During the first half of 2018, the Turkish real estate market showed mass improvement with an increase in foreign buyers, and one sector garnering immense interest of many nationalities is property in Gumusluk.
Sitting on the western Bodrum peninsula, the small village lays off the beaten track and is often overshadowed by Yalikavak, and Turgutreis, two neighbouring and busy holiday resorts.
Yet increasingly more foreign buyers are turning their attention to it because it has kept an old days charm, making you feel like you haven’t got a care in the world. So while critics accuse other Turkish coastal resorts of selling out to mass tourism, they can never say the same of this delightfully quaint village.
Gumusluk sits on top of the Myndos ancient city ruins, but they attract little attention from history lovers because not much remains apart from submerged building foundations on the way to Rabbit Island, its most famous landmark.
The Gumusluk International Classical Music Festival, often held in August is the highlight of the yearly social calendar. Drawing in music lovers from the Bodrum peninsula and other parts of Turkey, it is a significant event. Otherwise, to go low key, locals and tourists love the weekly Wednesday farmers market, where vendors sell organic and delicious fruit and veg.
The daily community agenda revolves around the small but sandy beach from day into night with BBQs and campfires amusing city dwellers. However, its seaside fish restaurants like Melengec that serve house specials like fresh squid or large king prawns enable everyone to indulge in a particular type of alfresco dining. Otherwise, on weekend mornings, locals head to Liman Café, high in the hills with its bohemian furniture and amazing Aegean views.
There is nothing fast paced about Gumusluk and locals endorse quiet indulgence of your life’s pleasures. With massive shopping and nightlife choices in nearby Yalikavak, people forgo having everything and anything on their doorstep in favour of a little privacy.
Gumusluk’s other advantage is that this carefree lifestyle is unlikely to change. Much of the land is under protection because of the above-mentioned ancient ruins, so while new builds are appearing on the outskirts, the heart and soul of Gumusluk remains true to its roots.
This means the property portfolio is not as extensive as other resorts in Bodrum, but it still pleases buyers with high quality and unique architecture. Let’s look at two examples.
Mixing traditional with modern is a favourite architectural theme on the Bodrum peninsula, and this villa with fantastic views of the coastline is a shining example of how the two blend together. Beautiful, exterior stonework and wooden interior doors feature traditional Turkish aspects, while modern shines through in the interior décor, ensuite bathrooms, and spacious landscaped gardens.
Sitting on a plot of 1200 metres, this home features a separate dwelling for overnight visitors, should the interior 300 square metres of space not be enough. Comprising of four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a living room, open-plan kitchen and dining area, the house extends over two levels, but the bonus is the basement wine cellar.
As stunning as the house is, the garden captures instant attention with a private swimming pool, large terrace and lots of space for gardening. Another unique selling point is the quick and easy access to the nearby farm where you can buy fresh milk, eggs and yoghurt direct from the farmer.
This house is a perfect example of how the village caters for holiday home buyers, but also retired expats who want to live on the Bodrum peninsula all year round.
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Although these 3-bedroom, 3-bathrooms homes feature a slight touch of the traditional stonework, the emphasis is on home comfort and clean-cut architecture. Designed by an established and credited architect, the group of 28 villas promotes a community feel, through shared facilities such as a basketball court, fitness salon, communal car parking, and 24-hour security.
Such is the popularity of these contemporary villas, only one is left for sale. Buyers were attracted by the ingenious architect’s work that incorporated modern features such as electric window shutters, dual air conditioning, brand appliances and retractable pergolas. The villas also have another distinct advantage in they have front row seats to the vibrant sunset that the Bodrum peninsula is famous for.
Another sign that Gumusluk keeps its natural charm but will move with the times is the architect designed four diverse types of villas to suit every kind of person; families, couples or single buyers. Varying in size, each has three bedrooms with their own private balconies, and buyers have chosen a worthy long-term real estate investment.
Those who have stayed on the peninsula will understand why property in Gumusluk is attracting international buyers from near and far but if you haven’t already visited, contact us to arrange a viewing trip of the village and Bodrum peninsula. We can also send via email a selection of properties that suit your budget and requirements.
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