Urban housing remains expensive. Affordable housing is beyond the reach
of many Kenyans. To live comfortably, many are resorting to move away from big
towns. This begs the question:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of
living in satellite towns in Nairobi over living in an urban
Here, we break down 5
reasons that should convince you to make that shift to satellite towns like
Ruaka, Kikuyu or Athi River.
Moving to satellite towns in Nairobi has its
advantages. Here are some.
upfront costs for ï»¿a more luxurious home
You can buy land or a house in Nairobiâs
satellite towns for a lower cost than a similar-sized urban property.
Properties in Nairobi have become very expensive. Half an acre in estates like Runda or
garden estate cost above 30 million shillings. A similar size of property in an
estate like Kitengela will go for around 5 million shillings.
cost of living
If you move to satellite towns, you will find
that you can do more with your money. This is because the prices of
goods are lower. Costs of groceries, schools and eateries will cost you less.
Even supermarkets charge different prices depending on the location of their
to live and enhance wellbeing
Being more connected to the countryside can
have a very positive impact on wellbeing. Connecting to nature helps improve
your quality of life. Satellite towns in Nairobi will usually be spacious.
People living in Nairobi's satellite towns are likely to have their own
gardens. This makes them perfect places to raise children in.
Wondering what else you need to consider?
Here are 7 items to be wary of before moving to Nairobi's satellite
stronger sense of local community
Fewer people live in satellite towns as
compared to urban areas. If you buy a home in satellite towns, you become part
of a closer community. If you buy a property in a satellite town, you will find
it is normal to nod, smile and say hello to people you pass on the street. This
is regard for others and politeness that you'd be hard-pressed to find in the
A greater sense of community and being more
connected to the people around you, is good for mental health too!
5. A more
relaxed pace of life
Living in Nairobiâs satellite towns offers a
sense of peace, refuge and comfort. The same that cannot be provided by an
urban house. You will find satellite towns offer soothing natural landscapes
all around. A mere glance out of the window and onto open fields or other green
spaces can help lower stress levels.
Satellite towns in Nairobi are quieter and
more picturesque. When done right, gated estates within the satellite towns can
be safer, with less crime, pollution and litter.
This makes them ideal for older people,
parents raising young families. Satellite towns are perfect for people who want
to live a more health-conscious life, away from the hustle and bustle of the