Gabriele Kuehnel and Madeleine Johnston, Side Hill-1 A-6
First of all we love Side because it is not so crowded as lots of other cities. Side is at the Mediterranean coast and you are guaranteed the nice weather. The buying process involves some work to do but everything went very smooth, because we were looked after so well.Read More
First of all we love Side because it is not so crowded as lots of other cities, for example Alanya and Antalya. Side is at the Mediterranean see and you are guarantied the nice weather. If you love the sun even in the wintertime, Side is the right place to go. The people are very friendly and helpful. You can find lots of different restaurants from different countries to eat, there are lots of bars, so that you are always entertained. The old town is very romantic and if you are interested in ruins or museums you will find lots to see. About the company I can only say good things. From the start when we where interested in the property (Side Hill 1), Ezgi was looking after us, when we had any kind of questions we where in contact either via email or phone and we got the answers. We just paid the deposit in May04 and went to Side in August. We got picked up from Mecitoglu at Antalya airport and they brought us to the hotel. We went back to the office and also meet Mehmet, so after we all talked we decided to sign the contract. Ezgi picked us up again another day to look at the tiles and the wood for the kitchen and wardrobe. It was a lot to do but everything went very smooth, because we where looked after so well. When we went over in September 05 the after sales department helped us to get all the furniture, curtains and light fittings and whatever else we needed. Ufuk brought us to all the shops and helped us because of the language. So as you can see I can only speak very positive about the company.
Fully expecting the "hard sell" approach we braced ourselves for the onslaught of sales people to take us on tours on the area. Instead we were called and advised to take a couple of days to relax and enjoy ourselves! The price you see is the price you pay - no hidden tax, solicitors or other charges and with all of the white goods, AC units, fitted wardrobes included!Read MorePaula and Glen Ashby, Side Hill-1 A-11
We had never visited Turkey, but will now never look back. We found the "www.HomeinTurkey.com web site which we thought very professional and having been looking at numerous Spanish sites, took the decision to make the call and arrange an inspection visit. We arrived at Antalya airport and were collected by the driver and taken to our hotel. Fully expecting the "hard sell" approach we braced ourselves for the onslaught of sales people to take us on tours on the area. Instead we were called and advised to take a couple of days to relax and enjoy ourselves !! We were then collected from our hotel and taken to two or three of Mecitoglu's property developments which we were immediately impressed with. The size of the apartment, quality of workmanship and furniture was superb. As we were buying off plan, we were then taken to the site and walked round and shown the site plan which put things in perspective. Having made the decision to purchase an apartment, the formalities were explained and a framework agreement was given to us to take away and review. Having done this and discussing a few changes, we signed on the dotted line and take ownership of our apartment shortly. The payments terms were fair - 10% deposit, 50% after 6 months and the balance on completion. This combined with the fact that the price you see is the price you pay - no hidden tax, solicitors or other charges and with all of the white goods included, we highly recommend Mecitoglu's homes . Side is a nice town, which with the money that is being invested in the area will improve significantly over the next few years. The best bit is the haggling over the price of the "designer" goods. In summary, we are very pleased with our apartment, the quality of the workmanship and internal and external fittings, the sales process, Side and Mecitoglu Homes.
We had for some months been making enquiries about buying a property abroad and only became aware of Mecitoglu when we read an advertisement during October 2006, in a Ryan Air magazine on a flight to Dublin, to attend Cathy's brother's wedding (destiny!).Read MoreTony & Cathy Kerrigan, Four Seasons G10
On our return to the UK we contacted Mecitoglu and were sent the information pack. We also spent some considerable time on the Internet researching the area, climate, flights and property prices etc. At the time and even though it was a new project some 76 units had already been reserved so we had to move quickly to secure an apartment in a good location on the complex. We already had a good feeling about the Four Seasons project from our discussions with the property consultant and so took the plunge. During early November 2006 we put down a refundable reservation deposit and planned a visit. Another slice of luck the prices all increased the next day! The viewing trip was arranged for the 12th December 2006 and we were put up in a fantastic hotel in Kumkoy which is an area we now have fond memories of and always visit when we are over. During the inspection trip we visited all the completed projects as well as all the new project sites that were in the process of being built. We even went to the field and woods that were destined to be Four Seasons where the views over the valley and towards the mountains were spectacular. There was no pressure of any sort during the trip and certainly no hard sell tactics. We had as much time viewing the properties as we liked to assess the standard of workmanship etc. It became apparent very quickly that the build quality and attention to detail within the properties was superb. All the properties were spacious and the grounds and gardens which are a main feature were kept in a meticulous condition. With Four Seasons in mind at the time you could really visualize the completed project using the artist impressions and videos that they had given us. During the trip we also visited a number of furniture shops where we could see for ourselves the quality and cost of most of the items we would eventually need. In fact we made a comprehensive list at the time with prices to give us a realistic budget figure. We also made use of the time we had to ourselves to visit Side and Kumkoy and done a fair amount of walking to get a good feel for the surrounding areas. Time spent in some bars, restaurants and shops left a good impression with staff being friendly and very helpful .Side and Kumkoy as well as the beaches we visited were all generally kept clean and all gave good value. It was clear that there was a lot of building going on but most seemed to be smaller projects and the finished ones did not compare to the Mecitoglu sites, so the decision to purchase through a larger reputable company was, we decided the right one. We already knew from our research that we could purchase an apartment for considerably less in percentage terms than Four Seasons but we would not have got the same overall value for money with the greater potential for capital growth. Hindsight and further experiences on later trips also confirmed we had made the right decision. Mecitoglu are not the cheapest but, as is often said “you get what you pay for”. By the end of our trip we were convinced that Mecitoglu were a very good company that built excellent properties. The whole process had been carried professionally and we felt comfortable with the sales process and didn't feel compelled in any way to make a decision there and then. We did however, make a quick decision and agreed to proceed and purchase on Four Seasons mainly because we didn't want to lose the property we had reserved. Sometimes in life you have to take a bit of a gamble which in our case has worked out very well. The whole purchase process went very smoothly with no hick ups. The after sales staff were very helpful and guided us through the necessary stages so that money could be transferred and paid and that all the correct paperwork was completed. Shopping trips were arranged where we purchased most of the larger items of furniture. We visited the main Mecitoglu office as necessary to discuss any issues and decide on any extras or upgrades that were available. For the record all the staff we met or dealt with at Mecitoglu were very professional and supportive and a special thanks to Maria and Deniz who were our main contacts. When our apartment and the Four Seasons complex were completed we were over the moon and gob smacked. Our apartment was fantastic and the grounds were superb and we couldn't have been more pleased. We have had some lovely holidays at Four Seasons and the after sales are still only a phone call away or you can talk to them personally as they regularly visit site. We have had no major problems with our apartment and if we need anything done e.g. a mirror or picture hung it has been done quickly. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Mecitoglu and have only good to say about the surrounding areas of Ilica, Kumkoy, Side and Manavgat.
We would say that Side is a very nice, friendly area. An ideal holiday retreat, with wonderful weather, attractions and lots of activities for both young and old. The properties offered by Mecitoglu are of a particularly high standard, well finished with great service throughout the purchase and building process. The staff are very friendly, extremely helpful and very professional. We would highly recommend them.Richard and Jane Mann, Side Hill-2 A-17