Mombasa Road is one of the major roads in Nairobi which links to the second largest city in Kenya, Mombasa. As the country continues to develop, so does the infrastructure which makes developers and investors put up different property types. On Mombasa Road, there are residential houses, commercial properties and entertainment spots on both sides of the road.
Thanks to the proximity to the city center, shopping malls, office parks and other social amenities, estates along Mombasa Road are top places to live in for middle-class income earners. Mombasa Road has both local and international companies which have given rise to more residential property in the area because people prefer living close to their place of work.
Property prices in the estates located along Mombasa Road vary depending on the location. The average price of a one bedroom apartment along Mombasa Road is Kshs 35,000 as shown above, while that of a townhouse is Kshs 60,000 per month.
The closer you are to the CBD, the higher you will pay for monthly rent. For instance, below are some of the estates located on Mombasa Road with the average rental prices.
South B and South C
If you are thinking of moving to a 1 bedroom in South B, the average price is Kshs 28,000 while in South C it goes for Kshs 32,000. In both neighbourhoods, there is a lot of activity until late in the night, and you rarely lack water in your house. There is no readily available land for development in these estates unless someone demolishes an old townhouse to build put up new property.
People who live in Imara Daima work along Mombasa Road, Langata Road, Syokimau and in the Airport. Imara has more of the newly constructed houses with the average price of a 1 bedroom apartment being between Kshs 18,000 to Kshs 25,000.
Houses in Nairobi West are both old and new with most of them being old bungalows which were constructed years back. Furthermore, Nairobi West is a family-oriented neighbourhood with families that have lived in the area for years.
Schools along Mombasa Road
If you are moving to a new neighbourhood or want to change your child’s school, finding the right school will make a difference in their future. Here is a list of some of the different schools close to the highway.
South B: Plainsview Educational Point, Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Highway Secondary School, Ark Junior School and St. Bakhita School. Other schools include Bellevue School in South C and St Nicholas Junior Academy, Imara Daima Primary School, Riara Primary School, Jabali Christian Schools all in Imara Daima.
Restaurants along Mombasa Road
This is the one place you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to satisfying your food palette. Below are a few: Captain’s Terrace, Eagles Steak House, Java House Capital Centre, Shangrila, Peppercorn, Big Square, Nyama Mama Capital Centre, Artcaffe Capital Centre, Pizza Inn Capital Center, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Mojo, Galitos Capital Center, Savanna Coffee Lounge and many more.
Some of the medical facilities close by are Mater Misericordiae Hospital in South B, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital (Nairobi West and Embakasi), and The Nairobi West Hospital.
Most of the shopping malls along the highway are strategically situated close to the major estates in the area. The malls have pubs, ATMs, jewellery stores, pharmacies, beauty parlours, supermarkets, and more retail stores. The malls include Capital Center, Highway Mall, and The Nextgen Mall.
Things to Do
Visit the Solar Ice Rink
If you are looking for a new experience to have with your friends, this is the place to visit. Children up to 14 years pay Kshs 800 while Kshs 1,000 for 15-year-olds and above. This is an hourly charge and it comes with skating boots.
Take Ice Hockey Lessons
At the same Solar Ice Rink, you can take up ice hockey lessons. You will learn basic skating techniques and more about the game in general.
Visit the Maasai Market
The Maasai Market provides an avenue to get a feel of different cultures. They are held on different days of the week. At the Capital Center, it is usually every Wednesday from 9 am to 7.30 pm. Here, you will find wood carvings, fabrics, clothes, drawings, curious, paintings, ornaments and many more. It’s the perfect place to buy someone a unique gift.
Enjoy the Night Life
The nightlife in Nairobi is always growing. There are many options to pick from. A club could be the in thing in Westlands and another one could still be popping on Mombasa Road, like Blend at Nextgen Mall.
See more: Langata Guide.