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 | March 14, 2019

Early Spring Real Estate Update


We are welcoming Spring a week early this year!  After over two months of pretty steady rain and snow, the last couple days have been wonderful!   This was the view from my desk yesterday morning.  Mid afternoon, we were in a think cloud.  It rained again last night, so our snow is but a memory.  Today that bright blue, sunny sky came back.  It is going to be a beautiful Spring!

The past few months have been extra busy working my 5 active escrows to get some to the finish line.  Several new easements have been put in place to so new buyers have the easements they need – or in one case, a 100 foot easement that cross their land and benefited no one, another had an easement show up that is 50 feet wide that goes right over the cabin!  Pretty interesting ideas some folks had many decades ago.

The phone already started ringing with the weekend filling up with showing and listing appointments!  But, I can fit YOU in!  How may I help you?

What is For Sale? 

Glad you asked! We only have 8 Active listings in our entire zip code!  There are some beautiful properties!  Simply click to check them out!  I am glad to open the doors.

That link includes two cabins with generous price reductions:

The Happy A Frame is newly updated and ready for you to move right in. Click on that link to see many more photos and a list of the seller updates.

The Forest Retreat can sleep the Brady Bunch!  Those two big fireplaces sure would have been stoked these last couple months… kind of nice there is a furnace to turn on, too.  Ah, such luxury.

I have quite a growing list of folks who have some wonderful wish lists for their getaway or full time living on the mountain that just haven’t been checked off.  We could sure use more cabins, homes, ranches, lots and land for Spring and Summer buyers…

Let’s connect!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor on the Highway to the Stars

Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | March 10, 2019

Sunrise Sky for Springing Forward


That last big snow had me up early. I love snow so much and always so curious to see what is waiting for us on the ground.

Now, just think, YOU can get in on some beautiful sunrise sky simply by ‘Springing Forward’.

Enjoy every minute,

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 27, 2019

Kids Club Art Show!

There are some very talented folks on Palomar!  Stacy Eriksen is at the top of the list as she does such an amazing job heading up Kids Club.  These pix are from last year’s show. The kids and some adults brought their recent art to show and also had a chance to be creative that day, too.

We now have 50 kids on Palomar year-round!  “Fifty” is not a typo!  Our population is growing, too!  Three fulltime moms up here are expecting babies! How wonderful is that!?!

YOU are invited to join in the fun!  Perhaps you have a craft, hobby or special interest you could share sometime.  Or, like me, you just might like to be around these home-schooled, amazing kids and their folks.  It is a great way to fill up your cup!!!

Bonnie Phelps,  keep reading for invite from Stacy!

From: Stacy Eriksen

Palomar Mountain Kids Club’s Arts & Crafts Show: Tuesday, March 5th

Our Second Annual Arts & Crafts Show has arrived! Mountain children are invited to bring their favorite works of art that they have created to display in our “gallery”. Drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, mosaics, quilts, sewn items – they are all welcome!

Hands-on art activities will also be available for all ages to get creative with! (Paint may be involved, so a smock / big old t-shirt to throw on might not be a bad idea.) Learn some fabric / fiber arts, try your hand at some drawing and painting, and who knows what else might be in store for you?

Please join us!  Littles are invited to come and clap their hands, stomp their feet, and wiggle all around during our Storytime at 9:30. Our Arts & Crafts Show will begin afterwards at 10am.

Everyone is also invited to bring snacks to share – no nuts please.

For more information, please contact Stacy Eriksen.

Email:  // phone: 0214


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 23, 2019

Snow on Palomar – chains required

chains required

Guessing many of you love snow just about as much as I do.  I’ve seen photos taken from off-mountain, and our snow looks sooooooo inviting.  If you are reading this from the Flatlands and planning on bringing your family up this weekend, chains are required.

It is very beautiful up here but if you can make it up during the week, you might enjoy it even more.

Because of the deeper snow, we have much less parking available than most snow weekends.  Driveways are still blocked, the berms along the sides of the roads are much deeper and the bottom layer from the prior storm is solid ice from days of low temps in the 20’s.

I was out and about most of the roads today and there is almost no place to park  safely.  (I got sooooo stuck in my 4WD today! Lots of shoveling… Don’t tell my husband!) If you do come up and try to park along the side of the road, most of the berms along the top of the grades are still too deep to pull over and be on the outside of the white line. You’re a magnet for a ticket if you park your car inside the white line.  The CHP promises to be on duty.

The ‘Residents Only’ signs are up on our two residential areas; Crestline and Bailey Road.  That is because the land along those roads are private property and there is no public parking and no areas for public snow play.  These are people’s personal homes and cabins. Also, the Observatory is usually closed on snow days and that area for the same reason.

Hummmm, I do happen to know a way you can get past those ‘Residents Only’ signs!  You can put one of our homes, cabins, lots, land or ranches in your name!  Ah, that must be a Realtor talking!

Glad to help in anyway,

Bonnie Phelps






Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 21, 2019

Phone News

phone time Bonnie Phelps


Most of you probably no longer have an old fashioned phone, plugged in to the wall.  But for those of you who do, storms often bring phone static and outages.

My desk phone has been out for a week.  You might wonder what I did without a phone!  No problem.  AT&T offers “The Message Center” that makes it easy to roll calls to another number.  I rolled the calls to my cell (it works here now – Hooray!) and didn’t miss a beat. Some of you might appreciate that service that includes 3-way calling and other features.

