Accra Neighborhood Watch: Labadi

It’s a brand new year and as expected, you probably have set your New Year’s resolutions. For many, it will be a time of reflecting on the previous year and improving objectives set. One very important objective for the everyday man is finding that right home to suit their tastes and preferences. Settling in a desired home also means finding the right neighborhood to fit your profile. This week, Jumia House brings you an insight into Labadi.

History

One of the nation’s oldest neighborhoods, Labadi originated as a township by the Ga community and is seen as one of the most prominent symbols of the Ga Kingdom. Due to colonization and its proximity to the Central Business District, some European settlers made it their home and erected building styles reminiscent of that era. For the next hundred years, the parts of Labadi which in today will constitute Otswe and South La Estates, were predominantly occupied by Europeans until the advent of Ghana’s independence.

Neighborhood Profile

Labadi is located in the coastal part of Accra and is about a 12-minutes drive from the Central Business District. This proximity makes it an ideal place to live, taking into consideration the amenities and convenience associated. For the most part, the road network in Labadi is impressive, leading to and from Osu, Teshie, Labone and the Central Business District. The area is mainly classified into two parts, the modern suburbs and the Labadi township. The modern suburbs contain most of the modern infrastructure while in the township, compound houses are predominant due to the extended family system practised by indigenes.

The housing profile of this elite neighborhood is equally interesting. The areas near the seaside, namely South La Estates have a plethora of homes available for rent and sale. With the choice of bungalows, apartments and storey buildings available, Labadi offers a house-hunter the right accommodation being sought. The township however has accommodation tailored towards compound housing and is seen as a more economical alternative. Economical though is relative, as accommodation prices are usually higher than the average in other suburban districts in Accra.

Due in part to the growth of the economy, many businessmen have set up business outlets in the vicinity to take advantage of its proximity to the Central Business District. Most of these business outlets were houses that have been turned into offices to accommodate them.

With business comes pleasure and it is no surprise that Labadi has some of the coolest hangouts in Accra, especially its beaches. You can talk of La Palm Beach Hotel that offers casino services as well as other social amenities. Jokers is another hangout that also comes to mind and the ever impressive beach resorts such as Tawala Beach Resort, La Pleasure Beach and Kumasamba Labamba Beach Resort. These are but a few of the many popular hangouts you can find in Labadi that will definitely sway your decision to move in if you are a big on leisure time.

Every neighborhood craves for peace and security and this is what Labadi exactly offers. With a police station within the vicinity and the presence of security officers, bandits and their goons are likely to pass up on prowling in your home.

It also has good educational facilities, with Labone Secondary School located five minutes within the Labadi neighborhood. Most of the schools in Labadi are public ones but a few good private ones can be found in Ghana International School nearby in Cantonments as well as Christ The King School.

Living in Labadi can be somewhat on the high side in terms of your budget but the benefits are definitely visible to merit such charges. What about you, would you consider Labadi your home?

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