Best Areas to live in Lagos State
It is true that hundreds of Nigerians from various states move to Lagos everyday. These people mostly do move to Lagos in search of better livelihood, and whether they do or do not find the better livelihood they seek is a topic for another day.
This constant movement of people into Lagos means that people are always in look-out for the best areas to live in Lagos. It could be the cheapest areas to build a family house in Lagos, safest areas to raise children in Lagos, areas with the best schools in Lagos, areas with the best nightlife in Lagos, best areas to live as a bachelor in Lagos, or the best place for expats to live in Lagos.
Do you fall into this category of people who are seeking to find the best area to live in Lagos? Below I take you through the 11 best areas to live in Lagos. These areas are both on the mainland and the island of Lagos, and generally they provide the best of what Lagos has to offer.
1. Yaba/Akoka and environs
The Yaba zone is a blend of commercial & residential properties and it is simply reachable from most part of the state. Over the years, several housing estates have sprung up in Yaba.
One other thing worthy of note is there are a number of academic institutions around there. These include the prestigious University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and the Federal College of Education.
There are lots of bar, club and hotel for those that like a bit of living pleasure. There is also the E- Centre and Ozone Cinema, located in Commercial Avenue in Sabo.
2. Surulere and environs
Surulere is yet another very cozy area that you should think of living in Lagos. As it has always been decades ago, Surulere is still a nice area to work and live in. There are lots of mall such as the Abraham Adesanya Shopping mall, Spar, and Shoprite. Surulere is one locality to live as far as you have the money to purchase a home of your choice.
Rents as well do not come cheap in Surulere.
3. Apapa GRA
When it comes to Apapa, you may begin to worry over the heavy traffic that is usually caused by the trucks and containers entering the sea port there. The reality is that Apapa still hosts some of the luxurious pieces of real estate, both commercial and residential in Lagos.
Apapa also has a huge concentration of expatriates. In time past before expatriates began to become decentralized, they resided almost exclusively in Apapa. This aided development in the area in a very big way.
4. Ajah/Lekki area
That the Lekki area is one of the best areas to live in Lagos is not a latest discovery. The area has really come a long way in terms of expansion and its nearness to the business districts of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and the Lagos Island makes it stand tall above competition.
Without a doubt, Lekki’s nearness to Lagos CBD has had plenty of positive effect on its development, so much so that luxury housing developments have now taken over the place of shanties that straddled its length some decades ago.
5. Victoria Island
Victoria Island in the last two decades or more has become the choice locality for the corporate headquarters of big businesses in Lagos. In time past it was Lagos Island, but now everything has turned around and everybody now want to have an office in VI.
The availability of what to do in Victoria Island has also made it a top choice for residential purposes in Lagos. It has Lagos’ best residential developments, restaurants, schools, parks, making it all-in-all one of the best areas to live in Lagos.
6. Magodo GRA
If you are looking for a peaceful area to live in, where there is very slight traffic — except when a neighbor is having a party, you need to start thinking of either Magodo GRA 1 or Magodo GRA Phase 2 (Shangisha). These areas are your best options, as they have loads and loads of great residential structures.
There are also very good roads, as well as other infrastructures that make living in an area fun and enjoyable.
7. Omole Estate
This area is located just on the other side of Alausa secretariat. Here, you will find places like Omole estate 1 and 2, as well as MKO Abiola Gardens. These places give visitors to Lagos a wow impression of the city as they enter through the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.
Omole Estate is no doubt one of the best areas to live in Lagos.
8. Ikeja GRA and environs
Ikeja GRA is nice and well planned out. It is by far the most popular GRA in Lagos, plus the facts that it is central and has direct link to places like Maryland, Opebi Allen, Ilupeju and the busiest Airport in the country, the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, not forgetting Alausa, the seat of power in Lagos. These and more make Ikeja GRA a major location to build or rent that dream home and live that dream Lagos life.
It is no longer news that Gbagada is quickly becoming a great place to live in Lagos. Real estate investment in Gbagada also yield some of the best returns in the whole of Lagos.
There has been plenty of housing developments springing up here. In Gbagada lives a large class of elites, with the most prominent among them being expatriates. This is simply because Gbagada is one of the best places for expats to live in Lagos. It is well planned, and its alluring scenery and relative security are magnets for the interest of many who desire a sane life in this generally insane Lagos.
Ikoyi used to be a quarter for British colonialists. For this reason, it has always been where the rich and wealthy live in.
There used to be issues with swamps in the past in Ikoyi, but many decades later, we see an Ikoyi that have been sand filled and developed into prime lands.
Ikoyi continues to attract the cream of the crop in the society who desire very exclusive lifestyle.
Domains like Northern Foreshore and Parkview are some of the fine places to live in Ikoyi.
11. Banana Island
If you have a very high taste and very deep pockets and you are looking to live in the poshest area of Lagos, you may begin to consider moving into the Banana Island. This is one place you find the most magnificent residences in Lagos. The scenery is divine. The environment is serene and posh too. Security is water-tight in Banana Island.
Unfortunately, all these do not come cheap. If your pay cheque can afford them however, then I see no reason why you are not already living in Banana Island.
To sum it all up, living in Lagos isn’t a child’s play. It has persistently been labelled a very frustrating experience, but if you sit down and make a perfect choice among the best areas to live in Lagos, putting into consideration your lifestyle and experiences…
Who says you won’t get to enjoy the best of Lagos life?