A house that could arguably be one of Kenya's most expensive is located in a luxurious gated community identified as Magnolia Residences in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
The house which sits on a one-acre land parcel is identified as Magnolia Hills House 12, and it was sold for Ksh650 million (adjusted for inflation) in 2014.
According to ArchDatum magazine, the design and construction of the building was handled by celebrated architect Mehraz Ehsani and was completed in early 2014.
Zana Development Marketing, which marketed the property, in an article indicated that the interior designer (Ehsani) created the building as a family home and also as an expansive venue for a large gathering.
"The design of the house is a modern interpretation of life in the Kenyan countryside, where people enjoy brilliant sun-filled days and the beauty of nature, while at night, retire to the darker spaces intended for sleep.
"In every way the design endeavors to respect its relation to nature and makes specific use of the unique weather conditions in Nairobi, allowing grand spaces which neither need cooling, nor heating," Zana wrote.
Zana further added that the house is capable of accommodating between 200 and 250 guests at any one time.
According to Zana, the design and construction process for the house was uniquely tailored to bring about the classy finish that the house is all about.
"The floors and walls are the most exclusive imported from India. The wardrobes and the kitchens are made by the same company that makes interiors for Mercedes."
The house also boasts two large kitchens, a gym, six bedrooms (all en-suite), extensive balconies, an inside and outside jacuzzi, two staff quarters and a garage for three cars.
The story of the house started way in 2005 when a developer bought 24 acres of land in Kitisuru, near the International School of Kenya and began developing the Magnolia Residences.
According to the Daily Nation on August 22, 2014, a piece of land in the area in 2005 was going at around Ksh2.3 million per acre.
As of 2019, an acre of land in the same region would set a buyer back to in the upwards of Ksh430 million.
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