You will be surprised with how many young people in Lagos go around doing their businesses or pursuing a career of their choice. There is also a large influx of young professionals migrating daily into Lagos from different parts of Nigeria, who want to pursue a career in different fields or create startups that will bring solutions to many of Nigeria’s problems. Suppose you’re a young professional who has come to Lagos for a new beginning, and you’re stuck with where to reside, never mind that there are lots of bridges and parks in Lagos, there are lots of areas in which you can stay depending on proximity to your place of work, the ease of movement and the housing costs involved. Most young pros are middle income earners that earn between N50,000 and N500,000 monthly. Here are some of the best residential spots for young professionals in Lagos;
Omole Phase I and II
Omole deserves to be on this list, one of the favorite areas to live in Lagos with a serene environment. Its advantage is its proximity to the seat of Government of Lagos State, Alausa and the Central Business District in Ikeja. If you’re a young professional working in Ikeja and its environs, Omole is one place that will surely suit you. A semi detached duplex in Omole could go for as little as N1.5 million annually.
Lekki Phase I and II
Another exciting place to live in as a young professional is Lekki. It used to be a swampy area but has been converted to a city with various housing developments comprising of different housing estates and business complexes. Lekki Phase I and II also has parks were one can recreate and have fun with friends. You can rent apartments in Lekki for as little as N400, 000 yearly.
Located at Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, adjacent Oworonshoki Expressway (the tail end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway), and a stone throw from the 3rd Mainland bridge (one of the three bridges that connects the Mainland to the Island), Gbagada Housing Estate is another residential spot where young professionals will enjoy while living there. It is close to the many Industrial and business districts around Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, it’s also a strategic point between the mainland and the Island. At N700,000, you could rent a 3-bedroom apartment at Gbagada.
Ikeja Government Residential Area
Popularly referred to as GRA, located in the capital city of Lagos, Ikeja and close to two important bustling suburbs of Lagos; Agege and Oshodi, GRA is an area that offers one a chance of experiencing the need for a serene environment and adequate security due to its proximity to the Nigerian Army Cantonment. With N3 million annually, you could secure a terrace duplex in Ikeja GRA.
Just beside the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, is an estate with a distinct ambience and outlook. Magodo is one of those areas in Lagos that has a unique blend of houses and good roads, coupled with evergreen trees. Magodo is a suburb five minutes away from Ikeja and thirty minutes away from Lagos Island. In Magodo, one can rent a 3 bedroom apartment with N700,000 yearly.
Surulere (Adeniran Ogunsanya Axis)
One unique feature about this axis is its close proximity to Lagos Island via Western Avenue and Eko Bridge. It’s also the commercial suburb of Surulere, as it is home to banks, supermarkets, fashion houses, clubs and the Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall. N700,000 could get you an accommodation in this area annually.
Yaba is another suburb in Lagos that’s favorable for young professionals especially in the area of academics due to the fact that there are various institutions of learning there like University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology, Federal College of Education and other Government establishments. It also connects Lagos Island via Carter bridge. Self-contained flats could go for as little as N150,000 in Yaba.
Apapa is popularly known for the Lagos port and terminals operated by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), but it also has a housing scheme that consists of houses, offices and business complexes. If you’re a young professional in the areas of shipping, clearing and transportation, Apapa is one place you should consider living in. A standard 3 bedroom flat can be gotten with N2 million annually.
Although, these are just some of the best residential spots in Lagos for young professionals, I’ll personally advise that you try to seek means of reducing housing and transportation costs. You can do that by living with a group of friends that are of like-minds, renting houses that are close to your office, and car sharing. Try not to make your residence hinder your future career aspirations and job duties, as your boss might just be wearing a new weird look every morning.