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Lake Morena Private Mini Estate W/ Cabin, Bonus Building and Old West Town.

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Last updated: 07/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Campo cabin description

This is a very unique property that owner has only recently decided to offer with limited availability to the public. The property features an updated, vintage, mountain cabin and additional buildings built around towering granite boulders, native vegetation and 300 year old oak trees. The entire grounds were recently upgraded, including new fencing, patio covers, exterior furniture, cooking areas and a huge new back yard deck and living area to enjoy all the property has to offer.

Area History…
The Lake Morena Village area used to be comprised of small lots and tent cabins used for hunting camps and summer vacation rentals. Eventually the smaller lots were jointed to create larger parcels to build custom homes and the Lake Morena County Park was created to provide access to the lake, nearby trails and camping near the lake. Lake Morena Village that has a gas station (w/ convenience store) and the “Malt Shop” (convenience store and restaurant) that is a 10 minute walk from the property. To the west is Lake Morena, Lake Morena Dam, miles of open space, public land, off highway vehicle areas and lots of areas to explore. To the east is Campo that has more museums than restaurants (3 museums and 1 restaurant), post office, sheriff substation and border patrol station.

Property History…
The property and grounds is named “Mountain Empire Village” since property is located in the “Mountain Empire” region of San Diego County and “Village” because property design and layout is inspired by old western town “main street” and small mining villages.

The property is comprised of multiple lots on two of the larger parcels nearby the lake frontage so it has an “estate” sort of feel but also direct access to lake, hiking and biking trails and the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada which travels directly in front of the property. The property sits across from the county park and campground facilities so there is plenty of activity to watch from the front or quiet, private seclusion in the back.

The Cabin was originally built as a family summer vacation spot and the second owners custom built three “doll houses” that housed an award winning, million dollar, private doll collection that many locals in the area still talk about. Some memorabilia from the doll collection remain but the “doll houses” have been repurposed to play areas, art studio, a media room for watching movies or gaming, sleeping areas and in the case of the “church” a place where private ceremonies or small weddings can be conducted.

Property Info…
The recently updated cabin has a kitchen, living room, breakfast area, main bedroom with queen bed, bathroom downstairs and an upstairs loft that sleeps two adults or more kids. The cabin was built by the owner of a local lumber company and constructed with custom fit ship lap lumber whose craftsmanship is like a work of art and enjoyable to sit and look at. There is a small TV and DVD player upstairs but no other TV in the Cabin to distract from the natural beauty. Cabin does have wired / wireless high speed ATT internet available (and included) and ATT mobile phones are really the only wireless carrier that works well in the area (and works well w/ full bars 4G). So you can make calls via Skype, etc and there is a “hard line” phone in the cabin you can use to make and receive calls. See more about the property and area services (fire, sheriff, medical, communications, etc.) at end of property description at “Property, Travel, Communications, Security and General Information” section.

The Three “doll houses”…
Custom crafted structures built for practicality and fun. They range in size from the smallest, “Lucy’s Toy Shop” (which has toys and games for guests to use), to the “Mountain Empire General Store” which has food, drinks and has a media center with TV and gaming. The building is narrow but long and boasts 12’ ceilings w/ sleeping loft. “The Church” is built on a raised foundation and large enough to accommodate small group events or other activities. All the “doll houses” have windows, electrical power, smoke detectors, lights and fans so can be enjoyed throughout the day and night.

There is a Carriage House (Utility Building) at the rear of the property that contains a separate office, work shop and attic. The attic and attached balcony deck is not available for guest use and the shop is used by facility maintenance and owner storage so access is not normally included. The downstairs office has a desk, internet, office equipment, small bed, additional storage and a business development and entrepreneurship related library. Use of the downstairs office can be included if requested by renter and rental package meets length of stay / nightly charge minimums.

Who Is Property Right For?
1. Individual or Couple that wants some alone time, away from the city, to get a new perspective, do some reading or do some adventuring.
2. Entrepreneur, writer or artist desiring the creative space for ideas to flow.
3. Family with kids looking for a place to get away from ‘mainstream’ vacation spots so focus can be on family, relationships and outdoor activities.
4. Outdoor enthusiasts; bicyclists, trail hikers, fishermen, ATV enthusiasts and even Pacific Crest Trail Hikers that would rather sit on front porch and watch hikers going to and from Canada and Mexico.
5. A out of state or international visitor (or even local San Diegan) that wants a staging spot to explore the east county, learn about its history, weather, geographical beauty and people.

The property is great for a family get together where the parents want to sleep comfortably in the cabin and the kids sleep outdoors, in one of the “doll houses” or at the campground across the street. There is plenty of room for cots and sleeping bags in the General Store and Church.

Also perfect for the family or group of friends sending off or welcoming back a hiker from the Pacific Crest Trail. You can meet them as they walk by, hold up signs of encouragement or just surprise them with a warm bed and roof over their head for their journey that is just starting off or about to finish. If hikers are finishing the trail they can drop their excess gear and you can pick them up at the Mexican Border the next day and have a celebration back at MEV!

