Inside Iconic Diplomatic Houses in Kenya Ranked Best in Africa

  • Rosslyn Groove, a diplomatic housing project in Nairobi, was named the best high-end development in Africa in 2022.

    The project, which has 90 housing units and is located along Limuru Road, was undertaken by US-based Verdant Ventures in partnership with other property developers. It was among the first diplomatic real estate projects in the country.

    Comprising of townhouses and apartments – the facility was leased to the US Embassy to provide affordable housing for its staff.

    “Awarded the best high-end residential development in September at the 6th edition of API Summit, Rosslyn Grove is a 90-townhouse development that is leased for eight years by the United States Embassy in Kenya. 

    A photo of a section of Rosslyn Groove housing project along Limuru Road in Nairobi County.

    A photo of a section of Rosslyn Groove housing project along Limuru Road in Nairobi County.

    Verdant Ventures

    “The diplomatic community was completed and handed over in August 2022,” read the Kenya Market Report published by real estate agency, Knight Frank.

    The property was recognised due to its amenities and the technologies used during the development.

    Rosslyn Groove also has a clubhouse that offers the residents amenities such as a gym, parks and play areas for children. 

    “The project is located within a few miles of the US Embassy and adjacent to the International School of Nairobi and Rosslyn Academy as well as a few miles from shopping and essential services,” Verdant Ventures stated on its website.

    Notably, the project has been recognised for its iconic designs and the integration of green energy.

    In a bid to save energy, the houses are made of large windows and sliding doors to enable adequate use of sunlight.

    On the other hand, the housing units also have a louvered pergola – a roof system that allows adjustable sunlight to the desired area.

    For the interior, the houses are equipped with high-end furniture and modern interior facilities.

    In terms of security, the gated community is considered one of the most secure facilities given the number of guards employed to protect the property. The facility also has advanced security systems.

    While the actual project cost was not made public, various reports suggest that the houses were built to the tune of Ksh5 billion.

    An interior of one of the apartments at Rosslyn Grove in Nairobi County.

    An interior of one of the apartments at Rosslyn Grove in Nairobi County.

    Verdant Ventures

Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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