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 reach out to me. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!  
and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century!
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 8, 2019

Dumpster Space Available?

With all the full-timers moving to Palomar, several folks are looking to go in on a dumpster.  Just let me know who has extra room and I’ll spread the word.

Thank you,


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 5, 2019

Come Tour Palomar!


The snow is mostly melted now so it is extra easy to show property on this very beautiful, sunny day!  Come on up!  I have one mid-day appt already and room for a couple more!

This adorable snowman greeted us at Mountain Music a few days ago. The owners just added new bedroom, sleep-in drapes with pinecone theamed lamps.  Such a wonderful ambiance looking out under that decades-old majestic oak!  Come see for yourself!

Happy A Frame in the Woods has several folks heading up over the next couple days. But, it can only have one buyer… will that be YOU?

Cozy Cedar Cabin just had that big price reduction!  What would your plans be for all that usable land?

Those 27 acres on Highway to the Stars are waiting for you, too!  For those of you on Facebook, I just posted an album with 52 four-season photos, including some taken on two of our recent snow days.

Grandpa’s Cabin is in escrow with new buyers being very patient as we finalize an easement offered by a kind neighbor. Meanwhile, the seller sings with the San Diego Choral and shared this wonderful Christmas Music link for all of you who enjoy Classical music, 24/7, commercial free).

My mid-day appointment have us heading out to the four acres of privacy with the charming Falling Cedar Cabin.  He is interested in a big dose of privacy! Many of you have told me the same thing….  going, going…. who will it be?!

With the snow almost melted, the fall colors are so vibrant and everything is so fresh and delightful!  Let’s go outside!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 4, 2019

Cabin for Christmas? Now Reduced!

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We could wrap this up with a pretty red bow just in time for Christmas!  Now reduced!  Drive right to the property, even in the snow, with 190 feet of frontage along Crestline Road.  It just doesn’t get better than this for Four Season access!

So many options with all the level land…  what would YOUR plans be?

Click for the MLS info and more photos.  Then, come up and take a look!

Bonnie Phelps 

Realtor-in-the-rain today – almost 2 inches!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 3, 2019

December Music with Smith Mountain Boys


Four fun options this month to hear Palomar’s own Smith Mountain Boys:

From: Denise <>
December 2019 Music Dates & Locations

Friday, December 13, 2019 6 pm – 9 pm
Wynola Pizza & Bistro
Santa Ysabel, CA (Julian)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 5 pm – 8:00pm
Rams Hill Golf Club (open to the public)
Borrego Springs, CA

Saturday, December 29, 2019 5 pm – 7:30 pm
American Legion Post 853 (open to the public)
AL Rider’s Famous “Cook your own Steak Night”
Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 7 pm – 9:30 pm
American Legion Post 853 (open to the public)
NEW YEAR’S EVE at the Legion
Borrego Springs, CA
We hope you can come out and enjoy the music!!!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 30, 2019

Christmas Play Postponed


Meet Heidi Phelps, director of The Best Christmas Pageant, Ever.  (She is also our daughter-in-law and mom that cute youngest grandson, Atticus).

Heidi had done an amazing job with this play!  After the all these rehearsals, the 18 or so mountain kids have all their lines down and are ready to perform with fun costumes, props and sets.  But, the snow is a little too much for everyone to safely get to the play.

FROM: Heidi Phelps

NEW SHOW DATE!!!!! The Christmas Play has been moved to December 21, 2019, 6:30pm. Stay home and enjoy the beauty of this storm, and we hope the weather cooperates for  the 21st!!!!!

Christian Conference Center Chapel, Palomar Mountain.

Tickets will be available at the door.  For those of you who bought tickets, if the 21st doesn’t work for you, or doesn’t work out (more snow!), we are glad to refund your money.

Thanks, All!

Heidi Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 29, 2019

Chains Required on Palomar


CHAINS REQUIRED If you aren’t a resident or property owner up here, you must have chains to come to Palomar today.  CHP has a road block at the bottom of the grade (no snow there).  Everyone will be turned away if you don’t have chains.  Even if you have a 4WDrive, if you are not a resident, you won’t be able to get up to snow.  So sorry.

RESIDENTS and PROPERTY OWNERS need to show a drivers license or copy of their tax bill or utility bill to prove residency.  Employees would need a copy of a pay stub or other proof of employment.  No exceptions.

VACATION RENTAL GUESTS need to show their rental confirmation and must have chains.

MIDWEEK is always best to visit snow on Palomar.  4 wheel drives are always the smartest (maybe rent one?) and you’ll need chains.  Real chains are way better than the bungie cord chains.  The road to the Observatory is always closed now to non residents on snow days.  We have very little parking.  Thank you for your understanding.  To see snow this weekend, you might try Big Bear or Idyllwild.

HOW MUCH SNOW ON PALOMAR?  We have 10 inches on our patio table and it is to snow throughout the day.  The three county snowplows run 24 hours but roads are not safe without 4WDrives and chains.

Please visit Snow Tips for lots more info.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 28, 2019

Getting to Palomar in the Snow and Tips


The cars parked in front of the Lodge are prepared for whatever comes our way.  Facing out, windshield wipers up and I saw some chains on. They are prepared.

If you are planning to come up and there is snow on the ground, the CHP will have a check-point at the bottom of the grades.

Do you own property up here?  Please be prepared to show your drivers license with your Palomar address, a copy of your tax or utility bill for proof of residency.   You might just keep a copy in the glove box of all vehicles.  Makes it real simple.

Vacation Rental folks will need to show their confirmation of their stay.  If travelers don’t have a 4WD, some guests have rented one.  They will usually need to at least show chains, if not asked to put them on.

Especially on holiday snow weekends, the traffic up here and lack of parking can be pretty crazy.  Friends and family should be prepared to show a text or email from you with your address.

Four wheel drive vehicles with good snow tires are always best.

Chains are usually required.

Be sure to have a shovel with you, windshield ice scraper,  and maybe a little comfort tote with water, snacks and whatever you might need if delayed with the traffic situation.  Kitty litter comes in handy in some situations where you might get stuck. I’ve also used my car floor mats… Click for important Snow Tips.

Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday and everyone stay safe out there!

Bonnie Phelps-by-the-fire

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 28, 2019

Waiting for Thanksgiving Snow


So fun to look out and see these gals enjoying the rain so much.  Our next-door granddaughters had a friend up.  They had an option to stay by the fire doing crafts.  But all wanted go on an adventure with me!  We headed over to Crestline to check on cabins tonight and loved seeing a bit of snow.  Still waiting for that white stuff on State Park Road. We do appreciate every drop of rain we get.  But this family does a happy dance when it is a winter wonderland.

May you enjoy your Thanksgiving Weekend, where ever you may be.  We have a spot for you ’round our fire and would love to see you.  Thank you so much for our connections through Palomar, the Mountain News and entrusting me with your Real Estate needs.

Giving thanks with a grateful heart,

Bonnie and Family

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 26, 2019

27 Acres on Highway to the Stars


Would this view do it for you?  Honestly, this is just a peek! There is so much beauty to discover on 27.93 acres with panorama views in every direction! Take in those amazing sunsets over the ocean, the islands dotting the Pacific, look out toward Lake Henshaw, the Cuyamacas, sparkling city lights and so much more!

The land borders National Forest on two sides with a spring and seasonal stream.  An  abundance of wildlife also call this property ‘home’.

You have a great well waiting for you to enjoy the delicious water Palomar is known for. The owner recently built a nice shed but it looks like a Tiny House Shabin to me!  Oh, you know what a shabin is, don’t you?  It is somewhere between a shed and a cabin.  This is big enough to have a sink and kitchenette area and let’s see, perhaps you would choose to create a sleeping loft… lots to think about while planning for your future.

Click for photos and info on the MLS.  Here is an album for you with 52 photos.  Be sure to see the video below for much more of the view!!

May all your dreams come true having a piece of paradise on Palomar Mountain!  

Let’s connect soon!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 22, 2019

Owner Anxious – Snowy Cabin Reduced

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I just had to go out and take a few snow photos today. When I got back, the owner of this one had called.  They are reducing the price hoping a new family will enjoy their move-in ready cabin for the holidays.  Now just $185,000 so who will it be?

Simply click for the MLS info and photos.  We  could do a cash purchase in about 5 business days.  Or, my lender has already been to the cabin and confident in his loan product for you to have the keys in just a few weeks or less!

Yesterday’s snow is almost melted but more on the way next week.  Bundle up and let’s get you in!

Loving our first snow!!!

Bonnie Phelps

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