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Snaspshots of life in Ayat

With the expansion of Addis, single-family detached houses within the commuting suburbs are on the rise. One such neighborhood that is away from the bustle and hustle of the metropolitan is Ayat.

The newly developing real state has many home-owners and renters living within look-alike housing. Life is calm and quiet there as there is little commercial or industrial activity.

Here are some pictures showing snapshots of every day life there.


Kids jumping up and down with abandon in the only recreation center .


A six-year-old girl about to throw a ball


One residential house in Zone 8.Ayat is divided by zones and there are eight self-contained zones.  


Young girls going up to the stepladder


Dog walkers are common in Ayat


A guard was having a bit of fun with dogs


Swinging as high as possible

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  1. March 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    If you are upper class (politically and economically connected), yes you will have “calm and quiet” life style.

  2. March 11, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Hi Arefe, in what area of Addis Abeba is Ayat.
    I find curios the signals of the street with Pepsi ads.
    Thank you

  3. March 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    It is in the north western parts of Addis, past Megenagna, CNS, and Summit.
    It is 18 kms away from Piassa.

  4. March 12, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Thanks. There are onle unifamiliar houses, not comdos?
    Have you an aide how much cost ono house there?

  5. March 13, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Hi, Ankami
    Sorry for the late response.I’ haven’t the faintest idea. All I know is they’ve got what they call villa, ground plus, some other kinds. If you want it, I will try to find out for you, or in the mean time I hope readers who might know will tell us.

  6. zekaryas
    March 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I was disappointed by the limited discussion of the real issue underlying the rise if of the new capital. The new city is a demonstration of Ethiopian people returning with the hope of building a new life after years of destruction. But in the midst of development, Addis is losing its heritage and its meaning. The rebuilding is very superficial; underneath lies a broken infrastructure. Investors see big profits, while environmentalists the detrimental effects of over construction and urbanization with poverty.

  7. March 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Hello Arefe
    Thank for the answer. I dont pretentd buy a house. My curiosity is to get an idea of what prices will be paying for the new constructions are made in Addis.

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