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Beautiful Vista City Garden - NO CC!

by Caitie Posted 26th Nov 2010 at 7:37 PM - Updated 26th Nov 2010 at 3:40 PM by Caitie
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
My first upload to this site! XD Although not in real life, in The Sims 3 I'm obsessed with gardening. In fact, I think that's my biggest gripe with Late Night -- nowhere to plant seeds. So, unless and until EA or some clever modder comes up with something akin to the hydroponics lab in The Sims 2, we're stuck either planting a little garden around the exterior of the building (which just looks tacky and is very inconvenient) or getting all our Sims' produce from the grocery store.

No longer! Because now your town has the Beautiful Vista City Garden!

This community-type garden has every single plant available in the game -- including eggplants, cheeseplants, steakplants, and pattyplants, not to mention life fruit plants and flame fruit plants, etc -- and all are perfect quality. It even has the new plasma fruit plant that came with Late Night, so your vampy Sims can enjoy it, too!

It also has a little BBQ area, two private bathrooms (each including a shower), and two chess tables. And the game recognizes these -- my game had this lot host a Chess Tournament.





But that's not all! I know that not all of you have all the expansion packs, so this lot comes in two different flavors: "withWA" and "noWA". The "noWA" version had a lot of space left over, after I took out all those grape varieties, so I made a little playground area for the kiddies to enjoy. Please note that it only comes in that version of the lot, not the other. Whether you have LN or AMB installed or not doesn't matter -- this lot doesn't have any AMB content; and only one plant came with LN, and it'll just disappear if you don't have LN installed.



It sits on a 30x20 lot, and has been extensively playtested.

Lot Size: 3x2
Lot Price: N/A

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 6.0.81.009
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Caitie_BeautifulVistaGarden_withWA.zip | Download this file if you DO have WA, whether you have AMB and/or LN or not.

Size: 1.79 MB · Downloads: 6,719 · 26th Nov 2010
1.79 MB 6,719 26th Nov 2010
Caitie_BeautifulVistaGarden_noWA.zip | Download this file if you do NOT have WA, whether you have AMB and/or LN or not.

Size: 1.80 MB · Downloads: 4,275 · 26th Nov 2010
1.80 MB 4,275 26th Nov 2010
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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.

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


Need more help?

If you need more info, see Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
 
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#2 Old 26th Nov 2010 at 9:08 PM
You have done a wonderful job with this community garden! Like you, I'm obsessed with gardening too and most of my sims also eventually get around to making the finest nectar. This is going to be a nice lot to play and I like it better than the one I had installed in Bridgeport. The showers are definitely needed, even if you only have your sim harvest 1/3 of the crops so thanks so much for adding the showers. Besides the produce, it ALL seems perfect. Thanks so much. Quite a lovely spread! I look forward to playing it.
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#3 Old 26th Nov 2010 at 9:30 PM
Awesome!!! I can think of some other good uses for this too. Thanks for sharing!
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#4 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 2:36 AM
I love it! Thank you so much for making this. It's exactly what I needed.
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#5 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 2:44 AM
Thank you all! I'm so glad to learn that I'm not the only one who felt the need for something like this! :D
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#6 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 4:47 AM
The garden is really amazing. I'm restarting fresh with Bridgeport, and I was appalled by the lack of space for a garden on my lot.
This solves all my problems! =D
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#7 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 9:56 AM
Amazing, I love it! Finally a perfect garden for all my neighbourhoods. Thank you very much!
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#8 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 2:38 PM
It seams to be perfect! Can't wait to test it in game. Thank you!
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27th Nov 2010 at 2:47 PM
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#9 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 2:49 PM
Thank you for working on this beautiful garden. In the game, and in RL, we need a beautiful green refuge like this.
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#10 Old 27th Nov 2010 at 3:53 PM
If one of you guys have LN, try looking for the vampire gnome as she loves those plasma fruit bushes.
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28th Nov 2010 at 2:54 AM
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#11 Old 28th Nov 2010 at 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Caitie
some clever modder comes up with something akin to the hydroponics lab in The Sims 2, we're stuck either planting a little garden around the exterior of the building (which just looks tacky and is very inconvenient) or getting all our Sims' produce from the grocery store.

