One of my friends has just given up his villa with an awesome view in Yalikavak and moved to a prettier, more private, no sea view house inland for a variety of very sensible reasons.
Funnily enough this is the fourth time in the last week the subject of the 2nd house you choose to live in in Turkey has come up, twice via email and twice in person, and it seems that most, if not all of us, make some serious errors of judgement in our initial choices of a home in the sun.
For those looking for a permanent home living here is very different to holidaying here and what suits for two weeks in July doesn’t suit for all year round living. And the things that people prioritised in the search for a holiday home can turn out to be major hassles that stop them enjoying their dream in the sun when the purchase is finally complete but they then have to spend every holiday rushing around working on maintenance and paperwork.
The biggest issues for people are around build quality and community living, closely followed by security, privacy and noise.
Because I’ve done this a few times I made most of my errors in other countries and those I made on my first build here were down to not realising what a massive temperature variance Turkey produced over the course of a year and how this affected the fabric of the building. I corrected those errors on my second build and that is why this is the kind of house you should buy in Turkey if you want to learn from other people’s mistakes which is always cheaper and quicker than learning from your own!
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise why Turks call houses on the beach Summer Houses – because come the last day of September they turn into fridges with mould in the middle of uninhabited ghost towns.
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise that having a shop within walking distance that is open all year round is quite useful when you run out bread/milk/icing sugar and in the deserted complexes you have to hike miles to a shop and run the gauntlet of a pack of ravening feral dogs which is great for the tone of your calf muscles but lousy for your blood pressure.
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise that whilst a sea view is lovely it normally means being on the side of a 1 in 2 slope that it is too hot to walk up in summer and becomes a raging, impassable torrent at the first sign of rain and is too steep to swim up, unless you are a very fit salmon.
This is the kind of house you buy when you feel your first earthquake tremor and look out of the window at the apartment blocks all around you and all you can think of are dominos toppling.
This is the kind of house you buy when things you never thought you needed to think about become important, things like insulation, dpc, more than one socket in a room, a water supply, silly little things like that.
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise that it’s going to take you three years to get rid of all the friends you made in your first year and who you now realise are all clinically insane and should be dribbling in a padded cell not knocking on your door at 3am saying their boyfriend/taxidriver/emlak tricked them out of their house/money/virginity (the last in unlikely). Moving somewhere that requires a little effort to get to is a good way of getting rid of them.
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise that living on a complex/sitesi/gated community means you are at the mercy socially/financially/literally of all the other people on the community most of whom are mad (see above), cannot organise the proverbial in a brewery, don’t want to organise their community anyway and all of whom hate each other. Your average community is more political than the House of Commons and twice as bitchy.
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise the entire Turkish race is deaf and nocturnal and your neighbours who have moved here for the summer will keep you awake all night every night by having bbq’s on the terrace above/below/all around you at 3am whilst arguing loudly/watching TV outside/winding up small children/stamping around a lot and slamming doors.
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise that the large open spaces in your new villa which, flooded with light, so entranced you on your viewing trip mean you will freeze in winter because you can’t keep them warm, all your soft furnishings will rot in the summer sun and you will spend June/July and August running your air conditioner at full blast because it is like living in a green house. You will also weep when you realise just how much of your money is vanishing through the gaps in the badly fitted doors and windows!
This is the kind of house you buy when you learn that you should only buy that which exists and you can actually see and touch. You realise this when all the little luxury extras detailed in the glossy brochure for your off plan villa fail to materialise and the promises of a golf course/poolside bar/state of the art gym/four walls and a roof were just the builders little joke.
This is the kind of house you buy when you realise that whilst you thought a private pool would be too much hassle and so bought a place with shared use of an Olympic sized pool this actually means spending eight months of the year next to a stagnant green swamp swarming with mossies before paying the equivalent of the national debt of Nigeria to have access for four months of the year to a saffron coloured Olympic sized urine and chemical soup full of screaming kids.
I could go on and on (and normally do!), but essentially this is the kind of house you buy when you realise that consistency matters and consistency gives you the lifestyle you want and it was the lifestyle you moved here for. Living somewhere that is built properly, has all the boring infrastructure stuff like electricity and water and internet and paved roads in place and has facilities and population that remain consistent no matter the season allows you to enjoy the lifestyle you dreamt of without a whole heap of compromises.
Move the sea view and the beach front location from the top of your wish list for your villa in Turkey, move it down the list, prioritise the boring stuff and your lifestyle will bless you in the end.
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