7.1 out of 10

South Kirkwood Rd, Alief

29.6834495590837 -95.5874550364336
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
Not great for
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"A Parabola of Costs, Access to Houston"

Starting at I-10 Kirkwood leads through a pretty nice part of the Beltway system. The homes to begin with are modestly-priced, well-built, and perfect for families. There are also a plethora of apartment complexes that are also priced well, but over the last few years, these have started to take a turn for the worse. The road is kept well and the trees hang over the road nicely, giving you the feel of running down the lane of an old southern plantation. But, with this well kept road comes stringent police enforcement and traffic stops are pretty common. Near I-10 there is a beautiful park to take your kids or pets for a quick afternoon jaunt and shopping is not far away, with Town & Country Mall not 10 minutes from any place on Kirkwood, and Westheimer just up the street. And it is at Westheimer that we see this parabola of costs come in. This portion is highly populated by fast food chains, shopping centers, home improvement stores and all types of stores in general, but it also holds homes for some of Houston's wealthiest. Royal Oaks is a luxury-home, gated community with no home less than $2 million dollars. This has caused the strip malls and shopping around Westheimer and Kirkwood to become more upscale, nicer-looking establishments. Continuing down Kirkwood though, you run into south-side homes-- smaller homes, cheaper mortgage and a little bit dirtier.
Kirkwood is certainly one of the more diverse streets in the city and has excellent access to I-10, Beltway 8, Westpark Tollway and Westheimer. While there is plenty to do around the area, you are never far from downtown excitement or a quick trip to a park. The area is safe and relatively quiet, even around Westheimer. This area is perfect for families and the apartments make great stays for singles and couples.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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