Sally and Roger Hawkins love Turkey so much that they plan to retire there

“Three years ago we bought a brand new, three bedroom apartment in Uzumlu, near Fethiye, on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. We now love Turkey so much, its people, the weather and its low cost of living, we have bought a detached villa for our retirement,” says Roger Hawkins.

Roger and Sally first started visiting Turkey for their holidays about five years ago. A choice of flights from East Midlands and Birmingham, near their home town of Newark, Nottinghamshire, encouraged visits to a virtually unspoilt coastline and countryside. “It has only been in the last few years the Turkish Government has realised the tourist potential and created a mini-boom in visitors”, says Roger.

The apartment they bought is in a pretty village with views over the spectacular mountains which are often snow capped in winter. About 40 minutes drive takes you to a small ski resort and 45 minutes to Dalaman Airport. The apartment is extremely spacious with three double bedrooms. In addition there are beautiful balconies and use of a communal pool and landscaped gardens.

“Although we bought it as a holiday home we have had the added bonus of being able to let the property easily and in the high season can receive around £250 per week. In fact, currently we have a six month let on the property which has been an additional benefit”.

Add to this the exceptional cost of living with a council tax of around only £80 per year and money goes a lot further which is why the Hawkins felt it was perfect for retirement. The village, where they have now bought a three-bedroom villa with a large pool, is unspoiled.

The communal patio that is shared with other owners

With a population of around 2,000 it is an active community with plenty of shops and restaurants and also a number of British ex-pats (at least 40 to 50 couples), so they have an excellent lifestyle while living among the friendly Turkish population.

Concluded Roger, “With austerity measures coming in to the UK, it will be wonderfully restful to move away and enjoy a totally relaxed lifestyle. It will open up the whole of the Mediterranean in terms of visiting other countries. Kos and Cyprus are so close they can be reached by ferry and of course. with a number of airlines flying directly to the UK, visits home are easy and relatively cheap.”

The Hawkins property is currently being marketed by Oceanwide Properties a company offering expert advice and assistance to UK buyers, with offices both in the UK and in Turkey. Specialising in the Mediterranean coastal areas of Turkey, which appeal very much to the British, their website offers a wide range of properties from £37,000 to around £350,000.

“Properties in Turkey offer exceptional value for money and with excellent capital growth of around 12-30% in the past 12 months, depending on location plus good rental returns, interest is growing rapidly helped in many ways by the curb on high rise homes, ensuring that the coastline retains as much as possible its natural beauty”.

Uzumlu apartment

Situated in Uzumlu with fabulous views over the valley and mountains, this three bedroom, 2nd floor apartment, is just a few minutes walk from the centre of the village. The first floor boasts a very large patio that is shared with the other apartments. There is a covered car park with reserved parking. The property offers three double bedrooms, one with en suite, fully tiled bathroom and all have large balconies. There is also a family bathroom and the fitted kitchen is open plan. There is a very low charge for the maintenance of the communal pool and garden.

Offers are invited over £55,000. The property has been reduced for a quick sale.Oceanwide Properties has an office in the UK and another in Turkey. For more information, go online at or call 0845 520 3030