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 26, 2021

77 Acres of Views with Custom Home

Ahhhh…. looking to escape? Would you like to own this ever-changing view? Perched on the south side of Palomar Mountain with so many options and possibilities in this amazingly peaceful setting. Be totally independent, off-grid, enjoying delicious water from your well. Fenced and gated for ultimate privacy. Weekend getaway? Family retreat? Or, join us, living full time with a lifestyle that is, oh-so-good for your soul.

Simply click for the details where 70+ photos are waiting for you. Let’s slip away and go see if this is The One…

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor

760-533-1742 DRE #01293655

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 23, 2021

Insurance Woes Virtual Townhall

From: Asm. Marie Waldron <>
Subject: Town Hall: Home Insurance & Wildfires

Dear Neighbor,

Communities across California are continuing to face devastation caused by wildfires. 2020 was the worst year for wildfires in our state’s history, and this year is on track to be even worse!

Many communities in our district are considered Very-High Fire Hazard Zones, including areas in Valley Center, Fallbrook, Bonsall, Pala, Pauma Valley, Palomar Mountain, Escondido, and Rainbow.

I am very excited to share that this session we secured $2,660,000 in funding for our local fire protection districts, and $200 million in ongoing funding statewide to help prevent wildfires in the future.

Unfortunately, many homeowners in the 75th Assembly District are still at risk of losing their home insurance coverage due to the high risk of wildfires in our community.

This is why I am hosting a Virtual Townhall with the California Department of Insurance and Rincon Fire Department Chief Ed Hadfield to discuss this important issue and possible solutions!

To register for this event and submit your question, please click here. I hope to see you there!

Marie Waldron
Assembly Minority Leader, 75th District

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 23, 2021

Mountain Rose priced even more attractive!

Fall has arrived and it feels like winter so we had to get the fires going to take off the chill. Fall also brings beautiful sunsets – these were taken from the deck. Just think, you could be in by Thanksgiving! Glad to help make that happen.

Absolutely charming, wonderfully romantic, custom/vintage home. Three fireplaces, two enchanting suites with spa tubs, plus a third sleeping room option. Oh, and then there is a parlor, reading room, so much more. About 800 feet was built in 1948. Now you have nearly 1800 sf of pure delight on three quarters of an acre with magnificent sunset views to the west. Ah, the good life is to be enjoyed at ‘Mountain Rose’ on the top of Palomar Mountain! It was used as a fulltime residence for the last three owners. However, the artist who designed the restoration of the original cabin in 2005 also more than doubled the square footage and planned it as two separate units, living in the new and renting out the vintage side. So many options for you! Pull yourself away from amazing view to take in the treasures found inside. The designer was a leaded glass and tile artist and orchestrated all the fine craftsmanship by a local contractor. The past few weeks the exterior has been professionally painted and some touch ups of the interior ready for you to move right in. All windows are double pane throughout the home with easy-care flooring and tile. Exterior is mostly hardy plank, cement siding. Living area enjoys a propane fireplace and kitchenette with lots of room to add more. The brand new stove, refrigerator and microwave arrived in July 2021 and are located off a pantry and/or firewood storage area. You walk out to a very private deck for the peaceful forest view. Master bedroom is upstairs with a propane fireplace, walk-out balcony, vintage cabinet with a copper sink, soaking tub and such a creatively designed closet. The second bedroom is on the walk-in level off the enchanting sun room. It has the amazing stone and tile bathroom, heart-shaped tub, two sinks and washer/dryer. A closet in the new side also includes a second set of hookups for a washer/dryer. Be sure to ask about the three secret hiding places. Oh, so many options with good internet, too. You’ll love it here on Palomar. Come away and join us!

Now offered at $525,000 Click for MLS info and lots of photos.

Let’s see, we usually have snow for Thanksgiving. That is always fun. Hope you can join us!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor-for-all-Seasons

Let’s connect: 760-533-1742

Thank you!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 23, 2021

Apple Days – Pie, History and Tour!

Here is more info for you about Apple Days.

Another addition is an fun booth with Palomar Historian, Barbara Waite. Her Great Grandparents first came to Palomar in a horse-drawn wagon. It was a 5 day trip from Long Beach! Barb has published her grandmother Elsie’s delightful journal. It became two enchanting books with tales of her days as a much-loved teacher in a one-room school house, falling in love and eventually calling Palomar her home. Her family planted those vintage apple orchards you see driving along State Park Road. Be sure to stop at Barb’s booth as she will be sharing some wonderful stories of days gone by.

Ohmygoodness! I see Barb just had her 350th review of her first book, today!!! How fun is that! She has written 3 books now and you can see more about them and order through this link: Barb’s Books

Here is the info for the Orchard Tours:

From: William Meyst <>
We meet at the park entrance for the Orchard Tours, where the big wooden sign says “Palomar Mountain State Park.” Parking is free there, and I’ll be set up with a small booth and pretty much take folks out there as they come along throughout that 1 to 4 time block. The tours will not be long, so I’m going to encourage people to either wait for me to return or just head on out onto Scott’s Cabin Trail where they can meet up with us in the orchard. All this will be posted at my little station at the park entrance for folks to see as they arrive.



Click for more info on the Pie Eating Contest and State Park Apple Day event.

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | October 12, 2021

Apple Days – here is the scoop!

Yes, Apple Days is coming up!

Plan ahead for one day of fun activities. The first apple trees on Palomar were apparently planted in the late 1800’s. So, as we have done in the years past, you are welcome to wear your pioneer outfits.

Apple Games with fun for the whole family will be Saturday, October 23 from 1 to 4 in the State Park. Bring a picnic and something to drink, if you’d like, as food and beverage will not be available.

