West University Place :: A Guide To Houston Neighborhoods

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West University Place is located in Houston, with the street boundaries of Bissonnet, Community, Holcombe/Bellaire, and Kirby. This area “has managed to retain its small town feel while providing convenient access to an array of big city amenities in the surrounding areas” according to the West U website. It is minutes from the Galleria, the Medical Center, and downtown Houston, as well.

West University has many great neighborhoods to consider, like West University Place, Sunset Terrace, Virginia Court, Braes Heights, College Court Place, The Weslayan, and many more! Neighborhoods.com is a great place to start to find out more about these neighborhoods and to find a house.

Why Moms Love it

Moms love West University Place because of the small town feel inside the big city and the easy commute to downtown. West University residents are adjacent to major Houston family attractions, while still able to walk and bike to local schools. The amount of fun for families is unlimited! 

Local Family Favorites :: {Playgrounds, sports, activities, parks}

At HMB, we love family-friendly activities. If it’s hot outside {because, it’s HOUSTON}, we recommend these indoor play places and these awesome splash padsWe also love taking care of ourselves. We have compiled a list of mommy-favorite fitness classes around town that can help you with self care.

  • Neighbors to the big Houston attractions {Houston Zoo, Museums, Hermann Park, Rice Village}
  • Check out a Texans game or the HLS & Rodeo at NRG Stadium 
  • Toyota Center hosts Houston Rockets games and downtown hosts theatre events and ballets that kids love! 
  • Tiny’s Milk and Cookies:: Arguably the best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Houston, YUM!
  • Biking and Walking around the local schools
  • Houston Public Libraries boast quite a few family friendly activities. Find your closest location here. Your kids will love the library and all of its FREE fun things to do. A few of us may even want to move into it! A lot of neighborhoods even boast Free Little Libraries that can help your kid keep their love of reading alive.  
  • Rice University hosts fun football and sports games that are great for the family. Even if you are not an alumnus, it’s fun to root for the home team! 
  • List of Local parks:: West U district website has compiled this awesome list of parks that you have to check out with your littles!
  • Levy Park is one of the newest parks in Houston, and our contributors think it’s amazing! After undergoing a $15 million dollar renovation, the park is so unique to this area of town. There is a modern climbing wall, musical steps, observation deck, community garden, and a large lawn perfect for running around! This park has made our list of the BEST Parks in Houston!
  • Firetruck Park is named after a retired firetruck that sits inside the park. This park is so great for everyone from wobbly walkers to active preschoolers and elementary age kids. It has a rubbery surface, is well-maintained, and just underwent a significant upgrade in 2012. Kids can even play fireman and pretend to drive the firetruck structure! This park has made our list of the BEST Parks in Houston!

Childcare and Schools

We know finding great child care and schools is a daunting task.  There are hundreds of great day care options in this area, but finding the right one for your family takes work. For grades K-12, the area is zoned to HISD and parents should research carefully how to navigate the HISD schools. There are also many charter schools across Houston, like YES Prep and Harmony Schools.

Perfect Date Night/Staycation

Mommy breaks like date nights, an occasional brunch, and staycations are an important part of self care. 

A few West University restaurants made our list of the 30 Most Family Friendly Houston Patios and our list of Family Friendly Restaurants around Houston. We recommend capping the night off at The Chocolate Bar.  We even know the most kid friendly breweries in this area! Interested in bringing your own alcohol and saving a bit of money? Check out our list of BYOB restaurants around town! To top off your evening off, check out one of the Top Ten Ice Cream Shops in Houston!

We feel comfortable “peacing-out” and leaving our kiddos in the trustworthy hands of Best Buds Babysitting, knowing they will be taken care of {especially after we pick up one of the best pizzas in the area for everyone to enjoy}. They are happy. We are happy. Everyone wins!

Learn More

It’s important that you find the best area that fits you! We know what it means to find the right neighborhood and neighbors that fit your family! For more information on the West University area in Houston, check out the West University section on Neighborhoods.com . There are tons of great resources about moving here, photos, and more helpful details on this area. We love Houston and love that we get to raise our families here. Check out why here.

Neighborhoods.com is a full service brokerage and an easy to use online real estate resource that helps people find the perfect home as well as the ideal neighborhood. We believe that the neighborhood you live in is just as important as the home you live in. The people, places, schools and amenities that surround your home have an enormous impact on your quality of life. When you’re looking for a place to live, you aren’t just picking out a house. You are also deciding who your children will play with and who you might become friends with. So while many people search for their dream house, we believe you should look for your dream home. And your neighborhood is a huge part of that dream.

Check out the other areas featured in our Houston Neighborhood Guide for Families and learn more about our guide sponsor, Neighborhoods.com.