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To many Nigerians, Port Harcourt needs no introduction.

But to the benefit of the few who have not visited nor have an idea of what this town looks like,

I will attempt to paint a word picture of what you need to know about this amazing city called Port Harcourt and some of the best places to live peacefully.

Okay, here goes;

Where is Port Harcourt?

Port Harcourt is the capital and largest city of Rivers State, Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta. As of 2016, the Port Harcourt urban area has an estimated population of 1,865,000 inhabitants, up from 1,382,592 as of 2006.

Port Harcourt is called the Garden City, the Pearl of the Niger-Delta and where the black gold sits unbridled. While it is important to mention that the city is Nigeria’s oil capital and the third most developed metropolis after Lagos and Abuja, it is also important to mention that it is one of the most developed property markets in Nigeria after Lagos and Abuja. The operations of a lot of multinational companies have made real estate developments attractive not only to top Nigerian business executives but also to expatriate workers who pay big for most of the luxury developments within the city.

However, amid the oil and energy boom, the bustling and hustling, there are some places in this flourishing metropolitan Port Harcourt city that offer a getaway from what the core of the city entails. These residential areas are an entire package of serenity and opulence, only suitable for Port Harcourt’s finest and “big boys”.

4 Things You Will Notice While Visiting 

1. Magnificent architecture and incredible vistas

Port Harcourt

Port Harcourt is a city with urban pleasures; it offers a combination of outstanding architecture and incredible vistas, with natural beauty in an unspoiled coherence. The city has fascinating scenery and it’s beautiful at first sight; it gives you an amazing feeling—the kind that makes you feel like you just entered a place full of everyday fairy tales.

2. City of Hustlers

Everyone wants to have a taste of the quantum petrodollar that comes out of Rivers State. There is no area in the city that you will not see people struggling to survive and pay off their various bills. This is one city that has a lot of smart people who can cut corners to achieve their goals. They all want to achieve a slice of the next big thing.

3. Luxury Lifestyle

The city lifestyle is characterized by entertainment, expensive houses and cars, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Everyone living in the city wishes for their own piece of the oil money to build their own paradise. Port Harcourt is a dynamic business district and a well-laid-back city to enjoy life. The intimidation of wealth can easily be seen around, and the various classes of people can be identified within seconds.

4. Port Harcourt is not as expensive as they say.

The truth is that things are not really cheap, but that does not mean that Port Harcourt is notoriously expensive, as rumours may have it. You will notice that you can still get a lot of affordable things if you really know where to look for them.

Now let me also in this great article list some of the best areas to live in or invest in this great city.

Here we go.

Top 5 Places to Live In Port Harcourt

If you are driving or on a bus entering from the east-west road, your first encounter with the town would be Choba, where UNIPORT is located.

Uniport Gate

Uniport Gate

Choba has all the characteristics of any university area. With the major road running through the area, it’s a beehive of activity.

Driving through Port Harcourt is quite interlinked (with a few exceptions), so there are always several options for getting to your destination. Driving through the town needs an exceptional level of care.

If you are used to driving in Lagos, Abuja, and Calabar, it may surprise you how driving is in Port Harcourt, especially in the town cabs. Brace yourself for some interesting times.

For those who love seafood, it is in abundance in Port Harcourt. Most of the markets have many traders of fresh seafood straight from the waters for those mouth-watering dishes you may want to prepare.

Seafood in Port Harcourt

Seafood in Port Harcourt

Bole and Fish a Popular Port Harcourt Delicacy

Bole and Fish, a Popular Port Harcourt Delicacy

There are several relaxation spots and luxury hotels of international standard in the town, as well as several malls, cinemas, and recreational parks.

The town has a high population of people with disposable income, so get ready to pay top naira for some items, All in all, it’s a great place to live.

Now back to the matter of the day; the top places to live in Port Harcourt.

1. New GRA: This is the area for the crème de la crème of Port Harcourt, Here you have a neighborhood of government officials and affluent people. Properties here are sinfully pricey and would set you back some hundred million. PH POLO CLUB, Genesis Deluxe Cinema, classy event centers, nightclubs, shopping centers, and departmental stores are located in this area.

2. OLD GRA: This was the area inhabited by the early European settlers during colonial times and was then referred to as “European Quarters.” The area is well planned. No wonder the past first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, chose this area for her Port Harcourt residence. The popular ISAAC BORO PARK, the State House of Assembly and the NEPAD Rivers State Secretariat are all located here. This area is serene, beautiful, and close to nature with trees and shrubs. Properties here are peculiarly expensive.

3. PETER ODILI ROAD: This is actually my favorite area in Port Harcourt. Why? You may ask. Well, it’s nothing more than the area has a blend of well-off individuals and mid-level professionals and has direct access to popular areas such as Trans-Amadi, Amadi, Abuloma, Woji, Slaughter, etc, In fact, the area is a “surulere” of some sorts. It’s almost at the center of the city.

You will appreciate the beauty of this area at night. NLNG, Rainbow, and Golf Estate are in this environment.

Top schools, eateries, churches, and relaxation centers all abound in this area. It’s a fast developing area and will be in a contest with the G.R.As soon.

Properties here are fairly priced. It will still set you back some millions, though.

4. ADA-GEORGE/AGIP: With the road dualization, the area suddenly became a fine choice for property investors. It is fast becoming the most sought-after location for residences in Port Harcourt. Properties here are also fairly priced.

5. EAGLE ISLAND: Sandwiched between two rivers, the Diobu river and the Aguguodohia river, it’s a calm and serene area. For people who love islands, well, there you go. Properties in this area are fairly priced.

The title says “Top 5” places to live in Port Harcourt, right? There is a sixth one. It was difficult for me to put it on the list above because it can’t be last or first. This place excites me because it is a conscious, long-term effort by the government to have a new, well-planned city. Soon there will be an old Port Harcourt and a new Port Harcourt. People in the know have bought properties in this area.

The plan for the area is simply breath-taking. “Tell me the area already,” you say. It’s the Greater Port Harcourt City. This area incorporates the entire Port Harcourt LGA, Oyigbo, Okrika, Ogu-Bolo, Obio-Akpor, Ikwerre, Etche and Eleme Local Government Areas.

It’s an open secret that the majority of the property owners in the five areas mentioned above, as well as other wise would-be and new landlords, have been rushing to secure plots in these areas.

To save them the stress of genuine land ownership verification, approvals and proper title documents, they buy their properties through Boing Luxury Estates  one of the best estates in Port Harcourt.

Our firm is pioneering the revolution in the GPHC area. All our premium and luxury estates are located in this region, and we have several packages to ensure investors can capture value by purchasing serviced plots within our estates.

If I say the Government Plan for Greater Port Harcourt City is breath-taking, then the Boing Estates Layout Plan (which unlike other real estate providers is already being implemented) is awesome!

Boing Lakeview Estate

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