One of the necessities of life is shelter and no human being can survive without one, but there is shelter and there is shelter. One good place to explain this is in
Abuja where accommodation falls into classes and categories. There is accommodation for the poor, middle class, rich and super rich if you know what I mean.
Accommodation for the poor
For the poor in
Abuja, they can’t afford to rent accommodation in the city center that would be like saying a bus driver should own a Lexus jeep and drive it with him wherever he likes. No offence intended but Abuja’s decent accommodation are not meant for the poor, if they need nice places to stay then they have to go into villages and towns on the outskirts, places like Suleja, Madalla and Masaka to mention a few. Typically the kind of houses they live in are unpainted, make shift simple cement built houses. Budget: from N80K per annum
Accommodation for Middle class
If you are a middle class folk in
Abuja you are most likely to rent an apartment either in one of the satellite towns or a simple flat in Abuja city. Middle class folks usually go for 2 or 3 bedroom flats or could opt for buoys quarters in a duplex in one of the high brow areas of Abuja. With N700k in one of the satellite towns you can get a small flat or if you have N1 million then a flat in the city especially in Garki, Wuye or Wuse would suffice.
Accommodation for the Rich
The rich people in
Abuja usually either own their own house or live in rented bungalows or duplexes in town. You will find them living in their own houses in places like Wuse, Wuye, Maitama, Garki, Asokoro, Jabi, Apo and so on. They might sometimes rent flats for themselves but typically they own their own house. Budget: N2 million and above for a rented apartment in the main part of the city or just buy your own house from N30 million.
Accommodation for the Super Rich
Now this class of
Abuja residents is the kind can live in Transcorp Hilton for years without interruption if they so wish but you will most likely find them living in their mansions. Most of these mansions are in Maitama and Asokoro although you may find some in Jabi, Wuse 2, Garki 2 or even in Life Camp. For these people money is not a problem, just quote your rate and they’ll drop it for you. If you are super rich that means you will either rent a luxury apartment in one of the Luxury Apartment buildings in Wuse 2, Maitama or Asokoro in which case your annual rent might run into N15 million and above or alternatively you might opt to buy your own house in any of these places mentioned from N200 million and above.
If you need to rent or buy an apartment in Abuja and you size up your pocket and see the class you fall into, you don’t need me to tell you what to do. You are armed now what next?