Bahati Ridge Housing Scheme Takes Shape
The introductory prices for the townhouses, bungalows and villas range from Sh8.5 million to Sh15 million depending on mode of payment such as cash, installment and mortgage purchase.
Construction of Bahati Ridge phase I in Gatanga has begun in what is set to be the first gated estate in Thika on completion. The housing project is being put up on a 95-acre parcel hived off a 182-acre farm owned by former PS for Water Joseph Kibe's family. The Kibe's listed as Bahati Ridge Ltd directors include Gilbert, Joseph, Margaret, Victor, Grace and Josephine Kibe.
The development targets the middle class commuter lifestyle which will be enhanced on completion the Nairobi-Thika Superhighway in 2012. It comprises three house types: town houses, villas and bungalows. It is three kilometres from Blue Post Hotel and 42 kilometres from Nairobi. The developer also banks on the proposed upgrade of the commuter rail system which is expected to cut down on commuter costs and time considerably as the State moves to decongest the city.
The introductory prices for the townhouses, bungalows and villas range from Sh8.5 million to Sh15 million depending on mode of payment such as cash, installment and mortgage purchase. The 337 units will be built in four phases. Phase I has 72 units and will be completed in 2012. The project build time is five years.
Managing director Gilbert Kibe the housing scheme will offer a 'live-work' solution to residents as all amenities will be accessible. "People staying in our estate will walk to work and their children walk to school," said Kibe. Bahati Ridge chairman Joseph Kibe the family venture was motivated by the ongoing construction of the Super Highway.
"Without the super highway this area would have lagged behind. We would have continued with our horticultural activities which we started in 1974," he said, adding that the remaining 87 acres will be retained for horticultural farming, where the family grows vegetables and fruits for export markets.
Kibe said the value of land along the highway and in Thika had appreciated highly since the road construction commenced, making land not only attractive but also scarce and expensive. Clerk of works at the site Eng. Paul Obuya said they have clear-cut and unique designs for their houses that have already been approved by relevant authorities.