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Houston Inner Loop Neighborhood Profile on West University

  • April 28, 2017
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Houston Inner Loop Neighborhood Profile on West University

West University or ‘West U’ is an exclusive and expensive gem in Houston’s inner-loop!

Named West University for it’s location residing West of Rice University. West University streets are named after authors, such as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Dryden, and William Shakespeare. Conveniently located near Downtown and The Medical Center. West U is walking distance to high-end retail shops, restaurants and cafes, Rice University, Houston’s Museum District, Hermann Park and excellent schools are only a few reasons that make this neighborhood highly desirable. In 2011 the group On Numbers ranked West U as the community in the Southern United States with the highest quality of life. It was later ranked number one in a comparison of regional winners. Homes in West U range from $2,000 – $6,200 per month to lease a home and from the mid $400’s to over 4 million for new construction or a full remodel on a double lot.

One subdivision in West University is called “Rice Court”, which is located north of University Boulevard and east of Buffalo Speedway. Rice Court once was distinguished by blue tile markers; the markers began to disappear around the 1990s. “Pemberton” is an area south of University Drive and east of Wakeforest Street. People living in the area were fond of restoration of older houses, and it includes some of West U’s more expensive homes. There is another section called “Colonial Terrace” that is west of Weslayan Street and is near the railroad tracks. Originally it was the least developed part of West University Place. By 2000 this area was as built up and popular as other areas within West University Place.

Check out Modern HTX’s neighborhood profile on West University below!

Many residents of West U use the Rice University track for walking and running.


Colonial Park, at 4130 Byron Street, has a park and a recreational center. The park has a playground, a picnic area, two tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a concrete walking path, and a pavilion. Colonial Park Pool is open May through September, while the recreational center is open year-round. Visit their site here.

Danny Jackson Family Dog Park, at 4828 1/2 Loop Central Dr., Houston, Texas 77081. Hours: 5:00 am until 10:00 pm. The Houston area is home to many fine dog parks, some of which are operated by other municipalities & counties. For your convenience, here is a link to some of them, and to other sources of information:

Friends Park, formerly the Rice Pocket Park, is located at 3771 Rice Boulevard. The park, the newest in the city, opened on December 11, 2007.

Huffington Park, located at 3901 Milton Street, has a playground, a shaded arbor, picnic tables, and game tables. Visit their site here.

Whitt Johnson Park, at 6540 Wakeforest Street, has a playground, a gazebo, a picnic area, and a lighted basketball court. Visit their site here.

Judson Park, at 4242 South Judson Street, has a playground, a picnic area, a lighted tennis court, and a concrete walking path. Visit their site here.

Wier Park, at 3012 Nottingham Street, has a playground, picnic tables, two lighted tennis courts, and a basketball court. Visit their site here.

Hermann Park, at 6001 Fannin Street, has Miller Outdoor Theater, gardens, ponds, walking and running trails, golf course, Houston Zoo and picnic areas. Visit their site here.

Newly remodeled Hungry’s Rice Village now features an upstairs area.

Cafe’s & Restaurants

Antica Osteria


Bombay Basserie

Collina’s Italian Cafe

Celebrity Cupcakes

Chocolate Bar

Croissant Brioche French Bakery

Fajitas a Go-Go

Fellini Caffe

Goode’s Armadillo Place

Guad Texas Chef Mex

Helen Greek Food & Wine



Istanbul Grill & Deli

Local Foods

Peru Cafe Express


Tiny No. 5

Torchy’s Tacos

YoYo’s Hotdog

Farmers Market

The Rice Farmers Market is open every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Entrance 13B off of Greenbriar Dr (5600 Greenbriar Dr, Houston, TX 77005). Parking is free! Click here to visit their website.

Looking for real estate in Houston’s West University? Contact Modern Charm Realty today!

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