Maitama – Neighbourhood Guide
Maitama is a serene and affluent neighborhood in Abuja. This highly sought-after district is synonymous with wealth, having some of the most expensive homes in the city (next to Asokoro). Maitama houses major landmarks includingTranscorp Hilton, Abuja Continental Hotel, Ministers’ hill, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), British Council, Independent National Electoral Commission, Millennium Park, Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA)House, Holy Trinity Catholic Church amongst others. Most Embassies and High Commissions are also located in Maitama. This guide covers all you need to know about Maitama, including property ownership, getting around the district, healthcare, shopping, schools, recreation and entertainment.
Getting Around Maitama
Maitama is located in a strategic location as it borders Mpape to the north, Abuja Central Area to the south, Wuse to the southwest, and Katampe to the west. The extensive road network includes Shehu Shagari Way, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway, and Murtala Mohammed Expressway. To get around without your own private vehicle, your best option is to “take a drop” from any of the intracity taxis or book a cab from any of the ride hailing apps.Movement of commercial vehicles is restricted in places like Aso drive and other places around the area.
Healthcare in Maitama
For healthcare needs, Maitama offers access to renowned hospitals like the Maitama District Hospital at Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Dr Hassan’s Hospital at Katsina-Ala Street,Abuja Clinics at Amazon street . Others include St. Vincent’s Clinic and maternity and G & S specialist clinics.
Maitama has range of shopping options, from the Dunes center to Old and New Maitama mall. There are also supermarkets like Charme Supermarket and restaurant , Dalema supermarket, classic supermarket all located at Gana street, Blossom supermarket at landmark plaza, Oliver twist supermarket at Habiba plaza , Sal Supermarket and Mulby mart and many more.There’s also the Maitama Farmers Market for fresh fruits and vegetables
Private schools in the area include Model Secondary School Maitama, Unique blossom school, E-Amin International school, Sascon international school, Springhall british School, solid foundation school, The centagon international school among others.There is also the Governement Science secondary School located at Aguyi Ironsi street.
Recreation and Entertainment
Maitama is not just about luxury living; it also has plenty opportunities for recreation and entertainment. The district has many parks and green spaces that are perfect for outdoor activities and relaxation.Parks in the area include Millennium Park, Maitama Amusement Park, Chescon Park, Circle Gardens, Maitama Gardens, A-class Park, and Event Center.
Chez Victor, located on Ganges Street in Ministers Hill,serves fine dining in a lovely setting with both front and back outdoor spaces.Vanilla, at Usuma Street, is a serene restaurant serving high-quality continental dishes and finger foods, complemented by a bar and lounge,Zuma Restaurant, located inside the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, offers elegant white linen dining; Dunes, on the ground floor of Dunes Center, welcomes guests with friendly service and a warm ambiance, ideal for a relaxing evening; and Cilantro, located in the beautiful Sarius Palmetum and Botanical Garden along Ibrahim Babangida Blvd, serves Indian and Pan Asian cuisine in a scenic setting, ideal for a leisurely meal.
Property Ownership in Maitama
Maitama district is a symbol of wealth and affluence, housing many of Nigeria’s wealthiest individuals. This is why the cost of property in the area is very high(big emphasis on very). You should have at least 2 million naira , if you want to rent a one bedroom flat in Maitama. Generally, the average cost of rent in maitama is 15 million naira and it can go as high as 50 million naira per year. To own a home in maitama, you need an average of 200 million naira and the prices can go as high as 8 billion naira.