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Santa Venetia is a neighborhood of San Rafael, California. Santa Venetia has mostly midsize homes that are of very high value. The community dates back to 1943 and has continued to develop over the years. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) of which 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) is land and 0.51 % is water.


In the early 1900s, Santa Venetia was conceived as a little Venice so that the canals were lined and the houses and buildings constructed along them. It was a vacation spot for the rich for a short time in the 1920s. The plan to build a little Venice was abandoned. Houses were built along North San Pedro Road in the 1960s.


The main road of this unincorporated community is North San Pedro Road, which passes through the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center. The route passes through China Camp State Park, along the bay of Peacock Gap, and ends in San Rafael. Santa Venetia has an open-air reserve for its marsh, bordering San Pablo Bay, the northern part of the San Francisco Bay estuary.


Brief Demographics


Santa Venetia is a San Rafael, California neighborhood with a population of 6,229. Santa Venetia is situated in Marin County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Santa Venetia gives people a compact suburban feel and most of the residents own their homes. There are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops and parks in Santa Venetia. Many retirees live in Santa Venetia, and the population tends to be liberal. The public schools of Santa Venetia are above average. 


When you hear about this unincorporated community of San Rafael just east of the Marin Civic Center, does Venice, Italy, come to mind? It ought to be. In November 1914, the developer Mabry McMahan proposed a luxurious neighborhood called Santa Venetia, modeled after the famous Italian town of canals. Nearly 3,000 potential buyers have come to take a look.


This neighborhood is ideal for those looking for single-family homes. This is a diverse community, with homes reflecting a wide range of time periods and styles. Usually, the apartments in Santa Venetia are about $380,000–$995,000 and sit on a quarter acre lot of three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Garage is the most common type of parking.


SVNA Community


The SVNA is an active community organization. It defines its mission as "preserving and promoting the quality of life in the Santa Venetia community" This is accomplished by "encouraging healthy social interaction; facilitating the flow of information; and protecting the natural beauty and economic well-being of the community" The SVNA holds regular community meetings, hosts social events and working days in the area, and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter.


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