Living in "West U":
The city of West University Place was developed by former Tennessee Gov. Ben Hooper in 1917. Proximity to the Rice Institute (now known as Rice University) inspired the name West University.
Approximately 13,000 residents live in this city that spans 1,248 residential acres and has nearly 20 acres of commercial property. It maintains strong inspection and permit policies as well as strict zoning regulations.
Homes in High Demand:
Due to the popularity of the neighborhood, few vacant home lots remain. Originally, West University Place encompassed small cottages. Many of these cottages were torn down and replaced with large two story houses. The West University trend of demolishing and replacing older homes with new, multi-story Georgian style homes is more popular in this area than anywhere else in Houston.
Schooling in West U:
The city's sole public school, West University Elementary School, is a part of Houston Independent School District. The school has a Houston address, but is within the city limits of West University Place.
Students who live in West University Place are zoned to West University Elementary, Pershing Middle School in the Braeswood Place neighborhood of Houston, and Lamar High School, in the Upper Kirby district of Houston.
Per square foot home-building costs run $130 to $150, having risen from $104 in April 1989. The median house value is $372,800.
West University Place is dominated by middle and upper-middle class families living in single-family housing.