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.
Location: 8KM North West of Nairobi's city centre.
Types of buildings: Loresho is a mixture of old and new buildings. Homes are mostly four or five bed roomed stone houses set on well manicured lawns. The minimum subdivision of a parcel of land is half an acre, depending on the area.
Population Density: Low
Property Values/Trends: A half an acre parcel of land goes for Sh8-10 million. Rent for a four bed roomed house ranges from Sh80,000 to around Sh200, 000 per month.
Area zoning for development: The area is mainly a residential area with the minimum subdivision of a parcel of land being half an acre. However, on Lower Kabete Road as you enter Loresho Ridge, 10 huge houses are being put up on a five acre piece of land. The Loresho Housing Development is also taking place in the area. There no major hotels
Residents Association: Loresho has a residents association in which Mr. John Musyoka-Annan an advocate of the High court has been the Chairperson of the association.
Places Of Worship: Loresho has churches, and a Buddhist temple, the churches are Loresho Community Church and All Africa Conference of Churches on Waiyaki Way, Muthangari.
Security: Most homes are gated with security guards in the quiet roads of Loresho. In cases of crime, there are police stations serving Loresho. Kabete Police Station on the junction with Waiyaki Way, Nairobi, is one. The others include: Muthangari Police Station, James Gichuru Road, Muthagari Nairobi and Spring Valley Police Station, lower Kabete.
Transport & road networks: Loresho sits between the dual carriage Waiyaki Way, Kapenguria and Loresho Rigde roads. Most roads are paved, with minimal traffic to residential areas. It takes 20 minutes to get to the city centre from Loresho., accessible through Kaptagat Road off Waiyaki Way.
Hospitals: There are a few hospitals in the Loresho area. They include: Lions Sight First Eye Hospital at Kiplangat Rd, St Florence Medical & Maternity Services at Kangemi Shopping Center.
Education/Research Institutions: Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Nairobi School, Kabete Technical Institute, Waiyaki Way, Ahiti Kabete College of Veterinary Services,University of Nairobi campus, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kangemi, Loresho Primary School, Kibagare Good News Center, a school for underprivileged orphans, Kibagare Nursery School is located at the heart of destitute Kibagare slums, overlooking, the affluent Loresho Estate.
Shopping Centers & Amenities: Loresho has its way of satisfying dwellers and even animals when it comes to entertainment. The area includes a Vetlab Golf Club and the Loresho shopping mall. Located there too a reputable leader in sales and marketing of animal health products, the Cooper Kenya Limited organization. Other areas accessible from Loresho include ABC Place, Wayaki Way, Westlands.
Useful Contacts/Links for the area:
Lions Sight first Eye Hospital, P.O. Box 66576, Mukabi Grove Kaptagat Road, Loresho, Nairobi Central 00800. Tel No: 020 4180626
Loresho Residents Association Tel No: 020-3873828,020-3874331 0725-983445, 0733-779585
St Florence Medical & Maternity Services, Kangemi Shopping Center, P.O. Box 56668, Kangemi, Nairobi, Central 00200. Tel No: 020-631427
Nairobi School P. O. Box 30047,A 104, Loresho, Nairobi Central,00100 Tel No:020-4442799
Kabete Police Station, Tel No: 020 632222
Muthangari Police Station Tel No: 020-4441163/4419
Spring Valley Police Station Tel 020-581042
Loresho Community Church, P.O. Box 23500. Nairobi, Tel: 020-580735
All Africa Conference of Churches, P.O Box 14205-00800, Waiyaki Way, Muthangari, Nairobi, Central Tel No: 020 4441338