The Sims 2 base game comes with 3 pre-made neighborhoods, with all expansion installed will be 6 pre-made neighborhoods, plus 8 pre-made sub-neighborhoods which can be linked to each neighborhood separately and visited (3 university campuses, 1 downtown, 1 shopping district, 3 vacation destinations). Total 14 pre-made neighborhoods with 350 lots. Additional 5 hidden neighborhoods do exist in game files and are used to generate NPC, they cannot be played.
|Image||Neighborhood name||Game||# of lots||Total lot value||# of families|
|Desiderata Valley||Free Time||23||$1,207,190||6|
|Belladonna Cove||Apartment Life||49||$5,453,828||11|
|Sim State University||University||26||$1,194,024||3|
|La Fiesta Tech||University||25||$1,060,288||4|
|Académie Le Tour||University||30||$1,174,785||3|
|Bluewater Village||Open For Business||32||$2,049,080||5|
|Takemizu Village||Bon Voyage||11||$1,071,539||0|
|Three Lakes||Bon Voyage||12||$1,072,802||0|
|Twikkii Island||Bon Voyage||13||$1,164,386||0|
Total lot value: calculated by making a total of the values shown when you enter lot and click “Lot Information” in top-left corner, this is how I was able to get value for community lots and apartment lots. But in university campus, dorms display $0 value and residential houses display rent value instead of built-up value.
Which is the biggest neighborhood in The Sims 2? Most people say that IslaSegundo and Driftwood. Personally I say Isla Segundo, followed by Alpinoch and Driftwood. But… how do you define the “size” of a neighborhood? Longest roads, distance between roads, build-able space, or…?
I decided to count the length of roads. Results are shown in the following table:
Warning: the road length may not reflect apparent size of map. Maps with too close roads may look smaller, for example Veronaville. Also Strangetown having 2 parallel roads at 1 square apart, plus 3 side roads, looks a very small city. However all other maps have the roads at about 7-15 squares apart so a comparison using length of roads will be no problem.
Sedona have 4 roads going to map edges so the actual city is very small, while Alpinoch have only 1 road going to road edge so the city looks huge, would be nice map if it was not hilly.
IslaSegundo is the only one The Sims 2 map with no roads connecting the road edges, it also have longest roads so is definitely the BIGGEST map.
Note: All the photos shows lush or desert according default settings of game. All neighborhoods can be made lush, desert, dirt or concrete. Pleasantview SimCity terrain is different than the decorated Pleasantview. But as coincidence, road length is the same.
Which is my favorite neighborhood?
None of the above. ALL SUCKS!
Personally I prefer neighborhoods with roads close enough to be able to build everything and leave none or little space between houses, and with all “city” flat, surrounded by mountains and some water. The only neighborhood which partially match criteria is Pleasantview, but it is too small. So I usually build houses on better, player-made neighborhoods downloaded from ModTheSims.info, my favorites are the neighborhoods made by an user named Gethane.
Excel table – list of houses in all The Sims 2 neighborhoods
I compiled an Excel table with all lots in every neighborhood. Database format: Lot address, Lot size, Lot zoning, Lot value, Default lot value, Rent value, Family name, Family funds. Considering that I spent some time writing every lot (about 30 minutes hour per neighborhood), and NO equivalent database is available on internet, I deserve one dollar for each neighborhood!
Free SAMPLE The Sims 2 lots from Belladonna Cove.xls