When Mill Valley Lumber Co. was put up for sale in 2012, Mill Valley received several bids from developers hoping to raze the historic property and install luxury condominiums, as is the going trend with infill projects in the Bay Area. But Jan and Matt Mathews proposed a different strategy altogether. They wanted to renovate the lumber yard, established in 1892, so that it might survive the 21st century intact.
The West Coast may well be ground zero for #vanlife, with nearly 3 million hashtags on Instagram alone. (Think gorgeous, unencumbered young couple living out of a Volkswagen bus, cruising up and down the Pacific coastline.)