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Best And Safest Places To Live In Nairobi 

By Misaro chweya

Are you planning to relocate to Nairobi? What are the best estates to live in Nairobi? 

With this in mind, your house-search for a place to either buy or rent in the biggest economy in the region begins. It is always a challenge for expatriates, students and other foreigners-and or locals looking to upgrade to a new address. Take your time and engage professionals as this will determine how comfortable you will be in your new surrounding environment and how successful your relocation can be. This writer looks at the best and safe places you can buy or rent a house in Nairobi. 

Karen and Langata

If you want to stay in a posh neighborhood, you can opt for the Karen Estate. Karen and Langata have some high-class house developments. This estate is home to several Kenyan politicians like Raila Odinga. It is well known for its large population of European borders, the Ngong forest, and it is a home to the Ngong Racecourse. 

Houses are magnificent and some are affordable based on your budget. Furthermore, the place also has two top Kenyan hospitals. That is Nairobi Hospital and Karen Hospital. This is reassuring as you can get access to health facilities without contending to the heavy city traffic. Karen has international schools like the Banda Nairobi Waldorf School and light international school amongst others. 

Langata, east of Karen, is closer to the city center. The estate has homes that are affordable based on your living standards. It houses Nairobi popular places like the Bomas of Kenya tourist Village, popular Giraffe Centre and the entrance to the Nairobi National Park. 


It is a home to moneyed Kenyans. The houses are gated with 24 hours security patrol. The tight security around this Estate assures you of your property protection and family. 

Residents have easy access to hospitals, international schools and shopping malls. The estate is secure. 


This is home to the largest expatriate community in Kenya. It has several embassies for various countries like the United States, Italy, Brazil, Norway and Argentina. The Germany school and the International School of Kenya are also located in the neighborhood. It boasts a 24-hour regular police patrol making it one of the most secure areas in Nairobi.

It has entertainment joints and shopping malls located within the area. Examples include village market mall, Gigiri Shopping Centre, and Warwick Centre. 

Runda and Ridgeways

It is a secure gated community. You can access this Estate from either Kiambu road and or Limuru Road. The environment is quiet and peaceful, that allows rich and famous people to live a comfortable lifestyle. Runda has evergreen plants and trees that offer a conducive environment for your family, and you can also buy plots within and build your properties.

You can also access good schools such as Potter House school, and Brookhouse which are located within the Estate. The Estate also has houses middle-class people can afford. If you consider a self-contained neighborhood, Runda is an excellent place to enjoy your stay in Nairobi. 

Kilimani and Hurlingham

Kilimani is approximately located 40 kilometers from Nairobi Central Business District. The houses here have modern designs with 24-hour security surveillance. The homes in the area are well spaced to cater for your big family if you have one.

Additionally, the area has shopping centers, including the Yaya Centre on Argwings Kodhek Road and Adams Arcade and Junction on Ngong Road. 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.


It is also a luxurious neighborhood within the city. Most people living in this Estate are expatriates, foreigners, and top managers. 

Some of the best schools in the country are located in Kitisuru. It provides you with easy access to schooling and the education of your family. It is a better place to stay because it’s located near the neighborhood such as Nyari, Wetlands, and Runda. 


This neighborhood is located along the steep slopes within the Nairobi River. The houses in Riverside Estates are well gated and are characterized by good security to attract diplomats and expatriates. Many of the homes here are made to meet international standards. But this doesn’t mean that there are no self-contained houses that other Kenyan Residents can afford. It is one of the excellent places to stay for diplomats and expatriates because it is located near the CBD. 


It is ideal for middle-class Kenyans and Expatriates. The schools within the Estate are Kileleshwa Academy, Angels International School, Kenton college academy, Cavina School, and Inquisitive Minds International School.

The houses within this estate are categorized based on the living standard of the people who stay here. The houses here are not only for wealthy people but also for middle-class people who can access the place.


Misaro chweya is a real estate consultant /content creator who enjoys helping people find their new spaces in Nairobi,

In case you are looking to buy or rent a property in Nairobi she is always at your service

Call if you need help finding the best address in Nairobi: +254717244677