Thanks for this! ; I was thinking about trying to do a mod that
allows you to 'farm' on a lot you bought (Ambitions) and grow, weed and harvest just as if it was on your home lot ( currently community plants live forever and don't get weeds ) but I haven't reached very anywhere yet (just started) but thanks for this it's good to know we have other people who love to farm in sims 3 :D
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#12 Old 28th Nov 2010 at 4:23 PM
This is great! I also was dissapointed that EA didnt build a community garden for BP. I mean... come on! Its 2010! A lot of cities in RL should be trying to do this we all know how EA has been trying to promote environmental consciences in the game.
Anyways, this lot is fantastic and a great idea for our city slickers that just happen to have traits such as green thumb and loves the outdoors.
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#13 Old 29th Nov 2010 at 1:40 AM
Does this mod include the link and roast palnts?
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#14 Old 30th Nov 2010 at 12:49 AM
WHOA. You are psychic. The day before you posted this, I was searching EVERYWHERE for a community garden for Sims 3.

Major, major thanks. You saved me from a slow, painful death building my own.
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#15 Old 30th Nov 2010 at 6:42 PM
Thanks, all!

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Originally Posted by ShortYute
Thanks for this! ; I was thinking about trying to do a mod that
allows you to 'farm' on a lot you bought (Ambitions) and grow, weed and harvest just as if it was on your home lot ( currently community plants live forever and don't get weeds ) but I haven't reached very anywhere yet (just started) but thanks for this it's good to know we have other people who love to farm in sims 3 :D
I'm glad you like this lot! I understand why you would want a mod that allowed community plants to die, but I don't think that would be something I'm interested in, as you can't replant them on a community lot. So once they die, they're gone for good. Probably why EA coded it that way in the first place.

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Originally Posted by Kevida
Does this mod include the link and roast palnts?
No, nor does it include the new plants that came with BlackCat007's Cooking and Ingredients Overhaul. Just EA plants. :D
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#16 Old 11th Dec 2010 at 10:28 PM
Thank you, much needed! I look forward to trying it out!
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#17 Old 12th Dec 2010 at 8:24 PM
Thank you so much for this! I was hating that apartment dwellers had to give up gardening, but not any more!
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#18 Old 30th Dec 2010 at 12:26 PM
This is perfect for my hippie and hobo sims xD . . . I dont know why i torture the poor AI lol

Thank you very much ^_^
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#19 Old 5th Jan 2011 at 10:27 PM
Thanks so much for this; it'll come in handy. Great idea (and execution)!
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#20 Old 29th Jan 2011 at 2:31 AM
Hey, I LOVE this garden but I can't place it anywhere. What category does it go under? I've tried small park and large park but neither has worked. Thanks!!
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#21 Old 3rd Feb 2011 at 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by edejan
Hey, I LOVE this garden but I can't place it anywhere. What category does it go under? I've tried small park and large park but neither has worked. Thanks!!
It doesn't really matter what you zone a lot as, as long as it's zoned as a community lot. Each lot has its "type" built in to the data; if you place a lot that's "typed" differently, it'll automatically change the lot zoning so the two match. For example, I have "Beautiful Vista" zoned as a "small park" -- if you were to put it on a lot that was zoned as a fire station, for example, the game would automatically convert the zoning to be a small park, to match the lot. As long as the residential/commercial lot tags match up, it doesn't matter.

I'm not sure why it isn't placing in your game. Maybe the lot isn't quite big enough? I've had that happen before, where I think a lot is one size, then go to place a house on the lot, only to learn that it was only one or two tiles smaller than I thought.
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#22 Old 5th Feb 2011 at 1:29 AM
Thank you for this lot. I was wondering what I was gonna do with Nl not having anywhere to farm. Thanks for sharing.
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#23 Old 22nd Mar 2011 at 5:44 AM
Caitie, I don't know how often you check this thread anymore, but if so I have a question.

I tried downloading this, since I thought it was pretty cool. Unfortunately, when I placed it, no plants showed up, except for perhaps a couple (I can't even remember what they are now, it's been a little while). I think it was the Money Trees.

I was of course able to use buydebug to replace most of the plants (except for the egg, cheese, steak, and patty plants), but of course using that method means they're all "Normal" quality, and as far as I know there aren't any mods to set the quality to whatever I want. But I digress.

I have every EP and SP as of this writing, so every plant type is available to me.

Also, I do have many mods installed, but none of them directly relate to gardening and plants as far as I know.

Have any idea of what the problem could be?
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#24 Old 9th Apr 2011 at 4:24 PM
Those life fruit and plasma are life saver!
Many thanks for the work!
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