West University

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An independent city in Houston´s inner loop, West University earned its name due to its proximity to Rice University. It is known for its stately traditional homes. The neighborhood is minutes away from Downtown Houston, The Galleria Mall, and the Texas Medical Center.

Situated in the center of Houston, West University is close to several employment centers such as Greenway Plaza, and all main roads and highways such as Kirby Drive, Bellaire Boulevard, Loop 610, Buffalo Speedway and US 59. Its boundaries are Kirby Drive to Community Dr from east to west; Bissonet St. to West Holcombe Boulevard from north to south.

Also known as West U and “The Neighborhood City”, West University feels like a small town surrounded by one of the largest cities in the country. In 1939, residents opposed attempts to be absorbed into the city of Houston; the municipality proudly maintaining its independence ever since. Thanks to its history of zoning codes and private fire and police departments, West U prides itself on giving residents fascinating quality-of-life amenities. These attributes make West U homes for sale highly enviable. It is one of the most appealing communities in Houston because of its road system, sports facilities, recreational areas, amenities, parks, library, and Rice Village.

The community consists of mostly single-family homes featuring distinct architectural styles with lot sizes measuring between 5,000 to 11,000 square feet. The most expensive homes for sale, however, can feature as much as 20,000 square feet. Though mostly a residential area, the neighborhood has plenty of employment centers, parks, shops and eateries.

West U townhomes are generally smaller, with approximately 1,500 to 2,500 square feet of living area. They are more affordable than single-family homes; the prices range from $300,000 to just under $1,000,000. Townhomes in the city include Hampton Oaks, Westchester Court, and Auburn Place. There are no mid- or high-rise West U condos for sale, but there are plenty of units available in surrounding areas.

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West University Place is one of Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Homes for sale here range from Contemporary, Tudor, New Orleans, traditional Georgian, and French-designed properties. The homeowner’s association organized the neighborhood into sections to better facilitate community preservation and beautification programs. There are a total of 26 sections or blocks within the neighborhood, each section containing original bungalows, recently remodeled homes, and new construction homes. These sections are Belle Court, Virginia Court, Quenby Court, College Court, Krenzler Court, Rice Court, Cambridge Place, Bissonet Place, Kent Place, Pershing Place, Tangley Place, Preston Place, Matthews Place, West U Place 1st, West U Place 2nd, Colonial Terrace, Fairview, College View 1st, College View 2nd, College View 3rd, College View 4th, Sunset Terrace, Cunningham Terrace, Monticello, Evanston, and Pemberton. It can be challenging to navigate this area of the city because of its popularity, size, location, diversity of construction styles, and homes price range. Some houses are older and may need renovations; others are sold as empty lots. There can be concerns about noise and traffic affecting the property due to its closeness to main roads. Real estate ranges from $1,000,000 to more than $2,000,000, making West U one of Greater Houston most affluent and expensive neighborhoods.

 For detailed information on Homes for sale in West University, and to avoid those challenges, A team of real estate experts will gladly help you search for the home of your dreams.

First envisioned in the late 1960s by local developer Kenneth L. Schnitzer, Greenway Plaza is a business district located along Interstate 69 (U.S. Highway 59) within the Interstate 610 Loop in southwestern Houston. Only 5 miles west of Downtown and 3 miles east of Uptown, Greenway Plaza has evolved into one of Greater Houston’s largest employment centers, with over 4.4 million square feet of office space on a 52-acre campus.

Known locally as The Village, Rice Village has been one of Houston’s oldest and best-loved shopping destinations since the 1930s. This bustling shopping zone draws visitors, residents, and students from Rice University to its 16-block bundle of more than 300 chain stores and boutiques. Recently, it expanded the area with high-end clothing stores and nation-wide retail venues such as Banana Republic, Mac, Kendra Scott and Chico’s. Rice village is also home to some of the best and most varied lively bars, coffee shops, and international restaurants featuring Italian, French, Indian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. There are also beauty salons, residences, and grocery outlets.

The City of West University Place Parks and Recreation Department offers an ample variety of parks, activities and programs for all ages throughout their award-winning facilities.

Colonial Park, located at 4130 Byron and measuring 3.16 acres, features two lighted tennis courts, playground equipment, sand volleyball court, concrete walking/jogging and a swimming pool. Spectacular characteristics of the pool are a zero-depth area, a Lilly pad crossing, foam features, a play structure, diving board, and a Rockwall.

Judson Park offers a lighted tennis court, playground equipment, picnic deck, game and picnic tables, BBQ grill, and walking path.

Other parks in the West U area are Wier Park, Huffington Park, Liberty Hill Park, Friends Park, and Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park.

The West University Place Recreation Center is the city’s hub for wellness and fitness. You will be greeted by friendly staff and can train with certified instructors in a wide variety of activities such as swimming, dance, and sports. The center offers lessons and physical fitness activities for all ages, from infants to seniors, as well as mental fitness activities. Their goal is to provide members, residents and guests with a fun, safe and complete fitness solution.

The West University Place Police Department is a private West U police service whose mission is to safeguard the lives and property of its residents. Experienced law enforcement professionals are committed to reducing the incidence and fear of crime and enhance public safety while working to improve the community’s quality of life.

West U also has its own private Fire Department. Its purpose is to protect citizens from ravages of fire and other disasters. It provides the highest quality Emergency Medical Services for the sick and injured and serves its citizens with the highest level of customer service at all times.


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