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Dec 30

About me & list of The Sims houses for download

The Sims 2 is my favorite game, I play it since 2005 and built over 40 houses which I offer them for free download on this website. Beside playing in normal way, I also built urban neighborhoods with apartment-like blocks.
I played also The Sims 1 in 2003-2005 too and made nice houses, but I don’t think that worth to post here because who play that crap game anymore? I never entered in The Sims 1 since I received The Sims 2 from a friend.
I started playing The Sims 3 in January 2013, but I do not enjoy it like The Sims 2.
I stopped playing all games in September 2013 due of the responsibilities of adult life. but I keep the website running, for other kids, and as 2015 still do small changes to improve SEO (search engine optimization).

My life is NOT only about playing The Sims! See also main ABOUT ME page… I also work in architecture!

  
  

I compiled this neighborhood using all the The Sims houses built by me (plus few downloaded houses). It is messy at this moment (except the apartment complex). NO housing lot has been rotated, because rotating them will rotate lighting direction too, and will look really messy.

All Maxis-made neighborhoods of The Sims 2 sucks except Pleasant View. Others have roads too far away and a lot of hills. I need a neighborhood with many roads at 5 tiles apart. So I downloaded some from modthesims.info, which again, most sucks. The only somewhat appealing was Mountainside Village and used it for about 1 year until I ran out of space (some houses are multiplied to fill all the space, but I ran out of space in terms of space for certain lot sizes).

So since 2013 I switched to Lake Crossing downloaded from gethanesims.prismbaby.com, this map is split in 3 quarters by lakes and at this moment I have built only 1 quarter. I will post more screenshots later.

 

If you wonder why there is no Sims population: in this neighborhood I only place my houses to create a nice-looking city, such big city takes several minutes to load which would make playing difficult. So, when I play with Sims families, I use another neighborhood with just few houses.

The idea: since long time ago I was planning to built a nice-looking neighborhood with multiple clusters each in one architecture (1 cluster siding, 1 cluster rustic, 1 cluster modern, etc), and I need to design at least 2 or 4 different shaped houses for each architectural style. Unfortunately, I never got enough time and imagination to do this.

A cause of messy looking because of dilemma: how to fence houses? Original idea was to make living fence all around the sidewalk, but this caused additional work to add/remove fences where houses are side-by-side. Since 2012 I switched to regular dark wood fence. Or maybe I should not use any kind of fence?

List of The Sims 2 houses made by me

I designed and built too many houses in The Sims, some people ask me “please give me a 3-bedroom home” or “which sims homes have 4 bedrooms?” So made this table to sort things out!

Terms and conditions
– Feel free to download my houses and use them for your Sims (download buttons at bottom of each house’s page).
– Feel free to alter walls, furniture, decorative items, etc. to suit your Sims.
– Do NOT post my houses on any other website, without my approval.

 

