Guide To West University Houston Homes & Neighborhood

West University Texas Real Estate Guide

West University Place is an independent city located within Houston’s Inner Loop.

West University homes are among most expensive real estate in the area. The West U neighborhood remains popular due to its:

  • REAL ESTATE APPRECIATION: West University homes are among the fastest appreciating real estate in Houston. The area is among the top ten Houston neighborhoods with best 5- and 10-year appreciation.
  • TOP RANKED SCHOOLS: In this Houston’s Best Schools Report, many of public schools zoned to West University ranked amongst the top in the state of Texas.
  • CENTRAL LOCATION: Nestled south of the Southwest Freeway, West University real estate are minutes away from the Texas Medical Center, the Galleria, and Downtown.
  • RETAIL AND ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS: Some of Houston’s dining, retail, and entertainment hotspots – Rice Village, the Greenway Plaza, and the Galleria – are a short drive away.
  • BEAUTIFUL HOMES: West University is mostly made up of gorgeous single-family homes, some of which date back to the 1930s.

The city’s serene atmosphere, green spaces, and great schools also contribute to its continuing popularity. The West U real estate market, however, can be challenging to navigate.

For any inquiries about West University  homes recommendations, or off-market MLS listings, get in touch with Paige Martin, Owner of HoustonProperties.com and one of the best realtors in Houston.
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12 Things West U Real Estate Buyers Should Know

Covering a total area of 2 square miles, West University Place is a “city within a city”, subdivided into 26 sections called blocks. It has Bellaire to the west, Southside Place to the south, and Houston to the east and north.

  • Nestled south of the Southwest Freeway, West University real estate are minutes away from key Houston locations, including the Texas Medical Center, the Galleria, and Downtown.
  • The city has convenient access to main roads like the Buffalo Speedway, Bissonnet Street, Kirby Drive, and Bellaire Boulevard, as well as Loop 610 and US 59.
  • Some of Houston’s dining, retail, and entertainment hotspots – Rice Village, the Greenway Plaza, and the Galleria – are a short drive away from West University Place homes.
  • Like Bellaire, West University is mostly made up of gorgeous single-family homes, some of which date back to the 1930s.
  • West University real estate continue to post strong appreciation rates over years. The average median price of homes in the city has reached over $1,000,000.
  • Average price per square foot and land values have posted similar positive changes.
  • During the 1990s and early 2000s, many of West U’s original homes were torn down to make way for new construction.
  • The city of West University Place has a council-manager form of government and maintains its own fire and police departments.
  • Homes in the area are zoned to the Houston ISD’s West University Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, and Lamar High School.
  • West University homes range from recent construction to updated and carefully maintained vintage homes.
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  • Lot sizes are typically between 5,000 to 20,000 square feet.
  • Prices for West University homes for sale can range from $600,000 to more than $3,000,000.

West University Maps and Location

Located west of Rice University, West University has the cities of Bellaire to the west, Southside Place to the south, and Houston to the north and east.

The Museum District and the Texas Medical Center lie further west of the city.

Several main roads go through the city, including the Buffalo Speedway, Bellaire Boulevard, Bissonnet Street, and Kirby Drive. Loop 610 and US 59 (Southwest Freeway) are minutes away from West University.

The city has remained a quiet residential enclave over the years, thanks to its deed restrictions and zoning ordinances.

West University is within the 77005 zip code of Harris County.

Zip codes near West University TX include 77046, 77030, 77025, and 77401. (View Houston zip code map.)

West University Place TX Subdivisions

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Covering 2-square mile area, West University is a relatively small city within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. Nicknamed “The Neighborhood City”, it is made up of 26 blocks.

Each block contains some of the area’s original bungalows, recently remodeled homes, as well as an abundance of beautiful new and recent construction.

Here are the subdivisions that make up West U:

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Neighborhoods Near West University Place TX

West of West University

North of West University

East of West University

South of West University

West University Place Schools

West University homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

West University Elementary School is located within the city.

Pershing Middle School and Lamar High School are in nearby Braeswood Place and Upper Kirby, respectively.

 

*Note: For a more detailed outline of top schools near specific West University subdivisions, check our Best Houston Schools article or email me.

