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Best Places To Live In Nairobi

Many people have misconceptions about Nairobi that it is a very expensive city to live in or visit. However, that is not the case, there are a lot of affordable things to do and see in. Here are 10 best places to live in Nairobi.

1. Lavington

Although Karen is located further away from the city as compared to the other neighbourhoods on this list, the serenity and natural scenery more than make up for the distance.

Furthermore, Lavington features a good deal of commercial properties and consulates, the serviced apartments and mansions available provide for great living space.

2. Ridgeways

Ridgeways is another home to wealthy Kenyans like former Kiambu governor William Kabogo and diplomats. Located on Kiambu Road, the estate prides itself on having expensive and luxurious bungalows with good security.

It also houses Ridgeways mall which serves the residents’ shopping and entertainment needs.

3. Kileleshwa

This is one of the safest places to live in Nairobi and even raise a family. The roads in the area are in good condition and you can easily access shopping malls, hospitals and other amenities. The area also has an arboretum that provides the perfect ambience.

4. Runda

Bordering Nairobi’s diplomatic zone is Runda, another affluent estate where majority of houses are owner occupied. Lush coffee plantations along Kiambu Road add to the existing greenery around Runda.

5. Riverside

This is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Nairobi, home to both new and old money. It is a rich area with a number of amenities and activities to do.

6. Karen

This is yet another affluent neighbourhood that was once a coffee plantation once owned by Danish author, Karen Blixen-Finecke also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen.

Today, rich Africans rule the roost here where century-old trees dot the nearby Ololua Forest, purifying the air that makes Karen one of the exclusive estates in the city.

7. Kitisuru

Kitusuru is a luxurious neighborhood within and It harbors some of the richest people in Nairobi. Its neighbors residential areas such as Westlands,Loresho spring Valley and Gigiri.

If you are not a home owner you can find some good apartments in Kitisuru but it will cost you an arm and a leg as the rental rates are somehow high.

8. Kilimani

The houses here have modern designs with 24-hour security surveillance. Additionally, It is the right place if you have a large family you are relocating to Nairobi. The site also has self-contained houses if you need one.

9. Kahawa Sukari

Although Kahawa Sukari is inhabited by a lot of Kenyatta University students, the estate is a good place for the working class even though rent prices keep rising.

Availability of shopping centers such as Quickmart Supermarket that can easily be accessed makes Kahawa Sukari one of the best places to live within Nairobi.

10. Gigiri

Gigiri is one of the largest expat communities in Africa. It hosts several embassy offices for various countries like the United States.

It also houses some of the best upmarket shopping and entertainment that Nairobi has to offer, including The Village Market Mall.

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