The secret has been out for a while. People know that one of the best places to live in Coronado is on an alley. There is a strong sense of community and wide-open space for kids who may not have yards to play in.

 639 Adella Lane – we represented both the buyers and the sellers of this home.

By Charlotte Rudowicz

Community during Covid

My family has lived in an alley for several years. We love our “Faletta back house” and all the back house neighbors we have met and become friends with. Andrea Geraldi puts it perfectly by saying, “Our alley provides the neighborhood feeling I had growing up that I always wanted for my kids.” But something magical happened this past year during the Covid lock-down. Confused and unsure, we came together like never before. We shared toilet paper, Clorox wipes, cocktails, fears, and frustrations. We had happy hours, yoga and workout session, little birthday celebrations for the children.

“For me, the alley was the family I didn’t know I had.”

When we were not able to gather with loved ones, when playdates became a thing of the past, when school and sports were all canceled, we had each other. Katie Iwashita also puts it perfectly by saying, “The alley is our kids’ baseball field, skatepark, Nerf gun battle zone, hockey field, and more! A place where parents can connect with one another, share recipes or a drink, and know that all are welcome.”

Some nights, taking out the trash turned into an hour-long conversation about my day with the lady next door. Isolation is hard and with extended family often so far away and unable to been seen, we really came together and supported each other. Catalina De Leon says, “For me, the alley was the family I didn’t know I had.”

Coronado alleys are something incredibly special and during the past year, they have become even more important to the fabric of this community. My family and I are forever grateful for the relationships we have built and strengthened with the people on our alley.