Gwarinpa – Neighbourhood Guide
Gwarinpa is well known for being the largest single housing estate in West Africa, it is located in Phase 3 district of Abuja. The estate, designed and built by the administration of the late General Sani Abacha, occupies a vast expanse of land measuring approximately 1,090 hectares, with seven residential areas demarcated by avenues.
Gwarinpa is a popular mid-high class neighborhood that houses civil servants, diplomats, private businessmen, and people of different economic backgrounds. This mega-housing estate has some of the most beautifully designed houses, tree-lined streets, well-maintained parks and a well-designed layout. Gwarinpa offers a unique blend of urban and comfortable living which makes it a top choice among Abuja residents.
Getting around Gwarinpa
Gwarinpa is situated next to Katampe and borders Jahi to the northeast, Kado to the east, Jabi to the southeast, and Life Camp to the south. It has well-developed road network, which include the Murtala Mohammed Expressway,Ahmadu Bello Way and Ring Road 2 which links to outher areas in Abuja. To move around Gwarinpa without your own private vehicle, commercial motorcycles also known as Keke are quite common, and the ply every route in the area.
For your daily needs, you can visit the Tipper Garage market along Pa Michael Avenue or the Kado Binko village market. There’s also the Gwarinpa under bridge for different items you can think of, the Ajia Farmers market, offering frozen snail, pork, goat, beef, chicken and vegetables. Supermarkets in the area include First Place Supermarket located at 6th Avenue, 4U Supermarket, which offers groceries, Turkish and Lebanese products, halal foods, halal meat, cooking utensils, and electronics. Classic Supermarket at 6th Avenue is an affordable place to buy almost every need. H-Medix Pharmacy and Supermarket provide a good shopping environment for your groceries and a large pharmacy, offering provisions to pharmaceutical products. Big Ideas Supermarket & Pharmacy, located off 6th Avenue, offers a wide range of goods, from household items to foodstuffs, at moderate prices. The Wheelchair accessible Hi-Market Superstores provide exciting products and various items. Other options include Jubilee Supermarket, Grabbo Supermarket, and many more.
Recreation and Entertainment
Gwarinpa offers a variety of lounges, cafes, restaurants, and other recreational options. Bw Broadway Lounge at 3rd Avenue is a mid-class lounge and bar with a lively night club, making it a great place for drinks, food, grills, and Karaoke nights on Sundays. Helios Lounge is a rooftop lounge and restaurant that serves a variety of food and drinks, they also have Karaoke nights on Wednesdays from 7 pm to 10 pm. Sparco Unplugged is known for its spicy and delicious African delicacies. Pub69 Lounge at 1st Avenue is a nice hangout spot with a snooker table, a great bar, cocktail mixes, and sights to make your weekend enjoyable. Other options include Temperature Lounge and Bar, Territory Lounge, Alehouse Lounge and Sports Bar and The Vine Lounge. There’s also the Evelyn events and recreation center with badminton , lawn tennis and basketball court. The center also has a standard gym , swimming pool , unisex spa and children’s play area.
Schools in the area include Pace Setters Academy off Wole Soyinka Avenue, Crescent Pearls Integrated School at 1st Avenue, Unity International School at Tai Solarin Avenue, and Lead British International School on Aliyu Mustdafa Street. Eiman International School is located on Christian Chukwu Street, and Al-Faizun Academy and Apex Foundation Academy are among the other options available.
Hospitals in the area include Gwarinpa District Hospital, Prime Care Hospital, Ebony Hospital, Kelina Hospital, which is the only hospital in Nigeria offering Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) since 2018.
In Gwarinpa, areas are demarcated by avenues, which determines whether they are residential or commercial, although most areas are fast transforming into business areas.1st and 5th Avenues, designated for residential purposes have mostly being transformed into commercial centers. Several residential buildings are now being converted into shops and plazas.
You can find different types of properties in Gwarinpa, including bungalows for rent or sale, duplexes, and even mansions. Property prices vary depending on your choice. You can rent a single-room self-contained apartment in Gwarinpa for around 500 to 750 thousand naira per annum, while a 1-bedroom flat starts from N900,000 upwards. For a 2-bedroom flat in Gwarinpa, 1.2 million naira and above, duplexes can range from 4 million naira and above, depending on whether they are fully or semi-detached. For those who can’t afford to fork out this amount for rent , there are cheaper options in the Gwarinpa Village.
Residential plots for sale in Dawaki and Karsana in Gwarinpa are priced around 15 million naira. 2-bedroom blocks of flats for sale in Gwarinpa start from 17 million naira, and terraced and semi-detached duplexes begin at around 45 million naira.