Meet Greg and Tina Rodriguez, the owners of the first featured home as part of Springfield’s Porch of the Month initiative! We absolutely love meeting wonderful neighbors like Greg and Tina who are as passionate about their community as we are. Check out their story below!
What is your favorite thing about having a front porch?
One of Tina’s favorite things about having a porch is the wonderful memories it brings back with her Grandma and Great-Grandma on their front porch near Pensacola’s historic downtown. There she grew up spending summers listening to them tell stories on their porch swing while sipping on Coke ice cream floats..
I love the relaxing atmosphere that Tina has created and the seemingly constant breeze on our front porch. Sometimes I like to sit out there and strum on my guitar, but sometimes I just like to listen to the sounds of the neighborhood or the rain coming down.
Was there a special inspiration in the decorating of your porch?
We wanted a swing, so we could make memories with our grandchildren, but we also wanted it to be unique. So we built a hanging bed swing that we built from a rice (or plantation) bed headboard and foot-board. Tina drew her inspiration for our “plant porch” from the bed swing with its four posts and print fabric throw pillows, and from her love of green and flowering plants which she inherited from her parents. The colors and textures complement each other. All of it combines to give us a kind of tropical atmosphere that’s reminiscent of an island resort in the Florida Keys where we slept in a canopied plantation bed.
How long have you lived in Springfield?
We’ve lived in Springfield since November 2015, so about two and a half years. It’s hard to believe! Time flies when you’re having fun!
What is the best part of living in Springfield?
Springfield has a great sense of community and of course the history is fascinating. It reminds us of a real neighborhood like the ones we grew up in, with the sounds of a neighborhood, a dog barking, roosters crowing in the distance, music coming from someone’s upstairs balcony. It’s the kind of neighborhood where your neighbors are not only your neighbors, they are also your friends.
What advice would you give to folks thinking about moving to Springfield?
What we would advise people interested in moving to Springfield is to spend time in Springfield. Meet some of the people at local businesses, at local events like PorchFest, Second Sundays in Klutho Park or at SPAR and SIAA meetings. The home buying workshops offered at the Wells Fargo community center are a great place to learn about buying a home and at the same time, meet people that live here and others that are considering living here. Finally, we strongly recommend taking the Tour of Homes, whether it is the Holiday Tour or the Spring Tour, it is a great way to see the potential of these beautiful homes, meet people who live here and you might even meet a great realtor like we did 😉 And buy a home!