Mountain View in 2024: Affordable Houses, Business Ideas & What to Expect When You Relocate

Mountain View

Houses in Mountain View Estate are quite expensive.

There is an area, though, where I found cheap rental houses. In all honesty, this area is not within Mountain View Estate. It’s the surrounding area, and it’s technically Kangemi.

But residents still call it Mountain View because they are dropped at Mountain View Mall by matatus. So, yeah, Mountain View, and that’s what I will feature today.

This is a guide to rental houses in Mountain View.

It’s perfect if you don’t know where to find affordable houses in Mountain View, and you want to avoid getting scammed by fake agents, who are all over.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry. I will show you where to find affordable single rooms, double rooms, bedsitters, and 1 (one) bedroom houses in Mountain View.

Say, for example, you want a Ksh. 10,000 bedsitter. Use this guide to identify the places that have a bedsitter going for Ksh. 10,000 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.

Highlights

I’ll show you where to find:

          •Single rooms 4,000

          •Double rooms 4,000

          •Bedsitters 10,000

          •1 bedroom 15,000

          •2 bedroom 19,000

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Is Mountain View a nice place to live?

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

How is life in Mountain View?

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 Mountain View.

Where do I board matatu to Mountain View?

The Mountain View stage in Nairobi is located at Super Metro stage near Kenya National Archives.

You can also board at the lower side of Latema Road near River Road.

How far is Mountain View from Nairobi?

The distance from Kenya National Archives to Mountain View is 11.7 km.

Where is Mountain View Estate in Nairobi?

Mountain View Estate is located along Waiyaki Way after Westlands and Kangemi.

Fare from Nairobi CBD to Mountain View

Ksh. 30-50  during off-peak hours

Ksh. 70 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 what your budget will look like:

(70×2) x 5 days = 700

700 x 4 weeks = 2,800

In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh. 2,800 in fare per month if you decide to live in Mountain View.

Traffic jam pain points

You will only experience brief traffic as you leave town.

There is also traffic jam at Kangemi bridge in the evening.

Other fares

These are the fares from the matatu stage at the nearby Kangemi market.

Fare from Mountain View to Kikuyu

Ksh. 50

Fare from Mountain View to Limuru

Ksh. 100

Fare from Mountain View to Naivasha

Ksh. 300

Fare from Mountain View to Nakuru

Ksh. 500

Fare from Mountain View to Nyahururu

Ksh. 600

Fare from Mountain View to Eldoret

Ksh. 1,200

Fare from Mountain View to Kitale

Ksh. 1,200

Fare from Mountain View to Kisii

Ksh. 1,200

Water availability

Remember, we are talking about the area around Mountain View, not inside the estate.

9 out of 10 people I talked to said they had water challenges.

They said they only receive water 2 times a week.

When it’s not available, they buy a 20-liter jerrican at… hear this… 40 bob! Sometimes it goes for 50 shillings!

Food prices in Mountain View

6 of the 10 people I talked to said that food prices in Mountain View Estate are average.

3 said they are low.

Only one said they’re high.

I could confirm that food commodities at the nearby Kangemi market were really cheap.

Is Mountain View safe?

In 2023, there were many cases of insecurity around Mountain View reported in the media, one of them here.

So far in 2024, there is none.

And what about unreported cases?

For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.

8/10 of the people I talked to said that there are bodaboda gangs that snatch mobile phones from people.

They also said that the first maandamano days were very unsafe with cases of theft from protesters.

But I was told in the recent maandamano, they were barricaded from reaching Kangemi.

The gated Mountain View estate is safe.

Why residents love Mountain View

“Affordable food prices.”

“It’s touching Waiyaki Way. Easy access.”

“Cheap fares to Nairobi CBD.”

“Cabro-paved roads.”

What residents don’t like about Mountain View

“Expensive house rents.”

“Most houses ni za mabati.”

“The market area at Kangemi is too muddy when it rains.”

“No proper planning of the town.”

“Youth lost in alcoholism.”

Business ideas

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

Duka (small shop)

Hotel

Mitumba clothes and shoes

M-Pesa

Pub

Bodaboda

Kibanda

Alright! Let’s dive in. 

Places in Mountain View you’ll find affordable rental houses

These are some of the affordable houses I found around the Mountain View area.

Near the entrance of Mountain View Mall take the inner road along the wall.

Then take a left turn when you join the tarmac (Hinga Road) See insert.

Affordable rental houses near Mountain View Mall

Rental houses along Hinga Road

Rental houses behind Mountain View Mall

A is the inner road to Deliverance Church International.

But just before this, there are mabati houses that go for:

     •Singles 4,100

     •Double rooms 4, 000

Then along itself you will find:

     •Bedsitters 10,000

     •1 bedroom 15,000

     •2 bedroom 19,000

B is the inner road near the Pentecostal Assemblies of God.

There are several houses in this area.

     •Single rooms 7,000

     •Bedsitters 10,000

Most houses here are behind closed gates, showing they are serious about security.

The more you proceed along Hinga Road, the more you get into Kangemi and to be fair, those are rental houses I will cover under Kangemi.

In the meantime, check out rental houses in Uthiru.


About the author

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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.


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