What To Do at and Around Property?

Casual - Activities…
- The obvious relax stuff… read a book on the deck, sun bathe, take nap a 20 foot granite boulder… you know… the usual.
- Walk the property grounds and check out…
- The oak trees and how they have grown around and sometimes leaning on the boulders.
- Bird watching – Woodpeckers, Blue Jays and lots of other song birds and birds visiting during seasonal migrations.
- Go flower, bug and butter fly watching.
- Have a picnic or cold beverage on the grass or on top of boulders.
- Check out the ‘doll houses’, how they were constructed and what is inside.

- Watch hikers walking in front of cabin on Pacific Crest Trail. If they are walking south… they will look well worn, very tan and usually smiling since are just about one day from being done with the 2,650 journey. If they are walking north they are at mile 20, just starting the trek, so full of smiles, energy, optimism and enthusiasm (at least for now).
- Watch one of the local wild turkey rafters (wild turkey pack called a “rafter”) of around 15-20 turkeys walk around feeding on grass and things with the Toms puffing up their feathers guarding over the hens and poults (baby turkeys). Around sunset the turkeys take off from the field and road behind the cabin and fly up to the top of a large oak tree on property of neighbor to the south. It is quite a site to see and if you don’t see it you will hear it happening as it takes a lot of flapping and squawking to get a big turkey up to the top of a tree!

- Take some pictures… Exit front of cabin, turn right, then left to follow Pacific Crest Trail to grove of trees and boulders that have nice view of lake and mountains behind. Great place for family photographs, wedding pictures, etc.

Intermediate - Activities
• Walk to park and take the 20 minute ‘interpretive’ hike that shows the local varieties of plants, trees and brush along with nice views of the area.
• Rent a boat at Lake Morena Park.
• Hike the trails nearby lake.
• Hike the trail that goes towards Lake Morena Dam and an abandoned hunting lodge.
• Continue on that trail and go left at the fork towards the Morena Butte Trail and Hauser Overlook Trail. This is a loop trail that takes you through meadows and groves of huge old growth pine trees.
• Drive to one of the three museums in Campo…
o 1. Train Museum
o 2. Mountain Empire History Museum
o 3. Motor Transport Museum
• Drive to the US / Mexican border and take photo in front of metal fence. Border patrol agents do not mind but will make sure you are not picking up any packages or bringing back additional guests.
• In Campo, near the post office and Sheriff substation, see historic Camp Lockett where during WWII Italian prisoners of war were held.
• Drive north to Pine Valley or Mount Laguna to explore or eat.
• Drive east to Jacumba on Highway 94, see where the historic San Diego and Arizona Railway was built and where it crosses the road in multiple places.

More Vigorous - Activities…
o Bring your own 4WD, ATV or rent them and explore around Corral Canyon OHV (Off Highway Vehicle Area) and local “truck trails”.
o Find, climb and take your photo on top of skull rock! (20 minute walk from cabin)
o Rock climb up rock face to Morena Butte Trail.
o Hike to Mexican Border on Pacific Crest Trail (20 miles, a full day hike).
o Drive to Tecate, Mexico, park on US side, cross border and take short walk to downtown central park and 5 minutes past downtown to free Tecate Beer Brewery Tour.

Property Type

      • Cabin

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Optional


                  • Children Welcome
                  • Non Smoking Only
                  • Pets Considered
                  • Events Allowed

                  Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

                  • Cabin Bedroom: 1 queen

                    New Queen Bed, room for cot also, private, nice views....moreless

                  • Cabin Loft: 1 queen

                    Cabin loft, queen size air mattress, room for cots, TV/DVD...moreless

                  • 'Clock Shop' Studio: 1 double

                    'Clock Shop', Loft full size bed, TV and Media Center...moreless

                  • Bedroom / Office: 1 twin/ single

                    Office at rear of property, new twin bed, very private....moreless

                  • 'Church' Studio: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

                    'Church', Separate Building, Bunk Bed, Room For Cot Also...moreless

                  Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

                  Kitchen & Dining

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Oven
                  • Microwave
                  • Seating for 6 people


                  • Fireplace
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Parking


                  • Television:

                    TV for DVDs, no cable or satellite but has HDMI so you can hook up computer for HULU, Amazon, etc....moreless

                  • Books
                  • DVD Player


                  • Internet:

                    Wired and Wireless ATT Uverse Internet in Cabin. Wired Internet in Office....moreless

                  • Telephone

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Deck / Patio


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Budget
                  • Romantic
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Churches
                  • Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Cycling
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Hunting
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Photography
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Library
                  • Festivals
                  • Boating
                  • Rock Climbing


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                  $999 $3,499
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                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $50
                  • Taxes Included


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                  Last updated: 07/21/2014
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                  Date last modified - Monday, July 07, 2014

                  $199 per night (USD)

                  3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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