Kileleshwa is quieter and greener than Kilimani, Hurlingham or Ngong Road and more of the 1950s and 1960s bungalows, set in large mature gardens, have survived the modern property developers. However, there are also some apartment blocks. The roads are pot-holed but wide and bordered by low hedges.
This is a smart, middle-class Kenyan suburb, and many expatriates with children find it a relaxing, stress-free area. Kenton College, an international primary school, is located here. There are no supermarkets but dukas sell essentials such as fresh fruit, bottled water, toilet paper, painkillers, milk and bread.
Only one matatu route runs through Kileleshwa, but a taxi to the city centre (4 km) should cost no more than KSh600, and to the restaurants, supermarkets and cinema in Hurlingham and on Ngong Road (2 km) KSh300.
The beautiful Nairobi Arboretum, which is popular with families and prayer groups on Sunday, divides Kileleshwa from the city centre. However it is not a very secure part of the city.
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Kileleshwa, Nairobi, Kenya