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Kileleshwa Rating****

Kileleshwa is a quiet, upper-middle income, leafy suburb west of Nairobi City. The landscape is a mixture of aging, colonial houses built in the 1950’s and 1960’s and modern apartments and townhouses. The Government holds quite a significant part of Kileleshwa. Most senior civil servants have been housed in Kileleshwa in spacious bungalows and maisonettes, with Kileleshwa differing from neighboring Kilimani, Hurlingham, or Lavington in the land size per house. Until quite recently, Kileleshwa houses occupied three-quarters to an acre of land. The suburb is also quieter and greener than Kilimani and Hurlingham. At the border of Kileleshwa and Kilimani lies State House, the official residence of the President.

Upper Hill PDF Print E-mail

Upper Hill Rating ***

Upper Hill is quickly becoming the prime office location in Nairobi. Many businesses have relocated to the area from the Central Business District, with companies now building their office headquarters in Upper Hill as a first choice. However, the growth of Upper Hill as a commercial hub is recent. Only 8 years ago, Upper Hill was a predominantly upper-middle class residential area, with many, old colonial houses occupying 1 or 2 acres of land. Today, it is resplendent with neat, organized rows of high-rise buildings housing blue-chip local and multinational companies. Contrasting with the spectacular, modern skyscrapers are some remaining and somewhat unkempt bungalows waiting for the right price to sell the land. The area is home to several regional and local companies headquarters; Standard Chartered Bank, Equity Bank, The World Bank, Coca-Cola, City Bank, Pricewater Coopers, IFC among other big names have built impressive head-offices at Upper Hill.

Ridgeways PDF Print E-mail

Ridgeways Rating*****

Set between Muthaiga and Thika Road, Ridgeways, including the Garden Estate, is set beside the Kiambu Road, on the outskirts of Nairobi. Mostly surrounded by the Karura forest, it is a quiet, leafy residential area offering attractive bungalows and large houses, many of which include swimming pools and servants’ quarters on their own plots of land. Before the area was inhabited by elite Kenyans, it used to be part of the colonial white highlands or central uplands. The area still has a rural feel, with several water masses, including the Kigwa Dam, many exotic birds, monkeys, guinea fowls, hares and other wildlife that still lives in the forested ecosystem. Rent is rather high, as in any other four or five star area, and in times of water rationing, many homes rely on borehole water. The area houses diplomats, government ministers, MPs, parastatals heads, powerful businessmen, and corporate directors - Gigiri is just a few kilometers away with its many embassies from Europe and North America, and the United Nations complex. Although there are no shopping malls, residents rely on local kiosks, and cross the Runda estate to Village Market mall. However, Ridgeways is best known as home to the Windsor Golf Club, owned by Environment Minister, John Michuki. The Club is a modern resort complex and championship 18-hole golf course built to Colonial design with breathtaking views. The Windsor includes the Windsor Hotel, which overlooks the Golf Club, and is a favoured meeting point for Kenya's top decision-makers.

Loresho PDF Print E-mail

Loresho Rating****

Developed since 1967 on former coffee farms, Loresho is a leafy green up-market well-developed residential suburb to middle to upper class Kenyans and expatriates. It is luxurious in the vein of Lavington and Muthaiga, although bordering the Kangemi and Kibagare slums, with Kangemi having sprung up through rural to urban migration into employment for the rich people of Loresho who needed gardeners, maids and general house helps.

Riverside PDF Print E-mail

Riverside Rating ****

Many define Riverside as Lavington’s up-market relative and neighbour, which Hass Consult gives a 4 star rating. It neighbours Muthangari, Lavington, Westlands, and Spring Valley. Home to numerous high commissions, including the Australian and Malawi commissions, it is also home to the German, Danish, and Netherlands embassies as well as the Prime Bank headquarters and the country's pollsters, Steadman Group, the area is perhaps the most centrally located of all Nairobi's up-market suburbs. The area is popular with diplomats and senior expatriate business people. However, Kenya’s rich own a good proportion of the houses too. This is where the apartment building boom started, spawning many new blocks. However, large and well-serviced, these are beginning to look a little dated compared to the newer blocks in Kilimani and Hurlingham.

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