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‘The Dunites’

“Highway 1 between Pismo Beach and Guadalupe is not as well known as some stretches and didn’t even get paved until the early 1950’s. There just weren’t a whole lot of people. But one group lived there starting in the 1930’s. They were quite a crowd – artists, astrologers, mystics, and writers, living in shacks on the sand. Most dispersed by the 1960’s. But in the early 1970’s, I was hiking in the dunes and I saw two buildings made out of wood found on the beach. A man was there. Bert Schievink. He was an astrologer and the last of the Dunites. He lived out in the dunes for 34 years. That was when I knew I had to write a book about them. A lot has changed around here since then. But even now, when you’re down in the dune hollows, you don’t hear the highway. Just the train whistles at the crossings.”          – by Norman Hammond, Author of ‘The Dunites’

Fascinating book about a loose-knit community in the Oceano/Pismo Dunes who lived wild, unfettered and rent-free.  Interesting bit of history about San Luis Obispo County.


Written by Angela Donath - Go to Angela's Website/Profile
Angela Donath, The Keith Byrd Team, South County Realtor in San Luis Obispo County, including Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano, Nipomo, and Avila Beach, 805-801-4355