Gay community invited to north of Cyprus
Amid reports that the Turkish owned region of Cyprus will legalise homosexuality, property experts are predicting there has never been a better time to visit for homebuyers and holidaymakers.
The region, only recognised as a state by Turkey, is known for its hot balmy summers, mild winters and natural unspoiled landscapes, leading Hillcrest Estates, the only agent in the area to belong to the UK trade body, the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, to recommend it as a top destination.
Hillcrest agents highlight the restaurants, attractive beaches and modest prices plus an 18-hole golf course as ideal factors making it a top destination.
Apartments for sale start from £22,500 freehold. Vasilia Views, a complex currently being completed will comprise of 108 luxury apartments
Since a referendum in 2004 when the Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the UN Annan plan to reunify the island after it came under Turkish rule in the 1974 Cyprus War, the north has enjoyed a boom in construction and modernisation after years of being overlooked in comparison with its Mediterranean neighbours.
The laws along with infrastructure are also coming under the scrutiny of a government eager move in line with EU standards.
Consequently it has been announced that the law prohibiting homosexuality is to be repealed. It has been little used and the last prosecution was many years ago. The law dates back to British law in 1960, which was obviously changed in the UK in 1967 with the decriminalisation of homosexuality, but in Cyprus it remained on the statute book.
Most Turkish Cypriots accept the EU position that choice of sexuality is a basic human right.
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Hillcrest Estates is a member of the prestigious UK body, the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, it was founded by a former city trader seeking a career change