Let's Move There: A Little Town Of Hundreds Of Vacant, Never Lived In Mini-Castles

February 12, 2019

These are a couple videos of the abandoned Burj al Babas subdivision in the Bolu province of Turkey, about halfway between Istanbul and the capital city of Ankura. A developer spent over $100-million building a good portion of what was going to be a total of 732 individual $400,000 - $500,000 mini castles before economic troubles caused the project to fall flat on its face, with the majority of buyers (about half of the houses built were under contract) pulling out of their deals. Now I'm not saying maybe you shouldn't have built hundreds of them right away, but sometimes it's better to start small and go from there. That said, I'd like to buy one. I mean I'm absolutely not going to pay $400,000 but *checks all assets* so what are the squatter's rights laws in Turkey like anyways?

Keep going for the videos of our new homes.

Thanks to Christopher C, who promised to go halfsies with me on a whole row of them provided we can get them for under $1,000.

  • Ed Hopkins

    Why don't the Syrian refugees go there?

  • Comp Fox

    Same over there in Cyprus. Mostly build with money from Russian investors.

  • I'm kinda fucking in on this. Build these all around disneyland in buena park and watch them fill up in an instant. Even these shit ones in turkey I'd be down for.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Turkey? It's a trap. There's a deadly virus in the very walls of each building that only affects Kurds and Armenians. If you're not Kurdish or Armenian you're okay but do you want to risk it?

  • digidude
  • The_Wretched

    Landscaping? It's not enough to build the village like someone found a cut/paste function in photoshop.

  • whacko

    Its creepy that they are all exactly the same. I know developers try to keep neighborhoods kind of uniform, but some variety is nice...

  • Jesus H. Presley ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ™

    It'd be a great time to be a teenager around there.

  • Wooder

    On the website it shows this beautiful castle with trees and lots of space.
    Then reality sets in. Did they fire the architect after one blueprint?

    See Rip Off Castles.com

  • Jason Christopher

    Anyone found this on google earth yet?

  • Closet Nerd

    "Your [engineers] were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

  • nik

    This has to be some sort of cash grabbing / insurance / bankruptcy scam.

  • Deksam

    So only one blueprint I take it?... A perfect place for replicants to live.

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  • Frédéric Purenne

    If there is one thing I will never buy, being poor or rich, is a cookie-cutter house you can't distinguish from your neighbor's. I HATE copy-paste urban developments at any price point : It's an eye-sore and the pinnacle of being "just a number".

    At the very least, the exterior finish could be different from house to house and give them a bit of room in between!

  • Eric Ord

    I like to think that no matter what my house or material possessions look like, I distinguish myself by my sparkling personality.

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