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 | October 13, 2019

Update and “Open Cabins” Today!

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What an exciting week!  Finished staging ‘Grandpa’s Cabin’ then had inspections at Mountain Rose with a traffic jam out on Birch Hill.  Center Septic, Pott Belly Shop, the property inspector and buyer were all checking things out.  The septic failed!!!  Tree roots are suspect but Ron Bowen to the rescue to wave his magic wand and promises to make everything happy again.  Everything took longer than anyone planned so I slipped away to the closest apple trees!  Tom Fortney obliged and saved the guys with his bounty from his orchard.

The owners of Falling Cedar were patiently waiting for me.  I was late, late, late and starving (!) as those apples seemed like so long ago.  MaryJo fed me lunch.  It tasted like something from a 5 Star Restaurant!  (Thank you!)  We took off on a hike to find the property corners.  That was an adventure!!!  We ended up hiking down a steep dirt road.  I’d heard there was an old Model T that got stuck down there decades ago.  We found it.  Poor car.  It has seen better days. Yes, that car is still stuck:

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The next day an appraiser was up and I had an assistant with me.  My youngest grandson, Atticus.  He is a Realtor-in-Training and learned how to measure with a laser and found the three secret hiding places in this wonderful cabin that I am now selling for the fourth time!

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We had an appointment to meet the travelers staying at a Vacation Rental.  They were here from London, England and staying at Cabin Fever for their 3rd time!  It is always so interesting to meet guests from around the world who find our little piece of paradise up here on Palomar.  They have been coming on holiday to this mountain for the past 18 years.  When they learned I was a realtor, they just had to go on a tour.  Their very own vacation rental sounds so intriguing!  So we took off to see cabins:

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Francesca is wearing her favorite shirt that she only gets to wear one week out of the year!  Her logger mountain shirt!   They will be here a few more days and may check out the Open Houses scheduled for tomorrow.  If you see them, be sure and say hello and you’ll get to enjoy hearing their wonderful accents from the other side of the pond.

Atticus is also learning to be a photographer!  When I went through my camera, I saw he even took the photo of his GramBonnie opening the door.  Well, that’s what I will be doing tomorrow.  Sunday from 1 to 4, look for my real estate signs.  When you see one with Open House signs out, come on in!    Love to meet up!  I’ll be at one, you might meet one of the cabin owners at another, and I do have my lender, Adam Denton coming up to help. 

Considering a refi?  Like to see what the interest rates are doing now?  Adam has done quite a few loans up here now.  He has some great products and his customer service (his wife!!!) is amazing. 

Can I interest you in some chocolates or mountain apples while touring charming cabins?  Come on out tomorrow!   

Hope to see you soon!  Very soon!  I’m long past turning into a pumpkin!

Good night,

Bonnie Phelps

 

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2019

Peach Teacup Pie!?!!

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Yes!  Hurry on over to Mother’s Kitchen for Peach Teacup Pie!  They are made from peaches off trees on the mountain.  Couldn’t be better!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2019

Falling Cedar Cabin For Sale

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Escape to the very last cabin at the very east end of Crestline and Birch Hill.  I’d be willing to guess most mountain folks don’t even know this cabin exists.  Very hidden and tucked away on four acres of magnificent boulders with enchanting trees…  Hike, bird watch, star gaze then come inside to a wonderful rebuild of a 1940 cabin-in-the-woods.  Beautiful craftsmanship, pride of ownership, delightful ambiance!

But that’s not all!!!  You have a total of 4 acres within 3 separate parcels.  Utilities are all underground on one of the vacant lots.  Easy connections to explore the idea of adding a larger cabin, building a barn or workshop,  Perhaps you’d just cherish the buffer from city life?  You do have all the modern comforts though; power, water, phone, internet, TV…   Simply click for the MLS details and photos.

Ah, it is wonderful to live on this mountain.  How about joining us in this adventure on Palomar!?!

Let’s go see!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 13, 2019

Grandpa’s Cabin For Sale

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That is the same big rock out in front of the cabin Great Grandpa built in 1921.  It has been lovingly restored over the years and is absolutely oozing with cabin charm.  I’ll be posting some of the wonderful history soon.  It will also be so nice for the new owners.  Oh, you must see this one!

Click for MLS info and photos. When would you like to come for a tour?

