Nitt Witt Ridge
Nitt Witt Ridge
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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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  • Russ M
    San Juan Capistrano, California65 contributions
    Mad Designer
    We were on a weekend getaway to Cambria when we found an advertisement for the Nitt Witt House and she HAD to go see it. Upon driving up to the house we were both like this belongs in a Halloween movie. We were met by the current owner, Michael who gave us a tour of this "house". We were struck with the fact that the owner built the house by himself with materials he salvaged from the Towns trash collection. He was the Towns trashman. His use of every imaginable material is seen throughout the "house". If you are visiting Cambria and have a free hour, spend the $10 donation and see the wizardry of the original owner.
    Visited September 2020
    Written 29 September 2020
  • ichabod104
    83 contributions
    Fun place for unique visit
    One of those unique and strange places that makes Central Coast so great. There are a lot of oddities in California and this is definitely one. The tour was about a 1/2 an hour long and they ask for a $10 donation but you don't have to pay if you don't care for it. Tour guide was pretty hilarious and a lot of little history for Cambria. A must see
    Visited March 2021
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2021
  • Dauntless_Traveler
    86 contributions
    Visit the Anti-Hearst Castle !
    Popped by Nitt Witt Ridge prior to our visit to Hearst Castle... WOW! The owner, Mike, made this a thoroughly engaging and enthralling visit. In this ever-homogenized world in which we live, it was great to add this little eccentric treat to our itinerary. This is NOT an accessible activity. Lots of stairs, narrow doorways, and uneven paths! Must be experienced to be believed! Bring (at least) $10 donation. It is totally worth it!
    Visited January 2020
    Written 20 January 2020
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scottderrick
Mill Valley, CA906 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Apparently this is/was a place to see in Cambria before it was purchased by the present owners from the artist/builder who created this wacky place using found objects and concrete. The new owner will show the place by appointment but since we couldn't be sure when we would get there we decided to just drive by and check it out without reservations/appointments. The place is fenced off with a sign for contact information and so really is only visible from the road. It's a short drive from the main drag of Cambria and there is really little to no parking in the semi rural/residential street it's on. You can only get a glimpse of the front of the place and see some of the construction materials. It's worth about a 3 minute look. Don't bother.
Written 6 July 2023
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Wanderluster255
Cambria, CA1,228 contributions
Sep 2022
I live in the neighborhood up the road from this attraction. It has sold and signs are posted "Private Property - No Trespassing." People were hopping the fence and trespassing before the signs went up. For anyone wanting to go by and see it from the outside, PLEASE pull over into the turnout across from it. Parking anywhere else, or standing in the street, creates a hazard for yourself and those who drive this narrow, curving road.
Written 24 September 2022
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Cynthia W
San Diego, CA3 contributions
Sep 2022
CLOSED - NO TOURS - the property was sold and is closed
It was incredibly trashy before - stuff dumped there, that is gone. Looks better, but CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
Written 23 September 2022
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Claudie S
1 contribution
May 2022
I thoroughly enjoyed this little piece of history. Wonderful narration full of humor by Michael. I almost didn't go in, and am so glad that I did. I was very touched.
Written 18 May 2022
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Christine R
8 contributions
Mar 2022
We saw this on Trip Advisor and thought we would go by. Not sure what people see in this place. It reminds me of a house taken over by homeless people. Weeds out front. A broken chain link fence. There are other better things to see in Cambria!
Written 7 April 2022
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Kathy S
Shell Beach, CA398 contributions
Oct 2021
Must have been great in it's day. Now it's fenced off and in dis repair, but history of it is interesting. Follow the signs...
Written 16 October 2021
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Leslie R
Bay City, TX155 contributions
Jun 2021
You know, I read the bad reviews and they all said that it looked like junk heap. They obviously didn't read the printed info card posted out front or any review.

This is a very unique house with a fascinating history. It has been vacant since the late 1980s when the county forced the poor man, Art Beal, out. The man who bought the place tries to keep it repaired enough to tell Mr. Beal's story while preserving as much of the original history as he can. He is quite knowledgeable about Mr. Beal's life and tells you his story as he walks you through this completely unique house built using recovered items (trash). Mr. Beal's story is quite sad--it's one of heartache--but it's also one of strength. He was a man who wanted to be who he wanted to be and made no apologies for it. You learn how he built his house, how much of what is there is original (Mr. Beal's favorite robe still hangs in the closet along with many other items) and it is also filled with original art which I found just as fascinating as the original house. I could have spent three hours in there just looking around, sadly you only get about an hour.

When you pull up to the house, there will be a gate with the time of the next tour written on a little piece of tape. Do. The. Tour. There is so much more to this quirky gem than a picture from the front. He asks for a $10 donation for each adult, but it is totally optional. I gladly paid it because it was $10 well spent for this history nerd.

For all the haters who didn't read and are judgy about it's mere appearance, you really missed out on some interesting stuff. Of course, maybe they wouldn't find it interesting and that makes me sad for them.
Written 27 June 2021
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MrGaucho1987
Santa Barbara, CA1,002 contributions
Apr 2021
Lets be honest, this place is quirky and very unique. It also looks like it is about ready to fall down. It is fenced to keep visitors out, but the fencing is not great. Maybe you can get a tour. I don't know. Otherwise, take 10 minutes to visit, take a picture, check the box, and move on to experience Cambria's other better charms.
Written 6 May 2021
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ichabod104
Riverside, California83 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
One of those unique and strange places that makes Central Coast so great. There are a lot of oddities in California and this is definitely one. The tour was about a 1/2 an hour long and they ask for a $10 donation but you don't have to pay if you don't care for it. Tour guide was pretty hilarious and a lot of little history for Cambria. A must see
Written 26 March 2021
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travelbyjb
Los Angeles, CA20 contributions
Jan 2021
Quite a unique and interesting house. Unfortunately, there were no tours offered on the day we were there, however, it was fun to stop and look at it from the outside. We were very disappointed that we were not able to go inside to tour, but will definitely make it a point to set up a tour in advance the next time we visit Cambria.
Written 10 January 2021
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