In addition, Guided Apple Orchard Tours will be available the following dates:

This coming weekend: Friday the 15th, Saturday the 16th, and Sunday the 17th.

Plus, the following weekend will have two days of tours, too: Friday the 22nd and Sunday the 24th.

See you there!

Bonnie Phelps

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 28, 2021

Music, Dinner and Lots of Fun!

Everyone is invited to Lazy H Restaurant this Thursday night. Come on our and celebrate Fall with Palomar’s own Dutch Bergman, Bruce Druliner sharing their wonderful voices and guitar talent. Email or call ‘The H’ for reservations or 760-742-3669.

Hope to see you there!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 26, 2021

Hail Storm 2021

We had quite a storm yesterday. Pouring rain, thunder, lightening and hail, lots of hail. After (finally) getting our horse in his stable we ran over to Crestline to check on my listings. I took towels in where windows were open to clean up a bit and all was well.

I had my camera to take pix of all the hail at the listings. However, there was no hail to be seen! When we got back home and pulled in our driveway, I had to take this pic of the grandkids stand about two horse after the storm. We still had lots of hail all over the property. This morning we still had hail in the shady areas. So interesting to see the difference across the mountain.

Also noticed what the hail had done to our ‘Snowball” bush. It was really coming down hard to break through those leaves!

Just had to share. Thankful for all the welcomed rain and so exciting to be here for the storm.

Like to see a 22 second video when the storm just started? Click for one here.

Two clients up to see property today, we missed more promised rain but it is coming down now!

Bonnie Phelps – Rain, hail, snow or sleet, Real Estate keeps moving on Palomar!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 5, 2021

Summer Camp on Palomar is so fun!

Do you know someone who would like to go to camp next summer on Palomar? Adventure Camp, Base Camp, Science, Leadership or the wonderfully fun Horse Camp? There are lots of options with Early Bird Discounts at Palomar Christian Conference Center.

Sunshine, one of our granddaughters, had another great time at Horse Camp a few weeks ago. This summer booked so fast, she got in the last minute when someone needed to cancel. Book it now, book it now!

Like to see a fun video of what goes on in just 2 minutes and 40 seconds? Ready, set, go!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 4, 2021

Little Cabin in the Big Woods + POTENTIAL

Back on the market, ready to close escrow for one very lucky, cash buyer. This “Little Cabin in the Big Woods’ is just oozing with POTENTIAL. We were so tempted to check the boxes for ‘air conditioning, skylight, microwave and deck’ but that would be a bit misleading, even though they exist.

It was originally listed the first of the year with a few complications. Those have been cleared up now so all is ready to roll.

The value is in the land with deeded, plotted, legal access, existing water share with meter and a power panel looking to get hooked up again. It could be classified as a tear-down but some of you are creative enough to wave your magic tool box with skills to remodel.

Here in San Diego County, you might consider the possibility of building an ADU of up to 1200 sf with very little permit fees. An ADU is an Accessory Dwelling Unit, similar to a guest house/granny flat type of situation. The land has some beautiful (well… and some not-so-beautiful) trees on this half acre. According to a neighbor’s survey, this little gem is half-way on his land. The shed is over the line, too.

A tree top remodeled the kitchen years ago so that is where the ‘air conditioning and skylight’ feature comes into play and the deck has seen much better days. But, the vintage flooring in the living room and front bedroom might be restored! Yes, that could be lovely.

Photos tell the story about how many stops you might make at Home Depot before coming up to breathe new life into this pretty much, irresistible opportunity. Palomar is an hour from Escondido or Temecula and for many decades, mostly much-loved second homes. Now we are a sought-after escape for full-time folks looking for fresh air while perhaps working from the mountain-top where most families home-school.

What would YOUR plans be?

22198 Crestline Road, half acre with two parcels APNs 135-064-58 and 14

Click for MLS info with lots of pix, then let’s go see!

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor for Fixers to the Fabulous

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | August 31, 2021

The Tale of the Table

As most of you know, for much of the past 20+ years, Bob and Kathy Rios hosted an area at the front of their property with a sign “Free Stuff, Please leave Table”. It was across from Yvonne Hollister’s home. Often when staging a new listing, I would load up and drop off some nice, clean, useful things. Vintage dishes, boxes of books, useful pieces of furniture and so much more. Of course it was used by many neighbors who were sorting out as ‘someone’s trash is another’s treasure’. It was always fun to drive by and see Kathy and Yvonne often getting first dibs, checking out new drop-offs. Many neighbors enjoyed scoring a great find, with a big smile on their face. It wasn’t just the Crestline folks, as word got out and others would often make ‘The Table’ a destination. It was a fun place to meet up!

The table was retired years ago, before Bob and Kathy moved off the mountain. Recently things started to accumulate again in cardboard boxes on the ground. In the spring, when I had a cabin closing escrow, the seller didn’t take his patio table with him and the buyer had her own. So, I spoke with A&W. Oh, just about everyone knows Anne and Wayne. They are caretakers for The Table’s present property owner, Marsha Penner. I asked if we could donate the glass table to that fun adventure. Nancy Horwin and I loaded it up, Teresa McCarthy made the sign and the items at the table were now a little more inviting.

However, to everything there is a season. The Table isn’t working out for the neighborhood so this location is not going to continue. Yesterday several of us cleared off the table and took the sign down. Whoever would like the glass table, you are welcome to it. Otherwise I’ll pick it up by Monday, now that it has been washed off with this lovely rain this morning.

Click for the song you are already humming:

To Everything there is a Season


Bonnie Phelps, Realtor for all Seasons

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