Runda is Located 7KM North of Nairobi’s City Centre 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. Further development of more houses in phase 2 and phase 3 has since seen half acres sold to developers.
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.
Types of buildings: Runda’s landscape is dotted with modern, huge, and sometimes ostentacious houses with well manicured lawns. The minimum allowable subdivision of a parcel of land is half an acre. The estate is a strictly a residential area; no flats or apartments are allowed within the estate. There are no commercial buildings inside the estate.
Population Density: Low density area
Property values /trends: Area zoning for development: Runda is a zoned as a high-end residential area.
Residents Association: Runda Resident association is one the most vibrant and vocal resident associations in the city. The association has been credited for keeping the estate in its well organized, clean state. The committee members meet several times a month. The association has formed a company to provide water to the residents.
Security: Muthaiga police station, Gigiri police station and Runda police station serve the residents of Runda.
Transport & Road Networks: Runda lies between Limuru Road and Kiambu Road. Runda is a closed community and access to the estate is through the three main entrances on the two roads. Most feeder roads are tarmac and well maintained by the Residents Association.
Hospitals: Gertrude’s Children Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital offer good, quality medical care to the neighbouring communities including Runda
Schools: The Potter House School is the only educational institution within Runda estate, but the Roslyn Ridge Academy is immediately next to the estate. There are also many good schools in the surrounding area, including the International School of Kenya, the German School and Braeburn.
Shopping Centres & Amenities: The Village Market shopping mall on Limuru Road is easily accessible for Runda residents. It offers a rich variety of shopping and entertainments. The Warwick Centre in Gigiri also has shopping, cafe’s and bistros.