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 11, 2019

Cozy Cedar Cabin in the Woods For Sale

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Palomar cedar was milled on the mountain for this cute-as-can-be cabin in the woods. With beginnings 88 years ago, much as been done along the years to add to this cozy cabin. The present owners sanded the original floors, opened the kitchen to the living room, added new cabinets and counters.

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The kitchen and master bedroom have open ceilings now, too. All windows are double pane. Within 700 square feet, there is one bedroom with a closet, and a second sleeping room the same size.

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The bathroom has a vintage ball and claw foot tub. The fun little mudroom also has a washer and dryer.
And, drum roll…. this is the most level, usable lot on all of Palomar Mountain! Used as a full time home, it would also be such a easy weekend getaway to really enjoy our Four Seasons. You are set back from the road for some privacy but have 190 feet of frontage on a county plowed road!

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With all that land, what would you do? There is room for a garage, barn, or perhaps an art studio? You might even check into a granny flat/guest quarters. Lots of options to explore.
One thing guaranteed: This is a delightful step-back in time, one mile nearer heaven on top of Palomar Mountain.

21928 Crestline Road, APN 135-054-76   $279,000

Let’s connect for your tour!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

 

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 9, 2019

Possible Power Outages

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When there are strong Santa Ana winds, there is a possibility for SDG&E to be pro-active and shut the power off.  Based on past experience, it is usually off only during day light hours.  However, our power has been off for several days at a time over the past 20 years.

Glancing at the weather forecast tonight, it looks like the wind won’t be as strong as first thought.

Here is SDG&E’s public safety page that also includes a link to see maps of areas that might be off over the next few days.

It is always good to be prepared and have a generator and other supplies on hand. We do have ours running during outages and are a free wifi hotspot, too.  Please message me for address.  All are welcome.

Bonnie and Don

 

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 4, 2019

Weekend State Park Events

Friday, October 4th
8:00 PM – Presentation: Jurassic Origins 30 min.
At times, wandering through Palomar Mountain’s forests can feel a lot like walking through time.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.
Saturday, October 5th
10:30 AM – Hike: Doane Valley Nature Trail 1.5 hrs
Difficulty / Distance: Moderate difficulty, 3 miles.
Meet @: Silvercrest Picnic Area parking lot.

3:30 PM – Jr Rangers: Geology 40 min.
Discover the secrets of our mountain’s rocky past!
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

7:00 PM – Campfire Program: Sing-along-songs 30 min.
Join us for an evening of singing classic campfire songs!
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center
Sunday, October 6th
10:30 AM – Jr Rangers: Plants 40 min.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

1:30 PM – Presentation: Valley to Valley 30 min.
Driving to the top of Palomar Mountain from the valley below brings you through a myriad of different rock types, soil, vegetation and animals.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.
Friday, October 11th
8:00 PM – Presentation: Legacy of the CCC’s 30 min.
Palomar Mountain State Park has numerous structures built by the CCC’s that give the park its iconic look.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.
Saturday, October 12th
10:30 AM – Hike: Upper Doane to Thunder Springs 2 hrs
Difficulty / Distance: Moderate difficulty, 3 miles.
Meet @: Doane Pond parking lot.

3:30 PM – Jr Rangers: Navigation & Wayfinding 40 min.
Discover secrets of our mountain’s trees and plants.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

7:00 PM – Campfire Program: Sing-along-songs 30 min.
Join us for an evening of singing classic campfire songs!
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center
Sunday, October 13th
10:30 AM – Jr Rangers: Nature Journaling 40 min.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

1:30 PM – Presentation: Forces of Nature 30 min.
The unseen forces of Mother Nature have shaped the mountain to be a botanical garden, a geologic wonder, and a goodly home for humans and animals alike for thousands of years.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.
Friday, October 18th
8:00 PM – Presentation: Historic Apple Orchards 30 min.
Palomar Mountain at one point boasted a very successful apple industry.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

Saturday, October 19th
10:30 AM – Hike: Silvercrest and Scott’s Cabin 1.5 hrs
Scott’s Cabin Trail offers a wooded walk on the broad peak of Palomar Mountain, while Silvercrest Trail sets you on a trail looking down the slopes of the mountain.
Difficulty / Distance: Moderate difficulty, 3 miles.
Meet @: Silvercrest parking lot.

