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 Most people who purchase lands in Lagos don’t really understand the meaning of this Real Estate terms. As a potential buyer wishing to buy a land or build a new house you must be conversant with a few of this figures. The first hurdle is to understand the system of Land measurement in Nigeria.
In Nigeria today, Land is measured in Hectares, Acres, Meters and Feet. These measurements are affected by factors, which includes development pattern, human and environmental factors.
Lets start by asking what is the size of standard plot in Nigeria?
According to the dictionary meaning of a plot: A plot is a marked out piece of Land for the purpose of building or farming. The word ‘plot’ is an arbitrary term used to describe a land division carved out for property development.
The size of a plot can vary for different reasons but according to Nigeria’s land division, the appropriate plot for a house construction is 50 x 100ft which can accommodate a standard house with a small compound. To better understand Land divisions used in Nigeria, different units of area are used as follows:
Hectares (ha)
A hectare is one of the lease known metric units and one which potential buyers and Estate developer seems to struggle with – it is a land measuring 100m x 100m OR 328ft x 328ft OR 10,000sqm. It is about two and half acres. A Hectare consist of 15 plots.
An Acre is a standard unit of measurement used by Land sellers and it is almost equivalent to the size of a standard football field. An Acre is a product of any rectangular plot of land giving a total of 4,046sqm OR 43,560sq ft. An Acre consist of 6 plots each measuring 6 x 120ft.
In Lagos State, the standard size of a plot is 60 x 120ft ( 18m x 36m ie 648sqm), while in some other cities of the country, plots are measured in 50 x 100ft.
Most of the properties we sell are 600 square metres as full plot 400 square metres as half plot.
We choose to 400 square metres as our half plot because 300 square which is an exact half of 600 square metres would provide a narrow fully detached building, and individuals buying from an estate would want to have their compound to themselves, however if you have a 600sq metres you can build 2 semi detached duplex on it
And on 400 square metres you can build 1 fully detached house on it. A semi detached house means 2 buildings side by side, a fully detached house means a house standing on its own.
 400 square metres is 40 by 100
600 square metres is 60 by 100
400 square metres is smaller
600 square metres is bigger
 Lagos state surveys measures 648 square metres as a plot , but most estates sell 600sq metres in order to have set back and all, but measuring from the natives you have 648 square metres but measuring from estates a plot mostly goes for 600 square metres.

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