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“Nitt Witt Ridge” 5 of 5 stars
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Nitt Witt Ridge
881 Hillcrest Drive, Cambria, CA
+1 805-927-2690
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Ranked #5 of 6 Attractions in Cambria
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: 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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“Nitt Witt Ridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2003

Tour of Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria is worth it, if you have seen this place over the years and want to know what it's all about. Mike O'Malley gives an informative 1-hour tour of the entire property, with many details of builder's life (Art Beal). Go on a sunny day to see everything since there isn't electricity in the house. A lot of stone steps to climb. Park at the bottom of the hill, then walk up- parking is limited out front.

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“What A Joy!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2002

What A Joy!!

Saw this featured on California Gold TV show a few nights before Halloween, and really got a kick out of it.

When we took the tour, it really lived up to our expectations. The young man that did our tour is Mike O'malley, the same one that gave the tour for the California Gold TV show tour, and boy, does he know his stuff!! - We found out why.

He's actually the guy that came to Cambria, like most folks do, to enjoy the area and coastline, pines, etc. , and found what was then an extremely neglected jewel of art/folklore/nostalgia. It was just being let go to ruin, so this guy got the place, put the rest of his and his family's life on hold, and they all just poured everything into totally restoring a real treasure for the rest of us - and what a great job they've done!

We found everything just swept us away. The view of the ocean, the coastline, the pines, the deer, etc.
and the place itself is so authentic.

Some of Art Beale's clothes still hang in "closets", the old "one stone at a time" built archways, the 5 arch hand built wedding chapel, the weaving pathway, also built one stone at a time, that weaves all through the five level mansion/artpiece/personal museum/artifact (so many ways to describe it, almost have to see it for yourself) - the same type of paths branch off and just take you everywhere.

We all just came away totally pleased, and we unanimously agreed that this was the most enjoyalble site we've seen for several years, way above the mutimillion dollar Hearst Castle, just 3 miles away.

Anyone that liked Hearst Castle, will just love this place - and so much to see!! - we'll be back next year, and probably every year for quite a few years to come.

Thanks for a real joy - keep up the good work - we know you will!!

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“unsightly piece of garbage”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2002

I don't see how anyone could even be remotley attracted to something that disgusting. What a waste of a California Historical Landmark. You would think people could come up with something better to do than look at that sorry excuse for a house.

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