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What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?
Varied, negligible green space, negligible views, these are not the "Africa houses" you might expect in a place where there is little else to do. Some houses that are non-embassy owned are bigger, but maintenance issues often come with that package. I think having a view of the ocean or a clear look at the sunset versus concrete walls and concertina wire would be of great value to our community since there is so little to distract you from the chaos of the city. - May 20, 2016
For USG, the commute to the Embassy is easy. Trips en ville during peak hours are horrendous as the peninsula can be quite congested. - Dec 30, 2014
There is a mix of apartments and houses for embassy people. There are a couple of housing compounds, but many people live off compound. Houses are nice sized but are older and have many maintenance issues. Most houses are within a 15-minute commute to the embassy. - Sep 6, 2009
Housing for US Embassy employees is in apartments or houses around the city. - May 20, 2009
Housing tends to be large with huge yards and pools as the default. Even apartments are large with 3 or 4 bedrooms not uncommon. The problem is that buildings are not always built to U.S. standards so you may get an electric shock turning on a light switch, or the floor may not be quite level so it may slant slightly. Do not be surprised if bathroom tiles are teal and/or magenta, or if the kitchen is Pepto pink. These issues are generally minor and should be considered charming. Embassy housing is all over the city with 24-hour guards at all residences. They have generators, water reserves, etc. Commute to the embassy ranges from 5-20 minutes, depending on traffic. The new Embassy is in a great location and the commute is mercifully against traffic. NGOs and others working downtown can spend 30-90 minutes in traffic or even longer in rainy season when traffic gets particularly horrible. - Mar 26, 2008