KITISURU TERRACES: Luxury and Allure

Kitisuru Terraces

In a community practically synonymous with flash, Kitisuru Terraces is among the most famously locations in the Country. The quality of life is unparalleled, and residents include dignitaries, expatriates, entrepreneurs, and high-profile investors from all over the world.

Sequestered in the leafy Kitisuru in a hilly undulating landscape, Kitisuru Terraces, which has an open week running from 26th August to 1st September, is an exclusive and tranquil community neighboring Lower Kabete, Kyuna and Loresho.  

The property’s strategic location affords all those who live here, proximity to everything that makes Kitisuru special.

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Luxury and Allure

The community is the pinnacle of splendor and luxury setting a new standard of luxury and refinement. It offers privacy with a resort lifestyle that includes lush gardens, fully-fitted gym, a clubhouse, swimming pool plus more.

Featuring 22 units of 4, 5 & 6 bedrooms with self-contained DSQs, the unsurpassed sensational townhouses offer a lifestyle that no other property can.

Within the gated estate, no stone was left unturned to make the townhouse feel extraordinary in volume and luxury. Stroll in and splash up the glow and love that has been put into the homes.

Designed with the elite in mind, the atmosphere is airy, unfettered and incredibly inviting. The sophisticated interior design balances rich classic luxury with a contemporary sleek finish.

Top-of-the line interiors

The voluminous ground floor is introduced by an entrance porch with a lobby, guest cloakroom, guest bedroom, lounge with an ornate fireplace and dining area leading to a covered terrace opening to rear garden. Architectural detailing in the living areas adds character and classic charm to space.

The contemporary designed gourmet kitchen is cozy enough for intimate conversation and well equipped for entertaining. It is fully fitted with inbuilt high and low-level cabinets, double sink unit, 6-burner gas/electric cooker with extractor, microwave, granite worktops, and breakfast area.

You will surely appreciate the plentiful accommodations afforded by bedrooms upstairs – 2 en suite bedrooms and a large master bedroom with an additional fireplace.

The master bedroom is an oasis of relaxation that boasts of a private sitting area with an additional fireplace and a spa-like master bathroom with frameless glass showers and dual vanities. Per the listing, there is also a self-contained DSQ.

Additionally, the wonderful detail and craftsmanship throughout include recessed ceilings with designer LED lighting fixtures, spacious walk-in wardrobes, special porcelain tiles on floors and quality ceramic tiles in the wet areas.

Quality Amenities for Urban Living

This transformational community offers the best of both worlds, with large usable spaces and private areas for entertainment, from the indoor entertainment to the oversized outdoor pool on top of the clubhouse.

Ample outdoor spaces are found throughout the home, from the lounge with fireplace to the covered terrace opening to the lush flat garden. And during those hot summer days, the unsurpassed sensational swimming pool on top of the clubhouse offers a chance to relax or entertain all overlooking extraordinary views.

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Guaranteed security

Residents at the Kitisuru Terraces can live assured that security is keenly provided. A boundary wall with electric fence and 24hr CCTV security system is installed for this. Its close vicinity to the UN Complex is also an added advantage.

Proper Transport and Communication System

Transport to and from Kitisuru is flawless helping you escape some of the gridlock traffic. It boasts of proximity to the new link road that gives it easy access from Nairobi CBD and Westlands.

It also boasts of proximity to the Village Market, The West Gate Mall, and Sarit Centre. Not to mention the best schools around it including the International School of Kenya, Peponi School, and Kirawa School.

And for those who travel domestically and internationally, JKIA is 15 minutes’ drive away. The communication systems are also improved to guarantee the populace a prompt, precise and continued connections.

 If you are an avid real estate aficionado, we invite you to live vicariously and take a tour of these amazing, most opulent and eccentric homes at our Kitisuru Open Week from 26th August – 1st September.

To secure your spot, call us at: 0724 – 002 605

Or simply visit our website on Kitisuru Terraces

5 Common Mistakes That First Time Home Buyers Commit – and How to Avoid Them

You are trading the world of buying apartments and condos for one of the biggest financial commitments of your life – your first home. You have researched form the internet, scoped the neighborhood, found your dream open plan kitchen, custom bedroom and saved for your down payment.

