25th Annual Malibu Cook’s Tour features ultramodern to original ranch style homes

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A beach deck view from the MariSol Malibu Beach House, one of four Malibu homes that will be seen on the annual Malibu Cook’s Tour Saturday. Devon Meyers / TMT

For the 25th year, the Malibu Methodist Nursery School is presenting its annual Cook’s Tour of four Malibu homes on Saturday, May 7.

The tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and begins at Malibu Methodist Nursery School, 30128 Morning View Dr.

This year’s tour features a 15-acre home in Ramirez Canyon that was originally built as a bunkhouse for the cowhands who herded cattle through the property on their way to grazing in the San Fernando Valley. On this same property is an original Malibu Post Office, circa pre-1928 when the Pony Express dropped mail for pickup by the small number of Malibu residents living here at the time.

Another home to be viewed on the tour features a traditional Malibu ranch style home that is anything but ordinary. The owner/painter has transformed his second floor library into a canvas using the themes of creation and archetypes as his response to the events of 9/11.

The ultramodern MariSol Malibu Beach House will also be on the tour. The beachfront home, designed by Barry Berkus, A.I.A., is located on a one-acre site atop a 100-foot elevated bluff with a 360-degree view of pristine white water, islands and Malibu’s mountains. With nearly 10,000 square feet of single story indoor-outdoor living space, the Malibu Beach House features, among many other facets, a 60-foot-wide great room with 14-foot-high ceilings, a state-of-the-art theater, open chef’s kitchen, a gym, beautifully landscaped grounds with an infinity-edge lap pool, three patios, a state of the art barbecue and outdoor dining pavilion, a water wall of rock quarried from the site set in a magical fern and oak garden, and a driveway of cobblestone hand hewn from native rock and parking on site for 10 cars (3 garaged).

Food is being served in each of the four homes by chefs from Tra di Noi, Savory, Cacoa Luxe Chocolatier and Marcia Moore.

Tickets are available for $65 each at www.thecookstour.org or by calling 310.457.5144. Tickets are limited to 350 guests.