By Vinnie Pervel
I would like to thank the residents of East Hill for being amazingly welcoming. Everyone we have met has been helpful, giving and endearing! A sense of community is hard to find in today’s world, however we have found it in Pensacola. My name is Vincent Pervel (Vinnie). I am from New Orleans; served in the United States Navy; and, have been a Historical Home Renovator for nearly three decades. My partner of 25 years, Gregory Harris (Gregg) holds degrees in Clinical Social Work and Psychology; was born abroad in a military family; and, moved to New Orleans in the early 80s for Doctoral studies at Tulane University. We have lived in Algiers Point (the second oldest community next to the French Quarter) for decades, and have been active in the local Civic Association there (where we both have held positions as officers, including president). Community Service is one of our passions, as well as gardening; animals; traveling in our motor home; cooking; and, restoring and collecting anything old (including houses and antiques). Our Victorian Italianate home in New Orleans, built in 1871, was completely self-restored by Gregg and me.
Life is both precious and short. With retirement upon us, we have been faced with many decisions regarding our next chapter in life. In our free time we have always been drawn to water, sandy beaches and the history of antique architecture. In younger years we always dreamed about one day living in a coastal community filled with history, beauty, and kindness. Our dreams were realized when we found a blighted Queen Anne cottage style antique house in East Hill. We knew from the moment we stood in front of a “For Sale” sign at 1600 East De Soto Street that we were looking at the home where we would spend our remaining years. Since purchasing the property in November, we have been busy at De Soto Street clearing a decade of growth, bringing the property up to City Code, restoring the exterior to its original grandeur, and falling in love with Pensacola. Please come by to see our work in progress. If you
have time, stop and introduce yourselves – we have yet to meet a stranger from East Hill who has not become a friend! We look forward to meeting you. Vinnie Pervel