Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2009

What do you love about Palomar?  How about the views?  You see Point Loma out there with the San Diego skyline and islands dotting the Pacific – so close and yet so far away –  up here in the beauty of the Four Seasons! Have a message to go out?  Simply send it my way.   If you don’t see it posted within 24 hours, please call my ‘follow-me’ number at 76O 742 one 742. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!   Bonnie Phelps,  Palomar Mountain News Editor since 1998 and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century.
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 10, 2019

Staging in the works!


So much is happening in Real Estate!!!  I’ve planned this post since 4th of July Weekend when that pic was taken.  (Long may it wave!)  It has been so crazy busy getting cabins, homes and land ready to take those photos and market for touring new buyers.

Lenders don’t like pealing paint, so that is being taken care of up front for you at a several locations.  Lenders also require a ‘permanent source of thermostat controlled heat’.  Fireplaces and wood stoves don’t count anymore.  So, we have contractors, handymen and property owners installing several different types of very affordable options to satisfy that requirement.

Heavy equipment with a water tender and road base showed up to make a nearly 100 year old road, drivable without the risk of sliding into the ditch – again.  Tow truck time has happened twice since we started staging this property.  Triple A was called once, and the second time a helpful neighbor towed the visiting property owner out.  The road hadn’t been driven on in many years and the surface dirt became a powdery fluff.  It will be at it’s very best for the new buyers.

With all our wonderful rain this year, trees and brush have really grown fast so properties are being groomed to the Forest Service standards. I’ve learned over the years that it is better to do the cleanup prior to marketing.  “You never have a second chance to make a first impression”. It also gets those branches off the roofs, away from the chimneys and we get an A+ from the inspector to turn over to the new owner.  Most important, the insurance companies are more inclined to write the policy so we don’t encounter delays with closing escrow.

Click to see ‘Before and Afters’ on Staged to Sell.  I’ve sure had a lot of fun these past two decades but need to get new pix up!  Those four pages will give you a good idea of the transformation that can happen at your property, too.

Signs needed a dusting off and they are going up real soon. Lots of new offerings heading our way.

Meanwhile, do you have a property you are considering selling?  The past 21 years of being your Resident Realtor, I’ve always offered my part of staging as a free service.

Let’s connect on your goals and get your questions answered.

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

For all your Real Estate needs since the beginning of the Century!




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 1, 2019

Like Air Conditioning?


We only really have a handful of hot days on this beautiful mountain. But, when it is hot, it’s HOT.  After living on Palomar 21 years, we finally got a  mini-split with AC in our little apartment above the garage.

Two other companies that have installed up here gave bids.  They both did excellent work and owners are very pleased.  However, they were both so busy through the summer.  This is when you need it!  I found Mike on FB Marketplace and he came up a few days later.  After installation, I got a call from someone he gave a bid to in San Diego.  The man asked if were pleased. He said he was skeptical because Mike’s price was $3000 to $5000 lower than two other bids he’d had.  YES, we are nice and cool and very pleased.

If you’d like to pop by Terry’s today, Mike and Keith are working at 21871 Crestline. Go up Crestline.  Terry’s cabin is on the right, just before you Oliver Browns – now Lee Baker’s cabin.

Mike gave his license number and said they are insured.  858-220-0871

He also installs Central AC and heating systems, in addition to the mini-splits.

Here’s the disclaimer: We have no tie to the above and cannot guarantee the product, service or satisfaction. Yes, we were pleased with his work but you are on your own.
Bonnie Phelps and Family

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 31, 2019

Need a Roofer?


In the middle of the heavy rains, we discovered two leaks in our roof.  We put some quick band aids up and had several companies gave us a bid.  However, as soon as it warmed up and nice weather arrived, they said they were booked way out in advance.  Knowing we could have summer thunderstorms, we were searching for other options. One of my clients had a roof installed at his new home in RB.  He was pleased with the work and passed on the name.

Apolinar “Pollie” Varona and his brother arrived and went to work.  He is licensed and insured, willing to come to Palomar and they made it happen!  So nice to have on the job and we are so pleased with the results. His price also came in lower than other bids. Pollie and crew finished a Crestline cabin a couple weeks ago and will be back to do another mid month.

Here is a tip:  Don’t be tempted to just add a layer over what you have on the roof now.  I couldn’t believe the wood damage under our composition shingles in some areas; around the fireplace, in the valleys where we had some leaking and under the satellite and internet dishes (they are mounted differently now).  Pollie and crew does it all, so repairs happened without any delays.

Call or Text:  Pollie Varona 760-519-0697

Here’s the disclaimer: We have no tie to the above and cannot guarantee the product, service or satisfaction. Yes, we were pleased with his work but you are on your own.
Bonnie Phelps and Family

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 31, 2019

Need a Painter?

need a painter

A few months ago, I met a working painter on a home up here.  I saw he was doing a great job.  He said he had been painting for over 30 years.  Another cabin needed his services so Humberto waved his magic wand.  Our place needed painting (several years ago!).  After all the rains stopped, his next mountain job was here. Umberto did excellent work.  He was here every day until complete as he only does one job at a time.  Every inch of our exterior had great prep work, hidden wood rot repaired, and an excellent finish to really last through four seasons of strong winds and weather.  He is very professional and a pleasure to have on the property.  I’m going to miss him!

