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 | May 19, 2022

Crayola Cabin in the Woods For Sale

Just you wait until you see inside! A very artistic and oh-so-charming cabin is now available for the next new owners to enjoy. Do you remember your first box of eight big crayons? You’ll find all those colors in this beautifully updated cabin, the interior worthy of a cover-of-a magazine. Step inside and you’ll feel like you are in an enchanting tree house.

I just spoke to the prior owner, Alicelynn Cockrill. She is a retired teacher, coming up for a fun tour next week. She will be so thrilled to see how those colors are woven through ‘her’ cabin to bring so much joy to all who enter.

Click to see the MLS photos. Who wants to see it first?

Bonnie Phelps, very colorful Realtor these days!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 18, 2022

Movin’ Signs!

Ran over to Bailey Meadow Road as Moose Lodge just changed owners. Bitter-sweet for the seller, but absolutely elated family now calling it their own, so excited with their ‘new’ cabin.

I picked up the signs and moved them right across the street! ‘Crayola Cabin Tree House’ will be coming your way later today. Stay tuned for the photos and story behind the name. So enchanting and oozing with charm.

Bonnie Phelps, having fun with lots of Real Estate projects!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 17, 2022

Starlink on it’s way to Palomar!

Well, this is exciting! For those of you with properties in hard-to-serve places for broadband, Starlink is finally heading out way. Fred, with Western Broadband said you can work through him to get this promised super-fast service. 760-744-2303

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 17, 2022

Photo shoot fun!

Such a busy time orchestrating lots of great guys working, staging several properties the past couple weeks and then fitting in a fun photo shoot for a new listing. We had to move the date a couple times because one day we were totally in a thick cloud. Perfect weather arrived on Friday for the photographers to work their magic.

We should have this ultra-modern, spectacular view home on the market tomorrow. I just couldn’t wait to share a couple views I took. Tomorrow is the launch, meanwhile, aren’t the poppies beautiful?

So many fun real estate times since beginning of the Century!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor-on-the-Run!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 12, 2022

Need great Painters?

Need some painting done? We have been so pleased with this crew and felt them to be very reasonable compared to others I checked into.

Several properties are being staged to sell. ‘Tom’s Epic Painting crew’ has been up here for a week and a half. They prepped and painted the inside of a home, a barn, stairs, a few walls in another house, and (drum roll) a new owner is going to have a freshly painted garage and workshop real soon. Today they have several doors and trim, three decks, and a shed on their list and a few more things. The more they paint, the more I find for them to look all fresh and new! It should be their last day at these new listings-in-the-works.

When you need painting done, Tom replies very quickly to a text or phone call (a little spotty up here). I found them on Valley Center Friends with lots of nice comments. They were pleased to come all the way up to Palomar and work all over the county.

Tom’s Epic Painting


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 11, 2022

Need a new Insurance Company?

Wow, I’ve heard from quite a few of you that your rates really increased. One of the cabin owners about to close escrow on her Baily Road cabin, just passed on this info. Thanks Teri!

Drew Hardin, Independent Insurance Broker

We have an incredible service team to process any changes or certificates you need
please email any requests/changes

Change can be good …

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 9, 2022

Found: Great weed wackers and clean up crew!

Found: Exceptionally good, much needed, weed wackers and property clean up crew with Hugo and Joaquin. Joaquin came highly recommended by quite a few north county folks and was willing to come to Palomar. We had them up all week with up to 5 guys in one day working on about 25 acres. What a transformation. It was so inspiring to see their work ethic. Hugo is an amazing ‘singing machine’ up and down the properties with a weedeater. Yes, singing as he is working so very hard and always with a smile.

Joaquin manages his crew and is also a climber and laced the storm-damaged and dead branches out of trees. They were so willing to do anything we needed including removing fencing, loading and packing debris and several different needs. After staging the properties, they brought up a chipper and two men for a day and moved from pile to pile transforming the properties. Everything asked of them was answered with a ‘yes’ and a smile.

They will be back this week and enjoyed their time on the mountain. If you need their services, just text or call Joaquin at 858-335-2951, he will bid your job or work by the hour. We felt they were very reasonable.

So thankful to find them,

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor with some properties heading your way and looking pretty special!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 9, 2022

Like your windows washed?

We can see clearly now!!! Jason Kole put in a long day working on three properties. He’s fast, very good at his craft. It was long past supper time and he was finally wrapping up. Fun to have him join us ’round our table for dinner. Nathan is saying “Call Jason, he is amazing!”

Jason will be here again Thursday for a half day so if anyone wants Jason to work his magic on your windows, call or text him quick 760-884-1408.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 9, 2022

Mountain Flowers for YOU

Such a beautiful mountain-made bouquet, I must share with you! Both our sons are here this week so it’s very special. Brandon is back from Missouri, busy staging their properties to sell. He took a hike through their land, came back and created this beautiful bouquet. The lilacs are so fragrant. Wish I could send as a scratch and sniff. If you’d like some Good & Plenty, pop by, but you gotta be quick!

Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 3, 2022

Bill Leibold, one of America’s Heros

Remembering a great man on Palomar Mountain

With Love and Honor

A very respected neighbor for many years on Palomar was born April 4, 1923. William R. Leibold had the most interesting life, retiring as a Navy Commander. With his lovely wife, Grace, they built a home on the Mountain in the shape of a ship, and enjoyed it for many years. He passed away three weeks prior to his 99th birthday on March 11, 2022.

Over the years I had the pleasure of meeting Bill and Grace’s two sons and a daughter.

Daughter, Ericka, sent this note:
From: Ericka Waidley
Subject: Bill Leibold’s passing
I wanted to let you know that Dad passed, peacefully in his sleep, on Friday (3/11/22).  Bill (Junior), Jim and I (and Bill’s wife, Marie) were there for several days before he passed and I truly believe he knew we were there and was ready to let go. We also had time to organize his belongings and retrieve all of the papers, etc. that will be needed as we move forward, just as he would have liked it!  He and Mom always shared such wonderful stories of their time on Palomar Mountain and we all have fond memories of our visits there. I even took my Girl Scout troop camping on the mountain and we drove by the old homestead several years ago.  We had a wonderful time!
His wishes were to have his ashes buried at sea, so the arrangements have been made with the Navy in San Diego.  They will let us know when the ceremony occurs and send us a videotape and the honorary flag.  We are all sure they will do a wonderful ceremony that honors Dad’s service. I am putting together a memorial card to send out so if you would like to receive it, please send me your address.

From the back of the card:

“Bill “Boats” Leibold was career military, serving 30 years in the US Navy. He joined in 1940 at 17 years of age. After recruit training, he was assigned to the USS Pruitt, in Pearl Harbor, HI. On December 7, 1941, Leibold manned the deck guns, where he as injured with shrapnel to his hand. I 1943 it was assigned to the USS Tang.

The USS Tang was a decorated war submarine. On 10/25/44, the Tang sank as a result of a faulty torpedo. Of the 13 men who made it to the surface, only nine survived and were picked up by a Japanese destroyer. Bill later received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroic conduct. The prisoners were released after 11 brutal months in war camps. He received the Bronze Star and the Prisoner of War medal for his service.

During his Navy career, he was highly regarded as a diving expert and was involved in forming the Navy Seal teams. He was Captain of the USS Greenlet ASR, CO of the Experimental Diving Unit in Washington DC, and of the Deep Submergence Submarine Rescue Vessel Project in San Diego. In addition to his other honors, Bill received two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, Navy Commendation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

He was a loving husband and wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be missed by all of those who had the honor of knowing him.”

We met Bill and Grace when we moved back to Palomar in 1998. Soon after, Palomar Mountain News was began as an email broadcast. My first message sharing a little about Bill’s service to our country and their lives together was on D-Day, December 7, 2004. It was sent to my subscribers via email but also included as part of several blog posts. Over the years, I eventually helped the Leibolds sell their beloved ‘Ship House’ (Photos taken May 2022) and downsize to a home in Escondido. That was sold when Bill moved to a nice retirement community where friends lived. Occasionally during our visits I would take photos and share some of his Navy life through PMNews. I include here a couple other posts mentioning Bill and Grace, too:

Presumed Lost in WWII – 2010 and 2004

Bill’s Snow Plow Tip – 2013

Memorial Day and Bill – 2014

Pearl Harbor to Palomar 2016

Memorial Day 2017

A Visit with a Pearl Harbor Survivor 2018

Grace should have been a Realtor

Witness to WWII History 2020

Because the power of Google, I’ve been contacted by quite a few folks interested in Bill’s story over the years. I would always call and ask Bill if it was ok to give his contact info. Sometimes he’d rather not, we’d talk a little more, and occasionally I’d offer to be the go-between for a bit. He’d joke and call me his ‘agent’. I loved every minute of my time with Bill.

I’ve had the Memorial card from Ericka for a couple weeks. Today, this text came in:

“My name is Jaxon Hekkenberg, I am a 16 year old student from Toronto Canada. I am sending you this text because I have been interviewing WWII veterans for the past 11 months and saw that you know William Leibold …”

Yes, I did have the pleasure in knowing Bill. He would have loved to talk to Jaxon and tell him how pleased he was to hear from a young man interested in first-hand military history. It was every important to Bill that “nothing but the truth was told” in the several books in print and at the USS Tang Museum that Bill provided input for. He proof-read all my posts before I published. He would have appreciated Jaxon’s quest to seek out the men and women who lived to tell their stories of their time serving our country.

Jaxon, within these posts are the exact words from the last survivor of the USS Tang. You are invited to share with honor and respect to one of our true American Heros.

Bonnie Phelps

Palomar Mountain, CA USA

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