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How Large Is 'A Plot' Of Land?

Hello,

I've been reading Nigerian property advertisements where prices like "450k per plot" are quoted.

How large is a plot of land in square meters? How does a plot compare to an acre?

Thanks.

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I've been having troubles understanding this as well.

I just found an article that explains it all. The title is Sizes of Land in Nigeria Explained - Plots, Acres & Hectares

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Depends on where the land is located and who owns it and the circumstances leading up to any form of transaction. In those days plot sizes were as high as 1,200+ sq.m in government reserved areas in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and as few others. As population density rose sizes fell. Today very few states offer anything close. I'm aware of 1,100 sq.m as standard for commercial plots in Calabar within a new layout. Lagos is doing something like 648 sq.m and in places such as the core Niger-Delta where land issues are very touchy you'd be lucky to get anything above 450 sq.m and falling. Some plots in London are 300 sq.m. Pretty poor and I've even seen a plot size of 110 sq.m being advertised here in Nigeria. Really dunno what that is meant for. Maybe a suya joint or something.

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Need to visit this Internet Listing service(ILS) for property managers/agents , http://rentnigeria.com

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I was expecting some response such as your's so it is not surprising. Once again, a plot remains a plot. Not if you are referring to "a lot" or "a piece of land", then it means something different. However, a plot is a British colonial creation, and was used as a measure of "parcels of land". I will suggest you read up on the historical precedence before being all assuming. the word plot itself is a measure, hence you can say something like " Parcel of land available 1-1/2 plots. Anyone who understands what a plot is will recognize approximately how large the "parcel" is. Peace,

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@ Larez

It is usually not my style to openly criticize anyone with a contribution on NL.  But i feel compelled to address your assertion that everywhere in the world, a plot of land is 60' X 120' and will always remain so.

Firstly, when referring to everywhere in the world, do you mean the UK, France, Germany, Angola, Japan and the rest. the truth is a lot of these countries use the metric system of measurement, how would you then expect them to have plots measuring 60 feet X 120 feet. it's simply not logical.

Secondly, one does not need to be a professional Surveyor or architect to recognise the fact that in any urban planning environment, plots are made up of different sizes to allow for different types of use either residential or commercial.

A plot of land can only refer to an area with a specified perimeter.  for example in Abuja plots allocated by the FCTA come in different sizes and you cannot say a plot of land in Abuja is always 60' X 120'.

It would be helpful  if you can correct the impression you gave regarding your statement that " A plot of land is and will always remain 60' X 120' ". as if that is gospel.   The facts point to the contrary.

Let's not be pedantic here, we should agree that people can carve up their land into any sized plots they so desire as long as it conforms to the local planning laws.

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Excellent!!! I still don't understand this mentality of Nigerians trying to redefine everything. Everywhere else in the world, a plot remains 60 feet X 120 feet. Seun clarified this much earlier, and people chose to give many reasons such as costly land why it should be different. Nigeria did not define the word "plot" and it remains an international standard. Hence a plot is and will always remain 60'X120'.

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Why the confusion?!

1 (standard) plot = 60ft x 120ft = 669m2(approx.)

1 Acre = 6 plots

It used to be 1 plot = 50 x 100ft. in Nigeria.I guess that stopped in the 70s.

It is general language and half-informed professionals that use plot loosely to mean any delineated parcel of land. But as far as real property is concerned the above holds true. Anything higher is the surveyor wounding seller, anything less is wounding the buyer.

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A plot of Land in Nigeria is what ever you want it to be.  Nigeria uses the Metric system of measurement so it puzzles me when people describe Land in terms of feet X feet. All surveyed land should be in Metres X Metres ( Sq M ).

A plot can be 850 Sq M  or  1,200 Sq M so anyone involved in land transaction should ask the land vendor what the size of the plot for sale is in Square Metres, it's as simple as that.

By the way One Hectare is 10,000 Sq M  and an Acre is 4,046.85 Sq M . One Acre is roughly 40% of a hectare.

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whattt? like netzymes i thought a plot was an indiscrete term as well, and could be any size.

this is confusing lol

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Seun,aplot of land is 648 sq m which is also the normal 60-120 measurement that everyone knows.That size of aplot can take a block of 4 flats with garage for 4 occupants

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Please why bugg us with this type of questions u can get the answer to this just on the street.

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If we consider a plot to be 50ft x 100ft, then 1 acre is a little over 8 plots (208.7ft x 208.7ft, or 43,560 square feet)

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harbbey

hmmmm.pls 6 plots makes one acre

always be sure pls

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Hi everyone,

the measurement of a standard plot is 36.5m by 18m (109.5ft by 54ft) or 600sq m, becoz of the demand for land most land owners dont measure it correctly they mostly measure 33m by 16m (100ft by 50ft). so if u cud bargain well to get the correct measurement, gud but if not dont let anyone measure less than 100ft by 50ft for u. If anyone does call EFCC. Best of luck.

N.B - Ten plots of land makes an acre.

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A plot of land is normally 50ft x100ft (also known in the local sector as half plot) ; when the plot of land is 100ft x100ft it is known as a double plot.I know it sounds ambigous. My plot of land is 120ft x 140 ft and it is more thn a double-plot.

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seun ,60ft by 120ft is the same thing as 18m by 36m.

conversion is ft multiplied by .30472 bt dont mind sharp accuracies in this metres and dont miss a well located land because of 1 or 2 meters

goodluck

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ayoolu is very right. i think benin is also 50 by 100(ft).bt the standard is 18m by 36m.bt regulations accept minor differences like 17 by 36,18 by 35 etc.they aree minor differences

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but a plot is 50-60 feet by 100-120 feet, not meters.

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that is more than true.

thanks.

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@carlosein we are here to learn brother

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i wonder if you know the difference between square meters and meter?

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in Enugu it's 60x100 and in some case you get 2 in 1 for 100x100

square meters? the flat i live in here is 90 square meters

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seun, ayoolu says it is 60 FEET x 120 FEET in lagos and the other measure ( in FEET) for ibadan.

I guess it is in feet not metre then.

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Acre: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acre

Concerning the size of a plot:

I'm confused. Is it square feet or square meters?

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what about an acre then?

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@ ayoolu- thanks man that's more like it.

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thanks for starting this seun, i need this too.

@ akara and romeo: this is quite confusing, is it 60 x 100 or 50 x 100?

and is the unit metre or feet?

@netzymes- i think i understand what u mean by "arbitrary". is there a more generally accepted measure of a

plot and then how is that different from an acre.

thanks again.

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It depends on the location. For Lagos, a standard plot is 60ft by 120 ft while Ibadan is 50ft by 100ft.

I suggest that you find out from the vendor before comitting yourself.

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the size i think is 60-100 ft.

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A plot is an arbitrary term used to describe the division made in a particular area by the developers or government. Initially plots were approximately 1000sqm but as prices for land has gone up you get the same quote per plot but this can be 400sqm or less. The first question to ask the agent or developer is 'What is the size of the plot'.

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a standard plot size is 60*120, thats 7200metres square. moreover the location of a piece of land determines the value of the land.

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