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Elementary Schools

  • West University Elementary School at 3756 University Blvd. West U Elementary serves kindergarten to 5th grade students. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10/10.
  • The Rice School at 7550 Seuss Dr. The Rice School is K-8 magnet school for Technology and Spanish. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 7/10.
  • Mandarin Chinese Immersion School at 6300 Avenue B, Bellaire. They are the first dedicated Mandarin language immersion magnet school in Houston for Pre K-3 students.
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Middle Schools

  • Pin Oak Middle School at 4601 Glenmont St, Bellaire. The school offers a Foreign Language magnet program and serves grades 6 to 8. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 10/10.
  • Pershing Middle School at 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd. The school serves students grades 6 through 8 and offers a Fine Arts magnet program. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 7/10.
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High Schools

  • Lamar High School at 3325 Westheimer Rd. The school offers business management courses as well as International Baccalaureate programs. It has a GreatSchools.org rating of 7/10.
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West University Houston Private Schools

  • Southampton Montessori School at 5012 Morningside Dr.  It is a co-educational preschool with a GreatSchools.org community rating of 5/5.
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal School at 3816 Bellaire Blvd. The school serves students from preschool to Grade 8 and has a GreatSchools.org community rating of 4/5.
  • The Post Oak School at 4600 Bissonnet St, Bellaire. The Post Oak School is a Montessori school serving elementary to high school students. It has a GreatSchools.org community rating of 4/5.
  • Episcopal High School at 4650 Bissonnet St, Bellaire. Episcopal High School is a co-educational school with a curriculum based on academics, religion, fine arts, and athletics. It has a GreatSchools.org community rating of 4/5.
  • St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School at 6802 Buffalo. The school is a parochial co-educational school for elementary to middle school students. It has a GreatSchools.org community rating of 4/5.
  • St. John’s School at 2401 Claremont Ln. St. John’s School is one of “America’s Elite Prep Schools” according to Forbes and “the best private school in Houston” according to the New York Times. St. John’s admits students from K-12.
  • St. Francis Episcopal Day School at 335 Piney Point Rd. A previous National Blue Ribbon School, the school admits elementary to middle school students. It has a GreatSchools.org community rating of 4/5.

Colleges and Universities

Rice University is just a few minutes east of West University Place. The city is also served by the Houston Community College System, with several campuses around Houston. The University of Houston and the Texas Southern University, on the other hand, are minutes away from West U.

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To find an updated listing of all West University real estate zoned to any specific public school, please send an email to Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com with the property preference and budget that you’re working with.

*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year, information provided above are accurate but not guaranteed. Please double check by visiting the school’s website.

West University Real Estate Trends

West University real estate have posted strong appreciation rates. From 2005 to 2014, the median sales price of West University homes have increased by 75%.

Average price per square foot and land values have also shown similar increases over the same period.

Thanks to the city’s continuing popularity, home prices have remained strong despite slight fluctuations.

Note: Given the number of subdivisions within West University, it may be best to take a closer look at each area with a reliable realtor for more accurate trends.

(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

For updated information regarding West U TX real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.

West U Single-Family Home Sale Trends

West University homes are mostly single-family dwellings on mid-sized lots. Some of the area’s original homes from the 1920s and 1930s have been renovated, but most have since been replaced with two-story custom-built homes.

Homes in the city typically feature lot sizes between 5,000 to 11,000 square feet. The most expensive West University homes for sale, however, can feature as much as 20,000.

Home sizes can range from 2,000 to more than 5,000 square feet. Four- to five-bedroom floor plans are common. Traditional, Colonial, Contemporary, and other architectural styles are available in the area.

During the 1990s, the city changed its development rules to allow new construction in the area. Today, West University homes range from the city’s older cottages to 2-story contemporary homes.

West U Townhomes Sale Trends

West University townhomes are typically smaller, with about 1,500 to 2,500 square feet of living space. However, these properties are generally more affordable than single-family homes.

Prices for West University townhomes can start at around $300,000 and can go up to just under $1,000,000.

Notable townhomes in the city include:

  • Westchester Court
  • Auburn Place Townhomes
  • Hampton Oaks

West University Condo Sale Trends

There are no mid- or high-rise West University condos for sale, but plenty of units are available in surrounding areas including 2520 Robinhood in nearby Rice Village.

Several condo buildings are located in the Museum District, Upper Kirby, and the Galleria, including:

To see other condos within the Inner Loop, see Inner Loop Houston Condos. To see condos within the nearby Galleria area, seeGalleria Houston Condos.

West University TX History

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In 1917, Ben Hooper, a former governor of Tennessee, started the development of what is now known as West University Place. Some of the young community’s first lots were sold in the same year.

