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November 18, 2018

Snapshot of Mombasa: A five-bedroom house now sells for Sh420 million

MOMBASA is Kenya’s second largest city. It is centred on Mombasa Island, but extends to mainland.

Houses for sale range from Sh1.9 million to Sh420 million. Rental houses are between Sh30,000 and Sh400,000 a month.

Mombasa’s Moi International Airport is the second busiest airport.

The city has a lot to offer to tourists, investors and residents. With a population estimated at over 1.2 million, it can hardly be considered a quiet coastal city. Separated from the mainland by two creeks, Mombasa is home to stunning scenery and breathtaking beaches.

 

Tourism

The city’s beauty has turned it into an attractive choice for tourists. North of the city, visitors are drawn to the Nyali and Bamburi beaches.

To the south, Diani Beach hosts a number of luxury resorts and boutique hotels.

 

Real Estate

As more people enter the city, hoping to enjoy the beaches, culture and historical sights, the residential and commercial real estate sector must develop to meet demand. New boutique hotels and upmarket, luxury cottages are catering to the influx of visitors.

Many houses for rent in Mombasa are bungalows, built for a single family. They are often detached with their own compound to offer more privacy.

While many of the homes for rent are unfurnished, it is possible to find some furnished houses in Nyali, Kizingo and Diani. The finishing on the houses is often a mixture of traditional and contemporary designs.

This month, house prices in Mombasa ranged from Sh1.9 million to Sh420 million.

The latter figure will buy you an elegant, five bedroom house, with six bathrooms, right on the creek. For Sh135 million, you can own a stunning, ultramodern house on the beach in Kilifi.

 

Sites

As well as stunning beaches, visitors to Mombasa can enjoy historical sites, including the popular, Portuguese-built Fort Jesus. The city’s old town is known for its ancient buildings and interesting indigenous art.

Waking around the town, you can experience a mixture of architecture, influenced by Mombasa’s interesting history.

The Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve lures visitors with its enticing blue waters, watersports and abundance of wildlife.

You can’t talk about Mombasa without mentioning the famous Mombasa Tusks, built to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the city in 1952. The tusks mark the town’s entrance, forming the letter M, for Mombasa.

– Lamudi

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