Nairobi’s Kilimani area is one of the most sought after residences when it comes to renting an apartment in Nairobi. A one of a kind upmarket location that attracts a special segment of Nairobi’s luxury minded, the economically empowered group that can comfortably afford rental apartments in the region of at least KSH 100,000 and KSH 150,000 per month for a 2 and 3 bedroom apartment respectively.
By default, Kilimani is popularly known for high end apartments complete with luxurious amenities like swimming pools and private residents’ clubs. The stone-throw proximity to Nairobi CBD and high end malls makes the location even more attractive to tenants majority of whom love the convenience that is ever necessary for the fast urban life that is common among corporate professionals and those in demanding businesses. The undisputed fame of Kilimani means that real estate developers are constantly churning out flashy residential units, mainly apartments.
While the supply of these apartments for rent in Kilimani Nairobi rarely experiences any shortage worth mentioning, it can be a taunting task trying to move through all those flashy eye-catching apartments in the name of searching for one that will fit your taste. Sometimes the need to change your residential address is so sudden, fast and urgent that looking for the right apartment on short notice can turn out to be the most agonizing experience. You do not want to even think about the agony. You do not want to wake up at 6am on a Saturday and hope to find that apartment by 6pm. This is why this guide to hunting for an apartment to rent in Nairobi Kilimani is all you need to keep your cool and move out in peace. Let’s go.
1. What type of apartment do you want to rent in Kilimani?
You certainly have a picture of the apartment you desire to rent and call home. Maybe space is very important to you. It could be design, color etc. There are certain components that make you love or hate a house; all these make up the fine details that then crystallize into personal tastes and preferences. While at it, size is also crucial. This is mostly determined by your household’s size and future plans. A stay-a-lone bachelor with no plans to marry in the near future may not fancy too many rooms. He would easily settle for a 1 bedroom apartment in Kilimani. A small family of, say, four, would easily fall for a 2 bedroom apartment in Kilimani while a family of six would do with a 3 bedroom unit. These are some of the details you will need to think about way beforehand. Build a clear mental picture of the apartment you prefer to rent.
2. How much do you want to spend per month on rent in Kilimani?
Once you have a clear picture of the apartment you want to live in, you may want to countercheck with your pocket and find out how much you can comfortably pay per month as rent. Of course this can as well be a non-issue if the monthly rent figure is not so important to you as opposed to the nature of the apartment options on offer. However, experience has shown that it’s always important to have a rough estimate of how much monthly rent makes sense to you.
3. Advance surveys
We have consistently observed that most tenants moving to a new area never take enough time to survey the area in advance. Yet this is a core aspect of house hunting whether you are looking for an apartment in Kilimani, Lavington, Kileleshwa or indeed anywhere. Most will just pay a visit to the area during the week/day they want to move. In other words you have all along been thinking about moving to Kilimani. Then one day you wake up and drive there to look for an apartment because you must move out by end of month which is fast drawing in. This mistake means there is so much you will miss out simply because you do not have enough time to understand the area. Ever wondered why sometimes you see people move into a house this month and next month they are already planning to move out? Probably they suddenly realize the location is not that good after all, or the place is too loud at night, too quiet or even just outright boring altogether-not their type. You will avoid this sudden & permanent frustration by touring the area beforehand, way before your planned move-out date knocks. Upto to three visits are enough.
4. Short list
The advance survey above will give you a good picture of the entire Kilimani. Well, it may not be enough to know the area inside out but then you will have an idea of the larger area. Now, as you were moving around, you must have identified some parts of Kilimani that impressed you most. Which specific places did you prefer the most? Make a short list of these specific parts that you felt attracted to. These are the areas you will be comfortable renting. Have about five options with reasons for choosing them. Nearby schools, shopping malls, night clubs, good roads, serene neighbourhood etc.
Take out your short-list and do a small research on each of the areas. Remember to also talk to friends and colleagues with good knowledge of Kilimani. Of particular importance to you should be stuff like security and amenities. Dig deeper and see what the areas have got to offer in terms of water reliability, electricity, roads, transport, schools, shopping malls etc. Areas with good proximity to Ngong road and Yaya Centre may offer the best options in terms of accessibility to major malls while places slightly inside may offer cool ambience and serene neighbourhood. Your choice wins! Scale down the short-list based on what you find from this search. Cut the list to about three alternatives.
6. Engage a reliable real estate agent
By now you know you want to rent an apartment in Nairobi Kilimani. You also know what type of apartment you want and roughly how much you are comfortable spending on monthly rent. You have narrowed down to about three parts of Kilimani that strike you as your dream residential places. Now is time to engage an expert to hold your hand and show you the right turns and corners you may never come to discover, alone. There are many professional Kilimani real estate agents who are willing to walk with you until you find the best apartment.
The importance of using a real estate agent cannot be overstated. There are some things you may never know unless you are told by an expert with absolute knowledge of the ground-the agent. We know which corner to avoid past midnight, the safest road at night, the residence with outstanding order, the cleanest, the best neighbourhood and all that. These are tiny crucial details that you will never find out on your own. So you are better off engaging a professional real estate agent who will break them down in a single sitting and set you free.
Part of the roles of the agent is to find you apartment options that fit your criteria. These apartments must be located within your short-listed options. Be sure to make it clear to the agent that you will not bother to look at options outside the restricted list you have given them. This is important because sometimes agents tend to get excited by every option that comes their way and they will always run to you, itching to show you all these classy apartments they have found. Tell them “thank you, but please show me options within my short-listed areas.”
Once your agent returns and reports that they finally have options you can look at, plan yourself out. Set a day or two to move around. If you cannot afford a full day, arrange with the agent such that you can at least find an hour or two after work or early mornings before work. It’s all about flexibility.
If you followed the rest of the steps above correctly, and you gave clear instructions to your agent, you are certain to find what you want by the time you are done viewing all that your agent has to show you. Of course we are making the assumption that the agent you engaged is reliable, know what they are doing and are willing to find you what you want, not what they think you will like. Everything must tie up together.
7. Found one? act fast
Once you find an apartment that you love, make a quick decision and act fast. The fact that you like it is simply enough evidence that someone else will come and like it as soon as you drive away. So don’t go away and remain silent for one week before you start the process of securing the unit. Good Kilimani Apartments go fast, like sweet cake! Ask the agent to verse you with the renting process and necessary documentation as well as payment requirements. True, you have freedom to move in at your own time but you cannot secure the apartment at your own time. If you like it, close in on it straight on.
8. Create good rapport with your agent, you will need them next time!
Finally, and most house hunters forget this, is to create a healthy rapport with your real estate agent. Let them know that you appreciate their work. You may never know this, but agents (RELIABLE REAL ESTATE AGENTS) do a lot of work that may never be quantified even by the commission they get paid at the end of the deal. Majority walk or drive miles and miles trying to get you the right option. When you don’t like what you see, they go back to the drawing board and start afresh. They make numerous calls per day, all in effort to get you something that matches your desires. For this effort, the best you can do is to establish a relationship that will last. For when the need to move knocks next time, you will need them. They will just be a call closer.
There you go. Kilimani is huge. The apartments keep coming in the hundreds. Prices vary based on factors like location and amenities. Of course your personal choice will be driven by a number of these factors. But most importantly, the apartment you dream of is certainly available somewhere in Kilimani. Never sweat to find it. Hopefully this guide will make your hunt blissful. Enjoy.