Keeping a Low Profile in Upper Kirby

A 1979 townhome amid Upper Kirby’s newer midrise apartment complexes comes with an atrium and roof deck, but only the patio entry off the development’s cul-de-sac has glimpses of greenery (at right). For more nature, just head over to Whole Foods. (It’s a block away.)


The retro unit has an asking price of $270,000. Its front hallway off the patio offers a straight-shot bypass of the living area — toward the galley kitchen:

A portion of counter also serves the adjacent dining area. Don’t worry, the ghostlike image of a photographer at work in the adjacent atrium is only temporary.


The utility room is also off the kitchen and has one of the unit’s cantilevered windows:

Both bedrooms are upstairs. The master suite’s tilted ceiling has a few skylights and clerestory windows. This triple window looks across the atrium below toward the roof’s wooden deck — and some apartment neighbors:

Access to the roof deck appears to be at the other end of the master bedroom closet . . .

and the wooden deck’s condition suggests it has seen the sun:

The second bedroom’s fireplace is flanked by areas open to the living room below:

The 1,800-sq.-ft. unit has two full bathrooms and a half bath:

A gated driveway runs between the townhomes and mid-rise La Maison apartments, which front nearby Revere St. north of W. Alabama. The unit is part of a townhome development that lines both sides of the Steel St. block.

There’s an open house Sunday afternoon.

7 Comment

  • Nice location for the price. I love discovering these hidden jewels tucked away on back streets.

  • Talk about walkability–this location is perfect. Granted it needs remodelling but the space is great as is the price. All of
    the exteriors of these townhomes were redone this year. Wish I had the funds to flip this.

  • I owned one of these once. All the units are slightly different and have some whimsical features– alcoves, bump-outs, etc.
    I was told an undoubtedly apocryphal tale that the complex was designed as a project of a UH architecture class.
    (Well, there WERE a lot of drugs on campus in those days.)
    Even though they have flat roofs and are from 1979 the location is so terrific that they are worth messin’ with– I’m sure the stampede is on

  • Hey speaking about Upper Kirby aka UK, today I saw a car go down Westheimer @ Buffalo Speedway that was marked “UK Police” with the Upper Kirby type logo. UK has it’s own police??

  • That wooden deck area … clothing optional!

  • UK real estate is exploding lately. Livable bungalows are selling for $400K+ and being torn down and replaced with monster houses priced at $1M+. The lots here are generally 6250 sf, compared with 5000 in some of the older parts of Montrose.

  • Holy shit I literally grew up in the house two doors down. Harold is right, every one of the houses on Steel is several kinds of weird. And I also heard the exact same story about the architecture students. The location wasn’t all that great until after I left for college, and then my parents moved to DC…