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Nit Wit Ridge is a California State Historic Landmark in Cambria.
Nit Wit Ridge is a house built entirely of found objects. It was built over the course of fifty years and is an exceptional example of folk art. The builder was the eccentric Cambria garbage collector and junk hauler Arthur Harold Beal, nicknamed der Tinkerpaw. The house stood vacant for nearly a decade before being purchased by Michael and Stacey O'Malley who give guided tours. They have a sign hanging in front of the building stating the time of the next tour or you can call to make an appointment. The tours last about 45 minutes and are a complete walkthrough of the house and the grounds led by someone who has researched the life of Mr. Beal.
They ask for a donation of $10 per person for upkeep of the property (even though it is designated as a State Historic Landmark it receives no funds from any government agency). Nit Wit Ridge is the perfect foil to all the excesses of Hearst Castle and it is arguably the most unique thing about Cambria . It is well worth a drive-by viewing even if you don’t tour the property. You simply won't believe your eyes.
The fence is there to keep trespassers out. The fence does not mean
that they are no longer giving tours. If you would like a tour, click the link above for more info or just give them a