TOP FIVE PLACES TO RESIDE IN PORT HARCOURT
Port Harcourt, also known as Garden city 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. The city is the oil hub of Nigeria and a major industrial centre. Port Harcourt has quite a large number of multinational firms in the oil and gas sector. However, there are many good places to reside in Port Harcourt, making the city a choice place to live in Nigeria. If you ever wish to relocate to Port Harcourt or you are in the city but are looking for the best places to reside, here is a guide to the best places that are worth their monies in the garden city. These places are cool, serene and are situated far away from the noise, traffic congestion and the pollution that have lately become characteristic of life in the Garden city.
- NEW GRA
If you are a bit of a night person, this area is for you. New GRA is known to be a nightlife friendly neighborhood and hosts the largest concentration of bars and nightclubs in Port Harcourt. It is a favorite hangout for most visitors and tends to be frequented by high-end prostitutes at night. New GRA is split up into phases 1 to 5. It houses lots of popular night clubs and Hotels (such as Casablanca, PH lounge etc). It also plays host to the esteemed Genesis Deluxe Cinema, the PH Polo Club, Classy Events Centers, Departmental Stores and Eateries. Everything is within reach in Port Harcourt’s New GRA and for this; the area is one of the best places to live in Port Harcourt. Apart from all these, Port Harcourt’s New GRA is still quite a tranquil and beautiful environment but it is also quite expensive and so is only affordable to the very affluent individuals. Your money would not be a waste if you decide to spend it on the New GRA to secure an apartment as you’ve got everything to enjoy in there.
- OLD GRA
The Old GRA was primarily inhabited by the European settlers during colonial times and was then referred to as the European quarters. Old GRA is the location of the Rivers State House of Assembly, the People’s Democratic Party Secretariat and the NEPAD Rivers State Secretariat. This area in the past was home to only government officials but in recent times, apartments can also be owned by other individuals if you are willing to pay the fortune. The Old GRA houses the new Port Harcourt polo club and a lot of hotels. It is quite a serene environment. Old GRA is no doubt one of the best places to live if you are considering relocating to Port Harcourt.
- MGBUOBA/NTA ROAD
Located some kilometers away from the hub and bustle of the central of Port Harcourt City, mgbuoba is a quiet and beautiful area that is unarguably one of the best places to live in Port Harcourt. Mgbuoba/NTA Road houses a lot of beautiful hotels and lounges too. Apartments in this area are not as expensive as in New and Old GRA and can be owned by individuals ranging from the well-to-do to the moderately average families.
- PETER ODILI ROAD
Located several kilometers from the city’s center, very close to the Trans Amadi Industrial Layout is this beautiful and tranquil neighborhood. Peter Odili Road was named after a former governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili. It has beautiful and luxurious apartments and is quite close to some indigenous oil and gas companies. The environment made the list of the best places to live in Port Harcourt not only because of the safety and the amenities in the neighborhood, but also because of the bountiful opportunities it provides. Peter Odili Road houses popular event centre such as the Hub and the Dome.
- WOJI ESTATE
Finally on top five places to live in the garden city is the Woji Estate. The Woji neighborhood is also another beautiful district and one of the best areas to reside in Port Harcourt. Woji borders the neighborhood of Trans-Amadi, Rumurolu, Rumuomasi and Rumuibekwe. It is also close to the Port Harcourt Zoo which is one of the major conservation centres in Nigeria and is considered one of the biggest tourist attractions in Port Harcourt. Numerous nightclubs and restaurants abound in Woji. Apartments in woji are very affordable to the Not-too-affluent or average families.
If you have been or currently nursing the idea of relocating to Port Harcourt city, the above listed places are areas you will enjoy in the Garden city.