Monday, July 23, 2018

A getaway to Alanya

Did you ever wonder how the perfect holiday week looks like? If so, then read more in this blog where we guide you through 7 lovely days in Alanya

- Day 1
Today you just arrived and even though the trip to Alanya is not that long, today is for relaxing.

You go for a short walk to the local vegetable shop and fill up the fridge with seasonal fruits. 
It is very cheap and you pull out your blender and make some fresh smoothies.

The rest of they day you spend on the balcony and at the pool

Do not forget sun lotion and to drink a lot of water.

In the evening you go to the nearest local restaurant. It is within walking distance and the waiters will surely recognize you from your last visit.

- Day 2
You get up early because the sun is strong these first couple of days. 
You hit the beach as one of the first and are awarded with a sun bed in first line to the sea. 
Until lunch you swim and enjoy the sun.

Around lunch time it gets too hot and you move into the shade at the beach bar. 
Here you can order a small lunch and a cold and refreshing Efes.

After lunch you walk back to your apartment. It is hot but luckily you can spend the rest of the afternoon in your cooled apartment. 
You find the time to finish your book and make a few Skype-calls to friends and family.

After sunset you get into a taxi and drive to the city center. Here you walk along the lively and busy Atatürk street. 

All the shops are still open and there is a lot going on. 

You end up at the harbor area and enjoy a perfect dinner at one of the many upscale restaurants.

- Day 3
You wake up late. After having breakfast on your balcony you go down to the pool for a couple of hours. 

After that you go shopping, since you will eat at home tonight. 

Luckily supermarkets in Turkey are not that different to supermarket at home, so you have no problem getting what you need.

- Day 4
The rental car is delivered to you exactly at 9 o clock as agreed. 
You drive up to the mountains behind Alanya and first stop is at one of the local restaurants serving Turkish breakfast. What a breakfast that is, no lunch is needed now...

After this you drive directing Gazipasa and take a swim at an unspoiled beach while the sun sets. 

Gazipasa has a cozy bazaar area with local fish restaurants. You order "levrek" and drink "salgam" with the locals.

- Day 5
Beaching all day - no chance in hell that you will return to work looking like a pale fish like your co-workers.

- Day 6
Your last day in Alanya. Time to go shopping and get something for friends, family and of course yourself.

In the bazaar you find an overwhelming amount of cheap copy products. 
At the main street it is more the real deal, just cheaper than at home.

You end up having to buy an additional suitcase, and keep your fingers crossed that this will not mean having overweight.

Finally the best purchase of the day is done at the local jewelry shop. 
Here you can really save some money, so your conscience is clean.

The shopping tour sees its end at one of the many cafes with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.

You have not had time to think about dinner, so your order some kebab from the local restaurant and they deliver to your door step.

Before going to bed it is time to pack and go for at last swim in the pool.

- Day 7
Bye bye Alanya, or "güle güle" as your Turkish friends are saying. 

Despite all the shopping you have only minimal overweight and the staff at the check-in counter turns the blind eye to it. 

A week has passed and you could easily have spend seven more days. 
Luckily you know that you will soon be back again...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Micro-adventures in Alanya

Big is good but not always best and when it comes to adventures the smaller ones can often be just as good as something complicated.

So here is a list of some micro-adventures for everyone to try out in and around Alanya.

- Walk out the pier to Alanya Lighthouse

- Visit the game area of Alanyum

- Jump on the local bus and see where it takes you

- Ride the cable car up to the Castle area

- Piknik at the new park area north of Alanya

- Order and eat fresh fish at Yeni Hal and drink salgam.

- Try Turkish coffee

- Go inside Alanya Museum. We bet you have passed it several times, but have you actually entered?

- Buy a freshly cooked corn from one of the many street vendors.

- Try the bumber cars

- Try out a new beach 

- Try Turkish icecream

- Join the locals for lunch, go for "sulu yemek"

- Go out Turkish style at "Harem Bar".

- Rent a bike and ride along the beach. From Konakli there is 
safe passage all the way to Kargicak.

