881 Hillcrest Dr.
Cambria, CA 93428
Dog-Friendly: Yes Kid-Friendly: Yes
Tours are given most days. Times are 11, 12 and 2 (Make sure to call in advance)
Suggested donation is $10
Nitt Witt Ridge is probably the most unique home you’ll find in SLO County. The home was 50 years in the making by artist/recluse Arthur “Art” Harold Beal. Art was a garbage collector for the town of Cambria for 20 years and would oftentimes keep treasures that would have otherwise gone to the landfill.
He would also collect natural materials from the forest and beaches nearby. With all the objects he’d collect he would add them to his home, slowly creating his “castle on the hill”. Some say there are even pieces from Hearst Castle where he worked for awhile.
When Art passed away at the age of 96, his ashes were spread around his favorite redwood tree on his property. Today the house sits as a crumbling time capsule, and amazingly open to tours despite looking like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
The house is brimming with character and well-preserved to how the house looked when Art passed away. It is truly a remarkable place to visit and should be on everyone’s list while still open.
Nitt Witt Ridge is even a California Registered Historical Landmark! No. 939.
Personal Experience: It is pretty remarkable to get to see this decaying bit of history in person. One gets the feeling that the entire place may collapse at any time, but the owner assured us that it is safe! We took the risk and did the tour which was very well-done and fascinating to explore. To think one man constructed this entire home from trash and debris is truly remarkable.
This tour is obviously not for everyone, but if you’re into abandoned and decaying urban adventures, I definitely recommend stopping by!
Everything has been left exactly as Art left it before he passed away:
He had “his” and “her” pictures with toilet seats as the frame: