Santa Venetia is a neighborhood in a North Eastern part of San Rafael, and home to the Marin County Civic Center. As you come off highway 101, at the North San Pedro Road Exit, into Santa Venetia, the Civic Center is on your left and Santa Venetia Market is on your right (along with some bail bonds businesses and Bogie's Cafe). If you head further down North San Pedro Road the Marin Jewish Community Center will be on your right. This facility offers a health club, swimming pool, cafe, venues for events, community activities and more. The neighborhood on the other side of the boulevard, Northbridge, also has a community swimming pool.
Some of the neighborhoods boast waterfront homes, which border Las Gallinas Creek and Santa Venetia Marsh. (There is even a tiny island.) Many of the original homes were post-war, single level, three bedroom one bath homes. Of course, many of the homes have been remodeled and expanded, making them much more diverse and eclectic these days.
As you can tell, there is a lot to see and do in Santa Venetia and it is, comparatively, one of Marin's most affordable neighborhoods--with a pretty tolerable commute to San Francisco or the East Bay.