Notes on the Geography of Kenya: Blixen and the Ngong Hills : Photo 2
Rear view. The house was built in 1912 and sold to the Blixens in 1917. Karen Blixen lived here until 1931, when she sold the property and left Kenya for good. The buyer was a real-estate developer with the extraordinary name Remy Martin. He bought the land with the intention of subdividing its 4,500 acres into 20-acre parcels. The result was the suburb of Karen. In 1935, a British army officer named Lloyd bought the residual house and lived in it until 1954. The house then passed through several hands until the Danish government bought it and donated it to the Kenyan government. Until the "Out of Africa" movie crew came along, the house was used as college quarters, but when the crew moved out the National Museums of Kenya decided that the house would make a fine museum.
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