Wedged in between the South Fork of Gallinas Creek and San Pedro Road is Santa Venetia—a quiet residential neighborhood that’s located just east of Highway 101, the Marin Civic Center, and the San Pedro Mountain Open Space Preserve. While today’s Santa Venetia neighborhood looks much like a typical residential community you’d find anywhere else in Marin County, its original plan was to resemble the floating city of Venice, Italy, complete with canals, gondolas, and plenty of luxury homes that would have been among the most expensive properties found anywhere in Northern California. Unfortunately, both World War l and World War ll prevented Santa Venetia developers from realizing their dream of recreating Venice, however, most homes you’ll find here even today are still highly desirable and well-worth strong consideration if you’re someone looking to find a convenient place to call home in San Rafael at an affordable price.
With so many nearby amenities and attractions available to Santa Venetia home owners, which also includes Venetia Valley School, it’s hard to find a neighborhood in town that offers potential home buyers a better location, especially when you also consider its close proximity to San Pablo Bay as well. Condos, apartments, and single family homes all help shape the Santa Venetia real estate landscape, providing something for just about anybody out there looking for a new place to live. Like in many San Rafael neighborhoods, look for condos in Santa Venetia to start somewhere around $400,000 and go up from there, while most detached single-family homes in the neighborhood are usually price between $700,000 and $1.2 million.