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In praise of that old colonial public service suburb of Boroko

Contemporary Boroko home
Contemporary Boroko home


PORT MORESBY – It’s not always easy to find the ideal location to rent or buy in the National Capital District. Not that there isn’t overwhelming choice; but there are so many price tags, wantoks and road conditions to consider when searching for a place.

We all want our homes to be affordable, accessible, versatile, secure and have aesthetic appeal but, aside from your own house, you should always carefully consider the neighbourhood and the suburb before you begin your search.

According to the 2018 PNG Real Estate Survey, most people think that Boroko and Waigani have attractive neighbourhoods because the majority of people opted for these two as the most sought after suburbs to live in.

So in this article let me explore reasons why Boroko is such a cool suburb for your home.

  1. Map of Boroko (Google)The happenings of Boroko

From the map you can already work out reason nambawan for choosing Boroko. There is easy access to many sporting and recreational facilities. Fact is that the National Football Stadium, the Rita Flynn Netball Centre and the Bisini Parade grounds are all located along the same road and are an easy walk to each other. Many national and international events are hosted along this stretch of road.

  1. Affordability

Whether a home is affordable is relative to your income. What you find within your budget may be extremely expensive to someone else. But this is one of the best things about Boroko. There is a price tag just right for everyone. You can find apartments as low as K800 a week to serviced townhouses at K4,000 a week.

  1. Accessibility

When we talk about access we mean the convenience with which you can get to other suburbs and also the condition of the streets for drivers. In an important sense, Boroko is the centre of Port Moresby city. From Boroko there is easy access to other suburbs and one of the city’s main public bus stops is here, so getting to and from work or school is easier.

Boroko offers a police station, a fire station, a post office, two banks, a craft market, many grocery stores, service stations, pharmacies and health services, beauty parlours, schools and an assortment of churches. The general condition of the roads and the security reputation make it one of the most choice suburbs in the nation’s capital.

  1. Boroko policeVersatility

Boroko is a most nifty suburb. You can live just a street away from your place of work and perhaps a block away from your soccer or netball club training ground with a grocery store two blocks away. You will find large four bedroom houses and bedsits, daycare, primary schools, high schools and tertiary institutions. Whether you like church, club or betting shop, it’s here. Residential, commercial, retail and industrial property. Boroko has so much packed into this little suburb.

  1. Security

Security is a factor most Papua New Guineans consider very seriously when deciding where to live, and it’s a powerful reason why many people prefer Boroko. Considering the human traffic and the big events that happen in Boroko, it really is a pretty quiet neighbourhood to live in. The major police station here also helps to keep things orderly.

  1. Aesthetic appeal

Boroko is built on what in the 1930s was swampland. This means it is a pretty flat suburb with fertile soil that makes for good gardens if you have the time. It is surrounded by pleasant rolling hills and many streets are lined by white frangipani and orange ixora plants that remind you that you really are in the tropics.

  1. Fresh organic food at affordable prices

Boroko has one of Moresby’s three fresh food markets. Boroko market is located opposite the National Football Stadium and has a huge variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, poultry and, at times, seafood. Everything sold is organically grown and by buying here you support local small business. And there’s a bonus - prices that are cheaper than supermarkets.

  1. Boroko craft market (Powes Parkop)
    Boroko craft market
    The best kalsa spot

From early June to late September various provincial culture days, kalsa days, and pre-independence celebrations happen weekly in Port Moresby. No other province has as consistent, colourful and dedicated a show of cultural pride as NCD, where every cooking pot has at least one of all 800 cultural ingredients in it.

During this period, people living in other suburbs send word back home for someone to bring an item or two for bilas or go searching from market to market for their provincial dress. Boroko residents however can relax and take a casual stroll down to the craft market that’s open every Monday to Saturday, from 9am until 4pm.

So that’s Boroko. Pretty good place to live, eh?


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