West University is an area located on the southwestern edge of Houston’s central business district and just north of the Texas Medical Center. The City of West University Place was established in 1911.The City of West University Place is a residential town within the confines of the City of Houston. West University (or even just ‘West U’) grew up with Rice University founded in 1912, and its academic charm and residential purity make it one of Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods. Professionals wanting to plant family roots tend to target this small town due to all of its charm. The West U area boasts beautiful architecture, and newcomers may opt to remodel a vintage home, choose a lot for new construction, or select a finished home to suit their tastes. From its beginning, the neighborhood prospered from strict zoning and deed restrictions. The residents are protected against invasion of industrial development and West U has emerged as an island of residential stability. Allowing for lot size, condition, and neighborhood location, West U area home prices range from near $400,000 for a lot into the millions for a substantially renovated and updated classic home built before 1970. Homes constructed between 1970 and 1995 range from the $500,000s into the millions. Prices for homes constructed after 1995 range upwards from the $500,000s for patio homes, and from the $800,000s upwards of $2 million for single-family homes. The West U area offers access to a variety of Houston’s finest museums, Restaurants and Reliant Stadium. The community center at Auden Street and University Blvd. houses the City of West University Place City Hall, the West University Place Police Department, and recreational and community gathering facilities. Some of the Houston Independent School District’s finest schools serve the area including West University Elementary School, Pershing Middle School, Mirabeau B. Lamar and Bellaire high schools, and the Rice School, magnet school for kindergarten through the eighth grade. A number of private schools are also available.
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