What is Project Grandview?

Real Estate Agent with Vizion KC

Project Grandview refers to all Vizion home renovations that take place in the city of Grandview. This is a brief overview and history of Grandview, MO.

Grandview is a city in Jackson County, Missouri, United States located just south of Kansas City, MO.   The population was 24,881 at the 2000 census.

Grandview began as a modest farming community called Anderson District, so named in honor of John Anderson, the owner of the only general store in the area. In the late 1800s, the farmers and other residents of the area made a crucial decision in the development of our town-they were fed up with having to pick up their mail at the post office in Hickman’s Mill, which was a full day’s trip. They wanted their blossoming area to have a post office all of its own, but before they could request one from Washington, a name for the town had to be chosen.

Several names were submitted for the name of our town, but none seemed to fit. One fine day John Anderson called Solomon Young-President Truman’s maternal grandfather-and Ervin Wallingford out onto the steps of his general store. Pointing out over the landscape, he declared to his friends, “Isn’t that a grand view?” One of the men replied, “That’s it! That’s the name. Let’s name the town Grandview.” And so our town finally got its name…and a post office conveniently located in John Anderson’s store on Fifth and Main Street.

During the early 1900s, a young Harry S. Truman spent nearly 14 years of his life on his family’s beloved 600-acre farm in Grandview. During his time here Harry made quite an impact on the newly incorporated Village, organizing the Grandview Masonic Lodge #618, taking over the job of road overseer after his father’s death in 1914, and serving on the local school board. Like the other early residents of Grandview, Harry also had a passion for the mail and served as postmaster of Grandview in 1915…though his love of letters may have been for reasons other than public service. From inside a small room in the Grandview farm home, Harry wrote letters to his sweetheart Bess Wallace, a girl he met during his school years in the nearby town of Independence. Their exchange continued while Harry served overseas as a Captain in World War I. In May of 1919 he returned home to Bess, and the couple married soon after on June 28, 1919 in Independence. Though he moved in with Bess and her widowed mother at that time, Harry kept his ties to Grandview. After he became the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman originally planned to build his Presidential Library in Grandview, though politics and events changed his plans and the “Truman Library” was eventually built in Independence. His family’s home, now known as the Truman Farm Home, still stands in Grandview and is maintained by The National Park Service. Visitors come from across the country to see this piece of history, as well as that small room where Harry Truman gazed out over the rolling hills of Grandview, composing affectionate letters to his future wife.

Project Grandview homes are generally in the price range of $120k to $200k.  These homes are updated with new solid surface granite counters, refinished hardwood floors, maple cabinets, new tile flooring in both the kitchen and bathrooms, new interior and exterior paint, and all new windows and doors.

Project Grandview homes are general 30-70 years old.  Grandview’s close proximity to highway 71 and small town feel make it one of the most popular suburb cities of Kansas City.  Grandview is also home to the famous International House of Prayer (IHOP) as well as the popular River Oaks golf course.

Project Grandview Homes

14500 Craig Grandview, MO

12512 Winchester Grandview, MO

Check out these sites for more information on the Grandview area.


Portions of this article were taken directly from Wikepedia and Grandview.org

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Comments (4)

Brian Belcher
RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Realtor

Hey, great post. Thanks for the information about your area.

Jan 25, 2009 10:16 AM
Justin Ukaoma
Vizion KC - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate Investments

Thanks Charlotte I figured it was time for me to make a few informative posts.

Jan 25, 2009 10:40 AM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

Justin - I love the historical background you give on Grandview, as well as the links to more info.  Nice going!

Jan 25, 2009 12:56 PM
Justin Ukaoma
Vizion KC - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate Investments

Kent -- Thanks.  I think by having this it will clear up some confusion about what are projects are.  Until I started doing the research I had no idea how interesting Grandview's history was.

Jan 26, 2009 01:44 PM