New and old unite in the Upper Kirby area of Houston - for every new mixed-use development that springs up, the region's historic neighborhoods have maintained themselves, acting as a sanctuary away from the bustle of other sections of town.
That isn't to say that the neighborhood is stale or in any way uninteresting or monotonous. Upper Kirby has been able to keep up with the rapid development of the rest of the area, offering an abundance of new Houston retail space and living opportunities to a diverse population.
Nestled between the intersection of Interstates 610 and 59, the Upper Kirby area shares many of the traits as some of the other nearby communities TheSquareFoot has profiled during its "Spaces in Space City" series, including River Oaks and Montrose. The community's website notes that the median household income is about $95,000, so businesses have plenty of opportunities to transform prospects into regular customers.
"The majority of [West Alabama Street] runs through Greenway/Upper Kirby and is considered one of Houston's most beautiful streets," wrote one Street Advisor reviewer. "Trees line each side of the street and little, independent stores can be found here as well, including many retro, antique and 'quirky' stores. The northern border is Westheimer, one of Houston's largest, busiest streets."
Like many other parts of Houston, Upper Kirby is also in the midst of development projects that local residents hope bring them better access to public transportation and safe walkways and sidewalks. These efforts are likely to be supported by local enterprises that require pedestrian traffic to boost their sales.
If Upper Kirby retail space seems appealing to business owners, they should consider conducting more research into the community's offerings through an online commercial real estate community.