Madaraka, a middle class suburb nestled in between Karen to the north and Westlands to the east, is fast rising as a homely environment for the rising middle to upper class.  Long established as an area playing home to civil service employees and with a majority of the land owned by the Nairobi City County, Madaraka and Nairobi West is fast changing to become a more vibrant and modern living environment.



Real estate developers and investors are now looking to Madaraka to put up residential spaces that meet the needs of the urban population that is now more exposed to real estate trends and aesthetics.  Taking the lead is Malibu Court, an impressive development of 56 prime 3 bedroom master en-suite apartments.

Malibu Court has indeed changed the face of Madaraka with this development that’s already attracting the interest of Kenyans with purchase power and expatriates alike.  With Kenya gaining global interest as the investment destination of the continent, real estate has proved a guaranteed investment avenue.

The exclusive Malibu Court – home to these spaciously built apartments, an array of elegant homes with contemporary finishing meets the highest standards in home design.

With breath-taking views of the new Northern bypass, and overlooking the Nairobi National Park, Malibu Court gives a guarantee of security coupled with serene living.  The 3 bedroom homes each with master en-suite appeal to the high end market and cater to the needs of the rising middle class. The apartments are the only ones in the area that have a swimming pool on the rooftop, giving home owners that exclusive privacy when swimming, having barbeques with their guests or just enjoying an evening chill out.MALIBU COURT- MADARAKA

Conveniently located minutes from the Central Business District, and close to all social amenities, Malibu Court offers the astute home owner absolute luxurious living.  Located close to Strathmore University, and in close proximity to Gertrudes Garden Hospital, T-Mall and Capital Centre, the development offers competitively priced houses that do not compromise on space.  The 3 bedroom master en-suite prestigious apartments have well lit, spacious lounges fitted with large windows that have modern designed wrought iron curtain holders.  The kitchens are fitted with granite table tops and each room has ample storage facilities.  The apartments have a self-contained guardhouse with intercom and CCTV surveillance to ensure total security for home owners.

Salient features of the houses include:

  • Self-contained servant quarters
  • Boundary wall
  • Electric fence
  • Landscaped garden
  • Cabro paved driveway and parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Self-contained guard house
  • High speed lifts
  • Borehole
  • Gym
  • 3 level basement parking

An investment in Malibu Court is one of the best one can make, a living environment that offers all the conveniences of a metropolitan lifestyle that integrates work, life and recreation.



Real estate developers are now slowly turning to these kinds of building environments and Sigimo Enterprises Limited, a fast rising real estate player is one innovative and trend setting developer that has taken the first step to provide such homes for the already established urbanites.

One such development is Bellcrest Gardens in the tranquil Kileleshwa suburb, a relatively fashionable urban location that appeals to the rising middle to upper class Kenyan.  The suburb is also a favorite of expatriates, UN and NGO employees.  This is a unique attribute of boutique apartments, as the intention is to build them in intimate locations with an enveloping atmosphere.  The mere fact that Bellcrest Gardens is set in the unique locality overlooking the famous Arboretum forest makes it an ideal setting for these kind of building set ups.

Bellcrest Gardens is designed with precise attention to luxury and space.  According to the CEO of Villa Care Limited, the marketing agency of the properties, Mr. Daniel Ojijo, upmarket apartments continue to shine and the appeal is now greater than ever.  He continues to add that the apartments highlight strong architectural elements and are an ideal showcase of design at its utmost element with warm accents across the rooms.  The apartments are designed with a coastal feel with the balconies overlooking beautiful lawns, built to encourage relaxation and comfort.

With convenient proximity to schools, shopping centers, hospitals and other social amenities, Bellcrest Gardens offer unrivaled spacious and modern 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses with 4 bathrooms with large airy kitchens with utility area.  Each house offers a spacious lounge and balcony with an uninterrupted view of State House Gardens and the Arboretum. The houses encompass a spacious master bedroom with an inbuilt walk in closet.  Finishes incorporate ceramic tiles and granite worktops in the kitchen.

These are twenty eight modern and spaciously built 3 bedroom apartments master en suite + self-contained Dsq measuring 170sqm.