- Visit the local craftsmen area called Sanayi

and finally and most important...

- Use your imagination and take the opportunities that are handed to you. Always keep and open and positive mind.

Hopefully you will enjoy Alanya just as much as we do!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Beautiful pictures from Alanya - Join us on Instagram

Here at 2Base we love a good picture. 

And most of all we love a good picture that is related to our beautiful Alanya. 

Beach, sunset, a fantastic pool area or from some of our many fantastic sights.

So finally we have decided to collect the very best of them on our brand new Instagram profiles.

We hope that you share our live for nice pictures and wants to join us.

To make it even better we have dedicated Instragram profiles for each of the following languages.

- 2Base on Instagram in English

- 2Base on Instagram in Finnish

- 2Base on Instagram in Turkish

- 2Base in Instagram in Danish

And since we do not publish the same pictures on each account everyday, you can easily follow us on more than one profile if you prefer.

In case you do not have instagram, you can still see all of our beautiful pictures be clicking the links above.

Are you already using Instagram then clicking the link will take you to our profile where you hopefully will choose to like our pictures and of course follow us :-)

See you on Instagram!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Alanya is the city of playgrounds

Families with children love Alanya. 

The climate here is perfect for both smaller and bigger children and the list of activities for children is long and exiting.

For older children we have go-carting, paintball, cinema, tree climbing (parkour), ATV excursions and much more.

Younger children will surely enjoy all the playgrounds in and around Alanya. 

Last couple of years the municipality has put a lot of work into building small parks with playgrounds all around Alanya. 

As a foreigner you should not be afraid to take advantage of this, even if you might be the only foreigner there.

Trust us when we say, that the local parents and kids will be more than happy to see a foreign face on their playground.

Even playgrounds might not meet European safety rules 100% it is very close and generally speaking the equipment and facilities are safe and extremely well looked after. 

So next time you visit Alanya with a kid try out the local playground - we are sure you will like it.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

About colored stickers and elevators

For those of you who has recently been in an elevator in Turkey, we are sure you have noticed the colored sticker seen inside most elevators.

But what does the different colors mean and exactly what are they symbolizing?

That is a good question, so we did a little research on elevator controls for your safety.

All elevators must be regularly checked to ensure that they are all safe to use.

The faults detected in these controls are classified into red, yellow, green and blue according to their degree and a visible label is affixed inside the elevator cabinet.

Red Label
If the irregularities identified and labelled as red are not corrected within 30 days, you will risk that your elevator will be sealed off by the municipality.

Yellow Label
Less serious faults that must be corrected within a period of 60 days.

Blue Label
For defects labelled blue there is a period of 12 month of corrections.

Green Label
The green label means that no defects what so ever has been found and that your elevator is in a perfect condition.

If the elevator has not yet been asesed and no labels are seen, you should contact an authorized elevator company as soon as possible and request your elevators to have periodic inspection carried out.

Finally we want to remind you that using the stairs now and is very healthy and recommendable no matter what color the sticker of the elevator is... 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The January edition of our online magazine is ready!

Dear all, 
Welcome to this 2nd edition of our online magazine.

We are very pleased with the positive reception that our first magazine got and hope you will enjoy this first magazine of 2018 just as much.

As always we have collected the best stories and information from our blog as well as social medias and added beautiful properties and other relevant information for those of your following the property market in Turkey.

Also we have added a new section to the magazine that we call "Recommended by 2Base".

Here we gathered a list of places in and around Alanya that we believe are worth visiting.

We have done so without looking if the place is big, small, well-known, unknown, expensive, cheap, Turkish, international or is found at page 1, 2 or nowhere in the tourist brochures.

Only criteria is that at least one staff here at 2Base has approved the place.

Our hope is that the list can be an inspiration for you to try out new places and have even more good experiences here in Alanya.

Should you know of a place that deserves to be on the list we are more than happy to hear from you.

What the crystal ball has to say about the coming year no one knows and we can only guess.

What we do know is that 2Base is celebrating our 15th year as estate agent in Alanya.

