Housing is one of the basic needs of life and this has a great impact on one’s general well-being. Homes are places of comfort and relaxation and the capital, Accra, contains some of the most expensive house and
luxurious housing facilities in the country. A research conducted by meqasa.com and monitored by elohaionline.com reveals that the following places are some of the 3 most luxurious places to live in Accra.
One of the affluent neighborhoods in Accra is Cantonments. It was initially set up to be the military
quarters under the British colonial government. Cantonments is one of the oldest neighborhoods with
modern planned residential settlements. Homes found in this neighborhood are plush with very
current architecture. Even older facilities in this neighborhood have been re-designed to give them a
modern look. Cantonments like Osu, East Legon and Spintex are one of the most expensive places to live
Residential facilities cost between 600,000 – 950,000 GH cedis. The Police Hospital in Cantonments
was established in 1976 for the use of police personnel in most countries but cater for other members of the
public service in Ghana. The police hospital has been refurbished in recent times to take care of as many people
as possible. Akai House is a privately owned hospital in Cantonments located right opposite the US
Embassy. It offers general medical and dental healthcare to people living in the area and it is staffed by
general practitioners. There are a number of educational institutions in Cantonments. One of them is
the New Horizon School. Established in 1972, New Horizon Special School provides vocational training
for children with intellectual disability and was founded by Salome Francois.
Osu is part of the six coastal areas in Accra. Consisting of Nungua, La, Teshie, Tema, Accra and Osu. Osu
is divided into two parts; Oxford Street. The residential area is located at the outskirts of Oxford Street.
Oxford Street is one of Accra’s main recreational districts with shopping amenities, pubs and clubs.
This neighborhood is home to Ghana’s Osu Castle (formerly Christiansburg Castle), which served as the
nation’s seat of government in the 19th, and 20th century even till today in addition to the Jubilee
House. The castle can be seen on the fifty Ghana Cedi bill shows the rich history it has in the country.
When Accra’s sparkingling areas are mentioned, Osu is always amongst the top three. This is due to the
popularity of Oxford Street, also known as “the street that never sleeps”. The street has almost
everything that makes up a business friendly as well as a recreational neighbourhood. The street begins
from the Danquah-Circle to the Osu traffic light.
Just at the entrance of Oxford Street is the Koala Shopping Centre, one of Ghana’s exclusive
supermarkets, which can boast of an extensive range of international products. Also, located on the top
floor of the Koala building is the recently opened Italian food center Cigusta which serves some of the
best: gelatos, crepes, waffles and customized frozen yogurts in town. Further into Osu’s Oxford Street is
a wide-ranging pick of vendors offering various Ghanaian and African inspired artifacts for sale; this has
contributed to making it a great tourist attraction for many Ghanaian souvenirs.
Airport Residential Area, Accra
located to the north-east of Accra Central. Neighboured by Dzorwulu and 37 Military Hospital, Airport
Residential Area is to the north of Accra Mall, west of Roman Ridge and Kotoka International Airport.
Airport Residential Area boast of numerous houses like internal embassies and NGOs.This beautiful and
serene neighbourhood has numerous well-maintained streets lined with trees providing nice cool
breezes some residents enjoy during their early morning jogging or leisurely walks. There are quite a
number of good schools (mostly private) where children of residents may attend. Local public transport
service to the area is not very reliable since most residents own a car. However, public transport run
along roads close to or bordering Airport Residential Area. To the north is the Tema motorway which
links Accra to Tema, Ghana’s main Deepwater port.
Source: Reuben Affum-Ankamah;
Real Estate Times Africa.