Upper Kirby Real Estate Overview:
It is fitting that Upper Kirby shares its name with entrepreneur John Henry Kirby, Texas’ first multi-millionaire, because business in the district is booming. Once a pass-through kind of place for those on route to River Oaks on the north, West University to the south, Montrose to the east and Greenway Plaza to the west, Upper Kirby is a wallflower no longer with $300 million in current new construction.
While it’s hard to miss the high-rise developments that are a new defining feature of the area, there’s plenty of interest at ground level, including the ever increasing number of shops and restaurants which lure the faithful and the famished.
The distinctive red phone booths which pepper the district were the brainchild of the Kirby merchants association in the 1980s, a nod to Upper Kirby’s initials. Once functional, they now serve as light boxes for the streetscape.
More than 20,000 people call this UK home - whether they are the original owners in 1950s neighborhoods like David Crockett or empty nesters and established professionals who are moving into the new multi-family developments. Residents and visitors alike can expect a more pedestrian friendly area in the future as the area’s leadership works to move utilities underground and widen sidewalks on major thoroughfares.
“We’ve got some of the best restaurants in the city,” said Upper Kirby Deputy Director Travis Younkin. “It’s what draws people in to experience the rest and we want to give people the best environment to do that.”