They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, and that is certainly the case with Nitt Witt Ridge. Visit Cambria and take a tour of something odd and quirky, a house you have got to see to believe. Sitting on 2.5 acres, this folk-art attraction offers a Tom Sawyer-like feel from the moment you step onto the property.
Nitt Witt Ridge offers a fun contrast to the immaculately curated mansion of Hearst Castle. The property is owned and maintained by Mike O’Malley, who gives tours regularly. Call for your appointment to explore this odd and quirky house that has a sad and romantic history.
Purchased by Arthur “Art” Harold Beal in 1928, this “castle on a hill” was perfected using only a pick and shovel. Beal made good use of his job, as a garbage collector, taking natural minerals that were tossed away and beach debris to accentuate the Ridge.
Look closely and you will see a blend of native materials and modern elements, including old beer cans, washer drums, car rims and car parts, among other things. After his death in 1992, his ashes were spread around his favorite redwood near Nitt Witt Ridge. The cobblestone archways and rare composition make this landmark a definite must-see when in the Cambria area.
How to Get There:
Head north on Main Street toward Moonstone Beach, and turn right on Cornwall Street. Then take the second right onto Hillcrest Drive. You can’t miss it.