Amenities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Lift
  • Clubhouse
  • Gym
  • Backup generator
  • Excellent panoramic views
  • Ample parking
  • Perimeter wall with electric fence.
  • General Amenities
  • Backup generator
  • Dsq
  • Electric fence
  • Gym
  • Perimeter wall
  • Interior Amenities
  • Lift


This year’s second Kenya Homes Expo will run from October 22 to 25 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi. It will be the event’s 22nd edition since it was inaugurated 12 years ago.

Organized under the theme, “Secure your Dreams”, it aims to recognize the range of products and services in the real estate, finance, construction and interior décor and design industry.rsz_dsc_8159

According to Mr Daniel Ojijo, the CEO and founder of Homes Universal, the real estate consortium that owns the Kenya Homes Expo, the exhibition gives individuals and companies the opportunity to develop clear perspectives, network; strike business deals and makes contacts. And through the exchange of ideas and information, they are able to keep abreast with the trends in East Africa and beyond.

“Having grown from humble beginnings 11 years ago at the Sarit Centre, the expo has maintained the lead as the most authoritative in East Africa, thanks to the strategy and expertise in the industry.”



The exhibition has already secured over 150 exhibitors, and is expected to attract more than 250 exhibitors this time around.  Among the companies participating are Housing Finance, Anchor Properties, Bobmil, KCB Mortgages, Azizi Realtors, Crystal Valuers, Cube Movers, Sollatek, East Africa Security Options and NIC Bank.

The international exhibitors include Global Chinese manufacturing firm Avic International, which will be participating for the first time.

The expo also has a good number  of exhibitors from the United Arab Emirates, among them Touchwood Furniture, a leading furniture manufacturer from Dubai, and Damac Properties, a realtor, also from Dubai, which deals in the development and sale of high end luxury properties.

The expo will incorporate realtors, building and construction companies, finance and  mortgage institutions, potential and existing homeowners, interior décor and design companies, home furnishing and  accessory companies and contractors, among other influential service providers in the industry.


The expo is held twice every year in order to keep up with the ever-evolving trends in the industry. Its success has been partly attributed to the real estate boom recorded in the last few years.

The sponsors of this year’s event include East Africa Portland Cement Company, Tononoka Steels Ltd, and  BMW Precast Housing Solution.



Boutique living is no longer a story we read on the glossy magazines from international markets.  As more and more people gain purchase power, the need for outstanding designs in residential properties has taken center stage and as now more than ever, new developments have to keep up with the new trends.   DUCHESS PARK - LAVINGTON,HATHERU ROAD

Step into Duchess Park, home to one of the most unique design statements in property developments in East Africa.  Located in suburbia on Hatheru Road, Duchess Park is a sight to behold.  From the exteriors, all one can see is an endless high rise building, but once one sets foot inside the spacious and elegant interiors of the apartments, one is left in awe at the beauty and majestic allure of Duchess Park, a homely, luxurious community of spacious 3 and 4 bedroom all ensuite apartments and 5 bedroom luxurious duplexe apartments fit for a queen.

As the Kenyan real estate market looks towards the rising upper middle class, the likes of Duchess Park are a sure investment for the discerning home owners.  In the fast changing real estate market which does not seem to soon experience a boom, the trend has changed to building apartments and condos built like boutique apartments.  To begin, a boutique apartment is described as a home setting that is intimate, unique and luxurious.  The Oxford Dictionary defines the word boutique as a business or entity that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele.

This now begs the question, if a boutique is a sophisticated establishment, what then encompasses a boutique apartment?  In urban Nairobi, the middle to upper class Kenyans are now looking for more sophisticated living environments, which can afford them the luxuries of a hotel while still enjoying the comforts of a home.  No longer is it exciting to just own or live in an apartment in the city that just resembles an old school flat – now it is about living in utmost luxury and comfort.DSC_0101

Real estate developers are now fast turning to these kind of building environments and Sigimo Enterprises Limited, a fast rising real estate player is one innovative and trend setting developer that has taken the first step to provide such homes for the already established urbanites.   Built on a generous plinth area of 440 sq. m, the duplexe apartments at Duchess Park are fit with exclusive facilities including 2 lounges, private gym, bar, sauna and steam room.  One can walk around multiple high rise developments across the city, and not find anything closey familiar to Duchess Park.  From the top floor of the majestic apartments, the view of the Karen plains and the awe inspiring Ngong Hills is one to die for.  Where else in the city does one afford such views?  Nowhere, we can assure you.

