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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Wanderluster255
Cambria, CA1,279 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 September 24, 2022
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travelbyjb
Los Angeles, CA20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 January 10, 2021
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MrGaucho1987
Santa Barbara, CA1,002 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 May 6, 2021
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BYOKetchup
EASTCOAST17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
This man used what he had to make a unique dwelling place on the hill.
It was perhaps 2015 when I visited, so I hope the "house" still stands. I know local officials wanted to tear it down.
Written November 27, 2023
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Christine R
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 April 7, 2022
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Brian R
Northridge, CA916 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Was passing through Cambria and saw the sign. Drove up and took a look. Interesting looking structure that looked in need of a little tender loving care. My wife didn't wish to take a tour of it, so we passed. Perhaps next time!
Written January 20, 2020
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agentlori
agentlori7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The man who gave the tour...the owner?? Was more bizarre and disturbing than the odd building methods of a mad man! The middle aged man who gave us the tour greeted me by screaming obsenities (ok, I did honk the horn at the idiot infront of me, but she is my sister!) then treated us to a tour of dirt, grime and plastic bags of garbage! That wasn't the kicker...when part of our tour held back because we all couldn't get into the kitchen with him (what was it 9'x9'?) he exploded with obsentities (again!) and claimed that we were not respectful, that we should get the &**&&* off his private property and that we were trespassing! The good news is that our party of 18 didn't have to pay! He just lost $180 plus his tip! Then he was too upset to continue tours that afternoon. Either he's on major drugs or needs more. Good luck!
Written August 18, 2007
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Kitties102
Peoria, IL50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nitt Witt Ridge is basically a "house" built into the side of a mountain by a crazy man during the 50s and 60s. This man died, but a couple has bought the place and now give tours. The tours run 7 days a week, I think, and pretty much eveyr hour on the hour. We were told we probably wouldn't need a reservation. I don't believe the owner has an official website, but you can google it to find the number that you can call to talk to him if you want to make reservations or double check that they are giving tours. We were the only 5 taking the tour at the time we went.

A lot of people just drive by and take pictures, but you really can't grasp it unless you take the tour. The property goes pretty far back, and you see things just as they were when the original man lived there. He collected junk that washed up on the beach, and then built/decorated the house with it. There are lots of cute little features, and the new owner is very passionate about it. The tour is $10 a person and takes about 45 minutes.

As a warning, there are a lot of steps. This will be fine for a normal person, but if you're elderly, it may be a bit much. Overall, we enjoyed the tour very much and thought it was definitely worth the time. The house is only 1 minute up the road from the main street in Cambria, which is 5 minutes from San simeon.
Written June 23, 2007
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TheLuxeTravelGuy
Beverly Hills, CA16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
With all the beautiful sights to see in and around Cambria, why spend time at this eyesore? I have heard it is not at all liked or supported by the community of Cambria and I uderstand why. It is uninteresting, unsightly, and quite frankly...lame. Like I said, there are a million hikes to take, photos to take, shops, beaches, and so much more around, why go here? I did not enjoy it, neither did the rest of the group I was with. Stupid.
Written May 19, 2005
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Deanne94509
Antioch, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
The story of the house and the quirky man who built the home is amazing and interesting!! There is so much story behind this property. While you are there you get to see a video of the man who built Nit Wit Ridge. You do have to call and set an appt.to take the tour-A MUST DO. To everyone who complains that it is not open, nobody is there, it's falling apart-let me tell you why. The Government found it relevant enough to make it a Historical Landmark but will not give it any funding. Okay, fine-but the city will not allow the owner to set up and sell tickets onsite, have a T-shirt stand, or gift shop or do anything to raise funds to help preserve this State Landmark. It is zoned as residential. Pretty unbelievable. The only way the owner can preserve this area (which does help bring tourists to the city) is for you to call him and set up a tour. It was such an entertaining hour. Truly unique and worth more than just a look from your car window!!!
Written March 3, 2013
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