West University Place

West University Place is a beautiful city within a city characterized by unique homes and tree lined streets. Only 4 miles from downtown Houston and 2 miles from the Texas Medical Center, it has been named Tree City USA year after year due to its number of trees and forested feel, which is unusual for an inner city neighborhood. It even has its own forrester! With one of the top rated elementary schools in Texas and an almost unparalled community feel, West U is considered a highly desirable neighborhood to live.

Note: The zip code of 77005 extends beyond West U itself into the east


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Founded in the early 1900's, West University Place, often called West University or West U for short, is a city within the city of Houston. It has its own city counsel, raises it own taxes and has its own police and fire department. The quick police response time makes West U a statistically very safe community.

Population, Location and Commute

The population of the city is approximately 18,000, and there are many families. It is nicknamed "The Neighborhood City" because of its sense of community, homey feel, and family friendliness. West U has a top rated elementary school (West University Elementary), parks, and an aquatic and recreation center. It boasts an excellent location only a few miles from downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center, Galleria and easy access to the 59 and 610, making it a highly saught after neighborhood.

Home Styles

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West U is not a master planned community, so every home is unique. In fact, many are custom built. Homes can vary from small 3 bed 1940's cottages through to very large homes upwards of 6,000 square feet. Many of the original cottages have now been torn down for lot value, and large homes have been built in their place.

Almost all street names in West University Place are allusions to universities, colleges, and poets. The prestigeous Rice University is a short distance away.


Rice Village shopping center is walkable from many parts of West U and is full of clothing boutiques, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and more. West U also its its own small shopping center with a couple of cafes, hair salon, gym, and home design store. All major grocery stores are nearby.


Many of Houston's finest private schools are close by including St. Johns, St. Agnes, Strake Jesuit, Presbyterian, AOS, and Awty. West U Elementary is top rated. Pershing Middle and Lamar High are the two closest state schools. Nearby neighborhoods zone into Poe, Mark Twain or Roberts Elementary.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods close by and equally as beautiful include:
Southside Place and Southampton (same zip), Boulevard Oaks, Braeswood Place, Old Braeswood, Southgate, Morningside, and Upper Kirby.

Search using zips 77025, 77098 and 77030.

Home Prices

Expect to pay upwards of $750,000 for a 3 bed room cottage that may or may not have been renovated. A typical 4 bed home can start at around $1,000,000 and go upwards of $5,000,000. The average price for a 4 bed home is $1.829m. The average home size in West U is 3864 sf. Average lot size is 7500sf. The average home age is 1988, but there is plenty new construction.

Rentals range from around $3000 a month for a cottage to $5-7500 for a typical family home.

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Updated: 23rd October, 2021 11:39 AM (UTC).