3:30 PM – Jr Rangers: Mammals 40 min.
Discover secrets of our mountain’s furry friends.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

7:00 PM – Campfire Program: Sing-along-songs 30 min.
Join us for an evening of singing classic campfire songs!
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center

Sunday, October 20th
10:30 AM – Jr Rangers: Birds 40 min.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

1:30 PM – Presentation: Forces of Nature 30 min.
The unseen forces of Mother Nature have shaped the mountain to be a botanical garden, a geologic wonder, and a goodly home for humans and animals alike for thousands of years.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

Friday, October 25th
7:30 PM – Presentation: Fall Colors 30 min.
Palomar Mountain is undergoing a dramatic change in color! Yellows, oranges, and reds are littering the forest floor and those clinging to the branches will soon follow.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.
Saturday, October 26th
10:30 AM – Hike: Boucher Trail 1.5 hrs
Difficulty / Distance: Moderate difficulty, 3 miles.
Meet @: Silvercrest Picnic Area parking lot.

3:30 PM – Jr Rangers: Herpetology 40 min.
Discover secrets of our mountain’s scaly friends!
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

7:00 PM – Campfire Program: Songs and Stories 30 min.
Join us for an evening of telling stories and singing campfire songs!
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center

Sunday, October 27th
10:30 AM – Jr Rangers: Trout and Salmon 40 min.
Meet @: Doane Valley Campground Campfire Center.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 4, 2019

ADU Event

The ADU event last week, sponsored by the Board of Realtors was very informative.  I came home with great sources for info to share.  The county office for ADU’s was there with pre-approved plans that are available at no charge, and more to come.

I arrived early so was able to get some questions answered.  Even though their literature states that each unit needs to have their own septic system, they have made exceptions and have permitted tie-ins to existing systems.  They also believe there will be exceptions for solar requirements where neighboring trees would limit the effectiveness of solar.

As mentioned in the last post, the Palomar Mutual Water Co isn’t set up for additional dwellings to be added to properties with a water share.  However, many of you have your own well or live in the cities where most cities are encouraging more housing.  I believe adding even a small ‘tiny house’ or up to 1200 square feet guest house/granny flat, is the single most important thing you could do to add value to your land.

Click for a great article with lots of resources.

Of course, I’m glad to get your questions answered any time.

Bonnie Phelps

 

 

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 4, 2019

Dumpster Day Saturday!

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This is the last free dumpster day for the fall!  Load up and get there early!

The big 40 yard dumpster will be placed at the fire station on the 5th of October. It will be open for your donations of combustible trash, small appliances, etc on the 5th (Saturday) and 6th (Sunday) if there is still room. Generally the box is full by about noon on Saturday, so come early. We will not accept tires, paint, HazMat, Large appliances, chemicals.
You access the dumpster from Summit Circle. That is the road to the west, or left side of the FD. Dumpster hours are 9 to 1 on Saturday and 1 to 5 on Sunday, pending space in the dumpster.  It can fill up quick.
This is a free service but donations are welcomed.
Cecelia Borland

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 3, 2019

Cecelia and the Smith Mountain Boys

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The last time a group of us went to see the Smith Mountain Boys, there was a special surprise.  You see, it was Glenn and Cecelia’s Wedding Anniversary!  Half way through the concert, Cecelia joined the band and surprised Glenn by singing the sweetest love song.  Awe…. so beautiful.  So, it was a very happy Anniversary for a favorite couple on this mountain!  And, today is Cecelia’s Birthday, imagine that!

Cecelia’s song to Glenn:

Like a candle burning bright,
Love is glowing in your eyes.
A flame to light our way,
That burns brighter every day.
Now I have you.
And nobody loves me like you do

Like a leaf upon the wind,
I could find no place to land.
I dreamed the hours away,
And wondered every day,
Do dreams come true?
Nobody loves me like you do.

What if I’d never met you?
Where would I be right now?
Funny how life just falls in place somehow.
You touched my heart in places,
That I never even knew.
Nobody loves me like you do.

I was words without a tune.
I was a song still unsung.
A poem with no rhyme.
A dancer out of time.
But now there’s you.
Nobody loves me like you do.

What if I’d never met you?
Where would I be right now?
Funny how life just falls in place somehow.
You touched my heart in places,
That I never even knew.
Nobody loves me,
Nobody loves me,
Nobody loves me like you do.
Nobody loves me like you do.

You just never know what fun you’ll encounter as a band-fan.  Click for their schedule.

 

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