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Neighborhood Crash Course: Upper Kirby

Upper Kirby is one of the newer neighborhood designations in Houston. But what it lacks in age it makes up for in glamour. This extension of Houston’s prestigious River Oaks neighborhood boasts high end shopping, location overload, some of the city’s big name restaurants.

As an offshoot of River Oaks, I don’t need to paint a picture of Upper Kirby’s persona. Luxury boutiques, health food stores, and glitzy restaurants abound in Upper Kirby. It’s a neighborhood crammed with luxuries apartment communities and swanky town homes. If you want to live stylishly and well, Upper Kirby has all the equipment.

Upper Kirby is landlocked by other sought-after Houston neighborhoods: Uptown to the west, Montrose to the east, River Oaks to the north, and West University to the south. It’s just north of the Southwest Freeway (59) and a stone’s throw from I-610. You can be on a major thoroughfare in matter of minutes making it one of the most convenient locations in town.

However, you don’t need to go far because everything you could ever want is literally at your fingertips. The Galleria, Museum District, Rice Village, Rice University, the Medical Center – it’s all just blocks away.  When you live in Upper Kirby, Houston doesn’t feel quite so big.

And, living in Upper Kirby is becoming more popular. While single family homes were once the main option in this area, several high end properties have sprouted up in the last few years. Gables West Avenue is definitely the most anticipated development, with luxury apartments available now and more upscale shopping and dining to be added on the ground level in the near future.

Upper Kirby is also a foodie’s paradise as some of the city’s most popular restaurants are located in the area. Favorite’s like Pesce, The Wine Bucket, Houston’s, Ninfa’s, Papadeaux’s and Taco Milagro are just a few of the many restaurants of Upper Kirby. The Red Room, one of the city’s see-and-be-seen lounges, is located in Upper Kirby, as well as Eddie V’s. And, Houstonians migrate from all over the city to shop at the Whole Foods on Kirby at West Alabama.

Along with the affluence and style, Upper Kirby boasts a more mature demographic. People living in this area include mostly established couples with school age children. So, if a single crowd is what you’re looking for, Upper Kirby may not be for you. However, there are many young professionals who call this neighborhood home and enjoy the peace of living at a distance from Washington Avenue madness.

Upper Kirby is Houston at it’s finest. Care to take a look?


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