The city owes its name to Rice University, then known as Rice Institute. Most of the city’s streets were named after authors, colleges, and universities.

In 1924, residents pushed for incorporation, due in part to Houston’s reluctance to built infrastructure far from the city’s center. By 1939, the city of Houston continued to grow, but the then municipality refused to consolidate. In 1940, West U had adopted a formal city charter.

Today, West University is one of Houston’s most affluent and most expensive neighborhoods.

Fun Things To Do In West University

Residents of West University Place enjoy a variety of activities and establishments within the neighborhood. The city’s many parks and green spaces offer facilities where residents can go bird watching, do team sports, or have a relaxing bike ride.

Colonial Park features a playground, a picnic area, tennis courts, a pavilion, a walking path, and a sand volleyball court. It also offers a recreational center as well as a pool.

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Wier Park, on the other hand, has lighted tennis courts and a basketball court.

West University residents aren’t far from retail either, as Rice Village, one of the area’s best-loved shopping destinations, is a stone’s throw away from the city. Covering 16 blocks with over 300 shops, the shopping district is home to a hodgepodge of high-end boutiques, small shops, restaurants, delis, and pubs.

Thanks to the city’s central location, residents are mere minutes from Houston’s finest, including the Galleria, the Museum District, Hermann Park, and Memorial Park.

Here are some of the must-visit places in and around West University Place:

Dining

  • Bite Macarons
  • Local Foods
  • Uchi
  • The Breakfast Klub
  • Luna Pizzeria
  • Hobbit Cafe
  • Kolache Factory

Parks

  • Colonial Park
  • Friends Park
  • Huffington Park
  • Whitt Johnson Park
  • Judson Park
  • Wier Park
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Nightlife

  • Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
  • Baker St. Pub and Grill
  • The Ginger Man
  • Grand Prize Bar
  • Mezzanine Lounge

Groceries

  • Rice Village
  • H-E-B
  • Kroger
  • Urban Harvest Farmers Market
  • Central Market – Houston

Nearby Outdoor Attractions

  • Hermann Park
  • Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
  • Rice Running Trail
  • Memorial Park
  • Buffalo Bayou Park
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

West University Place TX Realtor – Paige Martin

As featured on Fox News in the MorningHouston Business Journal and Houston Magazine, Paige Martin, a consistent Top Producing Broker-Associate and the owner of HoustonProperties.com, is ranked as one of the top residential real estate agents in the world.

Paige Martin’s Recent Awards:
– #1 Agent, Keller Williams, Memorial
– #2 Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
– #10 Agent, Keller Williams, United States

Paige Martin’s recent awards include

  • 2016: One of the Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2016: Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly
  • 2016: One of America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2015 Q3: #9 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide (of 125,000 agents)
  • 2015: #2 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Southwest Texas (Houston, Woodlands, Katy, San Antonio)
  • 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial
  • 2015: One of America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2015: One of the Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2015: Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014 – #1 Ranked Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial
  • 2014 – “One of the Top 40 Houston Realtors,” Houston Chronicle
  • 2014 – “One of America’s Best Real Estate Agents,” RealTrends.com
  • 2014 – Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2013 – #1 Ranked Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial
  • 2013 – Top 50 Houston Realtors by the Houston Chronicle
  • 2013 – Top 5 Ranked Individual Agent in the Houston Area with Keller Williams
  • 2013 – Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2012 – #1 Ranked Individual Agent in the Keller Williams Memorial Office
  • 2012 – Top 5 Ranked Individual Agent in the Houston Area with Keller Williams
  • 2011 – #1 Ranked Individual Agent in the Keller Williams Memorial Office
  • 2011 – Top 10 Ranked Individual Agent in the Houston Area with Keller Williams
  • 2010 – #1 Ranked Individual Agent in the Keller Williams Memorial Office
  • 2010 – Top 10 Ranked Individual Agent in the Houston Area with Keller Williams

Paige works with a tremendous number of buyers and sellers within West U, earning praises like “Paige Martin is the best West University TX realtor I know.” Read more about client feedback and ratings here.

For a specific recommendation of neighborhoods, homes or properties based upon your personal style, goals & price point, please contact Paige Martin, Owner of HoustonProperties.com & Broker Associate at Paige@HoustonProperties.com or 713-384-5177.

Guide To West University Houston Homes & Neighborhood was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Paige Martin

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