Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 1, 2018

Dumpster Days


The Fire Safe Council has another dumpster heading our way!  This one filled up in a couple hours last time, so you might load up the day before!  One truck full per family.  Let’s do this!

From: Cecelia Borland

The PMFSC 40 yard Dumpster is on it’s way back!  Plan ahead for October 13th and 14th, 9-5 both days, space permitting. It will be accessible from the Group Camp Ground area to the west of the Fire Station. The dumpster will be inside the chain link fence like last time.

The usual rules apply: No HAZMAT, tires, paint, chemicals, e-waste, or large appliances.

 Please add to come early and donations are gratefully accepted.

 Thank you,

Cecelia for the Fire Safe Council

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 1, 2018

Annual FSC Mtg and Elections

Would you like to serve on the Fire Safe Council?  Keep reading – annual meeting is coming up and you are invited!

From: Cecelia
Subject: Re: Annual Board Meeting Announcement

Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council 2018

General Annual Meeting and Board Election

All community members are invited to attend the Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council (PMFSC) 2018 General Annual Meeting on 10/27/18 at 10 AM in the PMVFD Board Room at Palomar Mountain Fire Station #79.

Board member elections will be held at this meeting. Board members serve for 3 years and must attend at least 50% of all Board meetings held on the 4th Saturday of each month. If you are interested in serving on the PMFSC Board contact us at with your name, address and contact information before October 15, 2018. Prospective Board members must attend the PMFSC General Annual Meeting on 10/28/17 to be eligible for election to the Board.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 28, 2018

D&D and Real Estate News


Real Estate is rollin’ on the Mountain!!!  In the years past, September has been pretty slow.  Kids are back in school and folks are catching up on new schedules – we often take off for a few weeks and I’ve never missed an appointment.  Fast-forward to September 2018?!?! Sooooo many showings and so much going on!!!  I don’t remember being this busy in a very long time!

We have six properties in escrow on Palomar.  I have the pleasure to represent the sellers, buyers or both on all six:

The Prince arrived for Sleeping Beauty!

Happy Holler has a new couple looking forward to a family project to fix up and escape the city life.

Mountain View buyers are so excited to learn it has a ‘secret room’!  I didn’t know!  Very special and fun!

That couple acres of vacant land with the amazing view that has been in escrow forever?  It is finally finishing up some lot combining, easement drama and soon to be something to watch as the new owner’s dream will unfold right before our eyes!

The little vintage fixer has a tarp on the missing roof for now but will have new life breathed in by the buyer with some great plans to restore and create something very special.

Three families have great plans for a family retreat on Panorama Trail.  They love the fact that a few fruit trees have been nurtured along these past few years.  They will be adding to it for weekends together at their farm-with-a-view.

Oh, and the ‘Definition of Cute”?!??  Those buyers had absolutely no intention of buying another cabin at all when they came over for *D&D.  I told them I needed to run something over to the guests at Cabin Fever.  I kidnapped the gal to go with me.  Driving up Crestline, she saw the sign and asked about that cabin.  We pulled in for a peek.  Then we had to go back and get her husband.  How could he resist?!?  It already has a new name (stay tuned) and is very much loved.

So, I only have TWO listings left for you!  Both are nicer-than-a-cabin – they could be full time homes on Palomar!   Just tonight I finally got the Forest Retreat up on the MLS so all the info is waiting at that link.  Already scheduled appointments for both this weekend and into next week.  Do YOU want to come see, too?

What is next?  We sure could use some new listings up here!  Some are in the works now with tree trimming and clearing being done.  Owners often move things they want to keep, then I help stage what is left to make it extra-special for the buyers.   I often spend more time with clients before a property hits the MLS than during the marketing time.  Staging is so fun and makes such a tremendous difference.  Click to see just a few of my before and afters.  How may I help YOU?

Bonnie Phelps – having a great time on the Mountain!

*Dinner and Dominos!   Such old-fashioned FUN  – come join us!  🙂

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 26, 2018

Apple Festival Flyer


Five pages of all the details and great photos are waiting for you to share with your friends!  Each year is better and better and more fun for all.  Share with your family and friends and make it another wonderful festival.

From: Will Meyst, State Park Interpretive Specialist

Attached is our flyer for the 2018 Palomar Apple Festival! Could you please circulate it?

Thank you!

Will Meyst

Park Interpretive Specialist

Palomar Mountain State Park


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 25, 2018

Camera Tips from Frank

Like to get some cameras installed?  Have some questions?  East Grader, Frank McCarthy has been a tremendous help to many on the mountain with setting up cameras on or off grid.  Here is his comment on the post about the break-ins.  Let’s get those bad guys!

