After a long search, I have found a great appartment in an old colonial building above a random vietnamese restaurant in the 'quartier francais' with a local ex-pat population from france and some local ivorian fishing villages. The latter are very poor but rustic and interesting and there is a huge soccer field where intense matches are played. (While not as popular, basketball is played and the university where I am working at has a court so I'm going to organize some evening games.) The quartier is surrounded by a lagoon on one side and the ocean on the other with a mix of hotels on one end and then residential areas on the other. It's quite the place and will be a fun neighborhood to live in.
My appartment is an old building on the second floor with high ceiling and windows with shutters. There are a number of cafes and artist galleries and pottery shops around that draw a lot of people from outside including folks from abroad looking for African art. The work is very good and I can see why people want to buy it to take home.
As soon as I'm moved in I will post some pics and video.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.