Nairobi, Feb. 21 -- The popularity of mixed-use type of developments has seen investors move to the outskirts of major Kenyan cities and towns.

Also called compact developments, mixed-use developments are an ecosystem that allows a seamless interaction of retail facilities, residential and commercial offices in a set-up of communal living.

These days, developers are putting up properties that allow people to work, shop, live and carry out leisure activities within the same environment.

In Kenya, leading properties such as Garden City, Two Rivers Mall and Global Trade Centre have embraced this mixed-use model. Others are Riverside Square along Riverside Drive and Muthaiga Square on Thika Road.

Two Rivers, owned by Centum Group, has sev...