As its name reflects, West University Place is a residential neighborhood located near Rice University. Established in 1911, West University Place is actually a small incorporated city within the confines of the City of Houston. Architectural charm and protective residential zoning have combined to make "West U" one of Houston's most appealing neighborhoods.
From the beginning, the city has maintained its original integrity and prospered from residents' insistence on zoning and adherence to deed restrictions. Today's zoning and setback rules were written in 1937, and the City of West University Place later incorporated them into law. The laws protect the city from industrial development while requiring open space on 40% of every lot. In an era of rapid metropolitan expansion, West University has emerged as an island of residential stability.
With more than 80 years of construction history, West University is a rich divergence of architectural style. From traditional to contemporary, zoning codes have ensured that the mixture of the different styles has developed harmoniously.
In the last 20 years, many young professionals have "discovered" West University, and have added to the architectural mix. While remodeling was the trend during the 70's and 80's, new construction is the trend of the 90's. The result can double or triple the initial value of the property, making it an appealing investment while providing a comfortable residence for homeowners.
Located on the southwestern edge of Houston's central business district, West University offers quick access to museums, the Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, Memorial Park, The Galleria, and the freeway system. Its residential character has created a small-town atmosphere and true community spirit unique among Houston's exclusive neighborhoods.
The city offers many quaint parks, centrally located community recreational facility (complete with Olympic-sized pool), library, city hall, and police station.
By maintaining the original integrity of the neighborhood, while offering many "small town" advantages to its residents, West University Place is, and will continue to be one of Houston's finest neighborhoods.