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 19, 2018

NBC News Tonight 4 and 6pm

Had a last minute call as NBC Reporter, Danny Freeman.  He was on his way up the mountain.  The recent fires prompted a story about the need for getting properties more fire safe.   He rode around with me seeing some of what has been done on Palomar.

Not sure what he will use but I  mentioned that during a time of drought, it has been estimated that Palomar’s trees could survive best where there is about 80 trees per acre.  Some places are 1000 trees per acre so there is a lot of work that could be done.

I praised our Firesafe Council for all they are doing and the National Forest folks who have had a masticator and hand crews clearing the front side of Section 14 where they abut Crestline.  The County Road guys do a great job grooming along-side the public road.  SDG&E has done so much over the years, taking down standing dead at risk of falling on their power lines and replacing wood poles with metal ones.

We spoke of the time there was a farmer with his herd of goats that cleared a 10 acre area on the canyon slope below AT&T phone repeater and the County Road Station.  Perfect timing before that last fire showed up.

Driving around, Danny saw quite a few examples where brush and trees are very thick, right next door to properties where the owners have done a great job.

I mentioned insurance companies actually require more fire clearance that the Forest Service and it helps so much with even getting new insurance to have properties groomed before inspections.

We talked quite a bit about thinning out these small cedars that carpet the mountain in so many areas and the importance of pulling or cutting them while they are small.  As they grow bigger, they are all fighting for the same water and sun so survive best when about 20 feet apart.

Also mentioned that we are thankful that we are not required to get permits to cut down a tree on our own land.  Mammoth and Tahoe, for example had a $500.00 permit per tree the last time I was talking to folks there.  Several years ago we were on our way to Tahoe and I commented how the cabins we passed had so little defendable space.  I said it would be such a risk to send fire crews through some of those roads.  We stayed at a campground and mentioned how over-grown the area was, then at dinner and another place for breakfast.  The folks I talked to all said the same thing, “Permits to take down one tree were $500.00.  It was just too expensive….”

About 5 days later, we heard on the news that Tahoe was on fire.  I tracked it and the campground and restaurants where we ate, all burned.   It broke my heart.  If only they had their properties groomed, if only they didn’t have the permit fees, if only…   I realize the recent fires also had extreme wind conditions, but most fires could have less damage with some planning ahead.

So, my suggestions are to only groom around the large trees and the structures you’d really like to keep…

For those of you who want to tune in, the story is to air on the 4:00 and 6:00 news on Channels 7 and 39.

Thank you Danny!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 18, 2018

Thanksgathering Concert


Are you going to be on the mountain for Thanksgiving weekend?

You are invited gather your family and friends and come to a delightful outdoor concert given by one of our mountain neighbors, Brett Michael Houser.  He plays this magnificent organ in his cabin. It is so fun to listen and the more the merrier!

Brett has also played the Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park and per their tradition, he will begin and end Saturday’s concert with the same patriotic songs.  Three other selections will also be performed:


Jig Fugue Buxtehude in C Major

Fanfair by Dr. Francis Jackson

A famous hymn of thanks – Now Thank we all our God

National Anthem

This Saturday,  start gathering about 2:45 as the concert will start promptly at 3:00 pm  –   Brett will greet us, introduce the songs. then will go back inside, leaving his doors and windows open for us all to hear another amazing concert.

Directions: You might want to bring a folding chair, warm jackets plus a big umbrella as there is a chance of rain. (That would be extra fun!)  Please park at the end of Crestline by the Lodge.  From where Crestline ends, take the road to the left (you’ll pass two cabins on each side). Follow that road to the first chance to turn right. Turn right, and continue on that little dirt road. Brett’s home is the 5th cabin on the left. Light gold/yellow cabin with dark brown trim and an American Flag on his porch. (His home is just before one of my listings, so you can follow the Palomar Properties signs). If you would like to drive in to drop off your folding chairs, and part of your group, you are welcome, but there is no room to park and we aren’t to block his parking area or the road.

