Welcome to Runda, the Estate of Choice in the Republic of Kenya!
Runda Estate strives to remain one of the best run residential estates in Nairobi. Our commitment has enabled us to have an active and efficient Residents’ Association whose committee members work closely together and meet several times a month.
In putting this website together, we intend have it serve as a platform for information for those both locally and internationally who may, due to time constraints, not be able to follow up on activities.
Runda Estate is found in the northern part of Nairobi City and is dissected into almost 2 equal halves by the latitude 01.2130 South and longitude 36.8190 East. The landscape (topography) in Runda Estate ranges between 1,690 meters above sea level in low lying areas to 1,727 meters above sea level in elevated areas. The area occupied by Runda Estate (estimated to be 14km2) was once a large coffee estate owned by various firms with 3 coffee processing factories. Runda Estate was started in 1972 by MAE Properties Limited. This was a demand driven project due to the fact that when UNEP Headquarters was built in Gigiri in the early 1970's, there was an urgent need for decent houses within the area to accommodate the United Nations Staff. MAE Properties Ltd (MAE is an acronym for Eliud Mathu, Andrew Zagoritis and Elia Zagoritis - who were the Owners/Directors of the Runda Coffee Estate by then) developed the first phase of the estate (Old Runda) between 1972 and 1980 and these were fully developed houses, each on 1 or 2 acre piece of land.
This was followed by further developments of more houses in phase 2 and later in phase 3 where only (½ acre each) plots were sold to prospective developers. The development of Runda Estate later on spread eastwards up to Kiambu Road with the development of New Runda Estate by Kenya Commercial Bank and Runda Evergreen Estate by the late Zacharia Kimemia Gakunju. To the west came Runda Mimosa Estate which was developed by Karume Investments. The Runda Estates currently spreads from Limuru Road up to Kiambu Road and the development is still continuing with more residential houses coming up every month.
The expansion of old Runda Estate has continued with the developments of phase 3 in 1993, phases 4 & 5 in 1995-1996, phase 6 in 1998-2000 and now phase 7 is now extensively developed while the first phase of PHASE 8 is complete and construction plans of phase 2 of PHASE 8 are underway.