West University Place

West University Place

Houston, Texas Homes for Sale

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About West University Place

West University Place, or West U for short, is a residential area located close to Rice University. Often considered its own city within a city, this area has won several awards for being one of the top neighborhoods in the country. With a mixture of modern and traditional homes, this stunning corner of Houston is in high demand. A short walk down the idyllic streets and you'll see why Houstonians love calling this neighborhood home.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $475,000 to $5,299,000

Closed Prices: $243,000 to $5,000,000

Median Sale Price: $1,315,000

Average $ per sq ft: $483

Association Fee Ranges: $500 to $700/quarter, $0 to $6000, $90 to $800/mo, $0

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1930 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 868 to 8630 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 9 Bathrooms

Getting Around West University Place

Around West University Place

If you're considering a move to West University Place, you will find expansive community neighborhoods with three-to-five bedroom homes. While there are still some original builds in the area, you will mostly find refurbished or modern styles lining the streets. West University Place is a green area, with trees and gardens dominating any street. There are a few condominium complexes close to the area, but most of the housing options are single-family homes.

There are plenty of great dining options just a short walk away from many of the residential areas. These charming sidewalk cafes and dinner destinations are often local, small businesses that showcase Houston's flair for the culinary arts. There are plenty of health-oriented eateries near West University Place, so those who are a part of the fresh food revolution will have no shortage of options. Most have outdoor patios or a garden, which means diners can enjoy the outdoors while eating. The atmosphere is laidback and family friendly and even some of the bars in the area allow pets and children.

The neighborhood is an extremely family-friendly part of town where walking instead of driving is common and it’s not unusual to know your neighbors on a first-name basis. Younger residents have moved in to enjoy a short commute to nearby Rice University, which means you will find some renters in the neighborhood. The parks and recreation surrounding and within West University are important to the community and there is no shortage of youth and adult sporting leagues. The area caters to a clean cut look and the neighborhood has a national reputation for being an extremely safe place to reside in Houston and for having some of the best schools.

Friday night may be spent grilling in your backyard or enjoying street festivals with your fellow neighbors. The neighborhood often sponsors outdoor movie nights in local parks for the whole family to enjoy. If you're looking forward to a date night, there is an abundance of wine and tapas bars that offer a romantic, quiet atmosphere.

The perfect Sunday will be spent walking the neighborhood or perhaps visiting one of the many spas in the area. West University is a great place to pamper oneself or get in a workout at a boutique studio. For those with the shopping bug, the nearby Rice Village Shopping Center has a great mixture of brand name stores and boutiques with a charming flair. The Houston Maritime Museum is a great way to learn about the history of the city or you could spend the day browsing at one of the art galleries in the neighborhood.

Locals Love

  • Strong sense of community
  • Ability to walk to nearby bars and restaurants
  • A neighborhood with a first-class reputation

Locals Don't Love

  • Parking can be problematic
  • Loud college students

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