Shocking fact when Eighth of an Acre is nowhere near that Size

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An eighth of an acre

Have you ever wondered, what makes up an acre of land? Or how many eighths (1/8) plots make an acre?

Kenya has two standards of measurement. One is the Metric; hence, the use of meters and hectares and the other one is the imperial, which entails use of feet and acres. Title deeds indicate measurements in hectares.

An eighth of an acre (1/8th) is surveyed as 15m by 30m. This makes it exactly 0.045 ha. If you use these figures and convert them into feet, you will get 49ft, 2.55 in by 98ft, and 5.1 in.

With this in mind it is clear that a 50*100 is simply just an estimate and not an exact figure. It can be considered as an over approximation having stated that the dimensions are in feet’s.

For example, if we want to know the size in meters given the piece of land is a 50 by 100 always divide it by 10 then multiply by 3.

Take 50 feet; for example: 50 divide by 10 then multiply the answer by 3.



=15 meters.

If we want to know the size in feet given the values are in meters, always multiply by 10 then divide by 3.

Take 15 meters for example: 15 multiply by 10 divided by 3.

(15*10)= 150/3

=50 feet

We may be needed to apply the rule of BODMAS (Bracket of Division Multiplication Addition and Subtraction) to avoid inaccurate answers.

When we talk of a 50 by 100 plot this refers to a plot 50 feet by 100 feet, which is equivalent to 15 meters by 30 meters and is also equal to 450 square meters. This in common terms is referred to as an eighth of an acre though it may be slightly less due to the provision of access roads. An acre will; therefore, give you 8 such plots with an access road.

A quarter is double the size of an eighth of piece of land.

The plot may not necessarily be rectangular, thus, always take the surface area of the plot irrespective of the shape. For example, an eighth will measure 450 square meters (15m by 30m)

1 Hectare (Ha) is equal to 10,000 square meters and 2.5 acres make a hectare.

1 acre is equivalent to 0.404 Ha, ½ an acre is equal to 0.202 Ha, ¼ an acre is equal to 0.101 Ha and 1/8 is equal to 0.05 Ha.

Once an acre is subdivided, the measurements reduce slightly because of the access roads; for instance, the 1/8=50 by 100 feet=15 by 30 meters =450/10,000, which becomes 0.045Ha.

When buying land in Kenya, ensure you do a couple of site visits, carry with you a tape measure and determine the surface area in square meters then divide it by 10,000 to know whether what is indicated on the title deed/Certificate of lease is correct. Measurements on a title, or a lease appear in Hectares (Ha)

If it is a Certificate of Lease as opposed to Title Deed for freehold land, check how many years are remaining on the lease before committing your money, mortgage companies are particular when it comes to this.

Finally, you get twelve (12) 40*80 plots, thus, 1 and 1/4 acres will give you 15 40*80 plots.

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