Kansas City 'beach' house leaves gritty taste with neighbors

There aren't many "welcome" signs in Georgianna Reid's front yard turned beach. Passersby can't miss her corner lot at East Meyer Boulevard and Walnut Street. (Bonyen Lee/KCTV5 News)

A home completely surrounded by sand is getting mixed reviews, and the city says the house is getting complaints too.

There aren't many "welcome" signs in Georgianna Reid's front yard turned beach. Passersby can't miss her corner lot at East Meyer Boulevard and Walnut Street.

Reid said the sand has its advantages.

"Now being over 60, I've decided that I've owned the house for 33 years and that I wasn't going to mow anymore or water," she said.

Brooksiders know it as the "sandbox," but whatever one calls it, Reid's lot catches eyes behind the wheel and from those on foot.

"I slowed down to see the statues and everything. I like it," Kathy Devine said.

The house so noticeable, neighbors have filed complaints with the city. But it turns out, Reid is beachy keen on her lot.

And though there are a fair share of admirers, it is clear the beach of a house is leaving a gritty taste with some neighbors.

"I think the house looks revolting with all that is out there," neighbor Edwin Bisby said.

Other neighbors feel the yard just doesn't fit the feel of the Brookside neighborhood.

The city has received a couple of complaints but says an inspector found no code violations since the sand is being used for landscaping purposes.

"I'm sure it's going to hurt the property values in this neighborhood," Bisby said.

Reid shrugs off the concerns from her neighbors.

"I would say, 'I'm putting in the largest litter box in the world,'" she said.

She has 80 tons of sand trucked in at a cost of $50 a ton.

A rather confrontational yard sign is posted in the yard offering a $2,000 reward for tips on who stole a volleyball net, lawn ornaments and a life-sized chest set. Reid said they set in the sand until they were taken.

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