However, as the process unfolds you quickly find yourself confused and overwhelmed – and soon enough your idyllic dream for a first homes turns into a burdensome nightmare.

This scenario could have been avoided had you been aware of these common mistakes and how you can avoid them:

1. Doing It on Your Own

So maybe you have decided to save on time and money by looking for and buying a home yourself.

However, there are some things that you simply need the help of a professional with, and home buying is certainly one of them. Real estate agents have the know-how and will provide you with valuable information about a particular neighborhood, such as average utility rates, social amenities and security.

Beyond helping you while you navigate the twists and turns during the searching process, a real estate will also provide you with valuable resources at a flat rate that end up saving you energy, time and money in the long run.

In addition to seeking referrals, you should do your own research into the agent online. You can learn more about a potential agent through a Google search – allowing you to make a decision on whether they could be a fit or not.

2. Avoiding Budget Talks before Shopping

Discussing personal finances can be an uncomfortable activity for a lot of people – however, it is important to have realistic understanding of where you financially are before looking for your first home.

It is important noting that buying a home requires a serious work ethic, so make sure you have prepared yourself for future costs and you also have an honest view of where you are financially before committing.

Beyond being disappointed by finding the perfect home that you cannot afford, you might also run into woes down the line if you cannot afford the house when all the monthly bills start coming in.

3. Expecting your Dream Home

A lush private garden in the backyard. A fully fitted gym house. An expansive infinity swimming pool. In a perfect world, you could have all this in your inaugural home.

However, chances are that you won’t- and as your search continues, you may want to compromise on those must-haves that you thought were deal breakers. First-time home buyers need to understand that their first home is not going to be perfect.

it is necessary to talk to your agent about your preferred amenities, such as how many bedrooms you want among other preferences. It is also important to attend open weeks to expand your definitions of your home.

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4. Opening a Credit Line before the Sale is Final

Hold off on that new furniture set until you have actually moved in. Why? Because most lenders are going to check your debt load before closing, and if you are on the hook for a massive last-minute purchase, it could “kill a deal”.

Most loans are approved based on a specific debt-to-income ratio and minimum credit score. So keep everything status quo. Wait until after closing to open new credit accounts or charge furniture, appliances, or tools to your existing credit cards. Do not about changing your job yet. Pay your bills on time and keep your money tight.

5. Being Emotional Rather Than Visionary

It is likely that you will find an apartment you could buy, simply fall in love with it and decide that you want that home and only that home. This can result in bad decisions. While buyers cannot afford to be overly critical, it is important to consider the long-term usability of a home.

Some homeowners will throw down some serious cash to have professionals come and stage their homes with the intent of having you fall in love with their interior design. Keep in mind, this may be done to distract you from identifying some flaws like the safety of the neighborhood or a less-than-desirable location.

Approach each home with a level head and an open mind, and you should be able to strike a balance between affordability and ingenuity.

Check if the layout of the home works well for your needs, how much your family is likely to grow, the neighborhood before making the final decision. The last thing you want to do is buy a home and find out in one year that it was a bad decision

If you are considering, buying your first home, contact Villa Care Limited – we can help you determine how much home you can afford, help with pre-approvals and ensure you are not falling prey to some of the common mistakes made by first time home buyers.

5 Reasons To Attend An Open Week – Even If You Are Not Buying

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Perusing an online real estate listing can be nothing less than addictive. You have probably spent time scouring the internet, ogling homes for sale that you do not intend – or cannot afford – to buy. Because it’s fun!

However, would you ever hop in the car and go attend an open week in person, even if you are not ready to make an offer? An open week is an important step in every home-buying journey – it can provide valuable information for your future home buying experience.

 Whether you are potential buyer searching for homes for sale or you are simply curious, we believe you should attend an open week, even if you are not ready to buy. Here are six solid reasons to hit up an open week;

Open Week gives you home-buying practice

Buying a home is always a big deal, even if you have done it before. It takes attention to detail and time-consuming research to perfect your home-searching skills. However, attending an open week allows you to practice critical home-buying abilities and give you an idea about the ins and outs of the local housing market.

