Rice Court Houston | Homes For Sale Near Rice University
Rice Court is one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Houston. Made up of around 350 luxury homes and vintage bungalows, the community is continuously in high demand due to the following:
- WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE LOCATION: Dubbed “The Neighborhood City”, West University is one of the most desirable places to live in Houston. It is an independent city and maintains its own police force. Forbes named West University Place a “Top Urban Enclave”.
- EXCLUSIVITY: Rice Court homes have a median home sale price of over $1,000,000. New construction homes (and bigger vintage estates) tend to sell for well over $2,000,000. The community is among the most expensive and most exclusive luxury neighborhoods in Houston. (See The Salary I Need To Buy A Home In Houston’s Best Neighborhoods)
- ACCESSIBILITY: Located less than 5 miles away from Downtown Houston, residents have easy commutes to key districts. Downtown, with its 3,500 businesses and 150,000-strong workforce, is less than 20 minutes away. The Texas Medical Center is a 10-minute drive from Rice Court, while the Galleria is around 9 minutes away. The community’s proximity to restaurants, retail stores, parks, and Rice Village also make it one of Houston’s most accessible neighborhoods.
- MULTI-AWARD WINNING SCHOOLS: Lamar High School, Pershing Middle School, and West University Elementary School consistently rank among the Best Schools in Houston.
- SMALL TOWN VIBE: Rice Court has access to big city amenities while also maintaining a small town vibe. Tree-canopied streets and wide setbacks provide a picturesque atmosphere within Houston’s Inner Loop.
- GREAT REAL ESTATE APPRECIATION: Rice Court boasts of strong property values. West University is consistently among the best Houston neighborhoods in terms of real estate and land value appreciation.
Buying or selling a home in Rice Court can be challenging. Inventories are tight, with very few homes put on the market every year. There have been fewer than 40 home sales in the neighborhood in the past three years. For help in navigating this tricky real estate market, contact Paige Martin who has completed dozens of successful Rice Court home sales and is the #1 ranked KW Realtor in all Houston.
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Rice Court is an affluent subdivision within West University Place, one of the most desirable addresses in Houston.
- Dubbed “The Neighborhood City”, West University is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Houston. It is an independent city and maintains its own police force. Forbes named West University Place a “Top Urban Enclave” in 2007.
- Rice Court homes have a median home sale price of over $1,000,000. New construction homes (and bigger vintage estates) tend to sell for well over $2,000,000. The community is among the most expensive and most exclusive luxury neighborhoods in Houston.
- Located less than 5 miles away from Downtown Houston, residents have easy commutes to key districts. Downtown, with its 3,500 businesses and 150,000-strong workforce, is less than 20 minutes away. The Texas Medical Center is a 10-minute drive from Rice Court, while the Galleria is around 9 minutes away.
- The community’s proximity to restaurants, retail stores, parks, and Rice Village also make it one of Houston’s most accessible neighborhoods.
- Lamar High School, Pershing Middle School, and West University Elementary School consistently rank as three of the Best Schools in Houston.
- Rice Court has access to big city amenities while also maintaining a small town vibe. Tree-canopied streets and wide setbacks provide a picturesque atmosphere within Houston’s Inner Loop.
- Rice Court boasts of strong property values. West University is consistently among the best Houston neighborhoods in terms of real estate and land value appreciation.
- With West University’s own police force serving the community, Rice Court is among the communities with “the best crime rates in all of Houston”.
- Rice Court homes typically offer 3- to 5-bedroom floor plans, spread over 1,200 to more than 6,000 square feet of living space.
- Most homes in the neighborhood date back to the 1930s and 1940s. These beautiful vintage homes have been updated and maintained. Some homes, however, have been replaced with new construction custom-built mini-manors and estate-style homes.
- Lot sizes are between 5,000 to more than 10,000 square feet.
- Architectural styles vary. Most Rice Court homes lean more toward traditional aesthetics, though some draw inspiration from French, Meditterranean, and contemporary designs.
- Homes in the neighborhood are typically priced from $600,000 to well over $2,000,000.
One of the many subdivisions that make up West University Place, Rice Court is a tree-lined, peaceful residential enclave. It sits south of Monticello, west of Virginia Court and Preston Place, north of West University Place First and Pemberton, and east of West University Place Second and Sunrise Terrace.
The community’s borders are Plumb Street to the north, Wakeforest Avenue to the east, University Boulevard to the south, and Buffalo Speedway to the west.
Nestled within a city-within-a-city West University, the community has access to key districts within Houston’s Inner Loop. Downtown is less than 5 miles away, while the Galleria and the Texas Medical Center are both within 10 minutes of Rice Court.
Major freeways and roads are also highly accessible from the community, including Loop 610, Kirby Drive, Buffalo Speedway, Southwest Freeway, University Boulevard, and Bissonnet Street.
Like the other communities within West U, Rice Court has maintained its quiet small town feel through deed restrictions and zoning ordinances.
