When looking for a place to live you want to settle in a place that feels as homely as possible. You need to consider factors like security, cost of living in the area, availability of basic utilities and proximity to basic infrastructure.
Putting all that into consideration below we have compiled a list of the best places to live in Nairobi.
Kinoo is a neighbourhood in Kikuyu which is located along the Waiyaki Way. It is a fast-growing estate with a 24-hour economy. With the expansion of the Waiyaki Way, the area can only anticipate more development. The area is quite secure with minimal crimes recorded.
There’s a surplus supply of water and the drainage system is perfect. It takes around 35 minutes by bus to get to the CBD. Rental apartments start from 7000, 12000 and 17000 for a bedsitter, one bedroom and two bedrooms respectively.
Embakasi is an easily accessible estate that is home to the largest airport in Kenya JKIA. You can access it using either Jogoo Road or Mombasa Road. It is both a factory and residential hub making it densely populated.
The houses are also very affordable. A bedsitter goes for KES. 6000-8000, 10000-15000 for a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom goes for KES. 15,000-20,000.
Rongai popularly known as ‘diaspora’ due to its distance from Nairobi CBD is one of the most serene environments to live. It is low populated therefore good for people who dislike the noisy towns.
The Maasai Mall is one of the popular shopping centres in the area where people purchase stuff without having to go to the CBD. Rent is also relatively cheaper where it ranges from 6000-30000 depending on the size of the apartment
Home to the largest mall in East Africa Two Rivers Mall, the popularity of Ruaka is increasing by the day. Rental prices in Ruaka are quite affordable with bedsitters starting from 8000, one bedroom 15000 and two-bedroom 20000. The area is also less congested and very secure making it ideal for raising families.
If you are looking for cheap houses in a low populated area, then Utawala is the place to be. It is located along the Eastern Bypass just 40 minutes from the Nairobi CBD. House prices start from 6,000 for a bedsitter and 10000 for a one-bedroom apartment.
This is another rapidly growing estate along Mombasa Road. A lot of companies are located along Mombasa Road therefore Mlolongo is an ideal place to live for those who work there.
There is an adequate supply of water and the rental prices are very affordable with a bedsitter starting from 6500 and a one-bedroom starting from 10000
There are numerous estates along Thika Road which are home to young employees, students and also foreigners. Some of the most popular estates are Roysambu, Kasarani, Gumba and Kahawa Sukari.
These estates enjoy proximity to a major highway and malls such as Garden City and TRM. Rent ranges from 8000-40000 depending on the size of the house.
This is one of the most popular estates for lower-middle-income class people. It is easily accessible and also a very secure estate. Rental prices are also very affordable ranging from 7000-30000 depending on the size of the apartment.
This is a moderately growing region that is located just 40 minutes from Nairobi CBD. Most apartments are modern with state-of-the-art features.
The area is very secure and serene. The rental prices are also very affordable with a bedsitter starting from 6,000 and a one-bedroom starting from 10,000
Lower Kabete Road
This is the area where the University of Nairobi School of Business is located. Very few people know about this area making it a hidden gem.
From the serene environment to the few traffic jams experienced, this is the best place you can be. Rental prices are also affordable with a bedsitter starting from 7000 and 12000 for a one-bedroom apartment.