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“nit wit ridge”
Review of Nitt Witt Ridge

Nitt Witt Ridge
Ranked #5 of 44 things to do in Cambria
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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.
Bakersfield, California
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“nit wit ridge”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

The house, even as odd as it looks is a perfect example of the saying, " One man's trash, is another man's treasure". My wife read about the house in a hotel magazine, and since we were going up the coast to San Simeon, we decided to stop by. We didn't need a reservation, or call ahead to get a tour, but from what we noticed, the tours happen approx. every two hours. There's no official ticket booth, or signage listing the price of the tours,( only a plastic clock attached to the front gate informing people of the next tour times ), but the individual did ask for a "donation" of $10.00 per person after the tour was over . The tour itself lasted about 1/2 hour, and when it was over, it truly gave me a sense of what someone can do of they really put their mind to it. The house itself sure doesn't blend in with the rest of the homes around it, but I've seen some very new modern homes that don't blend in with their neighbors. I would recommend to to at least stop by and look, and if you have the time, take the tour, Whats a few extra minutes out of your busy schedule to stop by and see.

Visited April 2013
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Well, as long as you are driving here you might as well look.”
Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

Someone is still living here (we saw him unchain the fence). But no tours, nothing grand to see. I like odd houses, but this one was just ok. Worth the short drive, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Mermom2013
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Antioch, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Don't just drive by - take the tour !!!!!!”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

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!!!

Visited March 2013
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Carseland, Alberta, Canada
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92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Interesting spot”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

This "junk" house is pretty bizarre and all fenced off so you can't get too close, but it's worth a look.

Visited February 2013
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Bakersfield, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A true "eye popper"”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

I met Art Beal in 1976. My friend has a house on the road above his. As we were taking a stroll one morning, Art was working in his yard. He knew my friend Randy by name, and invited us in for some coffee. I wasn't too sure where to sit when we got to his living room, as it was quite dark inside, save the light coming from the opening in the missing north wall. His living room was quite simply a cave hewn straight out of the rock. His kitchen was up a short flight of stairs and as he got our coffee, he just talked away, like a magpie. He was quite simply, eccentric, but a very engaging fellow, and didn't mince words when showing us around his abode. According to his monologue, he hauled everything his house was made of, up from the beach in his wheelbarrow. And yes, he was quite simply a very colorful fellow. A true "junkman," "hippie,"
"bohemian." He was the talk of the town, yet, the local cambrians loved him because he hauled off their trash for free. He did what he pleased and worked hard at it, leaving quite a colorful legacy for us to enjoy.

Visited December 2012
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