About Chuck Black
Biologist in San Diego.
Chuck Black purchased this House in 1995
Why Chuck Black chose Palomar Mountain
Poor old cabin was falling down.... but with incredible view, nestled in big green trees. See the scrapbook of the 2+ years it took to bring back from near-death. Upgraded, but kept as much of the old feel and charm as possible.
What makes this House unique
Clouds and view are always changing. Santa Ana nights after storms, you can see the waves breaking on Catalina Island in the full moon. Moonless nights, you can see the Milky Way even with all the city lights below. Great place to take kids for their first snow.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Well behaved dogs ok. Big deck has gates. Well behaved dogs ok. Big deck has gates.
No parties/events - No parties or events. No parties or events.
No smoking - No smoking inside or out.No smoking inside or out.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
- 3 night min major holiday weekends. Cleaning fee included in price, 6 or fewer. $100 supplemental cleaning fee for parties larger than 6.
Fantastic views but could use a clean up
Overall, we really did enjoy our time here. The views are absolutely incredible (especially from the second deck below), and the house is charming in a cozy, eclectic way. Chuck was very easy to communicate with and makes sure that the house is stocked with everything you could need (even a telescope and game cubby; plenty of toilet paper, hand soap, etc.). There are also helpful notes around the house that indicate how to turn certain lights on, where to find things, etc. - a nice extra touch. It was so lovely to just sit outside and watch the view and the birds - really peaceful.
We only had a few issues, most importantly the dust and dirt. It's an old home and could use a very thorough cleaning (especially since there are so many antiques, rugs, sheets/towels, curtains, etc.). My allergies were really bad, and I had a hard time sleeping all 3 nights we were there. So, we spent as much time outside as possible, which wasn't hard to do.
Also, and this is no fault of Chuck's, the neighbor plays very loud music and bird sounds most of the day. We wanted a very quiet getaway, and we got it for the most part, but his loud music was obnoxious and distracting.
All in all, if you're just looking for a place to enjoy the views and sit on a deck, this is a fantastic and charming spot. But, if you're looking for a place that's more manicured and clean, I might look elsewhere.
Castle in the sky
This place is a rare escape from the busy world we are consumed with on a daily basis. The view is unmatched , the character of the home is superb, and the simplicity of watching birds and stars in peace and quiet is invaluable .
I'm pleased that the quality of the guests is a good fit to the quality of this place I love so much.
Looks okay on the outside and even in the clouds and drizzle, you could imagine what the view could be. When the sun broke through briefly Sunday morning, the view was a hint of how beautiful it would be on a clear day. Hopes of going hiking, etc, were limited to short walks that color an experience. You are left to enjoy the inside. He had games and puzzles which we enjoyed. He had a tv on which we ran some old movies. The interior is old and there are holes in the wood flooring, in the deck, and one of the gas burners on the stove leaks and it lights at the base of the burner. That seemed potentially dangerous. It was a funky kind of weekend house. We enjoyed our time there.
Yeah, it's a bit of a funky place, but comfortable, cozy and warm. If you had mentioned the gas burner I could have told you it was seated a little off, just take it in hand and seat it properly... but if you don't communicate, I can't help you- lesson to potential renters reading this. This is certainly an outlying review compared with the scores of people who have been 5 star happy.
Beautiful Cabin and location
Our stay in the cabin was great. Communication with the owner Chuck was easy and quick. Highly recommend this cabin and would rent again.
Albert and family were great, during a bit of a hectic time with snow and holidays. They left the place in great shape. I hope to see them back!
Nice quiet little place.
Had a great time playing with the kids in the snow.
And then enjoying the views at night.
We will definitely rent again.