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Abelemkpe
Airport Residential Area
Asylum Down/Kokomlemle
Cantonments
Chorkor
Dansoman
East Legon
Kanda
Kaneshie
La (Labadi)
Labone/Osu (Christianborg)
Nima/Mamobi/Accra New Town (Lagos Town)
Teshie/Nungua
West Legon (Westlands)

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Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a friendly city of about three million people. Its architecture ranges from traditional African buildings to large, elegant colonial houses and modern high-rise blocks. Since the early 1990s, a number of new buildings have gone up, including the distinctive boat-shaped national theatre, partly funded by the Chinese. The main commercial and business district runs north from the coastal forts of James and Ussher, the site of the original settlement, although many government and administrative offices and embassies are to be found in other parts of town. Traditionally home to the Ga people, the city has a sizeable expatriate and established foreign community from the United States, Europe, Lebanon and India as well as more recent immigrants from Mali, Niger and Nigeria. Refugees from neighbouring Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast are confined to the crowded Budumburam camp in Central Region to the west of the capital. Accra is extremely humid and the city centre is congested with people and traffic but trees planted along the roads give it a green feel. Public transport consists of buses and trotros (minibuses); alternatively there are taxis, which are cheap (10,000 to 40,000 cedis maximum) and safe. Good rental accommodation is generally easy to find; advertisements are displayed along the roads (in this case there is usually an agent who takes 10-20 per cent commission) or in the Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times (properties advertised this way usually belong to corporations and no agents are involved). Prospective tenants should expect to pay 1-2 years rent upfront before receiving the keys. Text: Beatrice Amoah, abeboat@yahoo.com. Last updated Jan 2006.

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Accra Areas
Abelemkpe
This area about 6km north of the city centre is divided into two parts: Old Abelemkpe and New Abelemkpe. Known as Abelemkpe Forest due to its shady nature, the new site is mostly occupied by academia, the rich and foreig...
Airport Residential Area
This sparsely populated, quiet residential area is located about 10km northeast of the city centre close to Kotoka International Airport and it is largely inhabited by rich Ghanaians and foreigners. It has numerous offic...
Asylum Down/Kokomlemle
Asylum Down and Kokomlemle, due north of the city centre, are separated by the Ring Road Central. The areas have both old and modern buildings and are averagely populated with people of both higher and medium-income leve...
Cantonments
Cantonments, located about 5km east of the city centre near the airport, is a planned residential area comprising modern 3/4-bedroom detached houses on estates occupied by the rich, academics and government officials. Ol...
Chorkor
Chorkor is a poorly planned, overpopulated area overlooking the sea southwest of the city centre. It lacks most basic infrastructure and the houses, dating from the pre-colonial and colonial eras, are made of brick and m...
Dansoman
Dansoman, near the coast 14km southwest of the city centre, is a large area with a predominantly middle/high-income population although some low-income people live here too. Housing is a mix of detached and semi-detached...
East Legon
East Legon, 13km northeast of the city centre, is noted for its sophisticated modern low-rise apartment blocks and detached houses; older buildings have been renovated to look very new. The area is sparsely populated and...
Kanda
Kanda is an averagely populated middle and high-income area a few kilometres northeast of the city centre. It has both old and modern buildings and there are basic services such as water and electricity. Telephone lines ...
Kaneshie
Kaneshie, about 4km northwest of the city centre, is a densely populated, bustling mixed-income area centred around the palace of the Ga Mantse, the traditional ruler of the Ga. It has both old and modern buildings and t...
La (Labadi)
La, on the coast beyond Osu (Christianborg) to the east of the city centre, is another area traditionally settled by the Ga. It has a mix of very old houses dating as far back as the late 1800s and a few modern ones. Mos...
Labone/Osu (Christianborg)
Labone and Osu (Christianborg) lie towards the coast about 3km east of the city centre. They offer a mix of houses dating from the early 20th century (both low-rise apartment blocks and detached houses) and more modern o...
Nima/Mamobi/Accra New Town (Lagos Town)
The neighbouring areas of Nima, Mamobi and Accra New Town, outside the Ring Road to the north of the city centre, are made up of very old houses dating as far back as the late 1800s and a few modern ones, mostly of the c...
Teshie/Nungua
Teshie and Nungua, on the coast 18-22 km southwest of the city centre, are inhabited by the indigenous Ga people of Accra. This means, among other things, that most properties are family homes, ie. they have been handed ...
West Legon (Westlands)
West Legon, otherwise known as Westlands, is a rapidly growing residential area about 14km north of the city centre and 4km west of the University of Ghana. The local residents mostly rich Ghanaians and academics are com...
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