Anderson Smith is a busy man: The former college athlete and new dad, currently runs one of the most dynamic commercial real estate firms in the city. “As a young firm, we’ve been tremendously fortunate with our success,” says the native Texan, who co-founded Capital Retail Properties (capitalretailproperties.com) in 2011. “We found a niche in our industry and have created great relationships along the way—often over beers and baseball games.” In addition to larger suburban projects, Smith’s firm has helped reshape The Heights—where he and his wife live—with projects including Michael Hsu-designed Market at Houston Heights, which is set to open later this year. We dial him up for his Houston musts.
“Eight Row Flint (agricolehospitality.com) is a favorite neighborhood hangout to grab a beer, catch up with friends and enjoy patio weather.”
“The casual, high-quality clothing at Lululemon (lululemon.com) fits our family’s outdoor lifestyle, and the Heights Mercantile location is a really cool addition for the brand.”
“Coltivare (agricolehospitality.com) is a real charmer, with its intimate vintage vibe, great outdoor space and phenomenal food. It’s always high on our list.”
“Separate beer and cocktail bars and a really solid menu of bites has made Heights Bier Garten (heightsbiergarten.com) a go-to spot. They’ve been instrumental in the transformation of Shepherd, and we’re thrilled to be their neighbor at Market at Houston Heights.”
“Memorial Park (memorialparkconservancy.org) is an amazing Inner Loop asset that keeps getting better with millions of dollars of improvements underway. With its trails and green space, it feels like you’ve left the city, but you’re just minutes from Downtown.”
Photography by: Anderson smith portrait and coltivare photo by Julie Soefer; eight row flint photo by Joshua Black Wilkins; park photo Courtesy of Memorial Park Conservancy; Heights Bier garten photo courtesy of Heights Bier garten