West University/Southside Area Real Estate Guide

West University/Southside Area homes for sale & insider real estate guide

West University/Southside Area Real Estate Guide

West University Place is an independent city in Houston's inner loop. Known for its stately traditional homes, the neighborhood is minutes away from Downtown Houston, the Galleria, and the Texas Medical Center.

West University houses some of the premier real estate in Houston thanks to:

Most of the West University community is made up of single-family homes with various architectural designs, some dating back to the 1930s. Each West U homes have sprawling lots ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 sq ft. Due to its popularity, West University real estate can be challenging to navigate.

To get personal advice on buying or selling a West University home, contact Paige Martin, one of the Top-Ranked Realtors in the United States.

“I had the pleasure of working with Danielle W. It was my first home purchase and the process was quite lengthy (~10 months). Throughout the duration of the home search, Danielle maintained top notch professionalism and persistency in finding the perfect home for me. I never felt pressured to make an offer on any property, unlike my prior experiences with other agents. This alleviated a lot of stress that comes with the home search and purchasing process. After 9 months of searching, we’ve finally found the perfect home. The subliminal support from Dani continued through the loan application & closing processes, and it even extended post closing. To simply say it was a pleasure having Dani as my agent. If y’all ever get the opportunity, I’d highly recommend working with her. Once my relatives decide to purchase, I will definitely refer them over! Thank you for setting the gold standard for real estate agents Dani!” - Michael Le (Google Review)

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West University/Southside Area Homes For Sale

5 Beds, 4 Baths
5728 Community Drive
4 Beds, 3 Baths
2929 Sunset Boulevard
4 Beds, 3 Baths
3919 Oberlin Street
4 Beds, 3 Baths
4236 Law Street
4 Beds, 4 Baths
2916 Amherst Street
4 Beds, 3 Baths
3707 Purdue Street

West University/Southside Area Homes For Rent

3 Beds, 2 Baths
3818 Childress Street
4 Beds, 3 Baths
3707 Purdue Street
3 Beds, 2 Baths
6728 Westchester Avenue #7
3 Beds, 2 Baths
6330 Buffalo Speedway
4 Beds, 2 Baths
4010 Southwestern Street
3 Beds, 3 Baths
6122 Buffalo Speedway

Table of Contents

  1. West University/Southside Area Home Sale Trends
  2. West University/Southside Area Best Realtor Insights
  3. West University/Southside Area Maps, Location & Zip Code
  4. West University/Southside Area Schools
  5. West University/Southside Area Real Estate Market

West University/Southside Area Home Sale Trends

West University/Southside Area Real Estate Trends

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.

West University is known for its:

West University also goes by “The Neighborhood City” as it exudes a small-town look that makes West University homes for sale highly sought-after.

West University/Southside Area Best Realtor Insights

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.

Lot sizes are typically between 5,000 to 20,000 square feet.

West University/Southside Area Maps, Location & Zip Code

West University/Southside Area Map

Commute Time West University/Southside Area
Downtown (min) 10
Med Ctr (min) 10
Energy Corridor (min) 20
Galleria (min) 10

Map of West University/Southside Area

Highlights West University/Southside Area
Amenities There are many parks that surround the neighborhood including:
- Wier Park
- West University Spark Park
- Friends Park
- Liberty Hill Park
- Huffington Park
- Elizabeth Hughes Park
- Colonial Park
- Judson Park

Outdoor/community pools are also available including Colonial Park Pool and Sweewaters Pool & Patio only a short drive away.
Golf Courses - Limited Options
Run / Bike Trails - Limited Options
Nearby Retail / Dining Retail centers are shops that are located in the neighborhood including:
- At&T Store
- Crossroads Trading
- Verizon Authorized Retailer
- Ross Dress For Less
- Southwest Freeway Retail Center

A number of restaurants and dining establishments are also available which include:
- Tiny's Number 5
- El Topo
- Little Matt's
- Molina's Cantina
- Fajita Pete's - Bellaire
- Island Grill
- Skeeter's Mesquite Grill
- The Buffalo Grille
Major Employers - Exxon
- Only 12 minute short drive away is the Texas Children's Medical Hospital

West University/Southside Area Schools

Top Elementary Schools Great Schools Ranking
Twain Elem 8
West University Elem 9

Top Middle Schools Great Schools Ranking
Pershing Middle 7

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 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.

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

West University Houston Private Schools

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.

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

*Note: School zoning tends to change from year to year. The information provided above is accurate but not guaranteed. Please double-check by visiting the School's website.

West University/Southside Area Real Estate Market

West U Single-Family Home Sale Trends

West U Single-Family Homes

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 U Townhomes

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:

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, see Galleria Houston Condos.

West University TX History

West U - Neighborhood

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 build 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 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, and a sand volleyball court. It also offers a recreational center as well as a pool.

West U Amenities

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:





Nearby Outdoor Attractions

West University Place TX Realtor – Paige Martin

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

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