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Santa Venetia, California
—  CDP  —
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°59′55″N 122°31′31″W / 37.99861°N 122.52528°W / 37.99861; -122.52528Coordinates: 37°59′55″N 122°31′31″W / 37.99861°N 122.52528°W / 37.99861; -122.52528
Country United States
State California
County Marin
 - County Board District 1
Susan Adams
 - State Senate Mark Leno (D)
 - Assembly Jared Huffman (D)
 - U. S. Congress Lynn Woolsey (D)
 - Total 3.8 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 - Land 3.8 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation [1] 56 ft (17 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,298
 - Density 1,131.1/sq mi (443.1/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94903
Area code(s) 415
FIPS code 06-70154
GNIS feature ID 1659603

Santa Venetia is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States. Santa Venetia is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of downtown San Rafael,[2] at an elevation of 56 feet (17 m).[1] The population was 4,298 at the 2000 census.



Santa Venetia is located at 37°59′55″N 122°31′31″W / 37.99861°N 122.52528°W / 37.99861; -122.52528.[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²) of it is land and 0.27% is water.

Santa Venetia was envisioned in the early 1900s as a little Venice so canals were built and houses and structures built along them. It was a vacation spot for the wealthy for a brief period of time in the 1920s. The plan of building a little Venice was abandoned. In the 1960s, houses were built along North San Pedro Road.

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


Santa Venetia, California, (Papai image) as seen from the nearby Terra Linda neighborhood.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,298 people, 1,646 households, and 1,048 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,143.0 people per square mile (441.3/km²). There were 1,667 housing units at an average density of 443.3/sq mi (171.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.67% White, 2.16% African American, 0.70% Native American, 5.98% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 5.00% from other races, and 4.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.05% of the population.

There were 1,646 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 18.1% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,600, and the median income for a family was $77,202. Males had a median income of $48,938 versus $42,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $34,732. About 4.3% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.


Santa Venetia is built on marshland that was filled in 1914. At that time, real estate developer Mabry McMahan envisioned a bayside luxury development modeled after Venice, Italy (hence the name "Santa Venetia" - there is no actual Christian saint named Venice or Venetia), complete with canals and gondolas. The economic decline following the First World War put an end to this development.

It was only after the Second World War that significant development took place in Santa Venetia, with suburban developments such as Gallinas Village being built on the land originally filled in 1914.[4][5]

Notable residents

Science fiction author Philip K. Dick lived in Santa Venetia from 1967–1972. During this time, Dick was using methamphetamine and other drugs quite heavily, living semi-communally with a rotating group of mostly teenage drug users. His experiences during this time formed much of the basis for his novel A Scanner Darkly.[6]

Chuck Riley, one of the perpetrators of the 1975 "BBQ murders", lived in Santa Venetia up until the time of his arrest and eventual imprisonment. Riley and his girlfriend Marlene Olive murdered her parents in Terra Linda and disposed of the bodies by burning them in a firepit in nearby China Camp State Park.[7]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: Santa Venetia, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 698. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Santa Venetia Prospectuses
  5. ^ Northbridge History
  6. ^ Sutin, Lawrence. (2005). Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick. Carroll & Graf Publishers. ISBN 0786716231.
  7. ^ Levine, Richard M. (1982). Bad Blood: A Family Murder in Marin County. New American Library. ISBN 0451125487.

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