Port Harcourt, also called the Garden City, is regarded as the 3rd most developed city in Nigeria, after Lagos and Abuja. It is also the oil hub of Nigeria. Port Harcourt lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta. It is one of the most expensive cities in Nigeria. Port Harcourt is a major industrial centre as it has a large number of multinational firms as well as other industrial concerns, particularly business related to the petroleum industry. It is the chief oil-refining city in Nigeria and has two main oil refineries. It is a home to some of the indigenous oil and gas companies in the country. If you wish to relocate to Port Harcourt, below are our guidelines on the best residential areas for you. These places are cool and serene and quite safe, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suitable for everyone.
1. Old GRA
It was primarily inhabited by 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 since the apartments are extremely expensive. It is home to the new Port Harcourt polo club and a lot of hotels. It is quite a serene and quiet environment.
2. 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, 2, 3, 4 and 5. It is Home to lots of popular night clubs and Hotels (such as Casablanca, PH lounge etc). It also houses the esteemed Genesis Deluxe cinema, the PH Polo club, classy events centers, departmental stores and eateries. Apart from all these, it is still quite a tranquil and beautiful environment but it is also quite expensive and so is only open to the very affluent individuals like the Old GRA area.
3. Mgbuoba/NTA road
Located several kilometers outside the hub and bustle of Port Harcourt is this quiet and beautiful area. It also houses a lot of beautiful hotels and lounges. Apartments in this area are not as expensive and can be owned by individuals ranging from the very affluent to the moderately average families.
4. Peter Odili Road
Located several kilometers from the city’s center, near the Trans amadi industrial Layout is this beautiful and peaceful neighbourhood. It was named after a former governor of rivers state, Dr Peter Odili. It houses beautiful and luxurious apartments and is quite close to the indigenous oil and gas companies in Nigeria. It is home to popular event centres such as the Hub and the Dome.
5. Woji Estate
The Woji neighbourhood is also another beautiful district in Port Harcourt. Woji borders the neighbourhood 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 also quite affordable ranging from the very wealthy to the average families.