Let Qualified Professionals Find a Property for You

Established in 2004, Borrego Valley Realty is a real estate company serving the Warner Springs, Julian, Shelter Valley, and Canebrake areas. We are dedicated to assisting you in finding a home that suits your needs. Stop by at our location if you’re planning to buy or rent and say “hello” to our friendly staff.

Our founder, Mary Watkins, is a native San Diegan who grew up in the Alpine area. She has a degree in Computer Science, Systems Design, and Programming from Grossmont College.

She left San Diego in the early ’80s and went first to the Mojave desert, where she worked as a computer programmer before taking a job in Burbank at the Walt Disney Company. She worked for several large corporations in the Los Angeles area, including Disney, Aramark, Health Net, Maxicare, PacifiCare, and Blue Cross (Wellpoint).

In 1994, Mary took a ride in a helicopter on the Big Island of Hawaii and caught the flying bug. She started taking flying lessons by the end of that year and got her Rotorcraft Private Pilot License in 1996.

In 1998, she got her Rotorcraft Commercial Pilot License. She flew off and on in the Mountain Dew Jet Ranger with Commander Chuck Street for KIIS FM, doing the radio traffic reporting in the Orange County and Los Angeles County areas.

Mary hopes someday she can own her helicopter. After earning her first pilot license, she learned to scuba dive and has been diving at several great locations in and out of this country.

She moved back to San Diego in 2004 and got her real estate salesperson license. In 2006, she got her real estate broker's license and opened this office. Her son lives in the DC area, and her daughter lives in San Diego with her family. Mary loves living in the Anza Borrego Desert Area.

Mary is a member of the Borrego Springs Infrastructure group working with San Diego County to improve the pedestrian traffic options in our downtown area.

She is also a board member of the Borrego Dark Sky Coalition and a board member of BASIC – Basic Assistance to Students In the Community.


April Earickson


Real Estate was a natural career choice for April.  As a native of Southern California, the move to Borrego Springs was an easy decision-living inside a 650,000+ acre State Park, breathtaking beauty, friendly residents and small town feel truly add to the charm and uniqueness.

Earning a BS from Oregon State University brought about a love of real estate and architecture. April held a partnership in an electronics firm specializing in Audio/Video equipment sales and custom home installation.  Working with builders, architects, and sound engineers really brought about the emphasis of relationship building, creative problem solving, working around deadlines and meeting some of the nicest people ever. More recently, April owned and operated a small inn.  Again, those same skill sets transferred into repeat guests and referrals. Over the years April has personally purchased real estate as personal residences and investments.

It is always exciting when searching for the perfect property-whether it will be your personal residence, desert hideaway or investment grade. April has always considered real estate to be an essential part of a diversified portfolio.  With years of experience in customer service, attention to detail, negotiating skills-April likes to get a job done right the first time.

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April 760-896-7666

DRE # 02182609


Mary Watkins

CA DRE Lic # 01415879


April Earickson

Realtor CA DRE Lic # 02182609


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Mary is working towards the goal of having more homes using less energy to keep cool here in the Anza Borrego Desert Area.