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Centretown Community Lot

by FlipGuardian Posted 19th Sep 2009 at 6:33 PM - Updated 12th Oct 2009 at 3:37 PM by FlipGuardian
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CENTRETOWN COMMUNITY LOT


This community lot is perfect for teens looking for part-time jobs near school or somewhere to hang out after school and on the weekends. Also good for business-sims and journalists whose products are targeted towards teens and children.

Just around the block is an expensive style bistro and an old-fashioned diner from the good old days so Sims don't have to go far for lunch. This lot is also a great date spot for Sims of all ages who want to watch a movie. Sims can also shop around for books and groceries or have a nice relaxing day at the spa all on the same block!

There's sufficient amount of parking space designed to be like a park and walk which is what most downtown areas are like. It's a big city type block with easy access.

The stuff I smushed together:

Commercial Rabbit Holes
  • Book Store
  • Spa
  • Bistro
  • Theatre
  • Diner
  • Grocer

Other Rabbit Holes
  • School
  • Business Office (Doo Peas)

By me
  • Park {inspired by Sunset Valley original Park}

Random stuff:
  • Added 4 parking spaces near the diner
  • Added lunch area to Doo Peas (not like they go outside to eat lunch)
  • Outside dining for the Bistro which looks like the one in the original Sunset Valley Bistro
  • All buildings/park face the street but there's alleys for sims to walk in between buildings

Credit to Sims3Addicted, I think she had the original idea of putting Rabbit Holes all in one lot - Thanks for the idea, here's my version.

I think the only thing missing is a hot dog stand

Lot Size: 6x6
Lot Price: F: 112k U: 43k

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Unfurnished Fixtures Only Starter Furnishings Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
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Main Downtown.rar

Size: 468.0 KB · Downloads: 6,811 · 19th Sep 2009
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 19th Sep 2009 at 8:02 PM
This is great, FG! I like how you put parking facilities in front of the diner, and incorporated the school in the lot with the park behind it. Very clever. Well done!
Mad Poster
#3 Old 19th Sep 2009 at 10:36 PM
Good idea. I just might try this, so I could change all the old lots into residential. Thanks.

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Lab Assistant
#4 Old 21st Sep 2009 at 1:04 AM
Umm...... I have a couple dumb questions. (I'm not a noob but I have concerns)

1. So do I bulldoze all of my existing buildings downtown and replace them with this one?

2. If that is so - it fits on the lot where Central Park sits in Sunset Valley? And then I can do what Lewisb40 says cuz I'm running out of prime real estate.

3. Or is this best used in a brand new emptied neighborhood?

I really really like this idea but I'm afraid to bulldoze those lots when I've been playing my neighborhood for over 2 months now.

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Test Subject
#5 Old 21st Sep 2009 at 3:12 AM
I really like your version of the mega community lot! It looks and feels much more natural than some others. It doesn't feel so crowded, and I like that you put the school on this lot. Great job!

divalbw: Yes, that is what you do, just bulldoze everything that this lot replaces. I recommend saving a copy of the lots you are getting rid of to your library first. Some say that bulldozing lots that your sims go to work on can cause problems, but I have been using another mega lot like this one for a month or so, and so far, no problems. The sims still go to work. When in doubt, just backup!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 21st Sep 2009 at 4:56 AM Last edited by divalbw : 21st Sep 2009 at 5:09 AM. Reason: had a revelation......
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lathen
I really like your version of the mega community lot! It looks and feels much more natural than some others. It doesn't feel so crowded, and I like that you put the school on this lot. Great job!

divalbw: Yes, that is what you do, just bulldoze everything that this lot replaces. I recommend saving a copy of the lots you are getting rid of to your library first. Some say that bulldozing lots that your sims go to work on can cause problems, but I have been using another mega lot like this one for a month or so, and so far, no problems. The sims still go to work. When in doubt, just backup!


Ok cool. Thanks...
Now........how to save lots to library........ (I'll figure it out)
Duh...I know what to do now.......

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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#7 Old 21st Sep 2009 at 7:53 PM
Thanks for answering the question, Lathen =) My computer got messed but anyways... Thanks for the feedback!

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Test Subject
#8 Old 8th Oct 2009 at 11:31 AM Last edited by Pumpkin_Masher : 8th Oct 2009 at 8:05 PM.
Great lot.

I used it as a base but made alot of changes. However when I was all finished I was using it in game and I noticed I couldnt click on some of the rabbitholes. IN build mode some of the rabbitholes won't place, I tried to delete the ones that aren't selectable in game and place them again but when I try to place the rabbithole it shows up tinted red and won't let me place it. Some other rabbitholes will let me place them though. The one's I'm having trouble with are the grocery, bookstore, theatre, bistro, and diner. I'm really fond of the changes I made and I don't want to lose it. Has anyone else had this kind of issue with rabbitholes before?

Well whatever it was today when I loaded up the game again, everything worked fine! The lot looks great and a bunch of sims gravitated right to it.
Thanks again.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#9 Old 11th Oct 2009 at 3:36 AM Last edited by FlipGuardian : 22nd Feb 2010 at 8:58 PM.
Well, I used 'moveobjects on' cheat to place some of the rabbit holes because I wanted the fences next to the rabbit holes and not have one tile in between the fence and the rabbit hole which doesn't look good.

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Your side, the other person's side and the truth.

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Test Subject
#10 Old 11th Oct 2009 at 8:19 PM
Hey ..Are you able to convert this to TS2?

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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#11 Old 12th Oct 2009 at 3:35 PM
I don't think they have rabbit holes in TS2. I guess it could be just a community lot but I didn't build anything in there. I only added the park, ground coverings, lamp posts, garbage cans, picnic tables, etc... The point of this was so that the place where Sims work is all in one place to make it look like a downtown area targeted mostly for High school kids who want to get part-time jobs and stuff near school.

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Your side, the other person's side and the truth.

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Lab Assistant
THANKS POST
#12 Old 11th Jul 2012 at 3:44 AM
ERHMAHGERD. RERBIT HERLS.

. . . *ahem* What I mean to say is, thank heavens, because I've been wanting to do this for a while but have simply been too lazy. This is perfect!