Without a doubt, crop ground. Since you're from LA, I'm assuming you probably won't make but 1-2 trips up a year, correct? If that were the case, I'd try to find a farm that had a mix of ag fields, with some CRP ground, with small finger ridges running through it. Deer love rutting in those CRP fields, and with the ag close by, you should always have does.
If I was looking for a lease, I'd concentrate on finding one that created a bunch of pinch points to limit travel, something like this one:
Don't be too concerned about finding bigger chunks of timber, as it just makes the hunting a little more difficult.