Apartments in Addis Ababa

Hello, a friend and I will be arriving in Addis in May for work. We plan on staying a few months and are looking for an apartment there. Does anyone have any information on how I would do this? Or know of a realtor there who could find us one? thank you

Well, my husband and I have been looking for a new place, and are discovering that doing this in Addis is diferent than what I know from the west.  I am not sure if it is possible to get an apartment before you arrive--maybe the place you will be working can help you with this?

The way we went about this was asking friends for the names of brokers.  Here, brokers are very informal--they usually have a section of town where they hang out, and where they know the most information.  They then show you different places that are for rent, and help you bargain with the owners.  They get paid 10% of one months rent by you, and 10% by the owners of the place that is for rent.

So, I would say that you might start by picking an area of town that you would like to live in.  Will you have access to a car while you are in Addis?  That will make a big difference in how far from your work you want to live. 

You would also have to decide about what you are looking for in an apartment.  I have seen very few apartments that meet my western definition of an apartment...more places are parts of houses that have been set up as small living areas.  What we have found is that if you want a hot shower and a western toilet (non-squat), and a kitchen, you'll end up paying a minimum of 1,500 Birr (about $170, U.S.).  You can get some very nice, furnished places, but they will be closer so 4,500 Birr (about $500 U.S). 

Hope that helps.  Feel free to e-mail me with more questions--although I only check my mail about once a week (internet is slow here)

Hi there,
I was wondering if prices have gone up since this post. What is the going rate for apartments these days? I am heading to Addis in September and need to find inexpensive digs.

Thanks!

I am going to live in Addis starting December 2008. I and my wife will be working in medical faculty of AAU. We would like to find an apartment which is furnished and safe and a good car. Can someone guide us

Hi akihare,

This is Dereje, originally from Ethiopia. Lucky you! You are gonna love Addis. It is such a clolorful city.

You should keep us posted once you get there!

Best

I haven't used my French in years, so I will answer in English.
Lodging varies significantly by what you are interested in.
I recently received an interesting website URL, http://www.addisagents.com/index.html. I must say that I do not know them personally, but I found that some of the quotes were within ranges that I expected.There are several international schools there, I believe that the French school has a good reputation. If I find the link, I will post later.

I found this link for the Lycee in Addis:

www.guebre-mariam.org

Monday, August 25th 2008

Lycee Gebre Mariam, Churchill Road. Tel. +251 (0)11 1551603/2129, lycee-addis[at]ethionet.et. French-language school offering education from pre-kindergarten to secondary school level.

Hi. I'm also moving to Addis on the 13th. I haven't found a place as yet, but if you're interested in sharing an apartment or house, let me know. I'll keep you in mind as I search.

Hi,
I'm already here in Addis and I'm looking for a person (girls only) who wants to share an apartment. I'm italian and i'm currently working for UNDP.
let me know, Ciao

Canadian female, recently arrived to work in Addis, looking for a room in a house.  Would prefer to take a vacant room in an existing place but would also consider partnering with someone to consult a broker and find a place.

Can anybody tell me what kind of appartment I could get for 800-900 US$ in the area of the International Airport or any descent area near by the Airport area?
Any websites I could check out?
Many thanks!

Hi

I am an expat myself who lives in UK. I have a 4 bedroom house in Addis Ababa very close to the International airport. Let me know if you are still looking for accomodation in Addis.

Hi Mimo,
I´m looking for a house with compound and and area where pets can live. We will work in Aware. We start at February 2010 and stay for two and a half year. Is your house in Bole? How much is it? How far is it to Aware?

I am looking for either a small studio in the vicinity of the ECA or a room in a house in the upmarket area. Please no houses near slums.

