Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Dr. Chris Obure and Shelter Afrique Cairan Daniel Nghidinua watering a plant to mark the launch of Everest Apartment Phase II. With them is helter Afrique Managing Director & CEO Andrew Chimphondah (right) and Everest Limited Managing Director James Muriuki .

Everest Limited and Shelter Afrique have completed the development of the second phase of Everest Park Apartments, a multi-million-shilling mixed use property located in Mavoko on Mombasa Road.

The property comprising of one, two and three bedroom apartments targets the growing low to middle-income population with units selling at Ksh2.95m, Ksh4.95m and Ksh6.5m for one, two and three bedrooms respectively.

It consists of 60 one-bedroom units, 100 two-bedroom units, and 40 three-bedroom units.

The project is developed by The Everest Park Development, Joint-Venture between Shelter-Afrique and Everest Limited.

The two companies own land upon which the project sits. Shelter Afrique further provided debt to the tune of Ksh398 million and a standby facility amounting to Ksh50 million.

“The completion of Everest Park Apartments Phase II is a continuation and reinforcement of our relationship and strong partnership with Everest Limited and a testimony of joint commitment to the development of affordable housing in Kenya,” said Shelter Afrique Managing Director & CEO Andrew Chimphondah.

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In 2011 Shelter Afrique entered into a partnership with Everest Limited and developed Everest Park Phase I. The 240 units were developed at a cost of Ksh755 million, marking the beginning of a long-term partnership between the two organizations.

“We believe unit cost of between Ksh2.9.5 million and Ksh4.95 million though not very affordable is within reach of many Kenyans, especially those in the middle class. Shelter Afrique aim is to make houses as affordable as Ksh1.5 million,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

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Everest Limited Managing Director James Muriuki said despite the challenges phased with Phase I of the project, the market was reacting positively to the second phase.

“We have sold 96 of the 200 units with one and two bedroom units being on high demand. We are upbeat about the uptake of the remaining units,” Mr. Muriuki said.

Speaking when he officially launched the project, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Dr. Chris Obure, lauded Shelter Afrique and Everest Limited for complementing the government’s effort in providing affordable housing.

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“We will see more of these arrangements in order to reduce the housing deficit and reach our target of 500,000 housing units by the year 2022,” Dr. Obure said.

The mixed-use complex boasts of a playground for children, parking space facilities and a commercial centre still under construction.

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