Sigimo Enterprises, having observed the building trends in the country, opted to make a difference by building homes that have a unique aspect and leverage on the unique attributes of environments.  Sigimo Enterprises develops homes that produce a characteristic personal feeling in every space and develop one of-a-kind homes with an independent attitude – these are what can be defined as boutique apartments.Duchess Park

Property Features

  • Spacious 3 bedroom all ensuite apartments sitting on 210 sq. m with elaborate master bedroom with balcony and self contained domestic servants quarters.
  • Lovely 4 bedroom all ensuite apartments sitting on 230 sq. m with spacious master bedroom with balcony and self contained domestic servants quarters.
  • Luxurious and spacious 5 bedroom all ensuite duplexes with 2 lounges, bar and private gym among other amenities.

Duchess Park provides home owners with the ultimate luxury of having superb recreational facilities in the vicinity of your own apartment.  Unwind in the serene luxury of your home at Duchess Park, everything you ever wanted in an apartment.

Authour: Kelai Wamjiru







Munene Nyaga’s home is a work in progress. A journey that began in April 2009 has culminated into a work of art and a life-long dream realized. This is just the beginning, Munene insists, because what today stands as an eight-bedroom mansion in Athi River’s Sabaki Estate is just half of what he dreamed about. No expense has been spared in putting up this mansion, which has cost him Kshs 15 million already, but the proud owner is only warming up.


While the mansion has several unique designs, the highlight of the day goes to the semicircular observatory glass house on the first floor that magnificently stands out. The glass house, Munene explains, was inspired by the office atriums he always admired. Inside the glass house, is a bar counter where he can serve drinks to guests, or better yet, serve as a Deejay’s deck.  Made of simple windowpanes fitted onto iron frames, the glass house not only gives a perfect view of the sky, but is also his guests’ favorite spot in the house.


“In the afternoons, it gets really hot. But that heat comes in handy at night because this glass house is the warmest place in the house. My guests prefer to sit here and enjoy the view of the moon and stars at night,” he says.


But on a good, relaxed weekend, you will most likely find Munene seated at the huge balcony right after the glass house,

probably enjoying a beer with a couple of friends. The mansion might not yet be fully furnished, but this does not stop

Munene and his friends from using it as their ‘weekend home’ when they have had enough of the city’s smoke and dust. The 49 square meter living room is complemented by yet another bar downstairs. The downstairs bar is uniquely decorated in Mulberry- a deep purple and white with stripes of channel blue. This bar. This is me. This is Munene Nyaga in his element. I wanted a unique concept. I wanted a cozy bar where my friends and I can buy drinks, listen to music and party all night,” he says. The downstairs bar has a unique secondary ceiling with a snake light and neon lights that complement the coal

black tiles on the floor. Of the eight bedrooms and six bathrooms, the one that speaks volumes of Munene’s outgoing character ought to be the master bedroom. Almost as huge as the 49 square meter living room, the master bedroom upstairs boasts of the largest bathroom and an additional balcony.


“My idea of a master bedroom was a room that I could even put a couch and have a mini-living room or a small office. Who knows, even a baby cot (laughs). This bathroom will be the only one with a Jacuzzi. This master bedroom is basically going to be my safe haven,” he says.


Other notable aspects of the mansion include the underground water tank that cost him close to a million. But why not?

The tank can hold up to 80,000 liters of water, and since Munene discovered the secret in water harvesting, the tank comes in handy during the frequent water rationing periods.


So exactly how did Munene manage to put up such a home?


Before starting the project, he saved Kshs 3 million with his employer’s trust fund, which was enough to kick-start, his project.

He sketched the house himself one Friday afternoon and handed over the sketch to an architect who realized his plan.

“I thought I was loaded. I thought that at 2 million, I would have finished. How wrong I was!” he says.

Munene put a labor contractor in-charge of the project, as he was busy with his career and could not manage the project by himself. They would then agree on how much he would pay the contractor at every stage.


Contrary to his expectations that Kshs 3 million would suffice for his project, the and generally living large. Defying convention, Munene still drives an old Toyota and resides at Old Racecourse, something that comes as a shocker for

many who would expect him to keep up with the trends, if not set them. “It takes a lot of sacrifice. For instance, in the past 4 years, I have not taken a holiday. All my leave days are spent here, watching my project. People think I drive the worst car in the industry, but I think I have the best house in the industry,” a grinning Munene says.

He says this is his biggest and most memorable feat so far and it was worth every effort, every dime and every sacrifice.


“Whenever I lay my hands on some cash, I always explore all my investment opportunities and my conscience cannot allow me to spend for social status. This has got to be the most exciting project of my life,” he says. So does he intend to live here?

“I don’t intend to live here,” says the 40-year old. “Because I think it would be wasteful. Being a bachelor, I want to lease it out for people travelling in groups and would not want to stay at a hotel. I want to finish and furnish it, and open it up to the public as a getaway from the bustle of town life; a place where they can come cool themselves and just enjoy the Athi River breeze,” he continues.


Story courtesy of Homes Kenya Magazine


How to invest in real estate in Kenya


Kenya has been in the Global limelight as a favorable investment destination, especially after the GES summit that happened in Nairobi in July 2015. International media has picked this up as expected. A great take I liked was by Forbes , a nice article entitled Why invest in Africa’s Fastest growing economy.

It is an open secret that the business environment in Kenya has been great, with many multinational companies setting up office in the recent history ; big names like Google, IBM, Microsoft, ORACLE, SAP, Coca Cola, GE just to mention a few.

I know you have seen the “for sale” sign on those apartments on your way to work, a number billboards about property open days as you sat in the notorious Nairobi traffic jam, or you just saw a whole newspaper page advert on a new real estate development in Nairobi. All these signs suggest something, the real estate sector is flourishing. It has experienced it’s share of good performance over the years, contributing to 7.85% and 8.12% of the GDP for the last two years respectively according to the Central Bank of Kenya economic review.

Investing in real estate in Kenya

Investment opportunities in Kenya, real estate.

This growth in real estate in Kenya is mainly driven by a huge housing deficit being experienced in housing in Kenya. Currently, the Kenya urban population is growing at an average rate of 4.2% annually resulting in a demand of about 150,000 new housing units every year. The market is only supplying about 20,000 units per year, leaving a yawning deficit. In Nairobi alone, the housing deficit stands at 80,000 units annually according to the Planning and Housing Executive Committee.

This factors present a superb opportunity for those wishing to invest in property in Kenya. With rental returns having grown by 9.7% over the past year and property prices having increased 3.46 times over the last 15 years, the prospect of making a neat return on investment real estate in Kenya is almost given.

However, there are several things to consider before investing in real estate in Kenya.

What You Must Know Before You Invest In Kenyan Real Estate

What to check when investing in property in kenya

What you should know in Kenya’s Real estate

There are several important things you need to understand and check before you get into a property transaction in Kenya. Like any legitimate business, there exists the very real possibility of getting swindled.

To avoid complications, it is first important to check the validity of the title deed, the zoning of the property and whether the land rates and taxes have been paid up to date. It also necessary to check if there are any caveats against the property or any pending disputes on ownership.

After all these check out, the process of purchase is pretty straightforward. But if you are new, it will save you a lot costly mistakes to enlist the services of a qualified legal counsel.

Then there is the issue of financing. If you choose to get a loan or a mortgage to finance your property investment venture in Kenya, be sure that you fully understand exactly how much you are going to pay back. Flexibility on the payment terms is a very good thing.

Finally is the consideration of security and insurance. Real estate investment, as any other asset, should ideally be insured. Shop around for the best insurer, and make sure you understand the terms, especially the fine print.

Property investment options in Kenya

Now that we know that investing in real estate in Kenya is a great idea, and we know what to look out for so as not to make mistakes. We can look at some ways one can invest in property in Kenya.

Investing in property in Kenya : land

Investing in land in Kenya

1. Buying land

The most popular real estate investment avenue in Kenya is Land. Investing in Land in Kenya is appealing simply because once you buy, you really don’t have to do much, most people buy and wait then resell later at a profit. As the real estate mantra goes, don’t wait to buy, buy and wait.

There are a several ways to add value to this sort of investment, such as fencing it, connecting power and water lines and building an access road. As with many real estate investments, location is always King.

Ofcourse the option of developing the land is available , and depending on what one chooses to build and the location of the property, different levels of revenue can be  obtained.

2. Building residential property in Kenya

Residential property is another property investment avenue in Kenya. Actually if one has the finances, one can buy land, build residential units and choose to sell or let. This strategy offers higher returns but requires a lot of expertise and is capital intensive. There are ways of making this work better by using different building technologies, like prefab housing that we covered in a previous blog.

Residential property in Kenya

Building residential property in Kenya

3. Commercial Real estate

Finally we have the option of investing in commercial real estate. Not known to many people, commercial real estate offers more reliable income than residential property investment in Kenya. This is because the lease agreements with the tenants is usually for periods not less than five years and with a rent increment clause that ensures the owner gets incremental income from the property over the lease period. This is also capital intensive and requires a degree of expertise.

Now that you know where to start, you can have a look at our extensive property listing and have us start you on your way to making it big by investing in property in Kenya. Alternatively you can contact us here.

Written by Nathaniel Ndegwa


Moi University Pension Scheme Plaza

Moi University Pension Scheme Plaza

Sifa Towers

Sifa Towers

Commercial business premises have become a hot-cake in the property market in Nairobi and leading urban towns. The allure of ultra-modern offices in up-market business addresses like Nairobi’s
Upper-hill, Westlands, Kilimani, Ngong Road, Mombasa Road and some locations in the ever busy Central Business District has remained attractive to many businesses.
Increased growth and commercial might has also seen an increasing trend where businesses are not only buying, but established brands are building own premises with state-of-the art facilities and Wi-Fi connectivity.
This transformed best speaks of the executive nature that doing business is leaning towards in Kenya, as it has put local-owned businesses at a globally competitive platform.
The reality is that choosing to buy or build own business premises is a big commitment for any business — big and small, but on the plus side, owned business premises is a good investment and a long-term asset that will potentially increase in value.
It pays dividends to first gauge on whether it might be better to operate from rented premises or to buy. There are benefits and drawbacks to both.
Some businesses operate in an industry that makes the ability to change location quickly and easily an important factor. To others, the line of business could be historically linked to a specific location that renders the ability to relocate unlikely.

Valley View Business Park

Valley View Business Park

To buy premises, a business will need to sink some capital into the building, and probably take out a commercial mortgage.
This may affect the profitability of the business for some time, and restrict the ability to find or borrow capital for new projects.
On the flip side, the monthly mortgage repayment is likely to be less costly than a rental payment on the same property and it is not just going into anyone’s pockets.
When buying business premises it is advisable to ensure that the planning allows for any changes that may necessitate to be made. It is also good to check if it has asbestos roofing — as it will be an expensive bill to remove it.
However, renting premises gives business organisations greater control over their cash flow. Rents tend to be fixed, whereas mortgage payments will be affected by interest rate rises.
Owners will have to pay for extra buildings insurance. For all businesses, there are other costs to consider, including utility bills, business rates and stamp duty (sometimes tenants have to pay this on commercial leases).
Leasing comes with minimal responsibilities. The owner bears responsibility for any damages or dysfunctional infrastructure, maintenance and repair works within the building. This can be time consuming and added responsibility to a young business.

West Park

West Park

Owning a premises may not give the flexibility that a small business requires as it grows. Renting therefore, may be the better option for smaller companies as they can move to bigger premises and eventually own premises.
The flip side is that owners can do virtually whatever they like within their own buildings, such as creating extra space. That may remove the need for a move. This is an option that may not be open to tenants.
Often lease agreements state the premises must be put back to the original state when they are vacated – that could mean thousands of pounds of improvement work you have done has to be ripped out.

Finally, here are some general tips from business owners with decades of experience in commercial property:
• Leases: Understand every term and condition in the offer including the total cost until the lease ends and ask the Landlord to confirm in writing that the offer meets the Lease Code.
• Negotiate lower rent and better terms: Do not accept the first rental figure without haggling.
• Opt for short-term leases: You never know what is around the corner, so in your first few years shorter leases are better. It may mean you pay a little more, but one day you may appreciate the ability to move quickly.
• Check how rent is reviewed: If you are going to be facing a possible increase each year, it is better to know about it from day one.



