I'm looking for some advice on where to live in Nairobi. Google has only gotten me so far and I would love some real opinions. Here are some of the things that have guided my decision-making and I would appreciate input based on any of them:
1)I want to be within walking distance of places (understanding its inapplicability after dark), i.e. supermarket, cinema,restaurants, bars, etc...having spent all my life in walking cities this is important.
2)Neighborhoods with more townhouses, maisonettes, bungalows, etc. than high-rise apartments.
3)Close enough to city center (my work), i.e. not Karen,...I will have no car.
4)Melting-pot of people. I understand that this is tricky in Nairobi but I'm curious as to what is out there. I certainly like the comfort of being around expats but I don't want to live in an area that feels like some foreign bubble.
I know generally that Kilimani, Lavington, Hurlingham, Upper Hill, Westlands, and Parklands all have some of the above characteristics but I am looking for some more concrete help, please!
Thanks so much.