Houston’s upscale and eclectic shopping center, Highland Village, is owned by an animal lover with a big heart. Successful real estate investor Haidar Barbouti has been involved in real estate since 1986. A Columbia University graduate, Barbouti’s interests include properties from New York to Houston. Most of his endeavors are commercial properties, office buildings, land development and condominium conversions. Barbouti added the historic Highland Village to the long list of successful endeavors in 1990. The shopping center, with its upscale yet reasonably priced stores, was a welcome addition to Houston’s fashionable Galleria area.
While planning the revitalization of the shopping center, Barbouti looked to bring the people of Houston the kind of shops and restaurants they wanted, as opposed to the kind of shops he himself preferred. The final result was one of excellence at a reasonable price. The unique Highland Village gives the eclectic area inside the 610 loop a beautiful touch of class, and so does Haidar Barbouti himself, using his good fortune to help others. His mission to enrich the lives of the next generation is a philosophy that holds neighborhoods together.
Barbouti’s love of animals was made public during the holiday season a few years ago. A special team of animal lovers put together what was supposed to be a four week event to find homes for stay cats and dogs. Many of these sweet animals had been abandoned by their previous owners. Haidar Barbouti donated leasing space for the event. “Home for the Holidays” was more successful than anyone had imagined. Hundreds of volunteers and community leaders came together and found happy homes for the animals. In light of the success of the project, Barbouti decided to provide a permanent space for the event. His business savvy, combined with his kind and compassionate nature, is an inspiration to everyone.