At our place the coffee is always hot and everyone is welcome for a chat about whatever is on your mind.

Before you dive into the magazine and start reading we want to take the chance to wish you all a happy new year and we hope to see you all very soon in Alanya.

On behalf of everyone here at 2Base.

Click here to read the magazine

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Flightlist for Gazipasa airport & ferry boat from Alanya to Girne

Good news everyone!
An unofficial list showing all flights in and out of Gazipasa airport has been published. 

This list is showing not only the airline and flight destination, but also the periods of which these flights take place.

Please note that some of the flights are charterflight and can therefor not be booked via the airline, but only via the travel agency who is responsible for the flight in question.

Ferry boat operating from Alanya to Girne on Norther Cyprus

Also starting this year it will be possible to sail from Alanya to Girne. The trip takes app. 3 hours and the price for a return ticket is around 350 TL for at return ticket.

This will make for a great little weekend get-away.

To learn more about the ferry boat click here (Famtours Facebook page)

To read more about Girne on Northern Cyprus click here (Lonely Planet).

Monday, January 22, 2018

How a holiday home in Alanya brings divorced couple back together

This weekend Finnish newspaper Taulussanomat published a nice article describing the life in Turkey for the Leinonen couple.

Leinonen bought a holiday home in Alanya more than 10 years ago and are now staying here every winter to get away from cold Finland.

Originally the couple got divorced back in 1994, but when Mr. Olavi Leinonen later decided to invest in a holiday home in Alanya it led to a visit from his then ex-wife Irmeli and the couple got back together.

The apartment is located in Elite City residence and was bought via us here at 2Base Estate Agency. 

Ever since the Leinonens have been keeping in contact with us and we help them whenever it is needed.

In the article our Finnish sales manager Sari Syrjälä is also telling about the estate market in Alanya and what to look out for when investing in Turkish property.

Here at 2Base we are happy that another positive story about real estate in Alanya has been published in European media. 

And of course it makes us extra happy and proud when the source of the story comes directly from Alanyas best estate agent, 2Base.

Read the full story here - it is in Finnish language so we recommend using google translate :-)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Obtaining deed got even faster + new payment procedures for electricity

To obtain the title deed for your Turkish holiday home is a swift and pretty straightforward procedure. 

Not that we recommend anyone trying to do this themselves, but for those of us doing this on a daily basis the rules, regulations and procedures are fairly easy to deal with.

And now a new update to the Turkish laws has made it even simpler. 

As you can see on the picture it was a front page story in the local press.

Previously any building needed to be approved for sale to foreigners by the Turkish military. 
This to prevent foreigners buying property in zones of military interest, land zones or other restricted areas where foreigners can not buy a property.

In Alanya for example this has always been a pro forma process, since there are no such restricted areas.

Most building already had the approval but sometimes a property was sold in a building that never got this military approval and so we had to apply for this which would delay the entire title deed process for several weeks.

Good news is that all such restrictions has been removed from the Alanya area and the military permission is no longer needed for foreigners in any building in the area.

Be aware of new procedures for paying electricity

And now what we have your attention please be aware of a minor but important change that electricity company CLK Akdeniz has implemented.

Monday, November 27, 2017

4 great activities for kids on a rainy day in Alanya

Even that most advertisement about Alanya claims the opposite the sun does actually not shine all the time.

Yes, we know. 

It might come as a shocking surprise but at times we do get both rainy, grey, stormy and windy days in Alanya.

The big question is what to do when the sun decides to take a break.

Especially kids can be very inpatient and hard to entertain when outdoor activities are limited. 

We have therefor made a list of 4 great activities for kids on a rainy day in Alanya.

Number 1 - Play the flipper machine
All kids loves game lands and luckily one is to be found in the shopping center "ALANYUM" easy accesible on the 35 meter road in Cikcilli.
The 3 storey shopping center has a foot court and gameland on the topfloor. Here you will find all kinds of arcade games, flipper machines, air hockey and other entertaining games and activities for kids of all ages.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Best places for having your coffee in Alanya

Even that Turkey is a real "tea-drinkers" country also a lot of coffee is consumed. 

