Lavington is a middle to high income residential suburb some 7 km north west of the City centre. The area is home to many large villa residences and beautiful gardens. Most trees have been untouched even as the area has developed, giving the suburb a country touch in a modern setting. It was originally the St. Austins Mission established by the French Holy Ghost Fathers. This explains the numerous Catholic mission centres and Catholic-sponsored institutions in the area.
Location:7KM north west of Nairobi's City Centre. Lavington lies between Westlands and Kilimani, and neighbours Kileleshwa to the East. its feeder roads feed to James Gichuru Road.
Types of buildings: Most houses in Lavington are mansions or bungalows sitting on half an acre or more of well-tendered lawns. There are a few high-end modern apartments. Some houses are clustered in organised courts with a single, gated entrance. Most houses are single units with enough space for children to play. Only one house is permitted to occupy a quarter of an acre – the smallest subdivision of land allowed in Lavington.
Population Density: Low density area
Property values / trends: Sh15m – Sh35m for developed land
Area zoning for development: The Nairobi City Council has designated the area as a zone 5(b) residential area. According to NCC guidelines, no flats or apartments are allowed to be developed. Offices, restaurants and residential hotels are not permitted outside the designated commercial zone. In Lavington, this is the Lavington Green Shopping centre.
Residents association: Lavington is divided into different road associations which are covered by the larger Lavington resident association umbrella. There are approximately 10-15 resident road associations. Contact:
Security: Muthangari Police station off James Gichuru road serves the residents of Lavington.
Transport & Road networks: James Gichuru road is the main road that bisects Lavington. It connects the estate with Kilimani and Westlands. There are other smaller roads notably among them is Mugomo road which links Lavington to neighbouring Kileleshwa. The estate is easily accessible from the city centre either through Hurlingham or via Westlands. A taxi from town to Lavington will cost Sh700.
Hospitals: Nairobi Hospital and Nairobi Women’s hospital are the major medical facilities accessible to Lavington residents. There is also Melchidezek hospital, off Riara road. Schools: Lavington is home to a number of reputable schools. Private international schools in the area include Braeburn, Braeside, Rusinga School and St. Austin. Strathmore, St. Marys and Loreto Convent Msongari are some of the schools using the Kenyan-based education system in the area.
Shopping Centres & Amenities: At the heart of Lavington is the Lavington Green Shopping Centre, just off James Gichuru road, which offers a small arcades of shops, a patisserie, a butcher, a convenience store and ATM machines. The nearby Junction Shopping Mall on Ngong Road offers a far wider range of shops and alrge supermarket. The Hope Centre provides a wide range of recreational activities.
Places Of Worship: Lavington United Church serves Christian faithful in Lavington. There is also the Missionary Community of St. Paul on Othaya Road.
Useful Contacts/Links for the area: