About West University
West University Place is well-known as Houston, TX enclave for the upper income classes. In close proximity to Rice University, West Uni Place is an exclusive bedroom or commuter community that doesn’t have much in the way of local industrialization. This leaves more space for the luxury apartments and homes in the area, where you can walk the pedestrian-friendly streets at any time of the day without fear of traffic.
The West University Place neighborhood is home to many young professionals and their families; as such, you shouldn’t be surprised to find many well-known restaurants – as well as a few privately-owned local chains – scattered about. The Rice Village Shopping Center is in the Rice Village District, and is just a half-mile from Rice University, itself. If nothing else, the ten full city blocks inhabited by the district makes for a nice early evening stroll with the family. The familiar national chains are well-represented in the Shopping Center, as are the eclectic boutiques endemic to that area of Houston. Walk a bit farther along Morningside Drive and the regional nightlife will open up, where there are bars and restaurants fully committed to happy hour.
Why Choose a Luxury Apartment in West University
Since West University Place is a bedroom community, extra measures are taken to provide places of comfort for the inhabitants. Most of the residents work elsewhere, and enjoy coming home to a luxury apartment complex that has a swimming pool and such amenities as outdoor barbecuing appliances. The indoor amenities are some of the finest you can expect for the money; with granite countertops, spas, athletic centers and more.
If you want a quick bite to eat, the local scene is dominated by a plentiful variety of cuisine options. There’s Japanese, French, Turkish, Italian, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai and Chinese food from a plethora of small, homey restaurants in The Village. If you’re seeking even more options, head the short distance to Morningside Drive via University Blvd.
Other Notable West University Spots for Residents
- Main Street Theater: Established in the mid 1970s, Houston’s famous Main Street Theater accomplishes varied objectives – to train and employ theater artists, and to regale the public with vivid productions throughout the year. There’s also a youth program to get the youngsters started early.
- Antica Osteria: West University Place luxury lodgings residents regularly visit this authentic Italian restaurant, which has the ambiance down to a tee. The building itself is actually two former houses converted into a single large dining room, well-appointed with elements of Tuscan lore. You cannot leave without having a serving – likely more than just that – of scallops-and-prosciutto and the past e fagioli soup.
- Black Walnut Café: Just one of the many cafes along Morningside Boulevard, you’ll find that many young professionals and rice University students frequent this spot. It’s a great place to do some light studying, or order a breakfast of eggs Benedict and French toast. Black Walnut Café also serves lunch and dinner for the later crowds.
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