Especially the younger generations has accepted coffee, and cafe-visits with friends are getting increasingly popular.

This is no different in Alanya where several of the bigger European coffee chains has established themselves side by side with the local coffee shops.

We therefor want to provide you with this mini-guide to the best places for having your coffee in Alanya.

Starbucks at the Atatürk statue on the main street
We of course have to start with Starbucks, who has several coffee shops in Alanya. 
The very first opened is situated close to the Atatürk statue on the main street, in an area where several coffee shops and cafes are found side by side.
Besides the usual selection in freshly brewed coffee drinks also cakes and sandwiches are served - just as we know it from other Starbucks Coffee shops around the word.
May we recommend the simple, black and always freshly brewed filter coffee...

Robert's Coffee at Damlatas/ Cleopatra beach
With beautiful and nice decor this is one of the absolute top cafes in Alanya. 
If you enjoy sitting enjoying life at a cafe, a visit to Robert's Coffe at Damlatas is a must when visiting Alanya.
Also food, snacks and cakes are served, so Robert's Coffee is always worth a visit, that can easily be combined with beaching or a walk in the nearby park and recreational area.

Shakespeare Bistro at the Atatürk statue at the main street/ eastern beach
Another popular cafe is Shakespeare Coffee & Bistro, where also music are played during weekends. 
Sit at the street side and watch daily life as it happens, or relax inside in the cozy and appealing cafe area.
And not to forget: The pizza at Shakespeare in Alanya is really, really good and the place is also open for evening dinner.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This is how you find Alanyas biggest shops!

Shopping is and will always be very popular way of spending time.

If not for you then at least for someone you know really well :-)

So we have made a quick guide to the biggest shops and shopping centers in Alanya.

There are actually a lot more than you think.

We have also included links to Google Maps, so that you can start navigating to your new favorite shop in just a single click.

Don`t forget that Google Maps allows you to download an area allowing you to view the map and navigate without having access to the Internet.

This can be done via the Google Maps application on your phone.

But lets get started with the list.

Alanyum -
Shoppingcenter in Cikcilli in two floors with a variety of shops and a supermarket. 
Also cinema and several fast food restaurant.

Kipa -
The biggest supermarket in town and located in Cikcilli.

82 Sali Pazar -
Everything for your kitchen and house. 
It is cheap and mostly plastic. 
Located next to Kipa in Cikcilli.

Koctas -
Turkish version of Ikea. 
Located at the 35m road in Oba.

Tekzen -
Like Koctas but smaller and with cheaper selection. 
Next to Kipa.

Metro -
Like you know it but also open for private persons. 
Located in Oba. 
A good place for buying fresh fish, meat and foreign groceries. 
Also sell electronics.

Vatan Computer -
All you need in electronics.

35m street
At the 35m road from Kipa and all the way to Tosmur there are many difference furniture stores.

Alanya center
In the center of Alanya from the post office PTT to the area after the Atatürk statue you will find many shops selling branded clothes.
This is in general a good area for shopping and sipping coffee. 

Megamall Konakli -
Shopping center with a broad variety of shops and cafes.

Nova Mall Manavgat -
One hour drive away in Manavgat. 
Plenty of shops and a place where you can easily spend several hours.

All there is left to say is "shop `till you drop" and remember that if you can carry all of the shopping bags by yourself, then you did not shop enough!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Our new online magazine is now available!

Dear all, 
Today is a special day here at 2Base Estate Agency!

This because we are proud and happy to announce the release of our first online magazine.

The magazine contains a total of 44 interesting pages aimed at everyone with a interest for the property market in Alanya.

It is free and can be accessed either at the bottom of this blog post or by clicking the image above.

As you might know we are also active on our Facebook page as well as here on your blog, property in Turkey.

All of these information we have not gathered in one place and added the best offers, a fresh and beautiful design and other short stories.

We hope that you will enjoy reading the magazine and you are welcome to share to your friends via Facebook or other social medias.

