You left town at 5.30 pm. As you get to your house, you hear Jeff Koinange’s voice from a TV in a nearby Kinyozi.
You know what that means… it’s already 9.
You haven’t cooked supper. Wait… you didn’t even clean the dishes last night!
You’re tired. You need to eat. And sleep. No, scroll social media, then sleep (bad habit, but who cares). And wake up (again!) the following day at 5 a.m.
But… what if you stayed in Ngara? You’d wake up at 7.15 and be in the office in town by 8! Leave town at 5.30 p.m. and be in the house by 6. Sounds like a plan, right?
Is the convenience of getting to town and back enough to make you relocate to Ngara?
How much are rental houses in Ngara? And how is life there?
I have the answers.
This is a guide to rental houses in Ngara.
It’s perfect if you don’t know where to find affordable houses in Ngara, and you want to avoid getting scammed by fake agents, who are all over.
If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place. I will show you where to find affordable single rooms, bedsitters, 1 (one) and 2 (two) bedroom houses in Ngara.
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.
I’ll show you where to find:
•Single rooms 6,500
•1 bedroom 14,000
•2 bedroom 23,000
Is Ngara a good place to live?
Before we dive into places where you’ll find affordable rental houses, let’s take a closer look at Ngara.
How is life in Ngara?
Because the rent you’ll pay is one piece of the puzzle.
Daily fare, time spent 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 Ngara.
Where is Ngara located in Nairobi?
Ngara is the last town neighboring the CBD when coming through the Thika superhighway.
The postal code for Ngara is 00600.
Distance from Ngara to Nairobi CBD
The distance from Ngara to Odeon Cinema through Ngara Road and Globe flyover is 2.1 Kilometers.
Where do I board matatu to Ngara?
The Ngara matatu stage in Nairobi is located opposite the Fire Station, along Tom Mboya Street.
Fare from Nairobi CBD to Ngara
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.
(50×2) x 5 days = 500
500 x 4 weeks = 2,000
In addition to rent, you’ll spend approximately Ksh 2,000 in fares per month if you decide to live in Ngara.
Walking as an alternative
The good thing is that you can easily walk to town. It’s one of the major selling points here by landlords.
It took me exactly 10 minutes to walk from Equity Ngara to Kenya National Archives.
That’s the route behind Equity, across Nairobi River and along Accra Road.
It may not be a suitable option very early in the morning when it’s still dark or late at night unless you’re macho.
Traffic jam pain points
The main traffic pain point is the Globe roundabout.
These are the current fares at the Park Road Bus Terminus.
Fare from Ngara to Meru
Fare from Ngara to Chuka
Fare from Ngara to Embu
Fare from Ngara to Mwea
Fare from Ngara to Kenol
Fare from Ngara to Thika
Fare from Ngara to Juja
Fare from Ngara to Ruiru
Fare from Ngara to KU
Fare from Ngara to Githurai
Fare from Ngara to Kiambu
Fare from Ngara to Murang’a
I talked to 10 residents about water availability in Ngara.
5 out of 10 said they had water throughout.
The other 5 said water is available only 2 to 3 days a week.
I was informed that water in the Railways area is present 24/7!
Talk to the landlord or caretaker before renting and enquire about water availability. You may need to buy a small water tank.
Food prices in Ngara
6 out of 10 people I talked to said that food prices in Ngara are average.
The remaining 4 said food prices here are high.
Is Ngara safe?
This year 2023, there has been 1 case of insecurity in Ngara reported in the media, here.
What about unreported cases?
For the unreported cases, I talked to the residents.
5 out of 10 of the people I talked to said they hadn’t heard of insecurity incidents since the beginning of the year.
The other 5 talked of cases of thieves using bodaboda to snatch mobile phones.
They identified the area around Guru Nanak and Murang’a Road, around Equity, and as you head to Nyamakima as key insecurity areas.
All in all, Ngara is safe.
Thinking of starting a business in Ngara? These are the most common ones:
•Garages, garages, and more garages.
•Auto spares shops.
•Pubs, wines and spirits.
What residents love about Ngara
“It’s near the CBD. You can walk to town.”
“Park Road is secure.”
“It’s ideal for business.”
What residents don’t like about Ngara
“Expensive rents, both for residential houses and business shops .”
“Harassment of businesses by County Government officials.”
“Inner roads are not paved.”
“Not the best place to raise a family.”
“Youth are lost in alcoholism and bad behavior.”
Alright! Let’s dive in.
Places in Ngara you’ll find affordable rental houses
Houses in Ngara are not cheap. What you don’t pay in fare, you pay in rent.
Cheap houses exist, but they are the old, old models.
Newer models are expensive, and they’re few.
And Ngara is not that big, anyway.
Rental Houses Near Ngara Post Office
Just after the post office and before Kobil petrol station, take a left turn. Almost toward the end, you’ll find:
•Single rooms 6,500 ; 7,500
Rental Houses along Desai Road
The road after Posta joins Desai Road, and just before Western Mart supermarket there is an inner road where there are plenty of houses:
•Single rooms 6,500 ; 7,600
•Bedsitters 11,650 ; 12,500 ; 13,000 ; 14,000 ; 15,000
Rental Houses along Park Road
Along Park Road on the bus terminus side you’ll find:
•Bedsitters 13,500 ; 14,000
Towards the end opposite Guru Nanak Hospital, there are:
Rental Houses near Nairobi Technical Training Institute
Take a right turn towards Nairobi Technical Training Institute. Just before the roundabout, there are:
•1 bedroom 14,000
Then directly opposite Nairobi Technical Training Institute, you’ll find:
•Single rooms 7,500 ; 9,000
Rental Houses near Guru Nanak Hospital
This area has
•1 bedroom 17,000 ; 18,000
•2 bedroom 23,000 ; 28,000
That’s all I have for you in this guide to rental houses in Ngara. I hope it has been helpful. Send this post to a friend searching for a rental house in Ngara.
Ngara: The outlook, 2024 and beyond
Just like Pangani, old houses in Ngara are slowly being replaced by modern, high-rise buildings. In a few years — my prediction — Ngara will be completely changed, just like the present-day Eastleigh.