*** Ideally we are currently seeking a long term swap: need to be in Toronto, Canada for 2-3 months from October-January! ***
Our lovely home is located within an old, well-established neighbourhood in Nairobi called Thigiri. The area is rich with mature gardens and amazing year-round flowers and foliage. It is now known as a diplomatic area due to its close proximity to the United Nations, Canadian High Commission and other embassies.
The house is built in the old British colonial style with hardwood finishings and lovely old fireplaces. It features a large master bedroom that opens on to the pool and garden. The master bedroom has its own stone fireplace and ensuite bathroom with rain shower and jacuzzi-sized bath tub. There are 3 other bedrooms - two with queen beds and one a nursery - as well as two additional bathrooms and a powder room. The sitting room is a lovely space for a fire on a cool evening and the living room is big and bright with lots of natural light and sliding doors to the pool. The house also features an indoor/outdoor bar area that opens to both the pool and the living room. An office and small personal gym round out the house with everything you might need or want.
The pool is set within a small garden with comfortable patio furniture, bbq and outdoor shower. The house also features a whole other garden with old, blossoming trees and a large lawn perfect for a little picnic or playing with the dogs. We also have a personal vegetable and herb garden at the back of the house including maize, sugar cane, avocado trees, peppers and herbs among others.
The house is very secure on a fully fenced one-acre plot, with private security service in place, and a dedicated night guard. The house also comes with a full time cleaner, Emma, who we consider part of the family and you will fall in love with! Stephen is the groundskeeper who looks after the garden, pool and can assist with any issues within or outside the house. So you are very well looked after!
We are a five minute walk to the beautiful Karura Forest where you can enjoy many kilometers of hiking trails. We are a two minute walk to a small shopping centre with a mini supermarket, fruit and veg market, bakery, liquor store and pharmacy. We are also about 7 minutes drive to the well known Village Market - a charming outdoor mall with restaurants, shops, a full supermarket and anything else you might need.
Nairobi is the capital of Kenya - famous for its breath-taking safaris, white sand beaches and mountain views. From the city airport we are a short flight from the Masai Mara, the coastal beach areas and many other famous areas in the country. We are also a short drive (2-3 hours) from areas such as Naivasha, Mt Kenya, the Aberdares, Solio, Nakuru, etc. Nairobi is also a great starting point for those interested in exploring East Africa further with relatively short flights to places like Rwanda (gorilla trekking), Zanzibar (powder white beaches), and Lake Victoria. Nairobi itself hosts a National Game Reserve within the city where you can spot lions, elephants, giraffe, etc. There are a number of great restaurants (we'd be happy to make recommendations) and some amazing hiking and biking trails.