Lots to be thankful for on this little mountain!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 16, 2018

68 Acres and Tiny House Barnsita!

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Imagine 68 acres of your own private forest and a cute-as-can be ‘Barnsita’ for Glamping on your property!  Made from two 10×12 Tuff Sheds, you have a special space for a fun stress-release from the city. Wake up to amazing pastel sunrises with this view from across the land.  A road runs through the interior of the land and ends in an area with a large deck or stage platform for … what every your heart desires.  Towering trees are begging for trails to be cut to discover and explore this diverse land.

Four season photos and lots more info available on my website.

Let’s bundle up and go check it out!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 16, 2018

New Insurance Option


Meet Amy!!!  Many of you have been concerned about rising insurance rates.  Amy has written a couple very reasonable policies for new owners recently and just saved one cabin owner about $2000.00 a year!!!

With all the fires, her downloadable Home Inventory Check List could really be a good idea, too.

From: Amy Hallquist []

Below is all of my contact information as well as some videos that are quite helpful for homeowners.

Creating a Home Inventory Checklist may not be at the top of your to-do list.

However in the event that your home becomes damaged or destroyed in a fire, windstorm, flood, theft, or other disaster, a Home Inventory List will be one of your greatest assets.

Please use me as a future resource for any insurance related questions.

Thank you again!

Amy Hallquist
Farmers Insurance
4241 Jutland Drive Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92117
License Number: 0D89223
619-741-8373 (Office)
619-770-7643 (Mobile)
619-793-1000 (Fax)




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 16, 2018

4 View Acres For Sale!

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You’ve seen this listing for sale in the past… now it is twice the land!  4 acres with frontage on East Grade Road and 5 separate parcels to play with. All the details are waiting for you here.  Come on up and explore the possibilities.  This just may be the one!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

Let’s Connect


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 13, 2018

Scrooge opens with 10 Mtn folks!

Musical theatre at it’s finest and just in time for the holidays!  Ten cast members are from Palomar Mountain and the costumes were handmade next door!  It is a must-see!
Community Players Theatre in Escondido presents Scrooge: The Musical!

The timeless musical follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

Performing at Bailey-Bees Theatre in Escondido

Tickets are available at

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Chain Saw Class & Lumberjacks Needed

From Yvonne and Cecilia:




SATURDAY Nov 17    9:00-12:00

Location, out by the Observatory at the USFS Palomar Mountain Fire Station

23604 Canfield Road

Please come with your chainsaw, earplugs, goggles, tools, operations manual, etc.

Or just bring yourself. No need to sign up ahead of time-just come!

Are you a Lumberjack? We need your help!

We could use experienced Palomar Mountain “lumberjacks”.  Tim Gray kindly offered to give this Chain Saw Workshop and is looking forward to having some seasoned experts.

Would that be YOU?

Lumberjacks needed to help others! Please bring your tools – chain saw, ear protection, goggles, etc.

This Saturday 9:00 to noon out at the Forestry Station out by the Observatory.

Hope you can join us!

Workshop is sponsored by your Palomar Mountain Firesafe Council


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Did you get the call from SDG&E?

It is really wise to have your phone registered for reverse 911 calls.  Most of us up here got the call last night about high winds and the possibility for having our power off today.  During this type of weather, having the power off is a safety precaution.

Planned power outages are usually just during the daylight hours and come back on at dusk.  However, just in case, you might want to check on your supply of candles and matches since a candle light dinner occasionally is an option.

Registering is simple to do and a free service at Alert San Diego From that link you can also download an app for updates in emergency situations.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Road is clear!

South Grade is open again!  Gotta love our CDF firefighters from Palomar and Wes Ruise and his crew from La Jolla. They had about 6 or 8 chain saws running according to that cowboy I live with.

He was on the way to the flatlands, wishing he had his saw…  this is perfect timing as our Fire Safe Council has a hand-on chain saw workshop planned.  Stay tuned!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 12, 2018

Tree Blocking South Grade


Fire Dept on the way to open South Grade.  Be careful out there!

(Thanks Glen Heggsted for sending the photo).

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