Upper Kirby - Neighborhood Information

Upper Kirby is a neat Houston neighborhood that is west of Shepherd, east of the Greenway Plaza / Buffalo Speedway, southwest of Montrose, north of the city of West University Place, and south of River Oaks.

In the late 1980's, there was a neighborhood in the heart of Houston without a name, without a vision and without a feeling of community. The area was surrounded by affluent residential neighborhoods, declining commercial properties, barren streetscapes and a major corridor to other destinations.

Then, in January 1988, property and business owners in the Upper Kirby District gathered together to figure out who they were, what they wanted to look like and what they wanted to become. The result: the Upper Kirby District was created. 

Throughout the years, residents, property owners, businesses and institutions have focused on beautification, community outreach, special events, identity and transportation. They have succeeded in turning their neighborhood into a vibrant residential and commercial destination in the heart of Houston's inner city, where neighborhoods and businesses work together to enhance the quality of life in the Upper Kirby District.

After more than 16 years, the Upper Kirby District has branched out into several organizations to achieve goals for the area. Harris County Improvement District #3, Tax Reinvestment Zone #19, the Upper Kirby District Foundation, and the combined Super Neighborhoods (23 & 87) of Greenway Plaza, Upper Kirby, Afton Oaks and River Oaks now exist to plan and implement the many priorities of the community.

In January 2002, the Upper Kirby District Merchant's Association reorganized to become the Houston In town Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is designed to serve the vibrant commercial and residential areas of Midtown, the Museum District, Near town, Upper Kirby District, Rice University/Rice Village, Afton Oaks, River Oaks and Greenway Plaza. The Chamber strives to serve its members by providing opportunities for business growth and development while cultivating quality of life in the community.

UPPER KIRBY is an eclectic combination of cottages, townhouses, duplexes, apartments, and small businesses illustrating Houston's "no zoning" environment. Many of the city's historic mansions are found here in Avondale and Courtlandt Place. Restaurants, bars, coffee houses, galleries, antique stores and unique retail shops are found throughout this area, known affectionately as Houston's "bohemia."

To get more information or tour homes in this neighborhood, call Norman Frenk at 713-818-0829 today or email us at garygreene@aol.com

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