When you do have phone issues, connect with AT&T at contact info below as soon as you can.  I was given a date two weeks out to get my phone working again, but – ta da!  It has dial tone a week early.  Thanks to our AT&T friends of Palomar.

AT&T Phone Company 800 310-2355 or

Other options for phones on Palomar are VoIP phones that work through your internet.  Cell phones are working at more properties these days and include call-forwarding, 3-way calling and other features that I am quite certain I don’t even know about.

Just wanted to pass this info on as it may be helpful to some folks out there.  Glad to get questions answered anytime.

Bonnie Phelps – Yes, that is me over 6 decades ago!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 21, 2019

FSC Monthly Meeting

From: Cecelia Borland

Everyone is invited to the February meeting of the PMFSC.  Held in the equipment bay of the Fire Station 79, 21610 Crestline Road.

This Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10 am


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 21, 2019

Road Crew gearing up!


It is amazing how much more snow is on Crestline from the last storm!  Maybe 5 inches or so!  The berms along the road and in front of the driveways are pretty high.  It was great to see Joe out with the big loader.  He is working on moving the snow off the roads with that big bucket, into their easement.   His goal is to keep Crestline and Baileys with two lanes open.   Time will tell!

We had been teased with two feet of this white stuff.  I just added up the forecast and now we are down to closer to a foot. It has been snowy with sleet off and on, giving us only a dusting here on State Park Road.  Guessing Crestline and other areas might have even more if it behaves like the last storm.

What ever comes our way, we really appreciate around-the-clock dedication of our local crew and all who put in the extra hours during these storms. THANK YOU!

Let it Snow!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 18, 2019

Like to vacation on Palomar?


There are very happy Valentine/President’s Weekend guests enjoying the snow at vacation rentals ’round Palomar.  It is the absolutely best way to have snow fun on this mountain.  After sledding and hiking in this beautiful winter wonderland, it is always so nice to be able to go inside and get warm by the fire.

Palomar has a couple dozen vacation rentals to choose from.  Some on posted on Palomar Properties Rentals page.  At the bottom of that page are links to also search VRBO or Airbnb for the dates you are interested in.

Since most everything was booked for this three day weekend, long ago, I’ve had a few calls.  Some folks I have spoken to the last few days would be content with only one night.  However, most rentals have a 2 night minimum so here are some tips:

  1. Even if you are looking for only one night, search for two nights.  Sometimes an owner will book for one at a last minute or when they have an extra night between guests.
  2. Looking for the best rates?  That would be mid-week.  Sunday night through Thursday nights have some great deals.  Also, unless a holiday, the traffic is much less.
  3. Book well in advance.  Most cabins have a three night minimum on three day weekends, longer minimums for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
  4. You can’t bring too many dry sox and gloves.  The cute, often colorful, fuzzy gloves for kids of all ages?  Pass.  If you want to sled or play in the snow, they fail in less than a minute.  Get the water proof gloves, you’ll be glad you did – often a great deal at your local thrift store, along with bibs and hooded jackets.  Want the warmest hands?  Mittens are the best.  Must have knit caps with this very cold weather and wind to avoid ear aches.
  5. Brush up on The Golden Rule when on Palomar.  Be extra-respectful of neighbors as most appreciate their peaceful, quite ambiance.

We have only about an inch of snow from this afternoon at the top of the mountain but it is coming down now.    We’re promised 3 to 7 inches tonight.  You MUST have chains as the snow is to be at 3500 feet elevation.  It’s 20 degrees at our place now and very windy.  Burrr!

Thinking of seeing some Real Estate?  Staying a few days in one of our rentals is a wonderful idea!

Glad to get questions answered anytime!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor-in-the-Snow




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 16, 2019

Mountain Lion and ….?

mtn lion

Wouldn’t you love to know more of the history of this photo?  Given to me years ago by East-Grader, Bob Haas, it begs questions.

Do you see what I see?  Things can happen so fast.  Why wasn’t the lion shy of the photographer?  He appears to be eyeing his next dinner up by the house. Why was the photographer concerned about taking the photo when that lion could be to the toddler in seconds?

Several folks have seen this photo over the years.  Everyone thinks they know right where the cabin is on the mountain.  But, turning it over, the back tells us it was taken at Beaverhead Lodge about 1940 near Alpine, Arizona on Jess and Flora Burkes’ Ranch.

Just something interesting to share with you while cleaning out my desk in front of the fire.



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 16, 2019

Good Samaritan

There are many people that are Good Samaritans ’round Palomar.  This feel-good story just came from a neighbor.  I think many of you might know JP.

Many thanks to all the JP’s of Palomar.

From:  Fred Brown

“…Unfortunately I slipped on the ice and now I am incapacitated with a sore back.

Yesterday I decided to drive back up to get my mail and some other things.  Rain was so intense it was like driving under water!    On the way down south grade I hit a rock which blew my front tire. Tried to change it by the side of the road but was hopeless because of sore back and old age.
Second vehicle I tried to flag down stopped.  Driver not only changed the wheel, but he followed me down all the way to the Stage Stop at 20 MPH because spare tire was under-inflated and wanted to make sure I would make it.  Refused to be paid.  People like that are worth a million!  God bless him!

Said his name was JP, maybe you know him?

Fred Brown

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