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Karen Rating *****

Karen is one of the oldest residential areas in Nairobi, said to have been named after Karen Blixen, the Danish writer of Out of Africa, whose farm originally covered the area. Karen offers a blend of colonial bungalows and villas on gorgeous and expansive grounds, and has ensured its continuing sense of country life around modern, urban centres and facilities. The area's many riding stables, stores and classy restaurants, race course, golf courses and clubs add to a cultural and historical background that includes the Bomas of Kenya, Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi National Park, Animal Orphanage, Sheldricks Home, Ostrich park, Giraffe Park and Manor, all overlooked by the scenic Ngong Hills. The area has a great deal of character.

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Parklands PDF Print E-mail

Parklands Rating ***

Parklands is a commercial and residential suburb established in the late 1940s. Its proximity to the city centre makes it a hot property area, housing the upper middle class and Kenya's vibrant Indian business community, and offering a melting point of religions across Hindu, Christianity and Muslim whose adorned houses of worship dot the area. Part of its housing architecture has a strong Indian/Asian influence, but there are also many modern apartments. The area is a part of Westlands and famed as one of the places where the Aga Khan spent his early childhood. Kenya Hockey Union, Nairobi Gymkhana and Parklands Sports Club are some of the sports facilities in the area. The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) headquarters are here, as is one of the Kenyatta University campuses and the Aga Khan University. Health facilities include the Aga Khan Hospital and Parklands Kidney Centre. Parklands is also a renowned hub for some of the city's nightlife entertainment.

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Runda PDF Print E-mail


Runda Rating *****

Once a coffee farm, Runda has been transformed to a high-end housing estate over the last 30 years. Demand for elite houses came after the UNEP headquarters was built in Gigiri. A growing number of diplomats and foreigners have driven the expansion of the leafy suburb. The first phase of the estate (Old Runda) was developed between 1972 and 1980 by MAE Properties Ltd. The housing units, set in a well planned neighbourhood, each typically occupy 1 to 2 acre plots. Further development of more houses in phase 2 and phase 3 has since seen half acres sold to developers. Currently, phase 6 has been completed and phase 7 is set to commence soon. Runda estate now spans from Limuru Road to Kiambu Road. Runda has been divided into areas depending on the year of development and location. There is Old and New Runda, Runda Evergreen and Runda Mimosa. Runda Estate neighbours Muthaiga to the South, Gigiri and Ridgeways.

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Gigiri PDF Print E-mail

Gigiri Rating *****

Gigiri, a close neighbor to Runda and Muthaiga, has been given 5-star rating by Hass. Separated from Nairobi city centre by the 2,500-acre Karura Forest and several low, wooded hills, Gigiri is a highly acclaimed secure neighborhood harboring the larger part of the diplomatic missions including the UNEP, World Food Program, US and Canadian Embassies. The area is also characterized by lavish homes with sprawling gardens, a few modern townhouses and beautiful guest houses. The Village Market, Warwick centre, Gigiri shopping centre provide good entertainment as well as necessities making Gigiri a self sufficient neighborhood. Roselyn Academy, German School and ISK (International School of Kenya) are closely located and are amongst the top schools in Nairobi.

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Muthaiga PDF Print E-mail

Muthaiga Rating *****

To date, the Muthaiga area is Nairobi’s long-established Beverly Hills, where American celebrities hail from, lying around along shady roads that wind through lush wooded hills and valleys with streams that turn into quick-running rivers in the rainy seasons. The area is home to wealthy Kenyans, but is better known for diplomats, expatriates on long-term contracts or settled foreigners and even President Kibaki.

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