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Kenya’s premier gated com­mu­nity

Lo­cated a mere 45 min­utes drive from Nairobi’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict, Ba­hati Ridge was the first gated com­mu­nity in Thika, Mu­ranga County and presents an ex­cit­ing se­lec­tion of town­houses, vil­las, bun­ga­lows and cot­tages amid beau­ti­ful coun­try views and a ru­ral am­biance.

With the prom­ise of pro­vid­ing a re­fresh­ing es­cape from the city chaos, the project broke ground in 2011 where the units were be­ing sold ready for con­struc­tion of the first phase, which ended in 2014 and con­sisted of 72 homes.

Ba­hati Ridge is a fam­ily-owned project, built upon land that was pur­chased in 1974 and has been grad­u­ally trans­formed from a cof­fee farm, to a hor­ti­cul­tural farm and fi­nally has changed quite dra­mat­i­cally to a gated com­mu­nity.

“Around 10 years ago the fam­ily sought to pre­serve the farm and its spe­cial ap­peal, de­cid­ing to open it up to other fam­i­lies that might like to have a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence,” ex­plains the Ba­hati Ridge Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mar­garet W Kibe. “The lo­gis­ti­cal move at that point was to de­velop a new gated com­mu­nity, filled with care­fully planned homes that would en­able own­ers to en­joy the coun­try­side fresh air while be­ing sur­rounded by acres of farm land, rivers and lush green­ery.”

Ba­hati Ridge of­fers its res­i­dents the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence en­chanted coun­try liv­ing, com­bined with the unique feel of a sub­ur­ban home. The im­pres­sive ser­vices avail­able for your con­ve­nience in­clude com­mon area gar­den­ing and clean­ing ser­vices, in­ter­net, In­ter­com, CCTV se­cu­rity sur­veil­lance, 24 Hour guard­ing ser­vices, ra­dio alarm back-up, an elec­tri­fied perime­ter green fence, com­mon area light­ing and wa­ter, so­lar wa­ter heat­ing, in­verter pro­vi­sion and much more.

New chal­lenges

At ev­ery level of the project there is a sense of fam­ily within it, with many of the cur­rent Ba­hati Ridge team hav­ing been there right from the be­gin­ning.

“In or­der to get a job with us, there needed to be a fun­da­men­tal in­ter­est in real es­tate and green de­vel­op­ments,” con­tin­ues Kibe. “All of our em­ploy­ees are re­quired to know ev­ery­thing about who we are and what our brand and mes­sage is.

“I used to be the Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor be­fore be­com­ing Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Com­pany, and sub­se­quently car­ried out a lot of the train­ing of our cur­rent per­son­nel when it came to mar­ket­ing and brand aware­ness.”

Now that the first phase of the Ba­hati Ridge is com­plete, the Com­pany is care­fully man­ag­ing its work­force in­crease and has up-skilled many of its cur­rent em­ploy­ees in or­der to take on the new chal­lenges they are faced with.

Kibe adds: “These peo­ple have been with us right from the be­gin­ning and there­fore they com­pletely un­der­stand what it is we are try­ing to achieve both now and in the fu­ture.

“We are well aware that at times there is also the need to bring in ex­ter­nal ex­perts in or­der to ful­fil cer­tain roles; a prime ex­am­ple of this was find­ing the right level of se­cu­rity for the peo­ple liv­ing in our com­mu­nity.

“Cus­tomer ser­vice train­ing is now paramount in our com­mu­nity given that we now have 100 ca­pac­ity cur­rently res­i­dent in Phase 1 of Ba­hati Ridge and we con­tinue to train and im­prove on that front.”

Green liv­ing

Based out in the coun­try­side,

Ba­hati Ridge of­fers a full pic­ture of tran­quil­lity, com­plete with birds, trees and rivers, clean air, less has­sle and no stress.

“That is who we are, and we are in­cred­i­bly proud of our past and on­go­ing work that has led to this point of suc­cess,” states Kibe. “We are selling a life­style that you aren’t go­ing to re­ceive in the city, avoid­ing the hec­tic rou­tine that might be your work­ing life.”

While com­pletely ded­i­cat­ing it­self to achiev­ing a tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment for its res­i­dents, Ba­hati Ridge is also fo­cused on be­com­ing com­pletely green in or­der to achieve long-term ben­e­fits for both the de­vel­op­ment and the coun­try. This ef­fort has in­cluded a tire­less con­cen­tra­tion on mon­i­tor­ing the use of its re­sources, for ex­am­ple en­ergy and wa­ter.

“For us, go­ing green is about con­sid­er­ing what we can do to pre­vent any degra­da­tion to our im­me­di­ate

en­vi­ron­ment,” Kibe de­scribes. “We have closely stud­ied the ways that we can use en­ergy dif­fer­ently, for ex­am­ple, us­ing so­lar power to light up our com­mon ar­eas is some­thing that we will be im­ple­ment­ing into phase two of our de­vel­op­ment.

“I want us to get off the grid and stepup our game in re­gards to en­ergy, and at present we are in dis­cus­sions to in­stall a so­lar farm as we have the acreage to do so in the near fu­ture. There is no rea­son why we should not be us­ing so­lar power en­ergy and we are ded­i­cated 100 per­cent to achiev­ing this.”

Sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment

At Ba­hati Ridge, ensuring that the es­tate be­comes truly ‘green’ has been vi­tal to plans for de­vel­op­ment of the sec­ond phase, and that need en­com­passes its new mar­ket­ing campaign in which it is con­fi­dent it will be­come the first green cer­ti­fied gated com­mu­nity in Mu­ranga County.

“When it comes to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ments at both Ba­hati Ridge and in Kenya on a larger scale, we have to re­mem­ber that we are a de­vel­op­ing coun­try and there­fore can­not jus­tify un­nec­es­sary ex­pense on de­vel­op­ments that won’t be ben­e­fi­cial to the fu­ture,” ex­plains Kibe. “With our hous­ing we are closely look­ing at us­ing sus­tain­able en­ergy to run it, and this is seen at both Ba­hati Ridge and my own project named Sereneki Ridge.

“If we can start to set the path in this direc­tion, con­serv­ing wa­ter and en­ergy, we can in turn set the cogs in mo­tion to make our­selves as sus­tain­able as pos­si­ble as a coun­try and not just sin­gu­lar de­vel­op­ments.”

As part of its cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the Com­pany is util­is­ing ma­te­ri­als that are avail­able nat­u­rally and which sub­se­quently fit per­fectly into Ba­hati Ridge’s sus­tain­able plans for the fu­ture.

Kibe con­cludes: “That is a fac­tor that is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to us as I know that we each have our part to play and ours is start­ing with this project and mov­ing towards the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of Kenya.”

Ba­hati Ridge of­fers a full pic­ture of tran­quil­lity

Ba­hati Ridge is fo­cused on be­com­ing cer­ti­fied green

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