Best Estates for Lower Middle Class in Nairobi


Lower middle class are individuals earning Ksh 100,000 and below. These are people who can afford rent of not more than Ksh 20,000. There are specific estates which are ideal for them, where they get plenty of water, good drainage system, security and decent apartments.

Lower middle class earn Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 100,000 per month. Such people should pay rent of Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 20,000 per month. The average monthly rent amount should be Ksh 15,000. Below is the list of ideal estates for lower middle class in Nairobi:

  1. Embakasi
  2. Tassia
  3. Utawala
  4. Ngong
  5. Rongai
  6. Kasarani
  7. Kahawa West
  8. Githurai
  9. Umoja
  10. Kitengela
  11. Ruaka
  12. Roysambu
  13. Satellite
  14. Ruai
  15. Joska
  16. Kamulu


Embakasi used to be one of the most underrated estates but it’s a good estate. In recent times, the government has upgraded the roads and made them passable—there are cabros in almost every street.

Houses in Embakasi are cheap. Below are the prices:

1 bedroom—Ksh 10,000 to Ksh 15,000 per month

2 bedrooms—Ksh 15,000 to Ksh 18,000 per month

Single room—Ksh 3,500 to Ksh 5000 per month

Bedsitter—Ksh 5,000 to Ksh 9,000 per month

Majority of the houses contain bedsitters and one-bedroom. I doubt that you will get 3-bedroom house in Embakasi.


Another good place for lower middle class in Nairobi. To access Tassia, you either use Jogoo or Mombasa road. There are plenty of good apartments in the estate.

Rent per month for 1-bedroom house is Ksh 12,000 to Ksh 15,000. Bedsitters go for Ksh 5,500 to Ksh 9,000 while single rooms cost Ksh 4,000 to Ksh 6,000. Tassia is perfect for people earning Ksh 40,000 to Ksh 100,000.


The place is cool for people with large families. Most houses in Utawala are new with plenty of water. The good thing is that the road to Utawala was expanded—accessing the estate is easy.

Utawala is a perfect estate for families and also bachelors. Rent here range between Ksh 5,000 and Ksh 18,000. Maority of the houses are 1 and 2 bedrooms or bedsitters.

You can also buy a plot at Katani and settle there.


Residents of Rongai comprise of rich and middle class. There are apartments where lower middle class people live. The town is suitable for people working along Ngong Road, Karen, Bomas and along Langata Road. It’s also ideal for people working within Rongai town.

There are cheap bedsitters for Ksh 6,000 to Ksh 8,000. if you are single, no need of living in a two-bedroom house, that’s wastage of money—a bedsitter is enough for you.

One-bedroom house will cost you Ksh 9,000 to Ksh 15,000. Houses close to the road are more expensive than those located far from the road.


A good estate for middle income earners. If your monthly salary is above Ksh 60,000, look for a house here. With monthly rent budget of Ksh 8,000 to Ksh 18,000, you will definitely get a good house to live in.


Umoja is one estate where most people start life from when they arrive in Nairobi. It’s for lower middle income earned. There are single rooms, bedsitters, one bedroom and 2-bedroom houses. There are many bedsitters for fresh graduates which charge Ksh 5000 to Ksh 8,000 per month. I know most fresh graduates earn Ksh 20,000 to Ksh 50,000. Your ideal monthly rent should be Ksh 5,000 to Ksh 10,000.


A number of senior government employees have built mansions in Kitengela.There town has mixture of private homes and apartments for rent. There are those specifically built for lower middle class. Salary of Ksh 40,000 to Ksh 100,000 will be enough for lifestyle in Rongai.Your monthly rent will be Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 18,000.


Ruai,Joska and Kamulu are three good estates with nice apartments. You will get a one-bedroom house for just Ksh 7,500. The place is cheap because it’s far from Nairobi CBD.


It’s not as bad as it used to be 10 years ago.In Githurai,you will comfortably survive with a salary of Ksh 30,000.Bedsitters cost as low as Ksh 4,500.


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