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global07 :

Hello, a friend and I will be arriving in Addis in May for work. We plan on staying a few months and are looking for an apartment there. Does anyone have any information on how I would do this? Or know of a realtor there who could find us one? thank you

Check the classified section.

global07 :

Hello, a friend and I will be arriving in Addis in May for work. We plan on staying a few months and are looking for an apartment there. Does anyone have any information on how I would do this? Or know of a realtor there who could find us one? thank you

I do have quite a few apartments vacant on my Block of five story building all fully furnished to a very good standard with all the service e.g Sattv, free wireless access,house keepers,concierge and receptionist stand by 24 hour,security 24hrs and all the apartments with balcony,two to three bedroom each have their own leaving room,master bedroom with unsuit,kitchen,bathroom .....

Location in the heart of bole (Bole Olympia)

I am looking for a small apt; to rent for a 5 month period, July to December in Addis Ababa, my budget is small since I will be there on a volounteer basis. Any advice?

Olympus, didn't I tell you to stop advertising on the forum ?

Hello Drizzit86,

If you are on a tight budget, what I advise you is to get a studio or one bed room apartment in a government-constructed but privately owned condominiums found allover Addis Ababa. They are renting from Birr 1,500 (USD 110) to Birr 3,000 (USD 220)per month. The best way to find such units is to contact the informal small house brokers (called delalas in amharic). They usually do not have formal offices and wander around the condo's but have a very good database of the owners ready to rent their properties.

If you are looking for a villa, the best way is to look for houses in the area commonly knows as "AYAT" and "CMC" about 10kms from the center of the city. There you can fnd a nice villa with two bed rooms starting from Birr 3,500 ($260) a month. You will easily find the brokers (delalas) in the area.

Thank you so much! Do you have any advice on generally how to go about this? Do I just find someone and ask for an apartment? And I will be working near the government center, any advice on the area and the possibility of renting in that area? Thanks again!

If u are working in the city, the governmemt condos can be a good choice. They are cheap, but with basic facilities only. So all you have to do is ask any local resident for the nearby government condo and go to the place and ask anyone around there if there are delalas. You will find the delalas there as it is their job to be there. Tell them what type of flat you are looking for. They will find u one either at that place or a nearby location. If possible having a local friend or aquaintance to accompany you helps in bargaining the price.

The agentship/ brokerage services in the real estate sector in Addis Ababa is mainly informal. However, there are some formally established realtors. I can inform you their addresses/ e mails if you need their assistance. Unlike to the practice in the other parts of the world, realtors in Addis receive commissions from both the lessor and the lessee. It ranges from 5% to 10% of the advance rental payment which usually is 6 months rental.

Hello, me and my family will move to Addis end of July 2010 and would appreciated any help in finding a furnished house for rent for approx 1 year.

Tks in advance for your kind help!

Hello, I am moving to Addis with my family and appreciate any info/help in finding a furnished house for rent for approx 1 year.  We will be arriving at the end of July 2010.

Lots of tks in adv

Hello to all and welcome :)
For accomodation, did you have a look at Ethiopia Classifieds > Accomodation section.
You may also insert an ad yourself!
Cheers
Arlette

poulzina :

Hello, I am moving to Addis with my family and appreciate any info/help in finding a furnished house for rent for approx 1 year.  We will be arriving at the end of July 2010.

Lots of tks in adv

It can be difficult to find a furnished house in Addis Ababa however there are agents operating to help you find the houses.I have fully furnished Apartments to let you can see it on classified section but I am not sure if you are looking for an Apartments you can contact me when you get to addis and I will introduce you to Agents who can help you find houses but we will need to know your budget and desired locations.

Best of luck

poulzina,

I am reading a sunday newspaper, Fortune, and was looking for info on Classified section, Houses to be rent. The following info may give you some insight on housing prices in Addis:

-Bole Area, furnished villa with 3 bed rooms,1.5 bath rooms, 4 service rooms, rent per month Birr 13,000 ($1,000)
-Bole area, L-shaped villa with furniture, 3 bed rooms, 1.5 bath rooms, 3 service rooms, rent per month Birr 8,000 ($600)
-Bole Raod, furnished villa, 3 bed rooms, bathroom, 2 service rooms, Price per month Birr 8,000 ($600)

Please note that Bole area is one of the residential areas preferred by expats.

