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 | October 27, 2016

Where the Deer Play

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Kind of looks like a painting, doesn’t it?  Would you like this land for your very own?  The seller of Honey, Stop the Car has now made the land next door available, too.

Nearly an acre, pre-approved for a 3 bedroom cabin with a septic layout, a well, frontage on the county maintained road for great, year-round access, and (drum roll!) your own family of deer!  I showed the cabin twice today and saw the deer enjoying the meadow both times.

More info will be posted soon, meanwhile don’t let Fall pass you by.  Come up and check out your options!

Here is the link to the cabin next door:

Just think, you could have two acres with the purchase of both parcels…all the improvements and updates at Honey, Stop the Car… a lot next door to build a dream cabin…or develop the well and enjoy your own fresh, mountain water right out of the ground …  Lots to dream about tonight!

Let’s meet up for a tour!

Bonnie Phelps with listings to Fall for on Palomar Mountain






Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 27, 2016

Clean up needed?!??


In my travels, there are places where our weather situation is catching up with some branches and trees.  This big oak branch just decided to come down recently.  Yes, if you look closely, there is a cabin tucked away, back in there.

See note below from Dana and more info is also available for you at

From: Barre, Dana -Forest Service

Subject: Prep and chipping

Have you ever received a Legal Notice & Order to Remove Fire Hazards (issued by USFS or Cal Fire)?

There are currently programs available for the Palomar Mountain community that may help to achieve required fire clearances and defensible space! 

For information and application, please visit the following website, and look under “No Cost Fuel Reduction.”



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 18, 2016

Salamanders, toads, and bugs, oh my!

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Look what we uncovered when we moved some horse fencing!  About 10 or 12 salamanders, a big toad, cute frog, lots of stink bugs and a lizard that ran off with half a tail…  oh my!  (Where are those Grandkids when you really need ‘um?  Field trip in our own back yard!)

Just another day fun on the mountain!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 18, 2016

Like your Clean-up Cut in Half?

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Protect your Home with 50% Cost Share

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 18, 2016

Surprise in a Septic Tank!

Nope, I don’t have a photo for this post!!!

Thinking back the 16 + years I’ve been a Realtor, I ‘ve been to a lot of septic inspections.  I’ve seen some interesting stuff, but this was a surprise. When the lids came off, I asked the inspector, “What is THAT?”

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 18, 2016

Sign up for Free Chipping

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Would you like to take advantage of FREE Chipping?

Now is the time!

Sign Up On-line For Free Chipping

State that you are a Palomar Resident in the comment box.

Here is the flyer:

You can also access the info through the Fire Safe Council Website:

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2016

Got Thistles?


The past few years I hadn’t noticed many thistles out on properties.  For some reason, this year, they have popped up all over.  You can Google and learn that some countries, counties, states and cities have laws against having these very aggressive weeds on your property.

We first learned about thistles almost two decades ago when we purchased our property.  A friend pointed out the pretty purple flowers in our orchard.  They were very concerned and cautioned against touching them.  You’ll only do that once – feels like a million splinters.  We were also encouraged and shown how to get rid of them.  Just dig with a pointed shovel and you will see a short tap root. Tip the plant over.  The tap root is the only part of the plant you can touch without being miserable.  Pick it up by the tap root and put it in the trash.

That day we dug up 19 thistles.  The next year we found only three plants.  Occasionally we spot one or two. However, this year several have shown up in a couple new areas.  One step with a shovel and they were gone.  It is best to catch them before the flowers die and spread the seeds to come up in next spring’s rains.

Happy shoveling!  Or, if you’d rather leave it to someone else, try the ‘Local Resources’ on the Fire Safe Council’s website:


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2016

How clear is your Chimney?


In my travels, I am noticing some chimneys, ok, LOTS of chimneys, have tree branches that could use some attention before you build the next fire in your fireplace.  (Trees are just like children, they grow so fast!)

When I drove by this cabin, I saw branches just inches away from the chimney.  (If I remember right, branches are to be no closer than 10 feet from chimneys).

Jumped out of my car, took the pic, then saw the dead fir in the back ground.  Well, the timing couldn’t be better!  Your Fire Safe Council has a grant to assist with chimney clearing and dead tree removal.  There are some guidelines and restrictions, but it would sure be worth checking into.  All the details are at the top of the website:

You will also find a link on the left of their home page for ‘Local Resources’ that could climb up there pretty quick and get the job done.

Happy Fall, y’all!





Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2016

FSC Mtg Saturday Morning

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Annual Board Meeting. Open to All.

Agenda and details are posted on the website:



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2016

$50.00 off this weekend at Cabin Fever!


Who do you know that would like $50.00 off to stay at Cabin Fever this weekend?  I was just going to forward the Apple Festival info to weekend guests at our son’s vacation rental.  What a surprise!!!  It’s not booked!!!  It is available!

So, if you would like to stay in a very cute, cozy cabin for the weekend, we have a discount for you and all are promised a great time at the festival.

Simply click for the details, click Book It with your dates and I’ll adjust the rate for the discount:

Here is the info for the sure-to-be-fun Annual Apple Festival this weekend:

Bring your favorite Apple Goodies:

Is Cabin Fever booked or are you looking for a place to sleep more folks?  There might be other rentals available here:

See you at the Festival!

Bonnie and Don



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