• Buy property in growth areas: If the government has announced a town to be a growth area, there is likely to be initiatives to attract new jobs. Which means more employers who will need business premises. That could have a positive effect on the price of modern business properties.
• View more property: Just as with home hunting, you should view a number of premises, and consider how their size, location and proximity to amenities will affect your business and its staff



What is involved in buying a residential property?
Buying a home is an exciting time. But, as one of the largest purchases you’re likely to make, it can also be seen as one of your best long-term investments – so it’s important that you get it right. This means doing your homework and making sure that the property you will eventually buy is the right one for you in terms of price, location, value, size and lifestyle.

Why should I buy a home instead of renting?
You will have a sense of personal satisfaction owning your own home. You will be able to create your own private space that is unique to you. When you own, you can do it all your way!
Owning a home is the possibility of the home increasing in value over time. If you rent, you write your monthly check and it is gone forever. At the end of your lease, you have nothing and face the possibility of increasing rental rates. By purchasing a home, you are entitled to deduct the property taxes you pay as a homeowner.

What factors do I need to consider when buying a home?
Good city services, social amenities proximity and a playground if you have kids, convenient shopping and transportation, a track record of sound development and good planning–these are just a few considerations that are important to many people when they choose a community in which to live.

Can international Buyers purchase property?
Yes, they can, the ideal way to purchase property in Kenya is to appoint a lawyer here and he/she can act on your behalf. Your lawyer will liaise with us in order to have the sale agreement signed by you, for the payment of the deposit, and will also undertake to get the title of the property transferred into your name once the development is complete and the payment is completed.

When should I start looking for a mortgage?
The best time to look for a mortgage is before you look for a house. This enables you to determine the amount of money you can borrow and what house you can afford.

How does one obtain financing in Kenya?
Financing for the purchase of properties can be obtained from Mortgage companies, Banks and Building Societies in Kenya. Details on mortgage schemes, interest rates, repayment terms etc can be obtained directly from them.
What are the property transfer procedures and charges?
The property transfer charges are 2% of the property value in addition to an accelerated installment, payable whenever a property is sold to completion.

Rosslyn Springs Front View


Rosslyn Springs is a gated community of spacious well-appointed 4 bedroom townhouses. With close proximity to Village Market and the UN, each unit boasts a sunken lounge with fireplace showcasing an airy well designed space that opens out to the manicured gardens. The house has a fully fitted open plan American kitchen with breakfast counter, customizable pantry, service kitchen and utility area. Other features on the ground floor are an en-suite guest bedroom and a study room.

Rosslyn Springs Open Day invite

Rosslyn Springs, Lone tree road, Runda. Nairobi. Serene four bedroom townhouses.

Rosslyn Springs Open Plan Kitchen

Rosslyn Springs Open Plan Kitchen. Very spacious with granite work top.

A well-lit high ceiling staircase leads you to the first floor, comprising three all en-suite bedrooms, with the master bedroom having a private balcony. Driveways are cabro-paved and round the clock security is provided.
No expenses have been spared in these elegant homes, with ample parking provided for every home within the gated community, a twin servants’ quarter with kitchenette, an exclusive resident lounge overlooking a large swimming pool, gym and sauna facilities, CCTV surveillance, electric fencing, fully fitted alarm system, and intercom facilities. Finished with exquisite sanitary ware, wood blocks, ceramic tiles in wet areas, neatly finished gypsum ceilings and high quality elegant light fittings, Rosslyn Springs is the true definition of tranquility.


Surrounded by the Gigiri Forest and protected by a secure wall covering the complete Runda Estate, is Rosslyn Springs, a unique development of 4 bedroom townhouses with 3 distinctive concepts. The idyllic development presents prospective home owners a choice of unique homes, each designed to meet the specifications of the discerning home buyer.

Rosslyn Springs brief description

A brief overview of Rosslyn Spring’s features

All houses are en suite and located close to United Nations, Gigiri in a highly secure neighborhood, surrounded by various diplomatic missions that include the UNEP, WFP as well as the United States and Canadian embassies.


