West University Place Real Estate Overview:
Houston’s own dynamic duo — West University Place and nearby Rice Village— are tucked between Highway 59 and the 610 Loop. Recently named one of the best ZIP codes in the country and a “bedroom community to envy,” the neighborhood has much to offer. Originally conceived as a community of country homes, West U (as it is now affectionately known) was named for its proximity to neighbor Rice Institute, now Rice University.
The development got off to a rocky start due to its swampy conditions and the expense of supplying water and electricity to its few residents. Safe to say it rebounded.
Firmly entrenched as one of Houston’s ‘it’ neighborhoods, the area is home to families and working professionals. And the shopping? With 300 shops in 16 blocks, the Rice Village Shopping Center has got you covered. “West University Place is a great community to live and visit because of its small town charm with all of the nearby amenities of a large city,” says West University Place City Manager Michael Ross.