West University – Houston Neighborhood Overview

West University is an area located on the southwestern edge of Houston’s central business district and just north of the Texas Medical Center.  Voted one America’s 50 Best Cities to Live In.

The City of West University Place was established in 1911.The City of West University Place is a residential town within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland metropolitan area and southwestern Harris County. West University (or even just ‘West U’) was founded in 1917 in close proximity to Rice University, and its academic charm and residential purity make it one of Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods. Surrounded by the cities of Bellaire, Houston and Southside Place.  West University is nicknamed the “Neighborhood City” and Professionals wanting to plant family roots tend to target this small town due to all of its charm.

 The West U area boasts beautiful architecture, and newcomers may opt to remodel a vintage home, choose a lot for new construction, or select a finished home to suit their tastes. From its beginning, the neighborhood prospered from strict zoning and deed restrictions. The residents are protected against invasion of industrial development and West U has emerged as an island of residential stability.

Allowing for lot size, condition, and neighborhood location, West U area home prices range from near $400,000 for a lot into the millions for a substantially renovated and updated classic home built before 1970. Homes constructed between 1970 and 1995 range from the $500,000s into the millions. Prices for homes constructed after 1995 range upwards from the $500,000s for patio homes, and from the $800,000s upwards of $2 million for single-family homes. 

The West U area offers easy access to a variety of Houston’s finest museums, Restaurants and Reliant Stadium. The community houses the City of West University Place City Hall, the West University Place Police Department, Fire Department, Harris County Precinct Offices, Texas House of Representatives, and recreational/ community facilities.

Some of the Houston Independent School District’s finest public schools are located in West U including West University Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Mirabeau B. Lamar and Bellaire high schools, and the Rice School, magnet school for kindergarten through the eighth grade.  The area is also host to several private schools such as St. Mark’s Episcopal School, School of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, St. John’s School, St. Francis Episcopal Day School, The Post Oak School, All Girl Catholic Schools, All Boy Catholic Schools, Episcopal High School and The Village school.  University of Houston and Houston Community College System serve the area.

Need a West University Realtor?

Not working with a realtor? We recommend you call Victoria Upton at Upton Gray Properties. Mrs. Upton specializes in the luxury home market. She can be reached at 281.497.4729 or you can email her at victoria@uptongray.com.

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