Neighbourhood Review – A Guide to Living in Ikoyi

Jan 9, 2023 | Ikoyi, Neighbourhood Guide

Whether you see it driving through its serene streets or while researching for your dream home in Lagos, Ikoyi stands out as one of the most desired residential destinations in Lagos.

In this blog:

  • Neighbourhood Overview
  • Top Gated Communities in Ikoyi, Lagos (List)
  • Things to do in Ikoyi

Ikoyi is a prime neighbourhood located on Lagos Island. It is known for its upscale residential communities, luxury hotels, and commercial centres, and is considered one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Lagos.

Ikoyi also hosts many embassies, consulates, and foreign missions. It is a popular destination for business travellers and home to some of the most affluent strata. The neighbourhood also boasts several upscale restaurants and shopping centres, making it a great place to experience Lagos’ vibrant culture and modern amenities.

Despite its reputation as a wealthy neighbourhood with high-end developments, Ikoyi also has a rich history and cultural significance. It is home to several landmarks and historical sites, including the Ikoyi Club, founded in 1894 and one of Nigeria’s oldest social clubs.

Overall, Ikoyi is a diverse and vibrant neighbourhood that offers everything, from family-friendly gated communities to luxury shopping and dining destinations, cultural experiences and historical attractions.

Gated Communities In Ikoyi

The need for an exclusive gated community continues to disrupt the real estate market all over Lagos and Ikoyi is no exception.

While streets like Bourdillion, Alexander, Gerrard and Queens Drive have earned a reputation as some of the wealthiest non-gated neighbourhoods in Ikoyi, Gated Communities in Ikoyi have continued to witness a pent-up demand from buyers and renters alike.

Security and exclusivity are some of the chief drivers of the demand for gated communities and we are seeing more estates adopt technology to further deliver on this expectation. For example, Banana Island uses VENCO to automate visitors’ access and utility vending – leading the way in providing residents with a truly unparalleled living experience.

Below is a list of the top gated communities in Ikoyi

  1. Banana Island
  2. Osborne Foreshore Estate I
  3. Osborne Foreshore Estate II
  4. Parkview Estate
  5. 2nd Avenue Estate
  6. Dolphin Estate
  7. Mojisola Onikoyi
  8. Shoreline Estate
  9. Salvation Estate
  10. AquaPoint (Patrick’s harbour)

Things to do in Ikoyi

From bubbling food and fine dining locations to serene sightseeing destinations, or just somewhere to unwind after a long day, there is a roster of things to do and places to explore in Ikoyi. And here are some of our top picks.

1. Explore the best fine-dining restaurants in the city

With different options to choose from, Ikoyi curates some of the best food destinations you can think of. From casual food spots or fine-dining restaurants offering notoriously complimented local and international dishes. The French restaurant, Eric Kayser, is a popular stop for food lovers looking to explore carefully made pastries, Italian gelato & French bistro. If you love to add some soothing outdoor views to your experience, then consider visiting the Garden Ikoyi and of course, there are many other great places to visit.

2. Soak in the beautiful greenery and breathtaking views of the lagoons

One of the perks of living in a gated and secure community is the ability to take a stroll and soak in the ambience from the abundant greenery, beautiful streets and vibrant architecture and if you are lucky enough to live next to one, you can wake up to breathtaking views of the golf courses or lagoon.

3. Meet and connect with expatriates living in Lagos

Whether you are a local resident or expat looking to connect with like-minded expatriates, Ikoyi is considered one of the largest destinations for expatriates. Many Expats like Ikoyi because it is considered to be a safe and upscale neighbourhood with good infrastructure and amenities.

It is home to many diplomatic missions, upscale hotels, and restaurants, as well as the Lagos Country Club and the Ikoyi Club 1938, which are popular social venues. Additionally, it is relatively close to the central business district, making it a convenient location for people who work in the city.

4. Visit the Ikoyi Country Club and Lagos Polo Club

These prestigious clubs offer a great escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Ikoyi Country Club is a popular spot for expats and locals to relax, play golf, swim, and socialize while the Lagos Polo Club is a great spot to watch a polo match and enjoy the beautiful Ikoyi scenery.

5. Explore the Lagos Yacht Club

By now, you already know that Ikoyi is home to the most exclusive experiences and the Yacht Club is one of these. It is a popular spot for boating and sailing enthusiasts and offers views of the Lagos Lagoon as it abundantly surrounds the Ikoyi Neighbourhood.

From exclusive and secure gated communities for residents to a roster of beautiful destinations and activities to explore, Ikoyi is truly the kind of neighbourhood you do not need a vacation from.

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