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Nitt Witt Ridge

881 Hillcrest Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-2801
+1 805-927-2690
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We were travelling through the area and chose to stop in to see Cambria. What a lovely little... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
rachel t
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One man's junk is another man's treasure. As a bit of a junker myself I was amazed how various... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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California State Historical Landmark No. 939 is the creation of Arthur Harold Beal. An Artistic, funky house designed, sculpted and built by one man, Art Beal. Considered one of the finest examples of Folk Art.
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  • Average19%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
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881 Hillcrest Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-2801
+1 805-927-2690
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were travelling through the area and chose to stop in to see Cambria. What a lovely little place! We had looked up places to see online and, having researched Hearst Castle, we decided to visit Nit Wit Ridge instead. We are glad we did....More

Thank rachel t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One man's junk is another man's treasure. As a bit of a junker myself I was amazed how various bits and pieces were fitted together to construct this man's castle. We did not have the opportunity to see the inside of the house but what...More

Thank Marguerite1948
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

but we did drive by and stare at this crazy marvel. Definitely an oddity and the name fits! Only takes a few minutes to see from downtown Cambria so go for it!

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 1 August 2017

My family (wife with two kids aged 10 and 12) visited here in July 2017. We found this place while researching the area as we were staying in Cambria as a place to stay while visiting Hearst Castle. I knew I had to visit the...More

Thank dms666
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Ever since Huell Howser toured this place in his "California's Gold" series, I've been wanting to see it! This is a house/plantation/nursery/junkyard that was constructed over a period of many years by a rather unusual individual by the name of Art Beal. It is now...More

Thank DonaldYokum
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our tour the man that did it was very knowledgeable about the man that built that this place. You should go see very interesting that someone could build a house with some of the things he used.

Thank tetalove4
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Unexpectedly discovered the Nitt Witt Ridge Mansion! Drove up the ridge hill side and there it was, unfortunately, we where unable to take a virtual tour but enjoyed the view and intrigue of this obscure venue...would like to return to pursue further investigation of the...More

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Great Place, Great Tour from an excellent guide. If you are in the area, the tour takes about 40 min. Well worth it.

Thank Connie M
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The history is interesting. My travel partner wasn't interested to take the tour, so we just looked at it from the outside. I read a bit about the history. It's fun for its oddity, and the sheer determination of the builder. May come back sometime...More

Thank Rateyjane
Reviewed 1 July 2017

I would save my money. You can just take a look from the outside. It is a lot of stairs and not that interesting.

Thank Sally J
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6 June 2017|
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Response from JAMN38 | Reviewed this property |
Just show up early. It is well worth it!
Tanya L
5 April 2016|
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Response from Carnutz | Reviewed this property |
I hope this will help.The property is owned and maintained by Mike O’Malley, who gives tours regularly. Call for your appointment to explore this odd and quirky house that has a sad and romantic history. NITT WITT RIDGE 881... More
14 March 2015|
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Response from ChrisGander | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we arrived unannounced and it was closed. Shame. We would have liked to have done the tour.

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