800 N. 7th

Names of family members: Todd and Gretchen Magruder

Occupation(s): Todd – Illinois Deptartment of Corrections; Gretchen – Campus Minister, UIS

When did you move to Enos Park? August 2021

What drew you to the neighborhood? We first got acquainted with Enos Park when our church, Rochester Christian Church, helped with the Extreme School Makeover at McClernand Elementary in 2013, and Gretchen soon started volunteering as a Reading Mentor.  We loved the idea of living within walking distance from the YMCA, doctors, work, and other downtown activities, and were excited about the variety of activities the EPNIA initiates.

What kind of activities have you gotten involved in around the neighborhood? We’ve just been here a month, but we’ve already pitched in at the Community Garden and gotten to know several of our neighbors.

Was your house move in ready? Yes. We were so fortunate to find a house that had been completely renovated 7 years prior and been beautifully maintained.

Any advice for someone contemplating a move to the neighborhood and/or a renovation project? Enos Park has houses for every type of owner.  We talked to people from EPNIA and others we knew who had worked on homes in the area to first get a feel for what was on the market.  After looking at some older homes that needed renovations, we realized we weren’t the kind of people who were suited for that. This gorgeous house became available and was exactly what we were looking for.  Whether you’re looking for a total gut job, one that’s move-in ready, or something in-between, you can find it in Enos Park.  

What’s your favorite thing about living in Enos Park? We love our neighbors, having a sculpture garden practically in our backyard, and the walkability to just about everything we need!