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photo
Building name Lot
size
Lot
price
House
area
Pool
area
Bed
rooms
Bath
rooms
Max
Sims
Facing Require Date
Starter houses
Starter Home 1×2
aka Best Starter Home
1×2 $19,989 84 2 2h 4 North base 2011
Starter Home 2×2 2×2 $19,985 80 2 1 4 North base Apr 2013
Starter Home 1×1 1×1 $19,970 67 1 1 2 South base July 2012
Shotgun Starter Home 1×2 1×2 $20,000 88 2 1 4 North base Sep 2013
Normal houses
American Single-Story 2×2 $96,142 131 28 2 1 3-4 East NL Aug 2012
American Two-Story 2×2 $129,744 218 28 3 3 4-6 East NL Oct 2012
DELETED Asymmetrical House I 2×2 ~$130,000 212 28 2-3 2 4-6 South base Feb 2012
DELETED Asymmetrical House II 2×2 $125,335 172 48 2 2 4 West base Sep 2012
Asymmetrical House III 2×3 $146,328 248 35 3-4 3 6-8 West NL April 2013
Asymmetrical House IV 2×2 $126,392 204 28 2-4 2 6 North base July 2013
Federal Fortress
(Maxis Makeover)
3×3 $259,942 452 100 4-6 5 8+ North base July 2012
Helluva Hacienda
(Maxis Inspired)
3×3 $169,604 212 72 2 2 4-8 West base July 2012
Home Alone House
(real building)
3×3 $213,496 396 72 3-4 3 6-8 South NL Sep 2012
House on a Tiny Lot I 1×2 $100,000 164 2 2 6 South base 2011
House on a Tiny Lot II 1×2 $90,410 128 18 2 2 4 North base July 2012
House on a Tiny Lot III
(Large house on a tiny lot)
1×2 $113,743 188 20 3 2 6 North base Oct 2012
House on a Tiny Lot IV 1×2 U/C 138 18 2-3 2 4 North base mid-2013
L-House edition 2008 2×2 ~$110,000 224 ? 2 2 6 South base 2008
Modern Symmetry 2×3 $162,099 260 42 4 3 8 North OFB Oct 2012
Nazi House 3×4 $190,116 272 68 2 4h 8 South NL Aug 2012
Palace I Trianon Floresti
(real building)
5×5 $368,871 586 206 2 4 8+ North UL, NL 2009
Palace II 3×4 $286,486 472 166 4 3 8 North UL, NL 2012
Palace III Trianon Floresti
(real building)
5×5 $533,939 672 234 4 4 8+ South UL, NL,
AL
Apr 2013
abandoned Palace IV 3×4 U/C ? 4 4 8 ?
Symmetrical House Brick 2×2 $128,047 232 35 3 2 4-6 South base
Symmetrical House Palace 2×2 $176,992 244 30 4 3 8 South base
Symmetrical House Rustic 2×2 $95,324 156 35 2 2 4-6 South base
Symmetrical House Siding 2×2 $113,151 200 35 2 2 4-6 South base
Terrace House 1×1 $72,738 122 2 2 4 South base Oct 2012
Terrace Classic 1×2 $110,390 196 2 2 4-6 South base Early 2012
Terrace Modern 1×2 $103,502 188 2 2 4-6 North base Early 2012
The Cube of Glass I 2×2 ~$128,000 256 104 0 4h 8 West OFB June 2012
The Cube of Glass II 2×3 ~$160,000 188 72 0 4h 8 West OFB July 2012
DELETED Wood house 2×2 ~$100,000 172 2 2 6 South base 2009
Apartment lots
First Apartment 3×3 ~$525,000 288×4 ? 3 3 6-8 South AL Dec 2011
Second Apartment 2×3 ~$360,000 166×4 ? 2 2 4 West AL Jul 2012
Third Apartment 3×3 $516,355 204×4 ? 3 3 6 South AL Sep 2012
to be added Realistic Apartment Block 3×2 U/C ? 2-3 2 4 South AL
to be added Palace of Culture
(real building)
4×3 U/C ? ? 2 2 4 South AL
to be added Housing Complex 3×3 U/C ? ? 2 2 4 North AL
Semi-Detached with garage 4×3 unfinished 210×4 30×4 2 2 4 East AL
Big buildings, unfurnished, unusable for simming, made for decorative purposes only
Condominium 6×5 ~$425,000 5940 144 North AL Dec 2011
Palace of the Parliament
(real building)
6×5 $475,000 2584 ? South AL May 2012
Peles Castle
(real building)
6×5 unfinished 3000+ ? South AL 2007
2009-2013

 

List of The Sims 3 houses made by me

 

Clickable
photo
Building name Lot
size
Lot
price
House
area
Pool
area
Bed
rooms
Bath
rooms
Max
Sims
Facing Require Date
My First The Sims 3 House 20×30 ~$170,000 258 45 3 3 6 base Apr 2013
Tiny House 16×18 $72,134 138 2 2 4 base Apr 2013
Starter Home 16×18 $19.103 80 2 1 4 base May 2013
Apartment block 30×30 ? 1120 base Oct 2013
abandoned Palace Trianon Floresti 50×50 U/C 500+ ? 4 4 8 ? 2013