Explaining the development’s allure Daniel Ojijo, CEO of Villacare Limited, the sole marketing agent of the property, asserts that ‘Rosslyn Springs seamlessly merges serene country living with the upscale intricacies of an urban setting’ and rightly so.

These are without doubt must- have, beautiful townhouses with the added advantage of being conveniently located to support developments including the Northern Bypass, Village Market, Windsor Golf Club, Muthaiga Golf Club and the Karura Forest.

Spacious sitting room

The grand sitting room of Rosslyn Springs

The community utilities are provided by private companies, such as water that is provided by Runda Water Limited.

Villa Care Contact information

The Marketing Agent and Project Managers

The area is well served with educational institutions, with Rosslyn Academy, German School, Kitisuru Boys High School, Kirawa Road School, White Cottage School, International School of Kenya and Gigiri Kindergarten all nearby. Offering all these and more, Rosslyn Springs is undoubtedly a luxurious development that offers high- class living complimented with convenience. Rosslyn Park is a development of energy generator KENGEN.

Feel free to virtual tour of Rosslyn Springs, click here




Nine years ago property owners along Thika Road lost their fortunes when both commercial and residential developments were flattened to pave way for the construction of the Kshs 30 billion Thika Superhighway. Even before the dust settled on the demolitions, buildings in Kisumu came tumbling as the bulldozers made way for the construction of the Kshs 14.8 billion Mau Summit on the Kericho Kisumu Road.

Construction Villa care

Road Construction

Such scenes have become common place in the Kenya with hardly a day passing without heart wrenching stories in the media of unforgiving bulldozers bringing down in no time what has taken years to build.

While the jury is still out on who is to blame between the Kenya government and the property investors as far as demolition of private property is concerned, industry pundits are in agreement that the government must adequately compensate registered property owners whose investments are acquired or demolished for development.

Under the law, registered property owners whose investments would be affected by public developments are protected by the Kenya Constitution. The Bill of Rights under Article 40 of the Supreme Law provides for protection of right to private property. Matthew Wokabi, a Property lawyer at Sikh and Karinga advocates however argues that while government has a duty to fully compensate property owners of demolished property, they have to show that they are the lawful and rightful owners of the said properties.

“In Kenya the land is either held under freehold which means it has a title deed, or on leasehold meaning the holder has a lease. Those are the two instances under which a land owner can seek compensation, however in certain circumstances compensation may be paid to the occupants in good faith,” he said. Prof. Doreen Wambua, another Property lawyer and a legal consultant for major property investments across East Africa advices property investors whose properties are compulsorily acquired that compensation is no simple affair. She advises property developers to seek the services of a certified valuer who would rate the property at the existing market rates and have the valuation report ready after receiving demolition notice.

“This is because during compensation, government always goes with existing market rates once they decide to demolish your property. The aggrieved who feel that the government compensation is below expectations have recourse in the High Court,” Prof Wambua said.

But while this recourse has worked over time, provisions in the constitution allow government to acquire private property for specific public purposes, subject to the prompt payment of compensation. While citizens can use the courts for redress, the law does not require the government to engage the public in the decision to acquire land, only for establishing who is eligible for compensation and for the proposed development on the acquired land through the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

The case of Runda property owners and the government is such a pointer. About 296 families were rendered homeless after the High Court ordered partial demolition of the gated community to create room for the construction of the 21-kilometre Northern Bypass corridor.

The protracted court case that pitted Runda residents, Lands and Roads ministries, Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority and the Attorney-General involved the width of the road reserve adjacent to the palatial houses.

The residents insisted that the road’s width was 60 metres as per the Lands Ministry records, the government argued that it was 80 metres as delineated on November 20, 1970.

The petitioners had urged the court to declare that their rights, individually or in association with others to acquire and own property, were being violated as guaranteed by Article 40 of the Constitution.

While making the ruling Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi argued that public interest supersedes individual’s right to property. “In the two petitions before me, I don’t see any violation or limitation of the residents’ right to property. In my view, the residents are unwitting victims of landowners who sold the properties to them without having regard to the public interest. While I appreciate the large investments that have gone into the construction of the residential houses and sympathize with the situation of the owners, I believe their recourse in legal claim is against those who sold land to them,” read the judge’s ruling.