Expats will find that the more upper class suburbs are situated to the west and north-central parts of Nairobi. These areas include Karen, Langata, Lavington, Gigiri, Muthaiga, Spring Valley, Kilimani, Kileshwa, Hurlingham, Runda, Nyari and Westlands.Eastern parts of the city tend to be more industrial. However, low-income residential housing can be found in neighbourhoods like Eastleigh, which is densely populated by immigrants as well as refugees.
Exclusive neighbourhoods in Nairobi
Karen and Langata
Karen and Langata are two of the most exclusive areas in Nairobi and offer residents modern, high-end living options for both expats and wealthy Kenyans. Nairobi Hospital and the Karen Hospital, two of the countrys top hospitals, are located close by, and the areas are home to a number of well-known private schools, such as Brookhouse, Banda and Hillcrest International. A modern shopping complex called Galleria offers the areas residents a range of choices when it comes to dining and shopping. There are two private golf clubs, and many shopping arcades close. The only down side to living in Karen or Langata, are that the areas are quite isolated. Although, public transport it is available, expats living in this part of Nairobi should have a car.
Runda is a self-contained neighbourhood, which has a bit of a rural touch. Runda Estate is Nairobis largest gated community and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art security system and an active residents association. Accommodation in these areas usually come in the form of large, modern houses on huge plots. The Village Market, one of Nairobi’s upmarket shopping centres, is located close by and offers a large multiplex cinema, a great food court, restaurants, supermarkets and dozens of boutique stores. Runda is popular with expats with kids as there are a number of kindergartens, primary and secondary international schools nearby, including the International School of Kenya, the German School and Roslyn Academy.
Ridgeways is another self-contained neighbourhood close to Runda. It is situated within Karura Forest and is the former home of Kenyas colonial elite. Now the area offers luxury housing options for well-paid diplomats and wealthy Kenyans. While residents have access to all the facilities in neighbouring Runda, Ridgeways main attraction is the exclusive Windsor Golf Club.