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Congratulations, you just made a lifelong commitment to something that requires constant attention, is guaranteed to have at least one crisis and, of course, takes a big bite out of your paycheck. No, you didn’t have a child—kids, after all, do grow up and move on. You bought a house—and that stays with you forever—if not the payments, then through the maintenance.

Worry not. We can’t help with the mortgage, but we’ve got you covered on restoration, upkeep and decor. In Home, P. J. Bremier tells the story of the Shack, a 690-square-foot diamond in the rough in Ross whose San Francisco buyers converted it into a weekend getaway gem. Next, Mimi Towle answers every first-time home buyer’s big question —Now What?—with a decade-by-decade guide to home maintenance. Finally, Home Decor displays the freshest furnishings for outdoor living. And whether you just bought or are thinking of doing so, don’t miss Ian Charles’ analysis of the Marin housing market in Real Estate Pulse.

Housing and food are our greatest needs, and we’re not overlooking the latter. In FYI “Gypsy Kitchens,” Somer Flaherty checks out local pop-up restaurants, where innovative chefs serve up ad hoc menus in sundry locations like ranches and private homes in an exclusive atmosphere. In Marinterview, we corralled Joseph Humphrey, the Michelin -starred executive chef at Cavallo Point’s Murray Circle, as he was planning for a big event at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival. Finally, Flavor interviews Marin’s Stacey Printz, author of a cookbook about sauces and tapenades.

Also in the issue, Journey wanders about the hills of Wales, Conversation talks with county Supervisor Steve Kinsey, and Microclimate explores Corte Madera.

As always, our wish is for your good reading. Enjoy Marin Magazine, as we continue to celebrate this extraordinary place!   

Lisa Shanower, Publisher
Nikki Wood, Editorial Director
Jim Wood, Executive Editor