White sands and a second home don’t come cheap. Or do they? It might be time to reconsider that view in the face of some of the fantastic Akbuk and Altinkum property in Didim bargains to be found in this northern Aegean region of Turkey.
You can grab yourself a 1-2 bedroom Didim apartment near a white sand beach from around Euro 50,000. Didim villas start at around Euro 80,000. Villas are open plan, sunny and generally have their own private pool, while apartments in Didim are generally well run family complexes with shared pools and large landscaped gardens - great for kids.
You might not make your fortune in investment here. However, prices are rising steadily (40% over the last 10 years). The real goldmine lies in Didim property’s high rental potential. Holidaymakers return here year after year and demand for quality rentals is growing. Average annual rental yields for Didim apartments are around 5-7% of property value - higher than the UK currently offers.
The wider Didim area is home to around a thousand expats, mostly British immigrants, closely followed by Germans, Russians, Dutch and Italians, who rent or own Didim homes. Once just a summer destination, Didim is now operating year round. Those with property in Altinkum, for example, can take advantage of a large number of shops and facilities. This is in no small part due to the Altinkum Marina, one of the largest on the Aegean. The marina complex boasts cinemas, shops and leisure and sporting facilities and has revitalised the area.
The closest airport to Didim is the Bodrum international airport. If you’d like a sunny home near the beach - without paying through the nose - you may be pleasantly surprised by property in Didim.