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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

I live in a large five-bedroom house (not detached) on a compound. It's about a 35-minute walk from the embassy. Most embassy housing is closer. - Aug 4, 2017
Mostly compound living, mostly around 2000 sq ft, not at all generous for African standards but probably enough for a family. Most compounds are 6-10 houses and most have a pool. There are some stand-alones too, which can be larger but which are mostly crumbling and decaying. Diplomatic housing is all very close to the Embassy, within a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive. - Apr 6, 2017
We live on a compound in a sizable house. A lot of expats live in certain neighborhoods (Cantonments, Airports, Labone) and commute times are not bad though traffic can be bad--just depends on where work is. - Aug 11, 2016
Mix of compound living and individual housing. The compounds seem to be newer but not necessarily nicer. Layouts are strange but overall the housing pool is good. - May 4, 2014
Housing around Accra is varied. Some within walking distance of work, some not. Most are large beyond necessity. It really depends on your family size and a good deal of luck whether you get a new 4-bedroom near work or the older, fixer-upper three-bedroom thatís a short drive. Given the unusual flight times/routes, if you live near the airport it may take some adjustment to sleep through all the night-time flights over your house. There are no stores or shops of note within walking distance of most neighborhoods, you will need a car (or take a filthy taxi everywhere). - Apr 24, 2012
There is a mix of townhouse compounds and single family homes. - Aug 9, 2011
Houses are generally large, some in compounds, some individual. Most US housing is within 10 minute walking distance of the embassy. - Jun 11, 2011
Most people live in compounds. Some of them are very new, which is nice aesthetically, but can be a pain while construction bugs are ironed out. Most of the stand-alone houses in the pool are older and small. The large stereotypical "Africa House" with the giant great room and pool is not something you will find here. Most everyone lives in the neighborhoods surrounding the embassy. Commute time can be as little as 10 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by car. - Feb 24, 2010
Single family homes (often older homes in U.S. Embassy area - newer homes farther out but traffic could be problem) and compounds - Feb 5, 2010
Embassy housing: either single family dwellings with older and strange layouts and poor finish quality, or newer (or older) compounds with better finishes and design, but less yard. If you are on your own, quality housing is very expensive. - May 24, 2009