 

U/C = under construction, houses built but unhappy of results so I may rebuild them later.
Bath 2h/4h = Separate rooms for bathtub and toilet, allow more efficient use of baths by multiple sims.
Facing (The Sims 2 only) = I define default lot orientation as North, thus in the lot view, South-facing lots are those with sun lighting street side and right side. In neighborhood view the sun is on opposite direction.
I do not enjoy rotating lots because this will rotate sun direction too.
I usually design symmetrical homes on south/north facing lots and asymmetrical homes on east/west facing lots. I usually choose the orientation based by pool position (south/east facing for houses with pool in front yard, north/west facing for houses with pool in back yard).

General info

The houses are made with minimal or even NO expansion packs when possible, to maximize compatibility. I uninstalled all expansion packs to build basegame-only houses.
Later I realized that was not necessary to uninstall, I could use AnyGameStarter to create mini-games with selected expansion packs.
I hate simmers who design simple starter homes using all 16 expansion and stuff packs.

NO Custom Content in my houses.
Because some simmers hate CC.

All my houses are fully furnished, except the ones built solo for decorative purposes.
Because most houses are small and designed to optimize furniture placements, without furniture I could not do design the house. If you want them unfurnished, just put a family in them then evict family, the furniture will gone.

Playtesting
Due of large number of houses made in 2012, I do not have time to playtest EVERY house. I have good eyes to assume that they are functional and do not miss any item not even the small ones like alarm clock, fire alarm, telephone, etc If you download them and find errors, report them by leaving a comment on house page.

History of The Sims 2 house design
For a long period of time, I played The Sims 2 using a family of 6 sims, thus, most of my early houses had 3 double beds. Usually 2 bedrooms with a common area between them (example L-Shaped House).
In December 2011 I made a poll, to decide the size of my future houses:
How big is the family that you usually play? 75% voted for 3-4 sims, rest of votes being for 1-2, 5-6, 7-8 Sims.
For a moment I thought about making smaller houses with space only for 4 beds.

In 2012 I got first major feedback about my houses.
Complaints about messy floor plans. So I try to make rooms rectangular, for realism and beautifulness.
Complaints about unrealistic houses with too few rooms. So, I kept building houses with 3-4 rooms but not all are used as bedrooms. If you have only 4 Sims, feel free to delete beds and reuse the room for other purposes (example Federal Fortress have 6 rooms!).
Complaints about lack of diversity. Now I have diverse house sizes, from 1×1 home (67 squares) to Palace II (472 squares).
Complaints about decorative. I admit, I pay attention to architecture and living conditions based by Sims rules, rather than decorating realistically.

Review of houses built by other people:
I have spent many hours browsing other’s content on www.modthesims.info trying to get inspiration.
I see a lot of crappy houses getting positive comments from idiots praising unessential details. Houses with messy floor plans, oversized houses with bad furniture placements, even worse, no sofa facing TV, just two diagonal sofas that cannot be used for watching TV.
Apparently some people built the houses to look like (a bad) real life, rather than for playing Sims in them.
You will NOT find such stupidities in my houses!

This is the KING of idiots:
I recently told myself I don’t need any more houses b/c my lots bin is full of houses I rarely use. But none of them are purple (it’s my favorite color). And my neighborhoods are sorely lacking in purple houses. (source).
He couldn’t repaint walls of any existing house!!??

Jun 26

World Trade Center

The Sims is a game meant to build houses, but I can also build a skyscraper… or two, the twin towers of World Trade Center, completed by Marriott Hotel and the 3 additional low-rise buildings. The development is unfinished, because is not really an useful building design in The Sims game, just for neighborhood decoration.

