In Cambria , California , there is an odd house upon a hill near town . It’s called Nitt Witt Ridge .
Arthur Beal bought the hillside in 1928 and began building his house . Beal was the garbage collector in Cambria in the 1940s and 1950s and used some of the collection to construct the house on Nitt Witt Ridge .
Cambria is a beautiful little town of about 6000 people on the central coast of California . Median income per household is about $70,000+ and the median house price is about $700,000 . Average rents run above $ 1000 a month . It’s a very touristy town . Lots of hotels on the beach and antique shops in town .
I asked three locals for directions to the Nitt Witt house . I knew that it is close to town ; just up a hill . None of them knew just where it was . One guy pointed me in the opposite direction , although he knew , at least , that it was on a hill . Wrong hill . Another said he and his wife had recently moved to Cambria , only a few months ago , and they didn’t know many of the local sites . No , they weren’t just putting us on . I think it’s typical of locals everywhere often not knowing the local places of interest . They’re not tourists , after all ; they live there . Why should they pay attention to tourist spots ?
But Ada and I wandered around hilly tree -lined streets for a few minutes until we found it .