Best Place To Live In California For A Game Designer?

I am Moving to Pauma Valley California with my family but do not plan on staying there long. I am wanting to move closer to big city. I am a 22 year old game designer/ Programer and want to find a good place to start my gaming company, and to live I have been looking around a lot and have liked couple locations such as Santa Monica, West or north Los Angeles. I know there pricy with rent I really don't want to be paying outrageous for a place I like to be close to the beach, but a place were crime is low. I am currently (Happily) single, and very active during night time so I'm looking for a place with a lot of night life, and things to do I live in a boring small town and can't stand it. I like to live around Los Angeles area but have been looking at San Francisco also. I know it is more laid back like I am; but don't like that it is around a 8 hour drive from were my family will live while living in LA wouldn't be as long as a drive for me. It also the same for San Diego it is not as far drive which I like. I do plan on going to Los vegas during weekends once in a while So less of a drive to there if possible would be good.

After reading this very long question and considering what I want were do you think would be a good place that I could enjoy living that is reasonable on living, good night life, close to family, and have a low crime rate. I know that is a lot to ask for a single place but It never hurts to ask.

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Twista616 2yrs+
After reading above, I think you hit the nail on the head with Santa Monica. It can be pricey, but that's what you get when you're close to the beach. The night life is all around you and could be within walking distance depending on where you end up living. You could also look at other places like Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach. Very nice areas, decent night life and priced comparable to Santa Monica.

How much you're willing to spend per month will help determine where you can live!
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J.D. Songstad PRO 2yrs+
Santa Monica is the place to be but the cost of living is high. You will get a little more for your money in West Los Angeles or Mar Vista and still be close to the beach and all the city has to offer.
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Nancy Poertner PRO 2yrs+
Playa del Rey is a great beach town to start out in. It is 5 minutes from Electronic Arts in Playa Vista and 15 minutes from the heart of Santa Monica where the night life can be found.

Due to Playa del Rey's close proximity to Loyola University there is a wide variety of possibilities for renting.

If you do go to the San Diego area, you should try to stay around the Calmer Valley area. This is the "Silicone Valley" of San Diego area.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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mudslide 2yrs+
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions It just now showed up in my e-mails when Nancy replyed. I will look into these areas :)
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madelinet1 Mar 23, 2018
Design your game. Before you start coding, it will help to have a rough idea of what you want your game to do. Flash is best suited for simple kizi games demo on http://www.kizifan.com , so focus on creating a game that has only a few mechanics for the player to worry about. Try to have a basic genre and some mechanics in mind before you start prototyping.
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