State begins sale of affordable housing units in major towns

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 00:00 |
The Ngara affordable housing project in Nairobi. Photo/PD/FILE

Irene Githinji @gitshee

The government has started selling houses constructed under the affordable housing programme in major towns.

The houses in Nairobi, Machakos, Embu, Kiambu and Kisumu counties, are at various stages of construction.

Buyers interested in units at Nairobi’s Park Road will pay Sh1.5 million for each one-bedroom house made on a plinth of 30 square metres. There are 30 such units. Buyers will pay Sh2 million for each two-bedroom house on a 40-square metre plinth (112 units).

Each of the 176 units of two-bedroom houses made on a 60-square metre plinth will cost Sh3 million.

Other houses available on Park Road are 230 three-bedroom houses made on a 60 and 80-square metre plinth area, which will go for Sh3.5 million and Sh4 million each, respectively.

Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga said in a statement that construction of some of the housing projects has been completed while works are ongoing for others and will be completed by December. 

“The Park Road housing project has been developed under AHP and the total number of units in the project is 1,370. Some of the units will be sold to civil servants while the rest have been reserved for other citizens,” he said.

A parking silo has been provided in the project and a unit parking space will be purchased separately at Sh390,000.

The PS said the Embu, Kiambu, Machakos and Kisumu projects have been financed by Civil Servants Housing Scheme Fund (CSHSF).

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He said the Kiambu, Embu and Machakos housing projects are at an advanced stage of completion and will be ready this year while that of Kisumu is complete and about 50 per cent of the units sold.

In Embu, the 80 units of two-bedroom houses built on 70 square metre plinth area will go for Sh3.5 million each while 140 units of three-bedroom houses with a master en suite, made on a 90-plinth area, will be sold at Sh4.8 million each.

In Machakos, there are 100 units of two-bedroom houses made on 66 square metre plinth going for Sh3.3 million while another 100 units of three-bedroom master en suite houses made on 88 square metre plinth will be sold at Sh4.3 million.

Kiambu has 75 one-bedroom houses going for Sh2.3 million each, 48 units of two-bedroom homes worth Sh4 million each and 70 units of three-bedroom master en suite houses going for Sh5.4 million each. In Kisumu, there are 20 units of one-bedroom houses, which are to be sold at Sh2.3 million each, 120 units of two-bedroom houses at Sh3.6 million and 70 units of three-bedroom houses with master en suite, each going for Sh5.4 million.

“Interested serving civil servants are invited to apply for the houses commensurate with their grades...” said the PS.

Completed application forms should be returned on or before April 28 with the required minimum deposit of 10 percent of purchase price

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