History of the Hills of Monticello
exclusive wooded neighborhood is the vision of Jerry Nelson.
It has been designed for easy access to amenities, wooded
common grounds and family living.
The land for the
Hills of Monticello began as 95 acres belonging to the
original developers of Riss Lake (Leo Eisenberg Company, aka
Parkville Development Company). The first five developers to
look at the land turned it down due to the terrain. In 1988,
Jerry Nelson began researching the property. The original plan
involved 140-150 lots on a street from 45 Highway to Berkely
with cul-de-sacs coming off of it. Not liking the potential
traffic and security issues, Jerry altered the design to be a
neighborhood with only one entrance. To achieve this, the home
sites were laid out on the ridges of the property and one
third was deeded to the Home Owners Association as wooded
In 1990 the Hills of Monticello began
offering home sites. Today it is almost fully developed and
offers easy access to freeways, shopping, downtown Parkville
and Kansas City International Airport. It offers beautiful
homes on wooded lots, historic trees, a community park and a
real sense of neighborhood.