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Nairobi’s Most Attractive Residential Areas – 2020

A new research by the Hass Composite Property Sales Index has revealed Kenya’s most attractive residential areas as of 2020. The report has identified the following regions


Gigiri is home to the country’s largest expatriate community and is one of the capital’s poshest suburbs. It houses the UN Environmental Programme, making it the only African city to host a major UN body. Gigiri’s Village Market hosts the International Civil Aviation Organization Base for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Runda, Muthaiga, Lavington, and Karen

These locations host rich Kenyans and high net worth individuals, though recently, more townhouses have been built here rather than villas and mansions.

Machakos County (East Metro)

Because of skyrocketing house prices in the city centre, people are now moving to areas on the outskirts of Nairobi, such as Athi River in Machakos County. Under the Nairobi 2030 Master Plan, Machakos County will be developed as a dormitory town for Core Nairobi.

Konza Techno City

Dubbed as “Africa´s Silicon Valley”, Konza Techno City will become the country’s single largest property development. Begun in January 2013, the US$14.5 billion project is scheduled for completion by 2030.

Kiambu (North Metro)

Kiambu County has seen many developments since the road connecting it to Core Nairobi was expanded. An example is Tatu City, begun in 2013 with an estimated cost of US$2.5 billion.

Kajiado (South Metro)

Kajiado County is home to some of the country’s richest people, especially those who work in the city centre. Its poshest neighborhoods include Ngong, Kiserian, Kitengela, and Ongata Rongai.


A popular tourist destination. Nyali, a high-end residential area in Mombasa City, has some of Kenya’s most expensive homes, and numerous high-class hotels and long white sand beaches.


Shanzu is an affluent neighborhood in Mombasa, with high-end residential developments. It is popular for its pristine beaches, numerous hotels, bars, and restaurants.

Security remains a serious problem in Kenya. Violent criminal attacks, including burglaries, home invasions, kidnappings, and carjackings, can occur any time in any location. Only selected places are suitable for housing, especially for foreigners.

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