Imara Daima is located just next to General Motors East Africa. The estate has grown tremendously over the years with developers rushing against time to meet the growing demand of thousands of Nairobians who throng to Imara to search for houses to rent.
The estate will soon be a major city within a city if developers continue building world class houses with the rate they are currently building at. The first time I was there was in 2009 when it was just a tiny village, with few hopeless people moving around aimlessly. Few years down the line, there is no hopelessness, it’s a respected estate.
Cost of living
Imara Daima is not expensive estate when it comes to availability of basic commodities like food. There are several groceries which sell fresh vegetables. There are also small estates near Imara Daima like Mukuru kwa Njenga, where you can obtain vegetables and other food stuffs cheaply.
When it comes to shopping, there is Nakumatt Supermarket Embakasi, Taj Shopping Mall which houses Uchumi Supermarket, Tuskys Supermarket and many mini-supermarkets within the estate. Everything is found in the estate, you don’t need to commute to town to buy anything.
The estate is not far from Nairobi though traffic jam on Mombasa sometimes is hectic.However,if you are working along Mombasa road or Karen, living in Amara Daima will not be a bad decision. Those who are working in town normally wake up at 5.30 am to catch up with the vehicles at Amara Daima stage.
Transport from Imara to town is Ksh 50 during rush hours and Ksh 30 during off peak hours. But sometimes commuters pay as little as Ksh 20 from the estate to town-so cheap.
Alternatively,you can use a train which picks passengers at Imara Daima Railway station every morning and drops them in the evening.
One thing I like about this estate is that the Stage from town to Imara has so many vehicles as compared to other estates in eastlands.The transport cost is also not exaggerated like Rongai route.
This is what people want to know before they settle somewhere.
In Imara Daima,the rent for a single room is between Ksh 5,000-Ksh 7,000.
The rent for a bedsitter is between Ksh 7,500-Ksh 10,000
The rent for a one bedroom in an apartment is between Ksh 13,000-Ksh 20,000
The rent for a two bedroom house is between Ksh 17,000-Ksh 30,000
Three bedroom house goes for Ksh 30,000-Ksh 45,000
When it comes to security. There is a police station within the estate, which conducts regular patrols day and night. One is guaranteed maximum security.
Imara has one of the most beautiful apartments with excellent finishing. Almost all houses have tiles on their floors.
Most houses are managed by real estate agents, who are always friendly to tenants.