Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a non-profit wildlife sanctuary in Laikipia, has embarked on the construction of a luxury housing estate near Nanyuki town.
The development, to be known as Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate, is set on a 1,000-acre piece of land on the eastern boundary of the 90,000-acre wildlife conservancy, about 10 kilometres west of Nanyuki town.
Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate will consist of 100 single-storey 3-5 bedroom houses open for sale to both local and foreign buyers at Sh29.9 million and Sh33 million for the 3-bedroom and 5-bedroom respectively. The prices were initially set at Sh27.6 million and Sh29.9 million respectively.
The homes, which are centralised around salt licks and waterholes with impressive views of Mt Kenya, Laikipia plains and Aberdare Ranges, are planned to function both as long-term residences and holiday homes for rental.
“The design of the development and all planned activities will be wildlife-friendly, and there will be no internal fences – allowing game to roam at will,” Ol Pejeta says on its website.
Home buyers will have access to a communal swimming pool, dedicated club house,and cycling and walking tracks. They will also benefit from concessionary access into the wildlife conservancy through a private gate.
According to Johnson Denge of Ryden International, the selling agent, more than half of the homes have already been sold off-plan – demonstrating the high demand for luxury homes in Kenya.
“We have already sold over 50 homes, and now with the show-house coming up we expect the rate of sales to increase,” Denge said.
The sale of Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate, according to Ol Pejeta chief executive Richard Vigne, will help the organisation to do more to achieve its goals in terms of conservation and supporting local communities.
“Every house sold will enable us to do more to achieve our goals at Ol Pejeta both in terms of wildlife conservation and in supporting local communities,” said Vigne.
The development has a build-time of 18 months, meaning it will be ready by March 2014.