FROM: Frank McCarthy

I’m all about the cameras. Keith did it exactly right. You should put several cameras around at different points. It’s likely that the thieves will find one or two of them but if you hide them right, they won’t find all of them. And the Brownings take beautiful photos, and will store thousands of them, all for about $159 apiece. If you ever need help setting them up I’m happy to help…
619-993-5237. You get lots of nice wildlife photos too.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 25, 2018

Two break-ins last week – Hooray for cameras!

Within the last few days, a garage was broken into at the top of the mountain.  Apparently items were staged inside to load up quickly when the thief returns.

We need to be extra careful and on the look-out.  If you see anything suspicious and can take safely a photo with a license plate, that would be wonderful.  The more camera’s on Palomar, the better.

A camera was sure helpful with this situation on the East Grade.  Do you know this guy?:

From: East Grad Resident

We came up on Friday to find our gate on East Grade broken and a stranger’s car by the garage.

We had a person break our gate and break into our garage and stay on our property from 9/9 to 9/14. This person took a white van from the property which was later found blocking another driveway on East Grade and towed on 9/17. The suspect was captured on surveillance cameras on the property and left his car on the property. It was discovered and towed away on 9/21. San Diego County Sheriff office has already been on the scene and identified the suspect from evidence at the scene as well as the surveillance photos showing him and his car.

Please note that this person may still be in the area.

Attached are two photos of him ten days ago.

We appreciate all the mountain residents who look out for each other and their properties!


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 22, 2018

Forest Retreat For Sale

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Would TWO fireplaces work for you?  A beautiful brick fireplace in the great room and a stone fireplace downstairs in a wonderful family room?  Old barn wood on the walls, a bar, and a great workshop for all your tools?

Used as a weekend getaway, it would also be a great year-round home on .74 acre so lots of potential with your private forest or room to add a garage, barn or???

Simply visit Palomar Properties for lots more info.  Please click around the website as there are more homes, a cabin, and some fabulous view land for sale.  Then, come on up for your tour!

Thanks also for sharing and helping to get nice, new neighbors heading our way.

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 20, 2018

Sleeping Beauty Cabin For Sale


Such a charming cabin – this Sleeping Beauty in the Woods!  With beginnings in 1962, the 1221 square feet includes the living and dining area in front of a big stone fireplace and knotty pine kitchen. A large master bedroom with room for a king bed, plus a second bedroom are on the walk-in level. Upstairs is a wonderful loft with a game table and a delightful 3rd bedroom. The cabin is built over a large garage/workshop. The forested half acre also has another garage, wood shed and vintage outhouse, now providing storage for tools and those sleds. Are you the Prince in waiting to do some repairs and updating? Come see if Sleeping Beauty is for you! More info is waiting for you here:

So lovely up here just waiting to be Fall on the Mountain!  Come on up for your tour!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 17, 2018

Kids Club going to the Birds!


From:  Stacy Eriksen

This Tuesday, September 18th, PM Kids Club is going to the birds! Arrive at 10-ish with your littles for a 10:15 storytime and a bird-themed craft. At 11:00, Will from the State Park will be presenting on birds of Palomar. Afterwards, we’ll be dissecting owl pellets. All mountain kids are welcome to join us!

(Please note: pellets have already been pre-ordered by families. We may have a few extra, for $3 each.)

See you at the Observatory Outreach Center (aka the old school house). Bring a snack to share, but please no nuts due to allergies.

The Palomar Mountain Kids Club meets Tuesday mornings at various locations around the mountain. Come play with us!

Questions? Contact Stacy at

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 16, 2018

Cabins in the Wings!


‘In Escrow’ signs are up on the last of the little cabins!  Palomar is sold out – again!

The most recent escrow is for the ‘The Definition of Cute’.  The soon-to-be-owners are so excited.  They already picked out a fun cabin name, have some charming decorating ideas planned and even bought new flannel sheets with a mountain pine cone theme!  They are ready to enjoy fall on the Mountain with the rest of us!

I do just happen to have two new cabins heading your way!

One owner is coming tomorrow to get a load of personal things.  So, we’ll be able to have “Sleeping Beauty’ staged and ready for viewing the first of the week.

Another very nice home-in-the-woods with two fireplaces had a cleaning gal there today while the sellers were doing their final moving.

Both will have ‘Coming Soon’ postings with photos the first of the week!

Do YOU have a cabins, home, ranch or land you are thinking of letting go?  We have had very good showings recently.  Kids are back in school and folks are looking for a fun getaway for the holidays.  What questions can I answer for you?  Thinking this time next week we will see more ‘in escrow’ signs up.  Glad to have YOU be a part of all this Fall real estate fun!

Let’s connect!

Bonnie Phelps-burning-the-almost-midnight-oil-again!




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