When you are at the maternity stage in Kasarani along Mwiki Road, keep your phone in your pocket or handbag. Or it will get snatched by bodaboda thieves. Don’t say I never warned you. Phones get snatched here almost daily.
All right! This is a guide to rental houses in Maternity, Kasarani.
I will show you where to find affordable single rooms, double rooms, bedsitters, 1 (one) and 2(two) bedroom houses in Maternity Kasarani.
I will also tell you the kind of life you should expect to find, and business opportunities you can exploit.
It’s perfect if you don’t know where to find affordable houses in Maternity, and you want to avoid getting scammed by fake agents.
Say, for example, you want a Ksh. 5,000 bedsitter. Use this guide to identify the places with 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 3,000
•1 bedroom 9,000
•2 bedroom 12,000
Before we go on, here is an opportunity for you to set up a small business in Zimmerman.
Is Maternity a good place to live?
Now, how is life in Maternity?
Because the rent you’ll pay is one piece of the puzzle.
Daily fare, the time you spend commuting, food prices, water availability, and security are other factors you should consider.
So what is it like living there? And is it a good fit for you? Let’s find out.
This is what to expect when you relocate to Maternity, Kasarani.
Fare from Nairobi CBD to Maternity
Ksh. 40-60 during off-peak hours
Ksh. 80 during rush hour.
Let’s do the math. If you commute daily to town in the morning and get back in the evening, this is how your budget will look like:
(80×2) x 5 days = 800
800 x 4 weeks = 3,200
In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 3,200 in fare per month if you decide to live in Maternity.
5 of the 10 people I talked to said they had no water challenge.
The other 5 said water is a challenge for them.
Verdict: There seems to be a water problem here at Maternity.
The buck stops at the owners of the buildings because Nairobi Water Company has laid a pipe here, and it has water. It’s up to individual landlords to pay and connect to their building.
Food prices in Maternity
It was a 50/50 split on market food prices.
5 of the 10 people I talked to said food prices here are average.
The other 5 felt they were high.
I asked why they’re not low when Mwiki market is not far away. I was told merchants have to offset the transport bills from Mwiki market and still make a profit when they sell the goods here at Maternity.
Is Maternity safe?
6 out of the 10 people I talked to said Maternity is safe.
4 said there were rising cases of theft of mobile phones from passers-by.
On this day, as I was carrying out my research, a resident was robbed of their mobile phone—in broad daylight! It was around 12.30 pm.
I was told resident jobless youths caused the insecurity.
They targeted residents going to jobs very early in the morning (4.00-5.30 a.m.).
Some residents attributed the surge of insecurity to the lack of a police station in Maternity. The nearest one is in Sunton, the other one is in Kasarani near Thika Road.
Why residents love Maternity
I asked the residents what they love about Maternity and here is what they had to say:
“It’s near Kasarani-Mwiki Road.”
“There are two nearby hospitals (Radiant and Kasarani Maternity & Nursing Home).”
“Easy access to Government services at Kwa Chief (Deputy County Commissioner’s Office).”
“Affordable rent prices.”
“Two nearby public schools (Murema Primary School and Kasarani Primary School).”
What stands out here are small businesses.
•Grocery stores (Vibanda)
•Duka (shops). Almost every apartment has a shop on the ground floor.
•Pubs, wines & spirits.
What residents don’t like about Maternity
I asked the residents what they don’t like about Maternity and here’s what they had to say:
“Water availability challenges.”
“Unlike Maji Mazuri or Lumumba Drive, people here lack Ubuntu. People don’t really love each other. Everyone minds their own business. And there is a lot of gossip.”
“Muddy 1st and 2nd streets when it rains.” (The 3rd street is cabro-paved.)
“Drunkards. They are bad for businesses other than pubs and wines and spirits. They rarely buy anything else apart from alcohol.”
Places in Maternity you’ll find affordable rental houses
One thing about this place is that there aren’t too many 2 bedroom houses. Bedsitters dominate, followed closely by 1 bedrooms, then single rooms.
The good news is that this is a place you’ll find a 4,500 bedsitter. And while it may not be that spacious, it can be suitable if you are a student or a single person without too many household items.
Rental houses here are located in 3 main areas, the 1st street, 2nd street, and 3rd street.
Let’s start with the houses you’ll find on 1ST STREET. This is the street where Kasarani Maternity Hospital is located.
•Single rooms 3,200 ; 3,500
•Double rooms 5,000
•Bedsitters 5,000 ; 6,000 ; 7,000
•1 bedroom 9,000 ; 10,000 ; 11,500 ; 12,000
Getting to the 2ND STREET, you will find:
•Single rooms 3,000 ; 3,500
•Double rooms 5,500 ; 6,000
•Bedsitters 4,500 ; 5,000 ; 5,500 ; 6,000 ; 6,500
•1 bedroom 10,000 ; 11,000
•2 bedroom 12,000 ; 15,000
And then onto the 3RD STREET. I found this street to be a haven for small businesses.
•Single rooms 3,000 ; 3,500 ; 4,000
•Bedsitters 4,500 ; 6,500 ; 7,000
•1 bedroom 9,000 ; 10,000
All right, that’s the overview of houses you’ll find in Maternity, Kasarani. Send this post to a friend who is searching for a rental house in this area.