Furnished & Serviced Apartments, New trend in Nairobi City

Nairobi has many luxurious serviced and furnished apartments’ units as a prime business and leisure destination in Africa. Many of the serviced and furnished apartments are located in strategic areas of Nairobi and serve local and international occupants doing business in Nairobi for a time. They are executive homes catering for high end city residents in high income brackets. These areas include, Gigiri, Westlands, Hurlingham areas, Kilimani areas among others.

Furnished apartments in Nairobi come equipped with all in house amenities and facilities when tenants move in unlike the usual apartments. Additionally, their rental rates are higher than the other ordinary apartments that require a through furnishing to be occupied. Many of these serviced and furnished apartments are available for both short or long term stays. The accommodation rates are seasonal and can be priced on weekly basis unlike conventional rental arrangements.

The furnished apartments in Kenya have kitchens with a basic dining and kitchen utensils within built appliances like fridges and cookers, toasters, microwaves, coffee and toasters complete set up. All tenants in Nairobi furnished apartments have to do is find food to cook. During outgages, the power backup generators come in handy. In essence these apartments have ATM and Medical Facilities within thus making life easier. A good example is the ongoing development at Gigiri, Warwick Centre which is a residential and commercial complex situated on United Nations Avenue, Gigiri, opposite the United Nations headquarters and adjacent to the US Embassy. The strategic location allows easy access to Westlands, Muthaiga and the newly constructed Northern bypass.

The complex is on a plot of 2.5 acres and comprises the following:
- 30 fully serviced and furnished apartments, of which there are six 1 bedroom units, eighteen 2 bedroom units and six 3 bedroom units.
- An outpatient clinic operated by Nairobi Hospital
- Offices for the World Health Organisation
- Other retail units and offices, including a restaurant, banks, a forex bureau and taxi operator.

Security is high priority in furnished apartments in Nairobi; 24 hour guarding and CCTV surveillance is the norm with back up to summon armed police. Location of these apartments in Nairobi is in secure neighbourhoods i.e very tight security. Most neighbour suburbs like, Gigiri, Westlands, Nairobi West or Hurlingham Estates or city centre where tenants likely have offices, police patrols are regular in these areas.  Warwick Centre is located just next to the US Embassy, which is a very secure place to live.

True to the class they cater for, furnished apartments in Nairobi have luxurious high end tastes like hardwood custom furniture, apartment telephone, fax, broadband internet, laundry services, maid service, bed sheets and covers, cushions, house plants and satellite television. Their gardens are well manicured and high hedges ensure a tranquil ambience is maintained. Parking is also free.

Most furnished apartments in Nairobi are conveniently located near major shopping malls in Nairobi like Nakumatt Mall, Prestige, Westgate and Sarit in Westlands.  They also are near food delivery joints like Debonairs, Pizza Inn and Steers. For relaxation the apartments have swimming pools, Jacuzzis, restaurant, salon, gym and sauna. To cater for business clientele there are conference facilities, studies and personal safes. Warwick Centre has supplemented this by development of a commercial complex with spaces for major amenities and facilities such as medics, banks, shopping shops, retail shops among other shops.

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