Kinoo in 2024: Affordable Houses, Business Ideas & What To Expect When You Relocate


This is a guide to rental houses in Kinoo.

It’s perfect if you don’t know where to find affordable houses in Kinoo and you want to avoid getting scammed by fake agents.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry. I will show you where to find affordable single rooms, bedsitters, 1 (one), 2 (two), and 3 (three) bedroom houses in Kinoo.

Say, for example, you want a Ksh. 5,000 bedsitter. Use this guide to identify the places that have a bedsitter going for Ksh. 5,000 or less, then go there and see if one is vacant. Or send someone to check for you.

Please note that all prices are in Kenya Shillings (Ksh.) per month.


I’ll show you where to find:

          •Single rooms 3,800

          •Bedsitters 5,200

          •1 bedroom 8,000

          •2 bedroom 18,000

          •3 bedroom 22,000

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Is Kinoo a good place to live?

Before diving into places where you’ll find affordable rental houses, let’s take a closer look at Kinoo.

How is life in Kinoo?

The rent you’ll pay is one piece of the puzzle.

Daily fare, time spent commuting, food prices, water availability, and even security of the area are other factors you should consider.

So what is it like living there? This is what to expect when you relocate to Kinoo.

Where is Kinoo located in Nairobi?

Kinoo is located along Waiyaki Way past Westlands, Kangemi and Uthiru.

How far is Kinoo from Nairobi

The distance from the Kenya National Archives to Kinoo is 16.9 km.

Where do I board matatu to Kinoo?

The Kinoo matatu stage in Nairobi is located at the Super Metro stage near Kenya National Archives.

Fare from Nairobi CBD to Kinoo

Ksh. 30-50  during off-peak hours.

Ksh. 100  during morning rush hour; Ksh. 80 in the evening from Nairobi CBD.

Let’s do the math. If you commute daily to town in the morning and get back in the evening, this is what your budget will look like.

180 x 5 days = 900

900 x 4 weeks = 3,600

In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 3,600 in fares per month if you decide to live in Kinoo.

Other fares

Fare from Kinoo to Gitaru

Ksh. 30

Fare from Kinoo to Kikuyu

Ksh. 30

Fare from Kinoo to Wangige

Ksh. 50

Water availability

The people I talked to on the ground complained of water challenges.

If you stay on an expensive apartment you may not experience water problems because the owner has either sank a borehole or buys water from vendors to fill in the tanks.

Otherwise, those who stay in houses with no borehole or such an arrangement have to buy a 20-liter jerrican at Ksh. 20 or 30.

Food prices in Kinoo

7/10 people I talked to said that food prices in Kinoo are high.

The remaining 3 said they are usually average.

Is Kinoo safe?

So far in 2024, there have been 0 cases of insecurity in Kinoo reported in the media.

And what about unreported cases?

For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.

8 of the 10 people I talked to said there are very many cases of phone theft by bodaboda gangs.

The town center is safe. There is a police post nearby and they make lots of patrols. Insecurity increases as you head to Muthiga and also Kanyariri.

Some businesses are forced to close shop as early as 8.30 pm.

Why residents love Kinoo

“Green with cool, fresh air.”

“Spacious houses.”

“Welcoming people.”

“Affordable food.”

“Not crowded.”

“Barbara ya Chief is now tarmacked.”

What residents don’t like about Kinoo

“Lack of a market complex.”

“Water challenges.”

“Borehole water is salty.”

“Insecurity on the upper side towards Muthiga.”

“Flooding of Barabara ya Chief near Leestar Supermarket.”

“No footbridges across Waiyaki Way.”

“Pockets of insecurity.”

“Slow businesses.”

“No sewer line.”

“For Government services, you’ll have to go to Kikuyu or Nairobi GPO.”


Business ideas

If you’re thinking of setting up a business in Kinoo, think of the following:

Kibanda ya soko


Duka (small shop)

Mitumba clothes

Mali mali (small diversified trader)

Water refill


Alright! Let’s dive in. 

Places in Kinoo you’ll find affordable rental houses

Kinoo is quiet, and green, with cool, fresh air. But I couldn’t help but notice this is a middle-class settlement.

And a place mainly for people with families.

1, 2, and 3 bedroom houses are EVERYWHERE. If you have between Ksh 20,000-30,000 (plus the same amount of deposit), you’ll get a really good house IMMEDIATELY.

I’ll tell you, though, what you’ll struggle to get: single rooms, double rooms and even bedsitters.

But don’t worry, I’ve done the footwork for you. These are the places you’ll find affordable rental houses in Kinoo.

Rental houses near Mama Ngina Kenyatta Primary School

Rental houses in Kinoo near Mama Ngina Primary School

Here you’ll find:

     •Bedsitters 9,000 ; 10,000 ; 10,500

Rental houses near Magda hardware

Rental houses in Kinoo near Magda hardware

Along this inner road, there are:

     •Bedsitters 9,000

     •1 bedroom 16,000

Rental houses near Jacmil supermarket

Rental houses in Kinoo near Jacmil supermarket

The house near Jacmil supermarket:

     •Single rooms 5,000

     •Bedsitters 10,000

Rental houses near Faith In Jesus Center

Rental houses in Kinoo near Faith In Jesus Center

This is on the other side of Waiyaki Way.     

     •Bedsitters 8,000

     •1 bedroom 7,500 ; 8,000

Rental houses along Church Road

Rental houses in Kinoo along Church Road

This is Church Road. Here you’ll find:     

     •Bedsitters 10,000

     •1 bedroom 13,000

On the upper side that joins another road:

     •1 bedroom 13,000

     •2 bedroom 18,000 ; 20,000

Rental houses opposite St Peters Hospital

Rental houses in Kinoo near St Anthony School

This is the road that leads to St Anthony School. There are:

   •2 bedrooms 13,000 ; 15,000

Rental houses near the underpass

Affordable rental houses in Kinoo near underpass

On the left side just at the beginning:

     •Bedsitters 8,000

Rental houses along Chief’s Road

Affordable rental houses in Kinoo along Chief's Road

On the left side A, which leads to the police station, follow it to the end where it branches into two. Around this area you will find:

     •Single rooms 3,800 ; 4,000

     •Bedsitters 5,200 ; 6,500 ; 15,000

     •1 bedroom 11,000 ; 20,000

On the right side B, you will find:

     •3 bedroom 22,000

That’s it! That’s all I got for you on this guide to rental houses in Kinoo. I hope it has been helpful. Send this post’s link to a friend who is searching for a rental house in Kinoo.

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Lenny is a content producer based in Nairobi, Kenya. A TV Production graduate from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, KIMC.