This city within a city, where residents enjoy a small-town neighborhood feel, is just west of Rice University, hence the name. The two-square-mile incorporated city is primarily residential and streets are named after universities, colleges, and poets. The central location of “West U” allows residents to quickly get downtown, the Galleria, Medical Center or Montrose within minutes. The neighborhood has become a mix of original, beautifully restored bungalows and cottages, traditional two-story homes, and new contemporary construction, all amid well-maintained lawns, mature trees, and beautiful gardens. West U is home to great schools, a close-knit community, community pools, recreational centers, Little League, senior center, safe, cozy, and secure small-town feeling in the middle of Houston.
West University real estate offers some of the best of Houston, including great location, spacious residential lots, varied architectural styles, plus easy access to highways, schools, parks, shopping, and dining.
West University: Location
The neighborhood of West University sits adjacent to Rice Village, just minutes from Rice University, the Texas Medical Center, and the Houston Zoo. It enjoys easy proximity to Interstate 69/US 59 or the Southwest Freeway as well as the 610. As part of the Houston metro area in the 77005 zip code, West University has more than 20 subdivisions, a thriving business district, and its own police department.
Living in West University means a location that's less than 10 miles from Downtown Houston and only 15 miles from Hobby Airport, ideal for frequent travelers and when guests arrive for a visit. This neighborhood combines a thoroughly urban experience with the luxury of charming tree-lined streets populated with residential homes of many styles. Nearby neighborhoods include Midtown, Greater Heights, Montrose, Galleria/Uptown Park, Afton Oaks, Brasewood, and Bellaire.
Types of West University Properties for Sale
Along the streets with names inspired by many of the universities found throughout the country, it's easy to discover amazing properties for sale. Georgian and Tudor-influenced styles as well as traditional Colonial homes can be found in West University. In the subdivision of Colonial Terrace, architectural styles include Spanish influences and stunning brick homes with expansive square footage that includes four bedrooms, four full baths, and designer elements throughout with listing prices ranging from the $800's and above.
Popular West University subdivisions include Belle Court, Bissonet Place, Cambridge Place, College Court, College View 1st, College View 2nd, College View 3rd, College View 4th, Colonial Terrace, Cunningham Terrace, Evanston, Fairview, Kent Place, Krenzler Court, Matthews Place, Monticello, Rice Court, Pemberton, Pershing Place, Preston Place, Quenby Court, Sunset Terrace, Tangley Place, Virginia Court, West U Place 1st, West U Place 2nd. The average home price in West University is around $1.5 million with new(er) constructions often listing at $2 million and higher.
Along Kirby Drive, residents of West University have access to a variety of service businesses, shops, and places to eat. Dining options include gourmet sandwich shops, popular chains, and upscale steakhouses. Throughout West University it's easy to find cuisines from across the globe, from Mexican to Italian, Japanese, and Turkish. Beyond great places to eat, the neighborhood also boasts green spaces and parks like Weir Park located on Nottingham. This park spans almost an acre and features picnic tables, a playground, basketball court, and tennis courts.
Come home to West University, one of Houston's best and diverse neighborhoods with luxury houses for sale and a prime Houston location.
Schools in West University
Residents of West University who have children receive quality education at HISD’s West University Elementary School, Pershing or Pin Oak Middle School and Lamar High School. The Rice School, a magnet school for kindergarten through 8th grade, is also in the neighborhood. A number of private schools nearby, including St. Mark's, St. John’s School, Episcopal High School, St. Vincent's, and The Post Oak School.
West U Restaurants
Within West U, you'll find Tiny’s No. 5, nestled inside the renovated JMH grocery store. Tiny's is a standout with its salads, sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and amazing cookies. West University Place is within a short walk to Rice Village and just a few minutes drive from other neighborhoods including Montrose, Midtown and the Galleria--that contain some of best restaurants the city has to offer!