotel on the island, so it really is quiet.
This beautifully designed home has its own sauna and wine cellar, a jacuzzi, four bedrooms, private beach and private pool - and private everything, really, located as it is on a large plot. The icing on the cake is its uninterrupted views of the distant islands. Complete and utter private bliss.
Star-stuck in beachy Bodrum
Turkbuku is THE place in Bodrum to see and be seen. On any given summer day you’ll see one or more of the following Turkish celebrities congregating at one of the area’s beach platform bars: a model, a soap star, an ageing rock star or a pop star.
This villa sits comfortably in its star-studded surroundings. Flanked by a lush, green garden, the beautiful stone home is particularly well appointed. Designed with comfort in mind, its quality fittings and sense of understated luxury will just blow you away. Outside, a private beach platform means you can really get into the Turkbuku spirit - but without the accompanying crowds.
Secluded beach getaway
Faralya is so far off the beaten track it’s safe to say you’ve probably never heard of it. The remote village is about a 20 minute drive from Oludeniz Beach, home to the famous Blue Lagoon. It’s a very peaceful, natural area where very little happens - and the locals want to keep it this way, so very few properties have been built here.
This custom-designed home is the ideal escape for anyone wanting to leave the real world behind. Located on a huge 4500 square metre plot, privacy is paramount here. The design is luxurious and the property is kitted out with top quality fittings throughout - including a kitchen to die for.
Two minutes away from the beach and local amenities, these fully completed apartments are for sale within a residential area of Konyaalti in Antalya and have access to a swimming pool and other social facilities.
Minutes away from Taksim Square and the Bosphorus Sea, this penthouse-style apartment is located in the heart of Bomonti in Sisli area of Istanbul and forms part of a prestigious site with 5-star services to use.
With fantastic views out towards the Golden Horn from Halic, these Big Life near Little Bosphorus by Rams apartments are available in various types and sizes for buyers to choose from and form part of an excellent project equipped with amenities.
Sense Levent built to exceptional standards by the award-winning Saffet Kaya Architects and Designer Turkey, these contemporary apartments are found in Kagithane and are highly recommended for viewing as one of our top picks.