A tour through Rockhill Gardens is truly aesthetically pleasing. The streets and sidewalks are lined with mature trees which form a canopy overhead. Every home you pass encompasses a timeless appeal with unique combinations of materials like brick, stone and timbered stucco. In Rockhill Gardens there is a home for every taste and preference. These homes exemplify the commitment to excellence of Napoleon W. Dible, a legend in local Kansas City home builders, where he was know for his individual style, attention to detail and affordability.

Dible all but created the speculative home-building business in Kansas City. That is, he bought land and built houses without first securing buyers. He started his business here in 1905 and quickly became the most successful builder of single-family homes in the area. Dible studied and designed his homes to appeal to women of the era with apparent features such as oversized bedroom closets, built in shoes racks and extensive plaster detailing in the formal rooms.

Since its inception in 1929, Rockhill Gardens has grown into an active neighborhood community. Over five hundred homes were built through 1945, the majority being English Tudor style or two story Colonial. The neighborhood is an assimilation of singles and families or all ages, some of whom have called Rockhill Gardens home for over twenty years. This beautiful area is centrally located, less than 10 miles south of downtown Kansas City between Gregory Boulevard (71st St.) and 75th St. Residents are 10 minutes away from the shopping and restaurant establishments of Westport, Country Club Plaza, Brookside, Waldo, Ward Parkway and Bannister Mall. On a Saturday afternoon or evening in the summer months, you’re likely to find a street blocked off as neighbors regularly get together for block parties or impromptu gatherings. These events allow residents to meet and reacquaint often discussing pertinent Public Improvement Issues or just casual socializing. Homeowners of Rockhill Gardens take great pride in their yards and gardens as evidenced here by Vince Leonardo, owner of Great Scapes, a local landscape company.

Rockhill Gardens represents exceptional value for the dollar, appealing to many first-time home buyers as well as starter families. These factors combined with the accessibility of nearby Waldo’s many specialty shops and restaurants will maintain this special neighborhood for years to come.








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