I am meeting a gentleman from the Lands Commission to map and measure the exact area of land I’m registering with them. He has agreed to meet me at five on a Sunday morning in Madina to drive to the land in Aburi South because he says, he needs to be back and in church by 7:30 am at the latest. I find this church admission quite laughable, to be honest with you. Not least of all because I know that given Ghanaian traffic, even on a Sunday, and the location of the land, we’ll never make it back in time. And indeed, when we meet with the Madina morning still under a cloak of darkness–he’s already visibly upset that I’m running fifteen minutes late.
We heard one almighty scream at Mole National Park. It was followed by a loud crash in the motel room next door. We ran into the adjoining room to find a white American man there all red-faced on his back on the floor. Blood was pouring from a gash on his forehead.
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Situated less than an hour’s drive inland of Accra, the green and breezy hills of Adamorobe (more popularly known as “Aburi South”) has long been a choice destination for local day-trippers, as well as expatriates wanting to live or hang out in a relatively cool malaria-free part of town.
If you’ve never travelled from Accra along the Madina-Aburi Road toward Oyibi before, or haven’t done so in recent years, you’ll be surprised at the amount of real estate development popping up along the route. By the time you’ve reached the fertile hills of Adamorobe, you may have already heard about how Regimanuel Grey Estates have bought up large chunks of this green and pleasant land for a future gated housing development. The plans are drawn. The roads have been demarcated. Naturally, land prices in and around the immediate vicinity have shot up as a result.
But, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to avoid the conformity of gated community living, preferring instead to create your own mark on the virgin landscape. So, imagine for a moment… fashioning your own dream home in Ghana, strategically placed atop a hillside of splendid views, overlooking said gated community and the sprawling townships beyond.
Your Dream Home in South Aburi
Legend has it that “a hunter once came to this place that is now Adamorobe. He found the environment rich in animals for hunting and plants for consumption, especially pineapples, ‘aborɔbɔ’ in Akan. He decided to settle there and referred to his settlement as ‘medan m’aborɔbɛ’, meaning ‘I depend on my pineapples.'” But although the plural of ‘aborɔbɛ’ should be ‘morɔbɛ’, the name stuck anyway, and a new settlement was born.
The town of Adamorobe itself is famous for its unique sign language for the deaf, but it is perhaps still best known locally for the cultivation of sweet fresh pineapples. These days, however, it is a completely new set of residents that are driving up land prices and building gleaming new properties along the horizon, seduced primarily by the area’s green surroundings and its close proximity to metropolitan Accra.
The available parcel of land for sale is a registered, residential double-plot with full title and a 95-year lease, measuring approximately 100 x 161 square feet (0.37 acres), and situated less than a 60-minutes drive from Accra Central. The land is offered with preliminary design plans for a large courtyard house on the site. These architectural drawings include layouts for a well-appointed master bedroom on the first floor, plus two secluded guest bedrooms below, each with its own private courtyard garden and large glass windows that offer countryside views.
Our aim was to create an enchanting courtyard house with a quiet hideaway feel, using pathways, fences, windows, walls and trees, so even guests could enjoy their rooms from their own private garden space. We added into the mix a swimming pool, study, function rooms, gym, separate self-contained courthouse for staff, an office, meeting room, and plenty sculptured garden areas. After several design attempts, it seemed near perfect.
But creating your own dream home is a very personal thing, just as it was always the view that drew me to this place. A panoramic sweep across the hills of Adamorobe and all the dusty township spread out below—while up in these hills a light cool breeze always makes you feel relaxed from the troubles of the day.
No prizes for guessing that this spot was supposed to be mine. Yes, one of two locations I’d found in Ghana where I thought I could build my dream home. Now that I’ve taken on additional development projects, however, I’m forced to abandon this place to fund other financial commitments. I’m not too pleased about it, obviously. But I still believe this hilltop double-plot would make an excellent location for a family home, rented apartments, a hotel or an investment property. I hate to let it go.