Karen is depicted by its leafy, serene and tranquil environment. It is located to the southwest of the Central Business District (CBD) and can be accessed using Langa’ta road or Ngong’ Road.
The area was named after the Danish author of the book 'Out of Africa', Karen Blixen, whose farm was where the affluent suburb is located today. Remy Martin, who bought the farm in 1931 to convert it into residential plots, confirmed that he named it after Blixen. Blixen's residential home is still standing and is now one of the tourist attractions in the area. The suburb is surrounded by the Nairobi National Park, Bomas of Kenya and Ngong’ forest, which attract both local and foreign tourists.
Nakumatt Prestige and Galleria shopping malls are within walking distance, which makes shopping accessible and convenient. The area's main shopping centre also serves as a good marketplace to get your household items.
The plush neighbourhood has a variety of rental houses>. You will find a lot of apartments, townhouses, multi-family houses and single family houses houses for rent. It is the perfect location to find that house that you could soon call home. The neighborhood has an organized road network, with properly connected entry and exit routes that lead to and from Nairobi's CBD. Settling on one of the houses for rent in Karen area , like other lavish areas in Nairobi, can be costly but it is worth it.
Monthly rental charges range from KSh 50,000 for a simple house to as much as KSh 700,000 for a luxurious home. There are benefits to renting a house in this neighborhood. One benefit is the high integrity levels of property owners, which means that most of them are particular about maintaining the houses in good condition.
Infrastructure in the area has developed as a result of the ongoing construction of the southern by-pass, which connects Mombasa Road with the Nairobi-Naivasha highway. The bypass has also enabled easy and fast commuting to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the Wilson Airport.
Karen is known for its large multicultural population which makes it the preferred destination for expatriates. At the same time, the Vice-President’s official house is located in this area and this has made it have good security.
Pictures by Fiona Bradley and Rosemary Dukelow via flickr