This quiet, leafy residential area to the east of the centre contains a mix of accommodation, from attractive bungalows and larger houses in spacious compounds to much more modest homes.
The proximity to parliament and key offices of state means that security here is particularly good. St Matthews Anglican Church and Sandford English Community School, offering a primary and secondary education in English leading to IGCSE examinations and the international baccalaureate, are both situated here. Several embassies have their premises in the sub-area known as Kebena to the north.
The Italian-designed Africa Hall, built by Emperor Haile Selassie to house the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in 1961, is located on Menelik II Avenue to the south. Shopping is almost entirely at roadside kiosks; for more substantial purchases it is necessary to make the trip into Arat Kilo (two kilometres) or Piazza (four kilometres). Public transport is scarcer here than in other parts of the city and it is useful to have a car.
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Aware, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia