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 | July 17, 2018

Labor Day Picnic in the Park

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 17, 2018

The Great Squirrel Photo Contest


Did you know Palomar had white squirrels?  I’m looking forward to seeing my first one!  Not my photo, but sure is a beautiful animal.  Thanks to Don Grant for the info and sending this contest our way.

Please send your photos to

Subject: The Great Squirrel Photo Contest

Date: July 15, 2018 at 9:33:47 PM PDT

“White” squirrels have been spotted around Boucher, including today. They range in colour from blueish gray to white. They are not albinos, they are possibly white morphs which are eastern grey squirrels, which are known to be in California and are known to have the defective gene that causes this.

We would like clear photos of them if anyone is lucky enough to see one.



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 17, 2018

Fire Restrictions

Elevated fire restrictions in effect for Cleveland National Forest

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Elevated fire restrictions went into effect Monday for the Cleveland National Forest, which encompasses more than 460,000 acres in the counties of San Diego, Riverside and Orange.

Restrictions are put into effect when fire danger levels increase due to weather, seasonal temperatures and other risk indexes, including high winds or lightning.

A handful of activities are restricted within forest boundaries until further notice, including:

— using gas and liquid stoves and lanterns;

— smoking within forest;

— using firearms; and

— welding, grinding, cutting or using explosives, as well as other activities requiring a special use authorization.

Additionally, year-round restrictions continue on fireworks and the use of wood or charcoal fires outside developed campgrounds in the southernmost national forest in California, which is divided into the Descanso, Palomar and Trabuco Ranger Districts.

Spark arresters are also required for all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws and other internal combustion equipment.

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 1:22 PM PDT
Updated: Jul 16, 2018 1:22 PM PDT…/elevated-fire-restrictions-in-effect-…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 16, 2018

Fire Board Elections

From: Cecelia Borland


The Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept will hold its Annual General Meeting

and Board elections on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at noon in the Fire Station at

21610 Crestline Rd, Palomar Mountain. If you would like to run for a position on

the Fire Board, please contact Cecelia Borland  by August 15, 2018.

Fire Board Directors are elected for a 2-year term.

Responsibilities of the Fire Board:

~ Act as liaison between the community and San Diego Fire/CalFire to assure

that the terms of the lease are being honored.

~ Manage the funds available to the Fire Board.

Responsibilities of the Fire Board members:

~ Attend monthly FB meetings held the 1st Sat of each month at 9 AM in

the Fire Station and extra meetings/duties as necessary or as called upon

to do so.

~ Be available by email and/or text messaging for purposes of



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 16, 2018

Modular Home For Sale

From:  Glen Heggstad

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Modular home transportable on wheels. All 2×6 construction screwed, glued and mounted on massive twin steel I-beams. Perfect for your country property while you wait to build your home or make this your permanent hideaway. Approximately 500 square feet with 8 foot ceilings means a spacious mini-condo to transplant from Palomar, wherever you want. Or even better if you have an existing property this would make for an excellent Airbnb that could likely pay for itself in a few months.

Comes with small refrigerator/freezer, flat screen TV, Bose Home Theater, stove, leather sofas, leather bar stools, microwave, blender and complete kitchen utensils…everything you need–totally turnkey including queen size bed with linens and towels. It’s well insulated with central forced-air heating and cooling.

Best of all this comes with complete solar system — panels, charge controller, inverter and all cables. Thirty gallon propane tank makes this everything you need to be self-contained.

11×14 Bedroom

8×5 Bathroom

11×8 Kitchen

11×13 Living room

This is not a trailer but rather a modular home that should be moved professionally.

Connect with Glen Heggstad for more details.



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 13, 2018

S’mores and More on Saturday


This old-fashioned, get-to-know-your-neighbors, BBQ Potluck is planned for Saturday.

Saturday the 14th, 4:00 to 10 ish  – Gather ’round, visit, games, campfire

5:00 to 6:30  – Taco Time and Potluck

I stopped at the Fire Department today to borrow tables and chairs (thanks Mike Pique for setting that up).  Those nice firemen offered to deliver! So we have plenty of seating.  (Isn’t it great what folks will do for tacos?!)  🙂

Cecilia Borland called today offering to bring a couple more games.  She is also bringing fresh mountain mint for sun tea… ah, the good old days are here again!

From the top of the mountain, take State Park Road to the grandkid’s cute little firewood stand.  Unload there and park where you can on the road, across at the lookout, or along Fern Meadow Road. If you’d like a shuttle, please let us know when you unload.

Thank you!  Where ever you may be this weekend, have a wonderful one!

Bonnie and Don









Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 12, 2018

Power out Thursday

SDG&E has some scheduled power maintenance up here apparently.  Tomorrow, Thursday, from 8 to 4 our power is to be off.

