A city of some 93,000 residents, Santa Monica is 15 miles from downtown L.A. and about 50 miles from Orange County. Several digital game development studios call the city home, including Activision Blizzard, SCE Studios Santa Monica and Riot Games. Other high-profile businesses, such as Universal Music Group, Lionsgate Film and TOMS Shoes, also have their headquarters in the city. Santa Monica has several high-ranking public schools, as well as many private school options. For higher education, Santa Monica College and The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles are located within the city. Additionally, there are many more colleges and universities located near Santa Monica, such as the University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University and University of California Los Angeles.

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World-class shopping, a wide assortment of excellent restaurants and a broad, beautiful beach - Santa Monica, California, has it all. The city in western Los Angeles County also has a median home price of well over $1 million. But if the price tag doesn't faze you, there are many beautiful homes to be had in Santa Monica. The city's housing inventory includes single-family homes - ranging from newer construction to houses built in the 1920s - townhouses and plenty of condos.

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