Finding Your Happy Place, Episode 5: Victoria Garden City, VGC

Developed in the 90s, Victoria Garden City is a highbrow residential area that has remained an attractive place for Lagosians who aim to live in a serene environment. Located along the Lekki-Epe expressway, opposite Eleganza Gardens Estate, VGC seats beside the Lagos lagoon, a good location for nature, and easy accessibility to every part of the Island. VGC is a well-planned estate, and with approximately 213 hectares of land, it combines commercial and residential buildings for the comfort of everyone. Houses in VGC are mostly prototypes, this means that they were developed by the same developer at the inception of the estate.

With a good number of estates in Lagos today, one might want to ask why VGC? Well, the answer is not farfetched. As an estate that has been around for some time now, VGC is known to be highly secure due especially with the HNIs that live there. Asides from the security at the gates, there are patrol vans within the estate that ensure quick response to security threats or breaches. Visitors are well-coordinated and given a tag for easy identification with a clearly marked and differentiated entrance gate from the residents that help to manage traffic jams at the gate while visitors are being accredited.

The estate also provides basic amenities such as playgrounds and recreational centers for kids, schools, health care centers, religious houses, banks, supermarkets, and so on.

When it comes to architectural structures, the estate might not be the most appealing when compared with newer structures that have more modern and trendy designs, however, we cannot but recognize the well-organized structures and optimal layouts of the estate. Every road has a walkway, there is a well-established distance between houses, and the roads are an advantage that many settlements in Lagos state still struggle with due to poor planning and design.

The cost of properties in Victoria Garden City Estate runs well into hundreds of millions of naira as this is a highly sought-after location. If you are looking to buy or rent a property in VGC, you must have the willingness to pay the worth as prices are going up daily. With the market feedback and speculations from analysts, there is an expected surge in the prices of properties and this is expected in this considering that the Lekki-Epe area is in constant development. Some of the factors that make this more desirable are the Lekki Free trade zone, the upcoming Dangote Refinery, the proposed airport at the Epe axis as well as many other new businesses around the area.

Electricity and water supply in VGC are amenities you need not worry about. While EKEDC supplies the estate with electricity, there are also private power generators that supply power to make up for the less than 24hours public power supply. As for water, the estate authorities supply residents with treated water, and the water supply here is metered. VGC is a beauty to behold, the simplicity and well laid out vegetation stand out and give the estate a warm feel of nature.

There are a few downsides to VGC, despite having good layouts one problem that has lingered on for so long in the estate is the issue of the flood, especially at the entrance of the estate. Experts have said that this is due to the topography of the road which has some elevated parts thereby causing water to accumulate whenever there is a downpour. Asides from this, VGC is a great place to live or own a property.

So, if you are looking for a serene environment, secured with basic amenities, VGC is your happy place.

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