I hope this will give you some idea.If you need additional info, let me know.

olympus :
poulzina :

Hello, I am moving to Addis with my family and appreciate any info/help in finding a furnished house for rent for approx 1 year.  We will be arriving at the end of July 2010.

Lots of tks in adv

It can be difficult to find a furnished house in Addis Ababa however there are agents operating to help you find the houses.I have fully furnished Apartments to let you can see it on classified section but I am not sure if you are looking for an Apartments you can contact me when you get to addis and I will introduce you to Agents who can help you find houses but we will need to know your budget and desired locations.

Best of luck

Tks a lot for your help.  We want a house around 400 usd/month for a long term rental.

Please advise if any availabilities.

suave :

poulzina,

I am reading a sunday newspaper, Fortune, and was looking for info on Classified section, Houses to be rent. The following info may give you some insight on housing prices in Addis:

-Bole Area, furnished villa with 3 bed rooms,1.5 bath rooms, 4 service rooms, rent per month Birr 13,000 ($1,000)
-Bole area, L-shaped villa with furniture, 3 bed rooms, 1.5 bath rooms, 3 service rooms, rent per month Birr 8,000 ($600)
-Bole Raod, furnished villa, 3 bed rooms, bathroom, 2 service rooms, Price per month Birr 8,000 ($600)

Please note that Bole area is one of the residential areas preferred by expats.

I hope this will give you some idea.If you need additional info, let me know.

Thanks a lot for your help. Kindly note that our budget is around  400 usd/month and we are interested for a long term rental. Please advise availability.

global07 :

Hello, a friend and I will be arriving in Addis in May for work. We plan on staying a few months and are looking for an apartment there. Does anyone have any information on how I would do this? Or know of a realtor there who could find us one? thank you

You may have found your apartment ..my advice is always to rent place for three days in the mean time..find someone to give you a tour around the hotels and apartments for rent..so you could get good bargain price...good luck

After 20 years of life in South Africa, I am here in Addis Ababa. Been here for the lsast 15 days, still in a hotel room. I want to rent an apartment/villa and would like to share it with someone, preferably, not smoking.

Maxi :

After 20 years of life in South Africa, I am here in Addis Ababa. Been here for the lsast 15 days, still in a hotel room. I want to rent an apartment/villa and would like to share it with someone, preferably, not smoking.

Please send your contact tel I will be able to help.

Anna,

That would be a good idea.

Just sent a couple of e-mails/PMs to solace and Maxi.  In Addis now and I'm about to rent a two or three bedroom house and I need roomies.  Because although I can swing the 10,000ETB on my own (while still maintaining my bills and apartment in the US), I'd rather not!  Hit me up people if you're interested.

You should also post in the Classifieds : Accomodation section. You might even find what you're looking for there, who knows? :)

hi all, my name is nabeel , am visiting addis in november 2010 and i would like to rent a furnished villa 2 bedrooms will be perfect, am staying for a month or so , could some one tells me how to go about it ,and what are the chances of renting for a month. Thank you my email .. nabilalawi[at]gmail.com

Hey there my husband and i will be travelling to addis ababa beginning of september 2010 and are look for a furnished apartment or house in gerji area can anyone help me?

thx
claire x

I will be in Addis from August 20th, 2010 to Jan 8th, 2011, and looking for furnished apt, house.  I am willing to pay upto $500 US but do not want to have a 3-4 bedroom villa by myself.  if you are looking for a roommate or have a house apt to rent.  I will be okay in Bola, or any major areas of Addis.  please e-mail me at tbayou[at]gmail.com

Hi tbayou! You should also place an ad in the Ethiopia classifieds > accommodation section.

Hope this will help you!
Good luck
Christine

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