Our My Top 5 series showcases Houstonians who are creating the city’s culture and community and asks them to share their own local favorites. This week we’re delighted to feature Barton Kelly a member of Trees for Houston‘s young professional group, RedBuds. A nonprofit organization which aims to plant, protect, and promote trees in the greater Houston area, TfH partners with schools, green spaces, and companies, to expand Houston’s green footprint by providing trees at little to no cost.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Barton Kelly
- Heights Mercantile – Selfishly, I love Heights Mercantile and am very fortunate to work there every day. It’s an easy place to spend a Saturday afternoon eating, drinking, and walking around the shops. Events on the promenade, the trees for which were generously donated by Trees For Houston, are a good excuse to stop by, too.
- Buffalo Bayou Park Trails and The Cistern Tour – I will miss living on these trails as I jog them several times a week. The Cistern is a great piece of Houston history, recently renovated to host informative tours and art installations. Check it out.
- Giacomo’s – This is not one of the new hot restaurants in towns, but it’s definitely a staple. Count on delicious food without pretense, a good wine list, and a laid-back vibe in River Oaks without the River Oaks prices. My wife and I find ourselves here very often.
- River Oaks Theater – We like to walk to River Oaks Shopping Center to eat and catch a movie. This theater is one of the few historic theaters we have left and I think Houstonians should do everything we can to ensure it’s around for future generations.
- Old Sixth Ward and Glenwood Cemetery – So many people do not even know about this tiny, historic neighborhood adjacent to Downtown. I’d love to live in the Old Sixth Ward one day, but very few homes come on the market there. I think it’s a hidden gem – tons of Victorian stock, large live oak trees, close distance to Buffalo Bayou Park, and a growing food scene on Washington Avenue.
About Barton Kelly
Barton Kelly is Vice President of Radom Capital, an Inner Loop development firm crafting destination real estate through historic renovations and well-designed new construction. Barton has been passionate about buildings, real estate, and architecture from an early age. A native of Louisiana, he has since wholly embraced Houston, its history and its future. He is active on two committees of the Urban Land Institute’s Houston chapter, an organization promoting best practices in mindful real estate development. Barton is also part of the steering committee for Trees For Houston young professional group, RedBuds. The organization supports Trees For Houston greater mission to connect Houston’s next generation of tree allies to plantings and social events. Redbuds have several plantings planned for the fall 2018 season.