We’ll have our generator humming and are a free hotspot if anyone needs to re-charge, use our internet, or just pop by and say ‘Hi”.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 8, 2018

Good Time BBQ & Potluck


Are you free next Saturday?  You are invited to a ‘Good Time BBQ & Potluck’. We’d love to have you join in the fun!  A few weeks back, our son Nathan presented a 40 Day Healthy Lifestyle Challenge.  It included gathering with neighbors and friends more often. So, whether you are playing along with the challenge or not, we decided to celebrate summer and invite y’all!  We promised we won’t harass you about the challenge – no agenda at all, just Good Times like the good ole times!

This coming Saturday, July 14, 2018, games start at 4:00 and let’s eat at 5:00.

We have some wonderful street taco guys coming with their big grill for carne asada, chicken and pork. Those guys are fun to watch!  Lemonade, infused water, coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be waiting for you.  How about you bring a side dish?  Salad, appetizers or dessert (and your beverage, if you are so inclined). If you have a favorite chair, bring it along.

It will be very casual so you can join the kids-of-all-ages in a game of kickball in the orchard or toss some Frisbees.  There is dice for Yardzee, Farkle or play croquet ’round the ground squirrel holes. Pick a table and enjoy a game of Pictionary or Dominos. Maybe you have a game you’d like to bring? Or, just relax and have a good time people-watching.  Catch up with your neighbors, meet new ones, or folks who would like to be neighbors one of these days!

Do you play a guitar or musical instrument?  Love to have you bring it, too.  After dark, two campfires will have s’mores available, of course.

Event is at our place on State Park Road (message me if you’d like the address).  Extra parking is planned at the lookout across from us and along Fern Meadow Road, down by our 5th wheel.  You are welcome to pull in our driveway to drop off food and request a shuttle. There will be a porta-potty in the orchard.

Ok, here is the catch:  The taco guys are planning on 100 people.  We don’t want to run out of tacos!  So, please RSVP.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Bonnie and Don

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 6, 2018

Clean up the Mountain! Dumpster Days this Weekend!

From: Cecelia Borland

Defensible Space Inspections are in progress. PMFSC will have a 40 yd dumpster delivered to the fire dept for use by the community to help you rid the area around your home of combustible “stuff”.  Dumpster will be open 9 AM to 4 PM, Sat and Sun or until the dumpster is full.

Sat and Sun or until full. People may dump 2 pickups full on Sat and until noon on Sunday. After noon on Sun you may dump as much as will fit flat in the top. Please do not over-fill.

 Last time we had to turn many folks away because the box was full by 11 AM Sat. We are therefore limiting the amount each family can dump/

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | July 4, 2018

What happened today in Real Estate?


It is always nice to welcome new folks to Palomar.  However, it is often bitter-sweet for the seller.  Palomar is such a special place…

The escrow that closed today was the fifth family property to sell in less than a year for the Clark family.  Many of you know Steve Clark who served on the Water Board and PMPO over the years.  He and his wife live in Santa Maria so went out for a steak dinner to celebrate tonight.  He is thankful his escrow closed but Palomar is so close to his heart with 5 generations feeling the same way.

Steve’s family purchased Pedley Valley in the late 1800’s.  Some of their story was part of the marketing for their Bear’s Den Cabin that closed today.  Reminiscing, Steve told me his grandfather hand-dug the Palomar Mutual Water Company Well #1, known as Doctors Pond.

Pedley Valley had the only logging mill up here for many decades.  The wood for the Lodge and vintage cabins was logged out of the valley that is below Crestline on the north side.  The valley is now owned by a handful of different folks, including the water company.  The vintage apple trees that present owners still enjoy, were planted over 100 years ago.  So, Steve’s forefathers enjoyed apples off those same trees.  Yes, many happy memories.

The new owner we’ll introduce soon on a ‘New Neighbor’ post, but some of you have already met him!  George Wolfe is a licensed electrician and has already worked for several folks up here solving their electrical needs.  Welcome George!

That A-frame still in escrow sure has some patient buyers.  Several projects are finishing up to get the cabin in their name, hopefully next week.  They will be joining us full time!

The Forest Fixer was scooped up by two neighbors.  They teamed up with plans to really raise the bar with a total remodel, open up the view, fix the road fill it full of cabin charm.

We’ve had active showings for the 34 acres just waiting for your dream home or cabin but still looking for ‘the one’. Good time to check it out!

The Rim-of-the-World custom and the oh-so-inviting getaway on 9 acres are both sparkling and ready for you to move right in to catch the lazy days of summer.

With a couple thousand subscribers to PMNews, there are quite a few of you who are anxiously awaiting new listings.  I hear from you often.  So, dear readers with seldom used lots, land, cabins, homes or ranches….  I’m certainly glad to get your questions answered. Many buyers are waiting!

A safe and Happy Fourth to All,

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor



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