This is a superb family home in a charming enclave within old Runda, a green residential Nairobi suburb close to the United Nations and Gigiri. The expansive lawns, mature trees and palms, flowering shrubs, fruit trees and ivy clad walls around the property give the home a prominence that newer houses in the area are missing. The architecture is timeless, and the house is thoughtfully constructed on two stories to maximise natural light, create a spacious atmosphere, and connect indoor spaces to the beautiful garden.
A covered front porch surrounded by beautiful hibiscus shrubs leads residents through to a magnificently sized living room, with a great fireplace and wrap around porch. Arches, both inside and outside the house, add character. The dining area is connected to the living room, but is separated by arches and columns, creating a warm family atmosphere while maintaining separation between the spaces.
Terrazzo, white plaster, wood and stone are the predominant materials used through the house. There is a guest room downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs, which are all comfortably sized. The master is ensuite and the other two bedrooms share a comfortably sized bathroom. A grill door at the top of the staircase, in conjunction with the home’s security systems and the general safety of the area, will satisfy the strictest security policies for corporates, embassies and other institutions. Once upstairs, the family can also enjoy the comfort of a family room that borders the bedrooms.
The most pleasant features of this home are the flat lawn and mature garden. Residents have room to plant a substantial kitchen garden in the back yard, which already boasts rosemary, papaya and banana. Stunning bougainvillea grows all around the beautiful property, flowering in colourful blooms.
While Runda Vale is shown below unfurnished, it is available fully furnished in the signature Maarifa Homes style – see an example of a similar furnished home here.