Going that extra mile to explore every nook and cranny of
the Central Coast, here's Nitt Wit Ridge.
Okay, so I sound a bit eccentric. But it fits. Arthur Harold
Beal, alias Capt Nit Wit or Der Tinkerpaw, has a well know
reputation for being a bit odd. But owning a house with a
view like this ain't bad.
Often called the Poor Man's Hearst
Castle, like William Randolph this residence is the end product
of an obsession. Where WR Hearst may have been spending the
family fortune, Arthur was trying to build the cheapest castle
Starting in 1928 and continuing for
51 years, he collected junk, trash, and recycled goods to use
in his castle. A favorite material seems to be old Busch beer
cans, which were always in supply. Be he also used washer drums,
car rims, shells, tile, car parts, and old stove and about anything
else people wanted to throw out.
The property is now owned and being maintained by Michael
and Stacey O'Malley. Michael gives an awesome tour of the
property and all you have to do is call to make an appointment.
The tours are free and everyone really enjoys themselves.
There are also some gift items available including T-Shirts,
business card magnets and coffee cups.
We'll show you a small sample of the tour here.