You get comfortable with the home search process and learn what to look for during a home tour. Also, finding out the prices of comparable homes and current trends at open week can be valuable information if you are thinking of buying a house or putting your home out on the market.

You quickly understand the kind of home you can afford

Suppose you are looking for a big, nice home in the neighbourhood of your dreams. You believe it is a realistic goal and you get excited when you see an online listing that meets your expectations.

Asking prices might be in your range. The photos might be eccentric. Unfortunately, you do not always figure what you can afford out until you are really deep in the process of house hunting, perhaps with your heart set on a dream home that will drain your finances and make you house-poor.

However, until you attend the open week, you won’t really know what you are getting for the price. It helps you get a grip on what you can realistically expect to find in your budget.

An open week is an effective way to develop home-buying instincts.

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You get to see the real estate agents in action

If you are not a serious home buyer yet, you probably do not have a real estate agent. When it is time to choose an agent to help you buy or sell your home, your open week experience will help you make a wise choice.

Even if you do not find your dream home, you might actually meet your dream agent. What a better way to interview the candidate who could represent you on either side of the transaction than by seeing them in action?

An open week presents a great opportunity to get multiple face-to-face appointments with potential agents. Be alert to whether the agent engages you when you first come in or he is too busy to acknowledge to help you.

Get a feel of the neighbourhood

If you are looking into buying a house in a new unfamiliar community, browsing for a few months can tell you a lot about the demographics of the neighbourhood and what the area has to offer.

Plus, checking out a bunch of open houses will give you a sense for who primarily lives there – i.e. families, singles or retirees, whether the neighbourhood is abuzz with block parties and other events, or if it is mostly quiet.

You will also get to meet other prospective buyers, and learn where they are relocating from and what they are looking for in their new community.

Of course buyers do some in every demographic, but sometimes the patterns can be surprisingly different.

You get to meet your competition

If you are putting your home on the market, it is important to know the optimum selling price.

Traffic at an open week is the right gauge to determine whether the sellers have found a sweet spot with their price – since a new listing attracts multiple visitors when priced correctly.

Throughout the open week, you can diligently find out what similar homes look like, their condition based on maintenance, amenities and other features.

On the other hand, if you are a buyer, the number of visitors will help you determine how quickly you might need to pounce when you decide you are ready.

An open week can motivate you to start your home buying process

If you plan to buy a home but you have been putting it off, an open week will motivate you into action. There is a high chance you will fall in love with a home during the open week tour. However, you cannot make a legitimate offer without a mortgage pre-approval.

You might not even know how much you can afford. The disappointment, however, should motivate you to be prepared for the next open week.

Our real estate agents can help you find the home of your dreams and make the buying or selling process as easy and stress free as possible. Drop in during our open week at Kitisuru Terraces to have an experience with us. To secure your spot, reach us at:  0724 – 002 605

Top 10 Tips to Successful Home Buying

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Buying a property is probably the biggest investment you will ever make – with long-term financial ramifications. It also calls for an informed decision and good advice from a real estate professional.

However, the real estate process can seem daunting, especially for a first-time home buyer. With the current real estate market, most people are uncertain of how to move forward with the home buying process.

Many potential home owners are to a great extent looking out for tips and advice to help them make the home buying process easier.

From the financing to pre-approval process and offer presentations, here are top home buying tips we believe everyone should know before they decide to purchase a home:

1.Research is the key to discovery

Property sellers will not call you with offers to buy a maintenance free-home with wonderful mortgages. You have to find the gems yourself! Reading available materials, talking to experts, and spending time looking at different homes and neighbourhoods will help you end up with your American dream home.

Looking for your home begins with carefully assessing your values, wants and needs, both for the short term and long-term.

2. Make a plan and get pre-qualified

Developing a home buying pan will help you focus on the important factors and organize the entire process. Loan pre-qualifying helps you determine the home price you can afford and presents you as a genuine prospect to the seller.

Planning and getting pre-qualified will keep you out of the panic mode and allow you to take advantage of opportunities. It also saves you both time and money.

3. Hire your agent

A typical real estate transaction involves a dozen separate individuals – from mortgage brokers, to insurance assessors, to buyer’s agents, bakers, inspectors and a number of other individuals whose actions and decisions have to be orchestrated in order to get a home sale closed.

It is the role of your real estate agent to expertly coordinate all these professionals involved in your home purchase and to act as the advocate for you and your interests throughout.

4. Create your top 5 list of amenities

When shopping for a home, list all the features – lounge, private yard, etc., that are most important to you in deciding on which home to buy. Establishing your desires early enough will save you time shopping for inappropriate homes and will also keep you from buying a home on a whim.

Remember, your top reason for buying a home should be the value you are getting.

5. Sign a contract that protects you

Make sure that the contract you decide to put your house on allows you to arrange financing, inspect the home and negotiate any problems that you uncover.

Ensuring that the contract you sign will minimize potential legal battles plus much more.

6. Put yourself in the seller’s shoes

As a potential home buyer, you are about to make one of the most important decisions that will affect both your life and that of the seller. Take your time to understand why the seller bought the home, their reasons for selling the said property, as well as the home improvements they have or have not made.

This gives you a better position to evaluate the home and negotiate a better end. In the end, the home buying process excludes the professionals and comes down to the individuals buying and selling the home.

7. Secure financing

One of the biggest decisions to make before putting a contract on a home is how to finance the purchase. While you may find the thought of owning a home thrilling, the thought of taking on a mortgage may be downright chilling.

Most first-time buyers start out confused about the process and making such a large financial commitment. Create a chart that lists different types of fees, loans, and all least three mortgage providers.

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8. Perform due diligence

Unlike most major purchases, once you finally buy a home, you cannot return it if it does not eventually work out like you expected. That is why home owner’s insurance and property inspections are so important.

A home owner’s insurance policy protects you against loss or damage to the property itself and liability in case of injuries within your property.

Paying for a qualified home inspection before you buy a home is not just spending “a little extra” for peace of mind – it is absolutely essential for anyone who does not want to spend thousands of dollars for repairs.

9. Protect your investment

To protect you both as a buyer, as well as the seller, it is advisable to purchase a home protection plan. A home protection plan, or a home warranty, is a service contract, normally for one year, which protects homeowners against the cost of unexpected repairs or replacement of their major systems and appliances that break down due to normal wear and tear.

Also, throughout the course of your home-buying experience, you have probably spent a lot of time with your real estate agent and you have gotten to know each other fairly well. There is no reason to throw all that trust and rapport out the window just because the deal has closed. In fact, your agent wants you to keep in touch.

10. Attend open weeks and think long-term

Once you have narrowed down the neighbourhoods, attend a few open weeks. Looking at homes that are up for sale – even if they are not a perfect fit for you – is a great way to learn more about the area. When you do eventually find a house you love, you will know how your place compares to better or worse homes in that neighbourhood.

When it comes to buying, a good strategy is to find the most affordable house in the best neighbourhood. If you buy at the bottom of the price range in a good neighbourhood, you will have more room to build home value.

Visit us during our Kitisuru Open Week on 26th August – 1st September from 8:00Am -6:00pm for an amazing open week experience. To secure your spot, call us on: 0724 – 002 605 or simply visit our website.

4 Crucial Factors You Must Consider Before Buying A Luxurious Home – Martha’s Success Story


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Six years ago, Martha – a single mother of three decided to embark on a house hunting mission for a luxurious home.

Sadly, she had just lost her husband a year earlier. As the sole bread winner, the burden of taking care of her young children fell on her.

The rent, school fees, outstanding loans and other responsibilities were now becoming a burden. And with the rent being so far behind, Martha new that she had to give herself and her family the assurance of a good home.

Her late husband was in the process of securing a better home for his family. Martha knew she had to honor the memory of her husband by making his vision a reality.

Wisely, four years ago she had quit corporate Kenya to invest in a car rental and eatery business.

With time and a lot of financial discipline, she started saving enough to clear the outstanding rent arrears, pay the school fees and take care of other responsibilities.

