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Friday, 19 June 2015

Kenya’s Real Estate-Alternative Housing




Why alternative housing? To save money, to travel, to live creatively - there are many reasons why people choose to live in tents, RVs, cabins, underground homes, rental rooms and anything else that's less common than the houses, condos and apartments that most people call home. Below are some of these housing options, and their advantages.

Alternative Housing That Moves

Camping at a hot springs area, we sat around the campfire one night with several young men living in the desert in their old converted school bus. It cost them nothing to park it in the desert (on BLM land you have to move every two weeks, though), bathed for free in hot spring tubs that were as nice as those in nearby expensive resorts, sung and played around the fire each night. Not such a bad life.

My friend and I lived for almost a month in our conversion van as we traveled from Nairobi to Cape Town and then to back to Kisumu. Advantages of a van include better mileage and being inconspicuous. We found that could park and sleep almost anywhere.

Other Alternative Housing

In most areas where rents are high, renting rooms has become common. This makes sense for single people. Just pay a set amount each month or week, and (if it includes utilities) you have a predictable and lower cost of living. I rented out rooms in my own home for years, and even put carpet and lighting in a shed so I could get and save some cash out of it.

A friend of mine lived in a shack he built for Kshs.240, 000 on a small piece of land he bought for Kshs. 300k eventually he ran into problems with the county because he had no permit and legal documents. Apparently you can't live on your own land in the forest if your home is too small. However, you can camp on it, so a Kshs.160k used recreational vehicle parked on your land makes for a cheap and legal housing alternative.

For example, some people live on houseboats and avoid paying property taxes. Some live in the jungle near the beaches in Hawaii, so they can afford to be in paradise. I know people who lived in a basement while slowly building the house above for cash. People live in cabins built in the national forest wilderness, moving every few years as they are discovered. Truly, your imagination is the only limit to your alternative housing options. 

In Kenya the case is very different have no alternative than either going back to reserves or rent a room in a slum. www.kenyan-real-estate.com



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