Dare you dive into Greece?

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - International - FOR SALE HIGH-END HOL­I­DAY HOMES

If this month’s ITV adap­ta­tion of Ger­ald Dur­rell’s clas­sic My Fam­ily and Other An­i­mals has made you fall in love with the idea of buy­ing a straw­berry-pink villa in Corfu, now could be the time to take the plunge. Greece has been in and out of re­ces­sion since 2007, re­cov­er­ing briefly be­tween 2012 and 2014, and is po­ten­tially head­ing to­wards an­other de­fault. This opens the door for hol­i­day-home seek­ers, with prices now 30 per cent be­low their pre­cri­sis peak.

“It’s very quiet at the mo­ment,” says Piers Wil­liams, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Io­nian In­ter­na­tional, which sells lux­ury prop­er­ties mainly to Bri­tish buy­ers. “There are some bar­gains to be found, be­cause there are some dis­tressed sellers.”

An­drew Lang­ton, of Ayles­ford In­ter­na­tional, agrees. “De­spite all its mis­for­tunes, there are good op­por­tu­ni­ties to buy prop­erty. It’s a mag­i­cal country with count­less un­spoilt is­lands.” One of a pair of re­stored cot­tages in the trendy Fiskardo area, set 2km away from the sea

For the steely-nerved sun­seeker, tro­phy hol­i­day homes are go­ing cheap in the land of the gods, An­drea Wat­son dis­cov­ers

Sum­mer lovin’: The Dur­rells, an ITV show about a fam­ily mov­ing to Greece, above; a new villa at Costa Navrino in the Messe­nia re­gion on the Pelo­pon­nese, top

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