Finally we are also very interested in getting your feedback on the magazine, ideas or suggestions for future articles or any other comments that you might find relevant.

Enjoy the magazine!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Certified agents are not always competent

Lets be honest!

To establish a real estate agency in Alanya does not require a lot. Neither any higher education nor special skills or requirements are needed.

Only demand that you must fulfill is to complete an evening training course, which takes no more than a couple of weeks.

So it is far from a comprehensive education to teach you about important subjects such as buying contracts, financial security of the payment or guidelines for moral and ethics as an estate agent.

Not that long ago we actually had an interesting experience where the responsible person for issuing licenses for estate agents in Alanya proudly told us about all the good he had done for the sector in Alanya which was making it even easier to get the permission to open a real estate agency and get the needed license.

In our opinion he should have spend his time and influence by securing and highering the quality of the sector but it shows how unfortunate the entire sector and agents are thinking - which is thinking of themselves and not of you as a customer.

This has created an overflow of authorized estate agents in Alanya but a lack of those who are competent and qualified.

At 2Base we believe that it pays of to be a bit different and we always think of the customer before thinking of ourselves. 
We believe this will end up securing us more sales and more customers.

But how do you choose the right estate agent in Alanya when not even a real estate certificate will guarantee you a qualified and competent agent?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Checklist for property in Turkey

It is hard not to get tempted by a holiday home in sunny Turkey close to the sea.

But before you decide to go all in and buy your own holiday home there are a few but very important and essential criteria that the holiday home in question must fulfill.

Type of ownership
Also in Turkey there are different types of ownership. Make sure that your property is a owner-occupied property and not part of any company, joint venture or time-share.

Are a foreigner allowed to own?
Not all properties in Turkey can be sold to foreigners due to restrictions on location and type. Make sure that your property can be sold to you as a foreigner.

Make sure that no debt or any kind of ipotek are transferred to your name via the purchasing contract or transfer of title deed.

Ferdi iskan (habitation certificate)
Make sure that the ferdi iskan of the property is either already in place or can be easily issued. 
Ferdi iskan is connected to another permission named ön iskan. 
In case the ön iskan of the complex/ building is not present you must be aware and understand the consequence of this.

As a general rule you should only buy property in case the ön iskan is either already in place or can be issued without any further delays.

Contract of sale
The contract of sale must be thorough and detailed. 

The most important clauses are:
- Terms and conditions for payments
- Hand over
- Guarantees
- Termination of the contract

The title deed as well as seller and buyers ID must be a part of the contact as attachments.

Make sure that it is always seller himself who personally signs the contract of sale.
Do not accept that a real estate agent or another 3rd party signs on behalf of seller.

Unless it is clearly specified in the contract all payments must always be paid directly to seller.

Please note that the above only represents the absolute most important things to consider.

We also recommend you to always carry out a detailed check on the property that you are planning to buy. 

Read more about that in the blog "Essential checklist before investing in a holiday home in Turkye".

Let us know in case you have any questions, we are right here to answer them.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Vocabulary for property in Turkey

Even the process is more or less the same, purchasing a property in Turkey is of course different then doing so in your home country.

One of the biggest differences are actually the language since Turkish can be a bit hard to understand for most.

Still a lot of Turkish words are surviving without translation when the topic is property in Turkey which can make if hard to understand exactly what is going on and what the exact meaning is.

This is why we have made this vocabulary for property in Turkey that covers the Turkish words that are often used without being translated.

Kapıcı // Caretaker

Görevli // Also caretaker but a bit more polite

Yönetici // Administrator

Ferdi iskan // Habitation certificate and permission to use the apartment

Ön iskan // Approval of the building permission and that all authorities involved have approved the building.

Sigorta // Insurance

Belediye // Municipality

Tapu // Title deed

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Understand your Turkish title deed

When purchasing a property the most important document is without any doubt the title deed, since it proofs the ownership of the property.

In this blog post we will take your through the current procedures for obtaining the title deed as well as explaining what kind of information you find on the printed version of the deed.