Twin Towers World Trade Center

Lot size: 5×5
Lot facing: East.
House price: $141.813.
Expansions required: University only.

Jun 26

The Pinnacle Tower

The Pinnacle Tower is the largest of the series of skyscrapers I build in The Sims 2. Because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game.

The Sims 2 skyscraper The Sims 2 skyscraper neighhorhood view

Lot size: 3×3
Lot facing: North.
House price: $?.
Expansions required: University only.

Jun 25

The Imperial Tower

The Imperial Tower is a The Sims 2 optimized version of Empire State Building, because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game. Sister building with Empire Tower.

Imperial Building Imperial Building

Lot size: 3×2
Lot facing: North.
House price: $100.339.
Expansions required: University only.

Jun 25

The Empire Tower

The Empire Tower is a The Sims 2 optimized version of Empire State Building, because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game. Sister building with Imperial Tower.

Empire Building Empire Building

Lot size: 3×3
Lot facing: South.
House price: $154.185.
Expansions required: University only.

Jun 25

Empire State Building

The Sims is a game meant to build houses, but I can also build a skyscraper. Well… I had to downsize it from 86 floors + 16 floors spire, to 9 floors + 3 floor spire.

empire State Building

Lot size: 3×3
Lot facing: South.
House price: $95.804.
Expansions required: University only.

Jun 25

The Vertical Tower

The Vertical Tower is the simplest of the series of skyscrapers I build in The Sims 2. Because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game.

The Sims Skyscraper

Lot size: 3×2
Lot facing: North.
House price: $93.156.
Expansions required: University only.

Nov 23

The Sims 2 Career Tracks and Jobs

I have compiled an Excel database with all career tracks and job positions, showing also job description, salary, work days, skills and friends required, etc…. and offer it for FREE download! 25 careers, 313 jobs, 222 KB file.

Summary of salaries for each career track and job position is shown below:

 

Career track Game Adult jobs Teen/Elder jobs
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3
Adventurer Seasons $172 $225 $375 $415 $580 $870 $1,050 $1,560 $1,910 $2,730 $72 $95 $125
Architecture FreeTime $155 $175 $248 $415 $525 $615 $985 $1,123 $1,970 $2,300 $56 $76 $102
Artist University $231 $357 $483 $630 $808 $1,339 $1,785 $2,232 $2,625 $4,549
Athletic base game $154 $238 $322 $420 $539 $893 $1,190 $1,488 $1,750 $3,033 $97 $110 $125
Business base game $168 $252 $350 $448 $560 $728 $924 $1,400 $1,663 $2,100 $52 $76 $98
Criminal base game $196 $280 $385 $490 $595 $742 $896 $1,064 $1,575 $1,925 $50 $62 $105
Culinary base game $126 $168 $183 $242 $308 $469 $812 $1,206 $1,330 $2,170 $63 $84 $91
Dance FreeTime $215 $275 $375 $340 $520 $680 $815 $1,380 $2,025 $2,950 $62 $85 $112
Education Seasons $215 $316 $452 $642 $754 $1,560 $1,641 $1,892 $2,430 $3,450 $64 $86 $116
Entertainment FreeTime $240 $265 $305 $420 $505 $690 $820 $1,120 $2,540 $3,105 $51 $82 $105
Gamer Seasons $123 $147 $225 $296 $325 $453 $763 $950 $1,250 $1,950 $45 $74 $107
Intelligence FreeTime $225 $310 $325 $395 $490 $650 $1,070 $1,540 $3,225 $3,750 $48 $85 $106
Journalism Seasons $115 $228 $287 $385 $457 $668 $874 $1,168 $2,350 $2,350 $57 $84 $115
Law Seasons $148 $215 $365 $422 $488 $725 $865 $1,175 $1,572 $1,912 $74 $98 $145
Law Enforcement base game $336 $448 $552 $616 $686 $756 $826 $875 $910 $1,225 $45 $75 $125
Medicine base game $280 $385 $476 $574 $672 $770 $875 $980 $1,356 $1,488 $65 $87 $125
Military base game $350 $455 $560 $630 $700 $770 $812 $840 $1,094 $1,138 $57 $77 $100
Music Seasons $135 $186 $223 $335 $452 $535 $1,030 $1,950 $2,100 $2,830 $52 $75 $98
Natural Scientist University $231 $483 $672 $787 $945 $1,134 $1,344 $1,544 $2,283 $10,497
Oceanography FreeTime $185 $215 $295 $325 $450 $585 $860 $1,320 $2,880 $3,970 $47 $83 $108
Paranormal University $252 $375 $525 $672 $840 $1,092 $1,386 $2,100 $2,494 $4,725
Politics base game $308 $420 $504 $602 $679 $756 $840 $1,138 $1,225 $1,313 $53 $72 $112
Science base game $217 $322 $448 $525 $630 $756 $896 $1,036 $1,522 $2,333 $64 $105 $115
Show Business University $420 $575 $714 $861 $1,088 $1,155 $1,312 $2,205 $3,051 $5,022
Slacker base game $126 $154 $210 $252 $385 $392 $613 $788 $933 $1,400 $45 $71 $96

