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 on what you need to know about this amazing city called Port Harcourt
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 Niger-Delta and where the black gold seats 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.
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 tale.
2. City of Hustlers
Everyone wants to have a taste of the quantum petrodollar that comes out from Rivers state. There is no part of the city that you would not see people struggling to survive and pay off their different 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
Port Harcourt lifestyle is themed 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 domain 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 things are not really cheap but that does not mean that Port Harcourt is notoriously expensive as rumours may have. You would notice that you can still get a lot of affordable things if you really know where to go for them.
Now Let me also in this great article list out some best areas to live or invest into in this great City
Here we go;
5 Places to Live In Port Harcourt
If you are driving or in a bus entering from the east-west road, your first encounter with the town would be; Choba where UNIPORT is located,
Choba has all the characteristics of any university area with the major road running through the area, it’s a beehive of activity.
Port Harcourt roads are quite interlinked (with a few exceptions) there are always several options of getting to your destination, Driving through the town though needs an exceptional level of care
as if you are used to driving in Lagos, Abuja, and Calabar it may surprise you how driving is in Port Harcourt especially the town cabs, brace yourself for some interesting time.
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
There are several relaxation spots and luxury hotels of international standard in the town, 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; top places to live in Port Harcourt.
1. New GRA: This the area for the crème de la crème of Port Harcourt, Here you have a neighborhood of Government officials and affluent persons. Properties here are sinfully pricey and would set you back some hundred million. PH POLO CLUB, Genesis Deluxe Cinema, classy event centers, nightclubs, Shopping Centres and departmental stores are located in this area.
2. OLD GRA: This was the area inhabited by the early European settlers during the 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, State House of Assembly and NEPAD Rivers State Secretariat are all located here. Serene, beautiful and close to nature with trees and shrubs this area. 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, 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: A true family area, with the road dualization, the area suddenly became a fine bride for property investors. It is fast becoming the most sort after locations for residence in Port Harcourt. Properties here are also fairly priced
5. EAGLE ISLAND: Sandwiched between two rivers, the diobu river, and agip/mgbuodohia 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” areas 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 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.Show Us Love and Give Us a Follow on Socials