Right now he is finishing up another cabin transformation on Crestline.  If you would like him to pop by your place for an estimate, just call or text:

Humberto Martinez 760-419-0197

Here’s the disclaimer: We have no tie to the above and cannot guarantee the product, service or satisfaction.  Yes, we were pleased with his work but you are on your own. 

Bonnie Phelps and Family


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 31, 2019

Got Thistles?

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All that wonderful spring rain really brought up a lot of thistles this year!  They are everywhere!  If you try to pick the pretty purple flower or happen to brush against the leaves, you will be pretty miserable.

Some areas it is against the law to have these thistles growing on your property.  Good news.  It is easy to get rid of them.  Use a shovel to lift the tap root out of the ground.  You can safely touch the root and put the plant in the trash or burn it in a campfire.  You’ll want to remove them as soon as possible.  If they go to seed, next year, they will really multiply.  Click for more info and Happy Shoveling!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 31, 2019

Free Sofa, Chair and Ottoman


New neighbors, Bill and Vicki have this furniture that they would like to find a new home for.  Would that be with YOU?

They will be at the cabin through noon tomorrow.

Directions:  Go to the end of Crestline, turn left.  Turn right on the next road,  Marker 30.  Their cabin is the second on the left.

You are welcome to pop by and snag what ever makes you happy.  Take the sofa, chair, ottoman or all three and they will really cheer!  After noon-ish, you can reach them on their cell phone at 760-445-8587.

Here is their charming cabin Be the first to pop in and say ‘howdy’ and you’ll win the free furniture!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 31, 2019

Welcome Bill and Vicki Steyn

Bill and Vicki Steyn

Several years ago Bill and Vicki Steyn had their first tour of Palomar. They would come back every once in a while to see the lasted offerings.  When I posted Rusty Spurs Retreat as a ‘Coming Soon’, I thought of them.  A very quick buyer came the very next day from out of state, but after a couple weeks and some medical issues, that didn’t work out.  I remembered Vicky was a Facebook friend and sent her a link to the photos.  I just knew they’d love it!

You see, they’d recently sold their home in the country.  It was on 5 acres in the foothills of Tollhouse, up near Merced.  They have a condo in Oceanside by family, but it is at sea level, of all things!!!  Bill was missing his shop!!!  The basement is so perfect.  Vicky loves the cabin all on one level and Bill has great plans to get back to woodworking after checking off a list of projects for the cabin.

Our newest New Neighbors celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary in November. They have a son and a daughter and now 5 grandkids make life extra special.  Vicki retired from nursing as a very gifted hospice nurse.  Bill invested many years at Point Magoo working for the Federal Government in electronics warfare.  He also worked as a property inspector and their new mountain getaway gets an A+!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 25, 2019

Server needed at Henshaw Cafe


Lake Henshaw Café has server/waitressing positions available.

Please call Greg at 760-782-9180.

Please click for more info about Lake Henshaw Café.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 25, 2019

New Neighbors – TWICE!


How did Marty and Jasmin come to fall in love with Palomar enough to have two properties up here?

Raised in Canada and missing the beautiful views, Jasmin looked forward to escaping her crazy-busy and very stressful schedule as the charge nurse at Sharp Hospital.  On her days off, she would get in her car and drive to the back country.  She explored all over the county to take in the scenery with tall trees and abundance of nature.

Meanwhile, very busy Dr. Fineman had a nice nurse assisting occasionally but she really didn’t catch his eye until a costume party one Halloween.  Jasmin was dressed up as a cute little black cat and he couldn’t resist.  The fell in love, were married and had a goal to have a weekend escape on their favorite mountain that Jasmine had introduced  Marty  to when they were dating.

Ten years ago this weekend, Marty and Jasmin purchased their home on Palomar.  As weekenders, they have spent every chance they get enjoying their private forest and lovely, secluded home.  Now they are celebrating with another beautiful property, just 20 minutes across the mountain.  It is an unpainted canvas with open meadows, framed with gorgeous trees and magnificent views across Warner’s Valley to Lake Henshaw, the Pacific and the Observatory.  The perfect setting to take in the invigorating mountain air, relax, refresh and dream of building their retirement dream home… and then finish their weekend off at their home-in-the-woods.  Ah, life is grand!   



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 22, 2019

Chance of Thunderstorms?


“When thunder roars, go indoors!”  Well. I like to add “and unplug what you’d like to keep!”

The weather report is showing a chance of storms all week.  I love any changes with weather but lightening can be a challenge.  We have stories about lightening strikes taking out appliances, computers, phones and more.  Here are some tips for you new folks and a reminder for the rest of you about taking precautions during this kind of weather.

Hoping for some refreshing rain,

Bonnie Phelps


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