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.
Location: 4 Kilometers West of Nairobi's City Centre.
Types of buildings: High-end apartments increasingly dominate Kileleshwa, replacing old single-unit houses built in the 1960’s. Kileleshwa is a residential area, so there are few commercial buildings. There are also estate-type maisonettes, set in gated communities with one common entrance. Housing units in this setting are 20 – 30 per estate. This environment favours families with younger children who find a secure and social place to grow up.
Population Density: Low
Property Values / Trends: A development plot, approximately 1 acre, costs Sh70 million.
Area Zoning: Kileleshwa is predominantly a residential area. There are a few commercial buildings with owners having to seek permission for a change of land use permit from the City Council.
Security:The Kileleshwa police station, off Gichugu road, serves the residents of Kileleshwa. In addition, most houses have put extra security measures such as security guards, electric fences and alarm systems. There is also a heavy presence of administration police guarding senior government officials and the numerous embassies found in Kileleshwa.
Transport & Road Network: A taxi from the city centre costs Sh.600, depending on the particular area of Kileleshwa. Mandera road and Gichugu road are the two main roads in Kileleshwa. The area is not easily accessible by public means. Matatu No. 48 passes through the main roads.
Hospitals: Most of the health facilities easily accessible to Kileleshwa residents are in Hurlingham; Nairobi Hospital, Upper Hill Medical Centre, Nairobi Womens Hospital. Alternatively, residents can visit the many medical centres in the City Centre.
Schools: Kileleshwa hosts Kenton College, an international school, Kenya High School, a national girls high school located at the far end of Kileleshwa neighboring Lavington, Strathmore and State House Girls.
Shopping centres and amenities: The major shopping centre in Kileleshwa is the Kasuku Centre on Mandera Road. The Nairobi Arboretum is a popular park set between Kileleshwa and the City Centre. There are also several retreat centres such as the Methodist Guest House and the Musmark Christian Retreat Centre.
Churches: Kileleshwa Covenant Community Church is the most visible church in Kileleshwa but there are several other churches in the area.
Useful Contacts/Links for the area:
Kileleshwa Police Station Tel: 020- 560533