One thing Martha new for sure is that she wanted to get a luxurious home within Nairobi for the sake of her kids.

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The home she wanted would have to be located in an area where the roads were good, plenty of amenities, a good school and close to her business located in Westlands.

One day while going through some real estate companies in Kenya, she stumbled on a house that completely changed her life.

Not only was the house located in a safe and secure neighborhood, it had everything she wanted and more!

There was a link road connecting straight to her businesses in Westlands and village market. Moreover, there were at least three very well performing schools her children could attend.

Fortunately, there was an open week and this would be the perfect opportunity for her to get a firsthand account of the property. She did not want to get a raw deal or worse be conned hence the need to see it for herself. More importantly, she wanted to know if she could secure a reasonable payment plan.

During the open week, Martha was able to get a good perspective of the home and need I say, she was NOT disappointed.

The 4 bedroom house was sufficient enough for her kids and herself. Since Martha loves whipping up a good meal, the kitchen was fitted with a pantry and breakfast area.

This meant she had plenty of room to cook meals with her kids and enjoy them either in the kitchen yard or the spacious dining hall.

What about the bedrooms? All master en-suite! Sleep time would definitely be something to look forward to.

Martha also wanted to enroll in a gym as she had put on some weight. However, there was no need to pursue this as her dream home had not only a gym but also a swimming pool area.

The backyard also had a barbeque area. This was perfect because her son had spent many Saturday afternoons preparing ‘nyama choma’ with his late father. What a perfect way to keep his memory alive!

With only two units remaining, Martha just new this home was destined to be hers.

After a week of consultation and paper work, the deal was sealed! Martha was now the proud owner of one of the palatial homes in the Kitusuru Terraces.

Martha admits that she had no regrets purchasing this home and is proud she was able to complete the work her husband had begun.

Looking back, her decision to buy this home was influenced by 4 critical factors.

She evaluated each of these before making a lifelong investment for herself and her family.

  1. Location is everything

If you are like Martha, one of the factors that should influence your decision is the location of the house.

When looking for property listings, ensure that the luxurious home you want is conveniently located close to your business/work.

This will help you beat the dreadful Nairobi city traffic and navigate seamlessly between work and home. Also consider if the location is ideal for your children in terms of their schools.

Just like Martha, make sure there is guaranteed 24-hour security in the area.

  1. Presence of Amenities

Buying a home isn’t just for you. It’s also for your family. You have to think about what schools your children will go to, the nearby hospitals you can visit, shopping centers, good roads etc.

Therefore, it’s not just about you wanting to live in the Kenya luxury real estate, you have to consider how easily you can access basic human needs.

If the property doesn’t meet these needs, don’t invest because you will regret the decision down the line.

  1. Reasonable Payment Plan

Before buying a luxury home always examine whether they have reasonable payment plans.

When working with a bank or any other financier, study the loan interest rates, period of repayment, monthly payments among other factors.

Look for a bank with the cheapest mortgage rates as well as penalties. Also get a bank that has a speedy application process and what additional costs you might incur such as legal and valuation fees.

  1. Size Matters

How big is your family? How many bedrooms will you need? Is the kitchen, living room and yard big enough?

These questions will help you influence your decision to purchase a home. Consider if the rooms are many and big enough to comfortably accommodate each family member.

Additionally, evaluate whether the size of the living room is spacious enough to fit your furniture. The kitchen also needs to have adequate space for food storage and meal preparation among other house features.

In summary…

Buying a luxurious home in upmarket Kenya is a very possible reality. And with information at the click of a button, it makes the process of buying ten times easier.

However, you must be as proactive as Martha and go beyond your computer or phone screen to the actual location.

Remember that seeing is believing. Ultimately, this will help you make the right decision in getting a good house.

Attend our Kitisuru Open Week on 26th August – 1st September and experience the splendor of luxurious living.

To secure your spot, call us on: 0724 – 002 605

Or simply visit our website on: Kitisuru Terraces (under Sigimo Enterprises).

See you then.

Cheers!

Esther Kamau works as a Communications & Social Media Coordinator at Homes Kenya Ltd. To engage with her please email estherkamau@homeskenya.com