Historic Chapman Estate



The Chapman Estate is located at 1243 Ocean Boulevard in Shell Beach. This hidden treasure is nestled in the heart of Shell Beach, conveniently located off Highway 101, and close to dozens of boutique hotels and resorts, restaurants, and great shops. The Chapman Estate has been an integral part of the Shell Beach community since Clifford Chapman purchased the property in 1962. He and Don Shidler, Chapman’s partner of almost 50 years, collected art and treasures from around the world that are now displayed in the house and on the grounds. Clifford Chapman’s generous gift of his Estate to the City of Pismo Beach enables the City and Chapman Estate Foundation to continue these valued traditions, to provide innovative cultural and artistic experiences while engaging patrons who wish to support the Estate, and to establish an exclusive venue for those who wish to host intimate get-togethers in the beautiful and quaint Classic California beach town of Pismo Beach.


Chapman Estate South Gate is open for Public Access April-October

  • Tuesdays 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • Wednesdays 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • Thursdays 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • Fridays 5:00PM-7:30PM

Entry onto the grounds is $5 per person 

Docent led tours are available from the Chapman Estate Foundation for an additional $5 per person 

Please note: no dogs or alcohol are allowed on premises.


Individual Season Pass ($25)

Family Season Pass ($50)

Valid for members of the same household

Season Pass is valid for free admittance to the Chapman Estate during all individual open gates through the 2023 season. This does not include access to private events or docent tours.

These may be purchased at the Estate during open gates, as well as through events@pismobeach.org.


The City of Pismo Beach is pleased to be able to offer this stunning Estate for private rentals. As one of the oldest private estates on the Central Coast it has decades of history and stories and has been home to some of the area’s most well-known fundraisers in addition to all the private parties and celebrations that Clifford Chapman hosted over the years.

Private events of up to 50 guests are welcome at the Estate and include use of the Pagoda area overlooking the windmill and ocean, the Begonia House which offers partial shade and works as a natural transition area between spaces with sliding doors, and the main lawn area in front of the house, which has two terraced lawn areas and is protected from the wind by the house. Please let me know what dates you are looking for and I’ll check the calendar for availability.

Use of the property for private events are from 11 am – 7 pm. Accommodations can be made for Friday set-up and Monday rental pick-up if requested.

For information on renting the Chapman Estate, please contact events@pismobeach.org or (805) 773-7034 through the Pismo Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau