Mombasa Road ***
Classified as a A109 road, Mombasa Road is the main highway linking Kenya’s capital Nairobi, to the country’s second largest city and main port, Mombasa. As Nairobi has expanded, the Mombasa Road has seen rapid development, with investors finding expansive land on both sides of the road, especially between the Athi River junction and the city – a distance of 30KM. Over the last 7-8 years, developments along the Mombasa Road have included housing estates, office parks, manufacturing centres and leisure and entertainment spots. The housing estates along Mombasa road are middle income, but the offices are regarded as high end. Both national and international companies have built impressive headquarters drawn by the easy access to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is off the Mombasa Road before the Athi River junction. Estates neighbouring the road include; South C, Plainsview, Hazina, Imara Daima, Embakasi and Highway estate. These estates have an average of 300 houses. Mombasa Road also houses the industrial capital of the country, Industrial Area, and numerous Export Processing Zone facilities.
Location: The area stretching between the city and Athi River, on both sides of the road, make up the Mombasa Road area. The area is south of the City Centre and borders Nairobi National Park to the West and Industrial Area to the East.
Property values / trends: 2 years ago, an acre of land cost Kshs4 – 8 million, but the prices have sky-rocketed and an acre goes for between Kshs16–25 million depending on the location.
Area Zoning for Development: In spite of the mix of residents and manufacturing, Mombasa Road is relatively well planned. Most residential estates are within gated communities and rarely spill into the industrial zones, which are also within closed areas.
Hotels: Star rated hotels are around the estates along Mombasa Road like Panari Hotel, Red Court Hotel at South C.
Hospitals: Mater in South B, Nairobi West Hospital, and St James Hospital in South C.
Educational Institutions: Highway Secondary School at and Kenya Institute Of Mass Communication both of South B, Kenya Institute of Management and Kenya Water Institute both in South C.
Shopping Centre & Amenities: Nakumatt Mega and Capital Centre and other smaller shopping joints.
Places Of Worship: International Christian Centre, Mavuno Worship, South C Mosque.
Useful Contacts/Links for the area:
Nairobi West Hospital
Shopping Centres & Amenities:
Red Court Hotel (South C)
Nairobi Industrial Area Police Station