About Your Neighbors

Ed Grisamore writes profiles of neighbors for the Ingleside Neighborhood Association. Ed teaches Journalism at Stratford Academy and is a longtime columnist for The Macon Telegraph. He is the author of none books. Ed and his wife, Delinda, have lived at 252 Albermarle Place since 2007. They have three sons—Ed, Grant and Jake—and four grandchildren—Brewer, Sterling Gray , Ginny Pope and Bennett.

Rivers love flow of life in Ingleside

By Ed Grisamore

It is a half-mile from the house where Marilee Rivers grew up to the one she now calls home.

She lived at the corner of Ingleside Avenue and Vista Circle from the day she was born until the day she married. She has resided at the top of the hill on Vista for the past 29 years.

Those two lovely houses are personal bookends in the neighborhood where she has spent more than half her life.

“I have been pleased with how the neighborhood has been kept up,”Marilee said. “So many neighborhoods have gone down.”

Vista gets its name from the Latin word meaning “a view between an opening or avenue of buildings or trees.” Along with nearby Overlook, at one time Vista boasted some of the highest vantage points in Macon.

For Marilee and her husband, Mickey, the view is always outstanding, regardless of the elevation. They can look out their living room window and watch people from all walks of life stroll past on their sidewalk and street.

“There is a real mixture of age and socio-economics in this neighborhood”, Marilee said.

Longtime neighborhood still feels like home

By Ed Grisamore

When Amy and Pepper Temple were house hunting four years ago, they had plenty of options.

But when they pulled in the driveway of a house with a “For Sale” sign at the sharp turn on Osborne Place, there might as well have been a stop sign. “We looked at a lot of houses”, Amy said, “But this just felt like home.”

Ingleside always has had that feel for Amy. Since she was a child, the scenery hasn’t changed much. She has lived in houses on Overlook, Riverdale and Drury.

She has a history here. She calls it a “magical” neighborhood.

The people make the place.

“There’s a difference between living in a neighborhood and having true neighbors,” Pepper said.

Amy and Pepper both are Macon natives. Amy graduated from First Presbyterian Day School, went to Valdosta State and is a medical device specialist. Pepper attended Mount de Sales and Central, graduated from ABAC and works in the lab at Graphic Packaging.

They have a 5 year old son, Jennings–a family name. Pepper’s real name is Perry, but the nickname has stuck with him since he was born. As an infant, his skin was so red his grandfather claimed he “looked like a chili pepper”.

Amy is not alone when she said she considers Ingleside one of the great walking neighborhoods in Macon. And she loves having her mother, Cherry Young, practically within walking distance on Overlook Drive.

Pepper appreciates the distinct charm of the homes.

“They have a lot of character,” he said. “It’s not a cookie cutter neighborhood where every house and yard look the same.”

The convenience to shops and restaurants at Ingleside Village, as well as nearby businesses on Vineville Avenue and Forsyth Road also is appealing. Grocery stores, churches, schools and hospitals all are in close proximity.

Said Pepper: “You’re 10 minutes from anywhere.”