Fethiye Şehit Fethi Bey Park
Having green space on your doorstep does boost property prices and the charming seaside resort of Calis now homes one of the most spectacular sea front public parks along the Turquoise coast. The area’s recent facelift, alongside a wave of new facilities including Şehit Fethi Bey Park is ensuring this former sleepy resort is fast becoming one of the most sought after locations in Fethiye.
Calis, also known as 'Calis Beach', is situated a 35 minutes transfer (45km) from Dalaman International Airport and just a 10 minutes taxi ride from the harbour town of Fethiye. Known for its 4km stretch of beach and glorious sunsets across the bay and its central islands, it has been a popular tourist resort with Brits and Europeans since the mid nineties.
Unlike many of its neighbouring resorts Calis lies at sea level, it's flat. This means it's extremely easy to navigate, no mountain goat antics necessary and you can swap the need for a car for a leisurely stroll or a push bike. It's the ideal location for those with mobility issues or looking to retire in Turkey. There's a well established expat community, a year round social scene and great selection of hotels, restaurants and shops to keep the whole family entertained. Calis has a modern state hospital right on the sea front, a good selection of public and private schools, no-end of supermarkets, and a weekly Sunday market ideal to stock up on fresh veggies and the odd 'genuine fake' handbag or sweatshirt.
Şehit Fethi Bey Park
Those familiar with Fethiye will no-doubt have visited the seafront promenade now nicknamed 'millionaires’ row'. This wide walkway, lined with date palms, fancy restaurants, outdoor play-parks and gymnasiums, stretches all the way from central Fethiye to the nature reserve and bird sanctuary in Calis. It was a huge project and has taken years to reach the final stages. The opening of Şehit Fethi Bey Park last month was the culmination of almost 10 years hard work and planning.
Şehit Fethi Bey Park is built on a huge 68,000m2 plot of reclaimed wasteland. The local Municipality had promised open-air libraries, windmills, sculptures, play-parks and walkways - they certainly didn't disappoint. The park, the largest in the Mugla region, is situated opposite the Devlet Hastanesi (State Hospital) and looks out over the bay towards Sovalye (Knights) Island. There's all manner of seating, hammocks and green areas ideal to relax and soak in the glorious views. There's a constant sea breeze that's so welcomed during the long sunny days, windmills and waterwheels all set in beautifully planted and scented gardens. Drainage canals have been cleverly dressed up with rope bridges and rockeries, and the bright blue cycle lane running all the way from Fethiye runs straight through the centre.
Perhaps the main highlight of the park are the activities, for kids it's a dream! Colossal swings and climbing frames with cargo nets and zip lines, a skate park, basketball court and open-air gymnasium are just a few of the main attractions. Then there's the sculptures; contemporary fish, white galloping horses, bees and Disney characters all strategically placed throughout the grounds. The statue of the pilot Fethi Bey, whom the town and attraction are named after, is now re-homed and takes a central position in the park.
"Şehit Fethi Bey Park is the latest attraction to boost interest in property in Fethiye ", says Tolga Ertukel, Director of Turkey Homes who attended the official opening of the park. "Fethiye has undergone significant modernisation over the last 10 years and the value of property in Calis and central Fethiye has risen considerably as a result. Calis is an attractive location for those seeking a lifestyle property and prices are affordable - you can own an apartment in Calis for less than £65,000"
Property in Calis
Calis not only appeals to Brits and retirees. The area also attracts out of town Turks relocating their families for business, Russians and Arabs looking for private properties within easy reach of Fethiye town and the airport, and investors seeking longer term investments or buy to let apartments in a popular beach side resort. From a fairly dated area 10 years ago, Calis is quickly morphing into a sophisticated suburb of Fethiye with new properties being built to satisfy all types of investors’ demand. From affordable resale apartments in Calis on established complexes with pools and facilities, to fancy new white washed villas boasting all the mod-cons, there's a property in Calis to suit all tastes and budgets.
Turkey Homes Fethiye office is conveniently located at the Fethiye end of Fethiye's seafront promenade. If you are looking for an apartment or villa in Calis or would like to know more about property in Fethiye, please feel free to pop in for a chat or contact us.