Final days of community near De Anza Cove

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 21:52:16-04

It is nearly the end of the road for the De Anza Cove mobile home park -- deserted except for a handful of residents, who will also soon be gone, evicted by the city of San Diego.

"Welcome to the end of the world," said resident Rae Newoman.

Newoman is one of the last to leave the De Anza Cove mobile home park, staying until the last minute allowed.

"It's a slice of heaven, is what it really is. It's this beautiful peninsula, surrounded by water with cool breezes all the time and there were over 550 families that lived here," she said.

Newoman told 10News she loved the sense of community.

"As I walked, always, 'Hello, hello, hello, go to the pool, and hello, hello,'" said Newoman.

Those days are gone, and the mobile home park is almost a ghost town.

"Now, there's nobody to say hello to; it's pretty empty," she said.

Hundreds left in January, which was the first deadline. The remaining residents have until October to leave.

The city is holding public hearings now to determine what might be done with the 120-acre waterfront park.

Newoman loved the layout of the old park.

"There's streets and homes and little alleyways where no cars go so you can walk or ride a bike up and down the alleyways and they connect to one another," said Newoman.

Most who have left abandoned their homes; some of them are in shambles, but not all.

"These trailers were pretty fabulous. This was mine; the grey one. This was mine. It's got stained glass windows, a beautiful front porch."

Newoman took 10News inside her mother's old home. There's still artwork on the walls and watercolors Newoman created herself.

She has a little over three months to find them, and herself, a new home.