By Prudence Minayo
The dream of most Kenyans is to own a home and avoid the monthly reminders, if not threats, from a stubborn landlord. While others have average houses, there are those who live in palatial homes that exude class and money. The houses are worth millions of Kenyan Shillings and are situated in rich neighbourhoods.
This article takes you through some of the owners of some of the most expensive houses in Kenya.
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The billionaire businessman lives the life a majority of Kenyans can only imagine. His mansion in Muthaiga was the subject of discussion in 2017 when over zealous police officers searched for him for hours but could not locate the man who had participated in the swearing in ceremony of Raila Odinga as the peoples president.
The officers were on a mission to arrest him after they recovered rifles and bullets at a villa in Malindi he reportedly owns. The house designed by Perla Lichi and said to cost about kes1billion has dining room that seats 24 people and a lounge dedicate for VIPs. It has an outdoor Chinese teahouse and Chinese pavilion where the billionaire hosts his associates. The imposing house has an indoor swimming pool, basketball court and a library.
The self proclaimed president of single mothers and musician Akothee is known for her luxurious lifestyle. She came from very humble beginnings but managed to raise above her circumstances to become rich. Akothee owns a partial house in Rongo, Migori county. The home has a sizeable compound and the lawns are expertly manicured. It features a swimming pool and the interior design is lined white white-painted walls and classy furniture. Each room is tastefully designed with rich warm colors and created with enough space to move around. The tiled floors and high ceilings also add to the touch of luxury, not forgetting the big Jacuzzi where one can just relax. (Also Read: Akothee Biography, Family, Controversies And Net Worth)
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Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga owns several homes with the one in Riat Hills in Kisumu said to be worth 1 billion Kenyan shillings. Construction of the house took a couple of years to complete. The home overlooks Kisumu International Airport and affords one an aerial view of Kisumu city. Apparently, it has 74 rooms including 10 bedrooms, two main conference rooms, two small conference rooms, four expansive kitchens and offices.
Chris Kirubi is a real estate mogul who owns a number of properties. His mansion in Bernhard Estate Nairobi is themed with dark-brown and light-brown colors and with wonderful gazebo for entertaining guests. It contains a spacious swimming pool right next to the house lined with classy pool beds. The interior design is superb and aligned with awesome expensive furniture. The industrialist has also a villa at Vipingo Ridge Villa click here to see photos.
The Bonfire adventures CEO is known for his lavish lifestyle and it is no surprise that his house is equally luxurious. The house is surrounded by well manicured lawns and the interior lined with classy bright furniture. The dinning room is also a wonderful piece of art lined with a huge well arranged table suitable for the family and even entertaining guests.
The deputy president is said to own a Ksh1.2 billion house in Eldoret. After the star published the article about the house costing kes1.2 billion, Ruto trashed the rumors saying it didn’t cost that much. The house is also said to feature an artificial lake in the middle, a helipad, six other houses at the front and the main house and it also sits on about 20 acres of land.
The former Kiambu governor’s multi million house is located right next to the Windsor Hotel. The walls are lined with glass and the interior design is the handiwork of professionals. The compound has a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a helipad. ln fact, the house can be confused for a luxurious hotel.
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The founders of Jubilee Christian Church live an opulent lifestyle. They own a stately mansion in Runda, Nairobi. The compound is lined with a well manicured lawn and beautiful gazebos. The compound is also fitted with a beautiful swimming pool and at the back hosts a high field that can accommodate a large number of people.
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The Mombasa governor prefers to keep his personal life private but he once shared a photo of his beautiful mansion in Nyali. Judging from the gorgeous exterior and lush green lawn surrounding the mansion, it is indeed a picture to behold.
The former president of the republic of Kenya owns a Ksh500 million house which has a calming idyllic view. However, after the house was completed, he refused to live in it.
Mike Sonko is one of the richest governors in Kenya who is not afraid to flaunt his wealth. Sonko’s multi-million house screams money and swag. The mansion is located on Mua Hills, Machakos and is embedded with the name ‘Sonko’s Family Farm’ at the front. The gold themed home houses a swimming pool, gym and conference hall among other things. This is not the only house the former Nairobi governor owns as he owns other properties with one of his houses in Mombasa being a luxurious one as well.
