West University Place Custom Homes | Sims Luxury Builders


Build your luxury dream home in West U today. 

West University Place, or West U as it is commonly known, is a picturesque bedroom community offering a quiet, suburban lifestyle in close proximity to the city center. In fact, though it is incorporated as a city, West U is so close to Houston that the Postal Service accepts Houston as the city designation for all local addresses.

This has made West U a very attractive location for luxury homebuilding projects, and, thanks to its affluent, well-educated residents, the city is often referred to as a “wealthy city within a city.” The area is home to a mixture of luxurious old homes and newer builds, though recent decades have seen many of the old residences undergo extensive renovations.

Home to some of the best schools - West U Elementary and Pin Oak Middle School - this part of town has a wide array of options for family fun. Weekley Family YMCA, McGovern-Stella Link Library, and the West University Place Recreation Center offer many activities for all ages. Shopping lovers can frequent Rice Village, with walkable streets and a wide array of food and drink options. Nearby Rice University puts on many shows and exhibitions year-round, just 5 minutes away.


West U holds a very special place in our firm's history. It's actually where our founder, Chris Sims, built his very first custom home in 1988. After observing a few homes being demolished and rebuilt in this historic Houston neighborhood, Chris became inspired by the potential to positively influence his beloved hometown's future landscape.

Chris First Home

Today, we continue to work closely with homeowners in the area to turn their West U properties into custom, luxury dream homes. From new builds to custom renovations, our expert team is equipped to handle all your homebuilding projects:

Contact the Sims Luxury Builders team today, and let’s work together to make your dream home a reality!

Why Sims?

Building the luxury home you’ve always dreamed of should be a dream

When you decide to build your own custom home, you’re doing something exceptional. It’s a serious investment and a multi-faceted, complex project. When you take the road less traveled by building custom, you need an experienced and dedicated guide. Sims Luxury Builders have walked this path many times before. When you hire us, you get so much more than a builder:

  • Support and advice from a multidisciplinary team of seasoned professionals
  • A collaborative process which respects the vision of the architect and the homeowner
  • A commitment to your dream, your needs, your budget and your schedule
  • Dedicated project manager and construction manager to liaise with all involved parties
  • Access to the best value in high end materials and labor
  • Expert troubleshooting to eliminate any stressful surprises along the way



  • The City of West University Place, known as West U, is located in southwestern Harris County within the Houston metropolitan area. Known as “The Neighborhood City,” West University Place is bounded on the east by Kirby Street, Bellaire Boulevard/West Holcombe Boulevard to the south, and Bissonet and Law Streets on the north.
  • The city is home to 26 subdivisions including Cambridge Place, Bissonet Place, Belle Court, and Sunset Terrace. Rice Court is located just north of University Boulevard. Developed in 1910 by Ben Hooper, a former Tennessee governor, the city takes its name from its proximity to Rice University.

Nearby Shopping Centers:

  • West U Town Center
  • Rice Village
  • Weslayan Plaza
  • Plaza in the Park

Nearby Parks:

  • Friend’s Park
  • Mulberry Park
  • Fire Truck Park
  • Russ Pitman Park

Nearby Medical Facilities:

  • Memorial Hermann
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • River Oaks Medical Center
  • Westside Surgical Hospital and Breast Center
  • Texas Medical Center

Nearby Grocery Stores:

  • Randalls
  • H-E-B Grocery
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Kroger

About Sims Luxury Builders

Over the last three decades, we’ve built a strong reputation in Houston for our timeless design, exceptional craftsmanship, and our relentless attention to detail. We’re honored to have built some of the city’s most celebrated and award-winning homes in collaboration with the finest minds in architecture. Exceptional quality and expertise are a given on every Sims project, but there’s more to it than that.