Which is the best career?

This depend by lots of variables… no career is the best in all circumstances.

Number of work days vary from job to job, higher paying jobs may have less work days thus comparing jobs in terms of weekly earnings is difficult , but usually daily earnings matter more, because in the day of promotion you are getting a bonus double of daily salary.

The strategy to get rich depends also by which day of week promotion occurs. You may be promoted to a position having next days free, and while waiting next working day to get the next promotion, your adult Sim may turn into elder and get retired.

Military Career and Law Enforcement Career are have the highest pay at entry level jobs, thus being the best for a starter family with adults without skills.

Business Career (requiring charisma, logic, creativity) or Criminal Career (requiring mechanical, body, creativity) are the easiest careers for Sims that are in your family since child or teen. Because body, logic, creativity skills are usually earned automatically during childhood if you have a swimming pool, chess table or piano in the house.

Highest paid careers are the ones for University graduates: Artist, Natural Scientist, Paranormal, Show Business, but obviously these are hardest careers to reach the top position, as they require 4 skills instead of 3.

Natural Scientist – Ecological Guru have highest salary per day: $10.497, but only 1 work day per week.

Show Business – Icon is the highest paying job per week: $5.022 x 3 work days per week.

Dec 25

Home Alone house 3×3

Real Home Alone HouseI built in The Sims 2 the house famous in one of my favorite movies: Home Alone 1 & 2, in September 2012, after I got its location and floor plan. A luxury property for families up to 8 sims, decorated including the rear garage and minivan seen in movie, but it resulted a messy floor plan.

Home Alone house address: 671 Lincoln Street, Winnetka, Illinois. A 2-story house plus attic and basement, 4250 square feet, built in 1921.

Most of interior shots were not made in the real house, instead the interior has been rebuilt in a filming studio, featuring a slightly different floor plan, for doing stunts and setting traps easier.

See floorplan of real house, and of movie house.

Home Alone House day Home Alone House facade Home Alone House rear
Home Alone House night Home Alone House first floor plan Home Alone House second floor plan

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: South
House price: $213,496.
House size: 20×12.
Floor area: 396 squares + 40 squares garage + 34 squares terraces.
Pool area: 72 squares.
Expansions required: Nightlife only (The Sims 2 Deluxe).

Dec 10

Apartment block

How does look a BIG BLOCK in the Sunset Valley? Too small in my opinion! This because of thew sprawl of all The Sims 3 worlds, too big spaces between lots.

Apartment-like block built for visual experiment. In The Sims 3 there is no cheat of building more than 5 floors so this is the tallest building I can make.

 
 

Lot size: 30×30.
Lot price: furnished $130.249.

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