Neighbourhood Watch: Posh East Legon

East Legon, a suburb of Accra is located 13 km northeast of the city centre and is widely recognized as one of the most plush neighbourhoods in Accra.

The neighbourhood is sparsely populated and occupied mainly by inhabitants in the mid to upper-income bracket. The neighbourhood derives its name from the University of Ghana, Legon, due to the position of its location on the east of Ghana’s premier university. East Legon is bordered by the Tema Motorway, Legon and Madina.

The neighbourhood mostly contains plush homes, ranging from state-of-the-art apartments to castle-like storey homes. Unfortunately, like most parts of Accra, this neighbourhood suffers from erratic electricity and water supply, prompting many inhabitants to purchase electricity generators and water storage tanks.

East Legon also has some interesting street names. From the likes of Lagos Avenue, named after the Nigerian capital, to streets named after fruits such as ‘Aluguntugi’, the neighbourhood never ceases to entertain with its refreshing street names.

For parents wondering where to enrol their kids, East Legon is home to some of the best schools in Ghana. L’Ecole Francaise, the French school established by the French government is regarded by many as the top institution within the neighbourhood, with others like American International School, British International School and Galaxy International School forming part of a core of highly reputable schools in the neighbourhood.

Crime is relatively low in the neighbourhood, compared to other local suburbs, thanks in part to the omnipresence of the Ghana Police force. Police barriers are erected almost in all the major parts of the neighbourhood to ensure maximum security and there is a police station also within the vicinity.

Entertainment isn’t hard to come by, with a number of entertainment centres providing services to consumers. From Lizzy Sports Complex – a multi-purpose entertainment centre – to the A’n’C Square which has a wide variety of shops and entertainment ventures, East Legon can be described as “the hood that rocks”.

 

Tourists and visitors should have no fear as a plethora of hotels litter the streets of East Legon ready to meet their needs. However, this comes at a relatively high cost, as the minimum charge for the premier hotels is $100 a night. Hotels such as Erata, Mensvic and MJ Grand Hotel are some of the few hotels within the vicinity.

East Legon is also home to some of Ghana’s celebrated personalities such as Abedi Pele, who has a part of Lagos Avenue unofficially named after him. Others are Peace FM’s Founder, Kwame Despite, Joy FM’s CEO, Kwasi Twum and former Bayern Munich star Sammy Kufour.

Living in East Legon, however, can be expensive, with a number of traders and business ventures charging premium prices added to the high cost of rent and property rates. On the whole, however, this neighborhood is peaceful and serene.

So what do you think, would you want to live in East Legon?

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