Dare you dive into Greece?
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
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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