The community is mostly residential, but several retail and dining options are available just a few blocks away in Rice Village.
Rice Court is within the 77005 zip code of Harris County. (View Houston zip code map.)
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Rice Court homes are zoned to the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
Established in the 1920s, Houston ISD is the largest school district in the state (with 283 schools). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave the district a “Met Standard” rating in 2016. HISD features several International Baccalaureate (IB) World schools, including Lamar High School.
*Note: For a more detailed outline of top schools near Rice Court, check our Best Houston Schools article or email me.
- West University Elementary School at 3756 University Blvd. West University 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Rice Court 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 Rice Court.
To find an updated listing of all Rice Court 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.
Like in the rest of West U, property values in Rice Court have soared over the past decade, posting a 99% growth from 2007 to 2016. There have been slight fluctuations, but thanks to steady appreciation, the median sales price of homes in the community is now at over $1,000,000.
This trend can be attributed to a number of factors, including West U and its neighborhoods’ continuing popularity. Schools, accessibility, and the area’s great vibe also contribute to strong property values.
(Data sourced from the Houston Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)
For updated information regarding Rice Court TX real estate pricing and trend analysis, please contact Paige Martin at Paige@HoustonProperties.com.
Rice Court is made up of around 350 single-family homes, some dating back to the 1930s and 1940s. Some of the community’s original homes have since been replaced with new construction custom-built homes.
Like the rest of West U, Rice Court offers upscale homes and luxury estates. Most feature amenities like swimming pools, mature trees, outdoor kitchens, and multi-car garages.
Rice Court homes typically offer 3- to 5-bedroom floor plans with 2,000 to 6,000 square feet of living space. The community’s older bungalows are smaller, with 2 to 3 bedrooms spread over 1,000 to around 1,600 square feet.
Most homes in the area feature traditional architectural styles, though some newer construction homes draw inspiration from a variety of design aesthetics, including French, Contemporary, and Mediterranean.
Lot sizes are typically between 5,000 to around 10,000 square feet.
Pricing for Rice Court homes for sale can start at around $600,000. The community’s most expensive real estate can sell for more than $2,000,000.
There are no townhomes in the Rice Court community, but there are some available within West University Place. These properties have smaller lots, though offer ample living space. West U townhomes are typically more affordable than their single-family home counterparts.
Prices range from $300,000 to just under $1,000,000.
Notable townhomes in the city include:
- Westchester Court
- Auburn Place Townhomes
- Hampton Oaks
There are no mid- or high-rise Rice Court 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:
- 2727 Kirby
- Lamar Tower
- Warwick Tower
- The River Oaks Highrise
- Greenway Hi-Rise Condominiums
- The Arabella
Ben Hooper, a former Tennessee governor, spearheaded the development of West University Place. The name was derived from the area’s location – which is west of what was then known as Rice Institute (now Rice University).
The then developing community’s street names were famously derived from a literature book, courtesy of an English major from Rice University.
The community’s first lots were sold in 1917.
Ed J. Jarrad and Preston Plumb platted Rice Court in 1926. It is one of the earliest sections of West U (the city has 26 subdivisions).
West University incorporated in 1924 and did not become a part of Houston when it started annexing surrounding areas. In 1940, the municipality adopted a formal city charter.
Today, West University is among the most affluent areas in Houston’s Inner Loop.
Rice Court is residential, though thanks to the community’s location, residents aren’t that far from various parks, retail centers, entertainment hubs, and dining options.
Rice Village, a well-known retail hotspot in the area, is a few blocks away from Rice Court. The open air mall covers 16 blocks and features over 300 retail, dining, and other commercial establishments. It features a mix of fashion boutiques, delis, and small retail stores.
Residents also enjoy easy access to the best Houston has to offer. The Museum District, located a couple of miles west of Rice Court, has 19 member museums and institutions (including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Children’s Museum of Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science). Hermann Park, on the other hand, features a public golf course, the Houston Zoo, a Japanese garden, and the Miller Outdoor Theatre.
For more retail and dining options, residents can also visit the Galleria, Houston’s premiere retail destination with more than 3 million square feet of space and over 300 stores. Highland Village, River Oaks Shopping Center, and Uptown Park also offer a wide variety of retail and dining options.
Here are some of the must-visit places in and around Rice Court:
- On the Kirb
- Fajitas Go Go
- Yoyo’s Hot Dog
- Local Foods
- Houston’s Restaurant
- Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen
- SeaSide Poke
- Colonial Park
- Friends Park
- Huffington Park
- Whitt Johnson Park
- Judson Park
- Wier Park
- Hermann Park
- Story Ultralounge
- Simone on Sunset
- The Cellar Bar
- The Davenport
- Under the Volcano
- The Ginger Man
- Lumen Lounge
- Little Woodrow’s
- Whole Foods Market
- Trader Joe’s
Nearby Outdoor Attractions
- Hermann Park Golf Course
- Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
- Rice Running Trail
- Memorial Park
- Buffalo Bayou Park
- Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
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