Golden Acres is centrally located in Independence, Missouri. It generally lies to the east of Noland Road, west of Lee’s Summit Road, south of 23rd Street, and north of 35th Street
Developed in 1931 by the Kroh Brothers of Kansas City, Missouri, Golden Acres was the first planned subdivision in Independence. The community was created on what was originally a golf course. In fact, the south end of the neighborhood lies adjacent to the Drumm Farm golf course. The Kroh Brothers designed the neighborhood to appear cohesive while still giving each house its own individual style. They also incorporated characteristics like limestone retaining walls and street trees that add to the area’s charm. It is said that Golden Acres gets its name from the prevalence of forsythia, which blooms in golden shades of yellow each Spring.
Golden Acres is made up of varied architectural styles from its period of construction that include Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival, and Minimal Traditional houses that incorporate a combination of brick and stone. An adjacent, newer expansion of the neighborhood includes ranches and split levels.
Today, the area is known for its central location in Independence, longevity of home ownership, and its high level of architectural integrity. Many of the houses have had alterations that have increased their square footage, yet they have retained the feeling and style first introduced by the Kroh Brothers.