We also want to point out very clearly that the printed version of the deed does not hold any other value than the paper it has been printed on.

You can see it as a kind of diploma and should you loose the printed version there will be no consequences.

Even if someone that you do not trust gets hold of the printed version of your title deed, it can not be abused.

The ownership is registered at the land registry office and it is the information in their computer systems that are valid.

Until recently the process of obtaining a title deed was somehow complicated and time consuming.

Luckily things have improved for the better and today the process goes as follows...

Via an online system an appointment for initiating the process is obtained from the land registry office.
Relevant information such as the public evaluation of the property, buyer and sellers personal information etc are collected and handed in to the land registry office.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Getting to Alanya: How to find the best and cheapest tickets

Discussions about flight tickets and how to get the best and cheapest deals is always a hot topic for home owners in Turkey.

Based on our own experience we made this guide which we hope will prove both useful and informative.

Where to fly to...

This is quite simple since there are just two options. Most well-known is Antalya Airport (Airport code AYT) located 120 km west of Alanya with newcomer Gazipasa airport (Airport code GZP and often called Alanya Gazipasa Airport, Antalya Gazipasa or even Antalya Alanya airport so be careful not to mix up between these two airports) located 40 km east of Alanya.

Neither of the two airports has public transportation in direction Alanya.
Instead several airlines offer free or inexpensive shuttle services to and from the airport direction Alanya.

Driving a rental car to Alanya will take you around one hour and 45 minutes from Antalya airport and 30 minutes from Gazipasa airport.
Conditions of the road is good but you need to remember that the traffic in Turkey might be a bit more hectic than you are used to.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Who celebrates christmas in Alanya?

The obvious answer to the question is "everyone that lives here does"...

For most people Christmas is more of an event than a religious thing meaning that it is  - but of course in its own way - celebrated by everyone even in a Muslim country like Turkey.

Also no shop in Turkey is blind to the commercial aspect of Christmas so currently all shopping is accompanied by Christmas decorations and jingle bells.

Some even claim that Santa actually comes from Turkey and not the North pole, Finland, Greenland or anywhere else.

With that said celebrating Christmas in Alanya is of course very different than celebrating it at home. The special Christmas mood that you find in your home country can not be replicated anywhere, no matter how hard you try.

People who choose to travel to Alanya during the holidays do so because they want to get away from all the Christmas activities at home, so they surely do not mind.

And all of us living permanently here in Alanya do not have same expectations to Christmas as we would normally have.
Instead we make Christmas our own way and try to mix some of the traditions we know from home with the opportunities that are available in Alanya.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Alanyas new ring road is on its way

The last couple of years Turkey has started to invest heavily in new infrastructure. 
Most notably are the new tunnel and bridge across Bosphurus in Istanbul and the construction of a new mega airport that will replace the existing and already pretty big Atatürk Airport.

Also in Alanya there are some new projects underway and one of the most exiting - but not so much talked about - is the new ring road.

The current ring road is known as the 35 meter road, presumably because it is 35 m wide. This road starts at the entrance of Alanya at the Dinek/ Luna Park area and ends just before the Dim River in Tosmur.

The new road is known as the 50 m road and construction is on-going as you read this. Interestingly enough there is not much public information available about the road, but here is what we know so far.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Essential checklist before investing in a holiday home in Turkey

Investing in a holiday home in a Turkey is simultaneously both an terrifying and amazing experience.

Terrifying since you do not now local customs, rules and regulations and therefore are operating in unknown territory.

Amazing since you are about to purchase the holiday home of your dreams, a place where you and your family will spend many happy hours.

But before finalizing the deal and signing the contract there are several areas which are worth paying attention to.

Spending some time investigating before taking the final decision can save you both time, a lot of trouble and of course your hard earned money.

By this we do not mean finding yourself an respectable and licensed estate agent who speak your language and can offer you a secure financial deal.
This is of course still an absolute “must”.

But after finding your dream property and having received and reviewed the first initial information it is always a good idea to take a closer look at some key information.