House of the Day: Spanish Villa on the Venice Canals

Imagine yourself floating along a canal in Venice, enjoying the idyllic view of ducks swimming lazily across the glistening water. Then imagine yourself stepping off your gondola, relaxed and sun-kissed ... and into your own house. Sound too good to be true?

Admittedly, we may not be talking Venice, Italy, but we think Venice, Calif., is the next best thing. Particularly when you throw this exquisite $3.65 million property on the banks of the serene Venice Canals into the mix.

Spanish-style architecture, extra-high beamed ceilings, huge arched windows overlooking the canal and verdant gardens, and wood-burning, tiled fireplaces make this four-bedroom home a perfect match for its dreamy waterfront location. You also get a private dock right on the canal for you to park your gondola, canoe or sailboat (and we weren't kidding about the ducks, either -- see pictures below).

We also love the home's cozy, one-bedroom cottage, perfect for visiting guests. That sunny, canal-fronting residence is a true hideaway, featuring a yoga studio, secluded writing and art space, and even child's playroom.

Billy Rose and Jonathan Ruiz of The Agency have the listing.

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