Brookside is an up-market, green, residential area set between Westlands, Spring Valley and Upper Parklands estate (Kabete Road), with the Waiyaki Way dual carriageway separating the area from Muthangari. Just like its neighbours, Brookside is close to Nairobi’s dynamic social hub for expatriates, middle class and wealthy Kenyans, Westlands, with its wide range of shops, plazas, restaurants, bars and night clubs. Many Brookside residents have offices in Westlands and the town centre. Brookside itself is also home to a sprinkling of corporate offices, including the Uptown Agencies, Dry Associates Ltd, Kenya Secular Arms Ltd, Elephence Ltd, Corrington Business Systems, and Trishul Business Consultants. The area is also popular with property developers such as International House Ltd, which manages properties such as Avocado Villas on Brookside Drive. As a quiet residential areas, its apartment blocks are popular with expatriates, young professionals and a few families attracted by the choice of facilities. Some of the up market British system schools are found in the area, including Brookhouse Preparatory School, where many children of the country’s top political establishment are enrolled.
Location: 4 KM North West of Nairobi's City Centre.
Population Density: Low
Types of buildings: The area is characterized by few enterprises in offices, penthouses, numerous apartments with sprawling gardens, few modern townhouses and beautiful guest houses, some with swimming pools.
Property Values / Trends: A number of agents rent out apartments. Many luxurious blocks exist in the area, usually in a half-acre compound with tastefully designed furnished and unfurnished apartments, some with 20,000 liter underground water tanks and swimming pools. Some apartments consist of over 20 units, with a one bedroom Penthouses typically consisting of a large en suite bedroom, an extra guest cloakroom, expansive lounge with balcony, laundry, and American kitchen. The 2 to 3 bedroom apartments generally consist of a master en suite, spacious lounge cum dining room with balcony, fitted kitchens, bath tub/cloakroom with large utility laundry, and balcony. Rents run at around Kshs130,000 a month.
Area Zoning for Development: Brookside is an upper middle class area,close to Nairobi's City Centre and Westlands. Its relatively posh and for real estate developers property built here will attract relatively high rent rates.
Security: There are no police stations in the heart of Brookside, but its served by Westlands Police Station, Parklands Police Station, Highridge, and Spring Valley Police station.
Residents' Association: N/A
Transport & Road Networks: Brookside sits between Waiyaki Way, Kabete Road and Westlands. A taxi to Brookside from Westlands roughly costs Kshs500. Matatus can be boarded from the Koja Mosque area in the Nairobi CBD and Westlands. However, a car is a plus.
Hotels: Residents here rely on hotels at Westlands a neigbouring suburb.
Hospitals: Westlands Cottage Hospital, Nairobi, The Aga Khan and M.P. Shah Hospitals are all close.
Educational Institutions: Schools around the area include, the Aga Khan High Academy, Intel College, Westlands Primary, St. Mark’s nursery school and Brookhouse Preparatory School in Brookside Drive.
Shopping Centres & Amenities: For recreation activities and leisure purposes, Brookside residents use Westland’s cluster of shops, plazas, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Some of the shopping malls and plazas include The Sarit Center, Westgate Mall, and ABC Place. Also, Eat Out restaurant (Websimba Ltd) on Brookside Drive is popular. Amenity-wise, many Brookside apartments have their own gyms, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools and restaurants.
Places Of Worship: Churches around Brookside include Christ Embassy Church, and the All Africa Conference of Churches. Neighbouring Brookside, are temples accessible from the area they include the Oshwal Religious Centre, and the East African Swaminarayan Satsang Temple.
Useful Contacts/Links for the area:
MP Shah Hospital - Shivachi Road,Parklands,
P.O. Box 14497, Shivachi Road, Highridge,
Nairobi, Central 00800 - (0)20 37427637
Parklands Police Station, Highridge
Tel 020 742238 /632222 0721-364 999
Spring Valley Police Station, Lower Kabete, Nairobi
Tel 020 581042 or 0721 366 999
Brookhouse Preparatory School Brookside Drive.
P.O. Box 14271-00100
Brookside Gardens, Westlands, Nairobi
P. O. Box: 1134 - 00606 Sarit Centre