Tuju owns a multi-million house in the suburbs of Karen. The elegant property is covered by a well manicured lawn, mock waterfall and lush green vegetation. In a previous interview, he said he did not use a contractor and that he wanted something stylish.
“ Everything is more about style than money. I like to remind myself that I will live only once, and so I am going to build a decent house for myself,” he said in a previous KTN interview.
Many know her as the Kenyan socialite with a drool worthy body but she also decided to invest in a house in a leafy suburb area. The house features a beautiful balcony that offers an amazing view of the surroundings, a beautifully decorated living room with grey walls and cool furniture, and a big front yard with ample space among others.
The former governor of Nairobi owns a huge mansion in Muthaiga with a unique architectural design that seems to borrow from Roman designs. The fortress like house is estimated at 300 million Kenyan Shillings.
Aden Duale owns a posh home in Runda estate. The house is covered with a well-manicured lawn and surrounded with lush green plants that give it a touch of serenity and class.
The Kirinyaga governor owns a house in Kitisuru estate. The neighbourhood is the playground of the rich. According to multiple news outlets, the house is valued between Ksh100 million and Ksh150 million.
Kenyans got the chance to see the amazing house in an interview with Betty Kyallo on Upclose. The two storey house is elegantly designed with all the colors merging to create a house befitting the nominated senator. The leather whitish seats have been beautifully arranged to match the theme of the house and the kitchen is every chef’s dream. It is no surprise the house is a work of art considering Millicent is an interior designer.
The politician rose from being a tout to owning a beautiful Ksh 100 million Kenyan Shillings house. The house was opened by the deputy president William Ruto during the house warming party in 2016. The house is surrounded by lush green vegetation and the exterior is a picture to behold. Everything from the roofing, colors down to the landscape speaks of a well-thought out design.
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Probably the richest celebrity couple in the country. They own a house in Karen that screams money. The house is expensively and tastefully designed. Before moving house, the couple used to reside in a four bedroom mansion in Edenville, located along Kiambu road.
The West Pokot governor owns a beautiful house in his area surrounded by lush green grass and situated in a few acres of land. The interior of the house is decorated with simple colors and lined with wonderful furniture that is not over the top. The house featured on Upclose on the Weekend with Betty seemed to have a very simple design that seems to give it a honey feel. Though not filled with extravagant furnishings, the house looked good and a perfect paradise to raise kids.
Jua Cali has been in the music scenes for a long time and is the proud owner of a beautiful mansion that features a spacious living room, four bedrooms and a parking lot that can hold up to 20 cars. Instead of importing materials to build his house, he bought them in the Kenyan market which he believes has a lot to offer.
“ Many people prefer importing housing materials from countries like China, but I realized that there us quality material in Kenya. I learnt so much about the Kenyan housing industry and that got me appreciating local architects and masons,” he was quoted by The Standard.
The musician cum MP cannot be left behind in owning property. He owns a massive house that has several master rooms and lounges where friends and guests can relax.
The radio presenter owns a 8 bedroom mansion which he built on a quarter acre piece of land in Sabaki Estate off Mombasa road. Not wanting to take any loans, he started the building with Ksh3 million savings in his bank account and went on to build the mansion which also boosts six bathrooms, and a living room equipped with a bar and a hut-shaped, glass observatory.
The beautiful media personality owns a palatial home which at first glance may be mistaken for a hotel. The posh house is surrounded by an electric fence and has a big black gate.
The comedian and radio presenter owns a beautiful house in his village and mansion in Nairobi. The mansion is surrounded by a large compound, a beautiful garden and a farm.
The gospel hit maker has a grand 10-bedroom house in Karen that sits on a half acre piece of land. The interior is lined with beautiful colors that enhance the lighting of the place and each room is uniquely designed. The house is worth more than sixty million Kenyan Shillings.
The former Olympics champion has a beautiful mansion in Eldoret. The beautiful lawn is surrounded by green grass and a huge compound with beautifully arranged flowers.
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