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Property Prices Increase Fastest In Nairobi And In Satellite Towns Around Nairobi

Property Prices Increase Fastest In Nairobi And In Satellite Towns Around Nairobi

Home prices in Nairobi and land costs in satellite towns
around the capital have risen to new highs on the back of renewed demand from
buyers who had slowed down acquisitions at the peak of Covid-19 economic
hardships.

According to realtor HassConsult , the price of an average
house within the city rose 6.8 percent in the year to March compared to a drop
of 1.8 percent in the same period a year earlier. This is the fastest increase
since 2018 when the growth stood at 8.5 percent, reflecting property market
recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Land prices in Nairobi rose by a marginal 1.07 percent and
recorded a jump of 7.35 percent in the satellite towns such as Kitengela and
Juja, compared to a growth of 0.58 percent in the year to March last year.

The growth in the cost of plots in the satellite towns was
the fastest in five years, a reminder of the days when the property craze saw
coffee plantations in the Nairobi suburbs uprooted to pave the way for gated
housing estates and shopping centres.

Land prices in Nairobi satellite towns (Sh Million/Acre)

Town

March 2021

March 22

Kiserian

8.10

9.40

Kitengela

12.40

13.90

Athi River

14.50

15.10

Juja

14.90

17.40

Thika

19.10

21.50

Syokimau

22.10

24.60

Limuru

23.30

21.50

Ongata Rongai

24.50

25.70

Ruiru

25.00

27.30

Ngong

25.10

25.80

Tigoni

25.30

27.70

Mlolongo

29.80

31.40

Kiambu

37.80

39.60

Ruaka

90.10

92.00

Real estate was among the worst-hit sectors by the economic
fallout of the pandemic as orders by new house buyers dried up, largely due to
income and job losses, cautious lending by banks, and investors choosing to
keep their cash in hand as they rode out the economic uncertainty.

The sector had been one of Kenya’s fastest-growing in the
decade to 2015, with returns outpacing equities and government securities. “Over
the quarter, Thika,
Juja
, and Ruiru
towns continued to sustain investor demand, which was reflected in land asking
prices increasing by 6.3 percent, 4.6 percent, and 1.6 percent respectively,”
said Sakina Hassanali, the head of development consulting and research at
HassConsult.

This came on the back of the rebound in Kenya’s economy last
year, growing at the fastest pace in 11 years on easing of Covid-19
restrictions. The growth boosted recovery in key sectors, excluding agriculture
whose activities were hit by poor rainfall.

The price of an acre in Kiserian rose 16.6 percent to Sh9.4
million from Sh8.06 million in 2020, while in Juja it jumped 17.5 percent to
Sh17.4 million from Sh14.8 million. In Athi River,
land sellers raised their price for an acre by 4.86 percent to Sh15.1 million
from Sh14.4 million in 2020, while Syokimau’s price went up 11.3 percent from
Sh24.6 million to Sh22.1 million. Land in most suburbs remains prohibitively
expensive, however, costing as much as Sh409.4 million and Sh389.9 million per
acre in Kilimani and Parklands respectively.

Availability of land to buy in upmarket suburbs is also
limited, and parcels are also subdivided in larger sizes of half an acre and
above in most areas.

Nairobi house prices (Sh Million)

Estate

March 2021

March 2022

Gigiri

119.90

122.28

Nyari

106.70

109.93

Runda

95.70

93.33

Karen

89.20

89.24

Kitisuru

84.70

90.24

Muthaiga

83.70

83.00

Spring Valley

65.40

71.30

Lavington

66.00

67.96

Ridgeways

62.40

63.68

Westlands

55.10

57.79

Loresho

51.90

55.75

Kileleshwa

46.10

46.88

Kilimani

34.20

35.82

Langata

29.90

33.21

Donholm

12.90

13.64

Price gains were therefore limited in the suburbs, where
Muthaiga had the biggest gain of 6.5 percent with an acre selling at Sh197.8
million. Langata followed with a gain of 6.3 percent, from Sh68.5 million,
while Kitusuru’s price per acre rose by 6.1 percent to Sh95.4 million.

 Riverside, Loresho
and Donholm led in price falls, shedding 2.3 percent, 2.0 percent and 3.6
percent to Sh330 million, Sh86.1 million and Sh68.9 million per acre
respectively.

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An acre in Upper Hill is the most expensive in the city at
Sh499.9 million, followed by Westlands and Kilimani at Sh435.5 million and
Sh406 million respectively.

The recovery of the economy has also helped house prices go
up as more people who lost jobs in 2020 return to gainful employment and
businesses regain their footing. This rebound has given house buyers the
confidence to invest in real estate, while developers are also able to move
ahead with projects that they had put on ice due to the prospects of a revival
of the rental market.

In Nairobi’s satellite towns, however, house sale price
gains have been more modest, largely because most people settling in those
areas prefer to build their own units.

HassConsult said the house sale market was largely driven by
higher demand for detached units, whose supply in the market has fallen in the
past two decades.

Langata recorded the biggest gain in average house price at
11.2 percent to Sh33.2 million, with Spring Valley and Loresho following at 9.1
percent to Sh71.3million and 7.5 percent to Sh55.7 million.

Home prices dropped in Runda and Muthaiga by 2.5 percent to
Sh93.3 million and 0.8 percent to Sh82.9 million.

Infrastructure developments and constraints have also
emerged as a major factor in the growth of land and house prices in the city.

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