The congestion in Nairobi neighbourhoods has forced the expansion of the city to its outlying areas. Kiambu County has been the major beneficiary of this expansion. Kiambu, Machakos and Kitengela were part of the Nairobi Metropolitan Region once envisaged by the Kibaki regime. Tucked away just before Juja town is an upcoming property that is set in the mid of a plain, which was once a sisal farm. Known as Juja South Estate, developers of this project hope to lure potential buyers and investors to this fast growing area. Built by Developing Africa Limited (DAL), a construction arm of the ABC Group, Juja South Estate will comprise 257 units in two phases. Phase one, which is ongoing and expected to be completed by April next year, will comprise 112 units of 70 two-bedroom apartments, ten three-bedroom penthouses, 16 three-bedroom townhouses and 16 four-bedroom townhouses.
The apartments, which are located on the southern entrance of the gated estate, will cover 86 square metres each and will have, among other things, a fitted kitchen, a pantry, an ensuite master bedroom and inbuilt wardrobes, features that are most enticing to buyers these days. Each penthouse will cover 140 square metres and will have similar features but with an added parking for two vehicles and a master bedroom with a balcony. The townhouses will cover between 196 square metres and 173 square metres each, depending on the room and will have a servant quarters and a private garden, besides other common facilities. The townhouses, on the other hand, will each have a low chain-link fence around it, making the houses more private and with a beautiful view. The houses are well tiled and there is a high level of workmanship in the fitting. Well-painted walls and fitting electrical sockets make the rooms appear safe for families with young members. Built-in wooden closets hug the ceiling, offering a lot of space for clothes and other stuff. The washroom area is also well laid with ceramic tiles and lighting, giving the place a warm feel. The lounge area is quite spacious and a dining area sits adjacent to the accessorized kitchen. The backdoor lead to the servant quarters for the townhouses. Upstairs, where the bedrooms are, there is a small sitting area that overlooks the lounge. Those with children might want to consider some safety measures around this sitting area to prevent accidental falls.
A feature that does not appear enticing for the houses are the bedrooms, which appear smaller. The houses and apartments cost Sh5.95 million (two-bedroom apartments), Sh7.5 million (three bed-room penthouses), Sh12 million (three bedroom townhouses) and Sh13 million (four bedroom townhouses). The washroom and the guest bedroom sit side by side with the much bigger lounge area, which some might see as having a sense of congestion. The development is yet to be connected to the main power grid, but this is being handled. “We have applied for power from Kenya Power and we are still waiting. Fresh water is available, though,” says General manager of DAL, Adnan Savani. The development is
currently running on generators. “A few years back, the land was not serviced at all so we are actually upbeat that the relevant authorities will come through.” Road A, roughly, two-kilometre all weather road leads from the Thika Superhighway to the development. Savani says they are in talks with the Kiambu County government to have it tarmacked. According to DAL, the property is 54 per cent sold off. The apartments are on sale but the management has a number set aside for renting out. The second phase of the development will see the construction of a swimming pool, clubhouse, shopping complex, school and other amenities. Savani says the entire development would be completed by December 2016. “We offer tranquility and a spacious neighbourhood far from the congestion in most estates in the city,” says DAL CEO, Patricia Githu.