Upper Kirby

Overview

Upper Kirby is one of the largest and busiest commercial districts in Houston, extending along Highway 59 and Richmond Avenue. Upper Kirby is between the Galleria to the west and the Museum District to the east, which makes it a point of interest for tourists and newcomers to the city. The neighborhood boasts a variety of trendy restaurants, bars, and high-end retail stores.
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Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$98,900 to $4,425,000
  • Closed Prices:$72,400 to $3,250,000
  • Median Sale Price:$527,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$280
  • Association Fee:$0 to $400/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1930 to 2017
  • Sq. Ft.:456 to 8,870Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 6Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:0 to 6Bathrooms
  • Lot Sizes:less than 1/8 - 3acres

Homes

You can find a wide variety of home designs and prices in the wonderful community of Upper Kirby. Most common in this neighborhood are attached homes, which usually have home owner association fees ranging from $25 to $1,550, and taxes for the year range from as low as $1,440 to as high as $76,013. There are also a variety of single-family homes. Those usually have home owner association fees ranging from $25 to $1,550, and taxes for the year range from as low as $9,126 to as high as $67,539.

Around Upper Kirby

Where to Live

Upper Kirby has an eclectic range of properties, from luxury townhomes on West Main Street to million-dollar contemporary mansions near Richmond Avenue. There are multiple homes along Westpark Drive, but they tend to come with a steep price tag. For those seeking a smaller abode, many young professionals and small families prefer the high-rise luxury condominium buildings throughout the neighborhood.

Where to Eat

Upper Kirby is known for a wide range of restaurants, from Venezuelan fusion to Korean BBQ. There is a new restaurant opening up wherever you look in this glitzy commercial district. One of the city’s busiest areas, Richmond Avenue, is home to numerous establishments. Likewise, Greenway Plaza, Shepherd Drive and Kirby Drive have various culinary options.

What You'll See

You will see a lot of tall glitzy buildings next to busy commercial strip malls with name brand retail stores and restaurants. This also means you will see gridlock traffic during morning and afternoon rush hours. If you’re driving down Highway 59, you won’t miss the towering Greenway Plaza looming over the freeway. The subdivisions in this affluent area are nice to drive through, showcasing uniquely designed mansions and contemporary homes.

Friday Night Fun

Upper Kirby has a vibrant nightlife scene due to its location, as well as its many trendy restaurants and bars. Richmond Avenue has been a popular hotspot for many years. Kirby Drive and Alabama Street also have many dive bars and newer establishments. When it comes to food and drinks, Upper Kirby is a favorite for newcomers and locals alike.

The Perfect Sunday

Upper Kirby has many small art and photography galleries. Moody Gallery on Colquitt Street is a hidden gem surrounded by beautiful homes. In fact, a walk down Colquitt is the best way to go if you’re an art lover. Bayou City Performing Arts features talented choruses who perform original works. The Museum District is also nearby, which is home to the famous Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the lesser-known but awe-inspiring Jung Gallery, which is dedicated to the legendary psychology pioneer. The Galleria Mall on Westheimer and 610 can be packed on Sunday afternoons, and parking can be hard, but its high-end retail stores and ice skating rink makes the struggle worth it.

Locals Love

Beautiful homes • Many retail shops • Variety of restaurants.

Locals Don't Love

Expensive properties • Pricey restaurants • Traffic.

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