Affordable, Quality Housing in Lagos, Nigeria?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2012 1:25 PM Last Post By: Kevin713
Sep 30, 2012 10:30 AM
Affordable, Quality Housing in Lagos, Nigeria?Hey everybody,
I'll be moving to Lagos next week for a 6-month assignment. Though I was there a couple weeks ago on a preliminary trip, I had trouble finding housing in the range of what the small startup business I work for can afford. More specifically, my price range is 400-450k naira TOTAL (about $2500-$3000), again, for six months. I've been looking at websites and in person with a few property agents in search of fairly nice (Western standards-ish) and safe apartments or guesthouses to this end in Lekki, VI, Ikoyi, Island, VGC, Yaba, Surulere, and even other areas. Thus far, I've discovered only one or two places that are both safe/nice and meet my budget. Is this a lost cause in Lagos? Does anybody have some advice?
Thanks in advance for your time,
Oct 1, 2012 6:57 AM
Oct 2, 2012 6:02 PM
2Safe and nice are pretty subjective. I assume your budget is maximum $600/month? Extremely low for an expatriate assignment in Lagos, short term or long term. Worse yet is that there is a severly limted option for single housing in Lagos. 1 bedroom apartments are not typical at all and anything that is well located and in good condition is going to cost a whole lot more than $600 month.
Have you loooked online and tried any of the Lagos housing websites?
I'd recommend simply contacting a local real-estate agent directly.
Oct 3, 2012 1:25 PM
3Haha, more like $500/month. Yeah, I know. I'm not looking for those ritzy, Shell or Chevron expatriate lodgings, with armed escorts or anything. I guess I kind of thought that Lagos would be like the rest of urban Africa, where I have extensive experience. In most West African commercial capitals, from Accra to Abidjan to Cotonou, $500 is more than enough! Yep, hard to find single housing, and even harder to find a lease on an under-1 year lease.
I have tried a number of the Lagos housing websites (which are often littered with wrong price quotes), as well as in person with local (though often far from scrupulous!) property agents.
I guess I'll keep trying. Thanks for your time!
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