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 | November 15, 2017

Fuel Reduction on Birch Hill

Wow, I was out there yesterday and saw the work that has been done so far.  Great job, guys!

—– Original Message —–
From: Gray, Tim -FS []
Subject: Birch Hill Fuels Work

We have started work on the Birch Hills Community Defense project.

The crew started working last week and you can usually hear their chain saws from 0700-1400 daily except Sunday, weather permitting. The plan is to have them cut brush and pile it.  Our plan is to then burn piles and then follow up with future broadcast burns to create a more defensible space for the residences of Birch Hill.

The Palomar Fire Safe Council and the U.S. Forest Service is doing what we can to help improve the defensible space in the Wildland Urban Interface and help keep wildfires from raging out of control and help fire fighters have a place where they may make a stand.

If you have any questions or issues please feel free to call me directly at 619-209-1414 Tim Gray or my Fuels Specialist Dana Barre at 619-884-7491.


Tim Gray, ADFMO  BC-33

Fuels, Prevention

& Suppression

Forest Service


p: 619-209-1414
1634 Black Canyon Rd  Ramona, CA 92065
Caring for the land and serving people
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 11, 2017

New Neighbors – the Jakubs Family


Living in the city and missing the mountains, tall trees and the beauty of nature, the Jakubs family had to do something about that!  A cabin on Palomar! Crescent was exploring the woods in western Maryland while Tonja was growing up in Hood River, Oregon. They wanted to give their children the experience being surrounded by nature and the changes of the seasons that Palomar provides.  For nearly 100 years their vintage cabin was without a real foundation, insulation, a sound roof, shivered when the wind blew and all the while, dreaming of a general contractor to help it’s aches and pains. Crescent stepped up to the challenge and is checking off projects, working together as a family to restore their much-loved retreat.  During the week he is the Facilities Director for the Old Globe in Balboa Park.  Tonja has a full schedule caring for Nolan (not pictured), Tori, Harper and Zylen, and enjoys volunteering in their school.  Very musical, they all look forward to making music and more wonderful memories ’round their campfire on their mountain.

Meet more New Neighbors

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 10, 2017

Veterans Patriotic Concert Today


Can you take this afternoon off? This is last-minute but I just saw a post about a free concert honoring our Veterans today in Valley Center.  We have attended in the past and it was excellent.

Doors open at noon with a full lunch available

Concert at 1  All the info is here for you.

With Respect, Honor and Gratitude.  Thank you to all our Veterans.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 10, 2017

Insulation 100 years ago

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What a fun surprise to pop by a remodel today.  The owner is breathing new life into his very vintage, single wall cabin.  He found the original insulation – old magazine photos! Someone worked very hard a century ago, collecting those photos and pasting them on the wall to help keep the drafts out. Quite a collection of photos on heavy paper will soon be covered with the very latest insulation including recycled denim.

That makes the second cabin on the mountain that I know of Forever in Blue Jeans!

Just part of another fun day on Palomar!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 8, 2017

2017 Home and Guest House

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Coming real soon!  Very peaceful, off-mountain view from deck and all rooms of brand new construction, 1281 sf three bedroom, two bath home.  Enjoy that view all the way to the Pacific!

There is a guest house, too!  Built in 1928, with just 353 square feet, it now has a full bath and room for a mini kitchenette. Plus you have a shed for those sleds!  Nearly an acre with great access, this just could be the most usable, level land of it’s size on all of Palomar!

The are still some things to finish up, appliances are being delivered soon and last minute touches.  Meanwhile, you are welcome to a ‘pardon our dust’ tour!

Just think, you could be in by Christmas!

Take a peek and come up for a Tour!

Bonnie Phelps, Resident Realtor

Let’s Connect



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 8, 2017

Like New Appliances

Appliances need a new home! Three white appliances that are LIKE NEW.  Perfect for quick upgrade!  All are clean and ready to install!  Available for pick up in Oceanside. 

GE built in wall oven with True Temp  $165/offer

GE Triton dishwasher  $145/offer

GE Profile stove top (ceramic), gas   $165/offer

Call Ken or Lynda at 760 450 6478

Thank you!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 8, 2017

Two properties For Sale Bordering National Forest

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Many folks over the years ask if we have something for sale bordering National Forest.  Now is your chance.  Both of these parcels happen to border the same 300 acre piece of National Forest.  10 acres front on the South Grade and a two acre parcel is right off East Grade.  Both have beautiful off-mountain views.

Take a look at ‘South Grade Getaway’ and ‘Two Acres Ocean View’.  This photo was from the two acres where you can actually see the southerly point of Catalina Island silhouetted against the sun.

Come on up and walk the properties to see if one might for you!

Listings to Fall for!

Bonnie Phelps, Resident Realtor

Let’s Connect



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 5, 2017

What time do you have?


One of the many special things of living on Palomar Mountain is enjoying the beauty of the Four Seasons.  Perfect Fall weather the last few days with the clouds rolling in and out, teasing of rain.  Today we have one extra hour to take in the crisp fall morning as last night our clocks were to Fall Back.

Our neighbors stopped by on a early morning hike with their extra hour.  I’m headed out now…  Happy Fall y’all!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 31, 2017

Kid’s Club Halloween Fun

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Harvest Party! Tuesday, October 31st, 10a – 12ish at Observatory Outreach Center. Games: pumpkin bowling, Jack o’ lantern shooting, giant Jenga, potato sack race, three legged race, inflatable bounce house (for the littles), bobbing for donuts

Crafts: sugar cookie decorating, pumpkin brad man, acorn lacing Thanks to Jessica, Melanie, and Jody for their help with this. If anyone else is able to come, please bring snacks for the kids. No nuts! Thanks!!

If you don’t celebrate Halloween, no worries — we are keeping this strictly harvest. No costumes…save those for trick or treating later that night!


Trick or Treating:  Since neighbors aren’t used to having this many kids for Trick or Treating on Palomar, Stacy pre-arranged for places to trick or treat.

Meet at the Summit at 4:30 so we can carpool and LEAVE from the Summit at 4:45.  We have 20 places to hit but a lot of driving to do! Please don’t be late — if you are, head down to the Lodge, and then start working back towards the Summit to find us. Yay! Everyone is so excited we are coming to their places!!  We’ll end up with hot dogs and chips for a “Spooky Forest Trail Hike”.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 29, 2017

Friends of Ramona Ricchiuti


Many folks know the Eddie and Mona Ricchiuti family that has been on the mountain since 1964.

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