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Tokyo Mashup: Tiny Apartments

by Flora2 Posted 14th Jan 2018 at 6:13 PM - Updated 17th Feb 2018 at 6:17 AM by Floraflora2
19 Comments / replies (Who?) - 2 Feedback Posts, 17 Thanks Posts
I wanted something characteristically Tokyo-like residential in my gameplay, and since I haven't found anything like these to download, I decided to build and share them. These uncomfortably tight, narrow rentals show every elements that I like in Japanese city builds: outdoor staircases, brick or tile exterior panels, corner balconies, corner windows, chaotic arrangements of AC units and different types of windows, and of course, bicycle racks and red traffic cones everywhere. They are not pretty buildings - no one says they are - but they are characteristic and typical, and that's what I need.

Both buildings are Late Night EP-type apartments: the first floor / groundfloor is a public area (furnished as shops with skill objects); on the second floor is the active sims' unit, the third floor is for the darkened NPC unit. The fourth /top floor is decorative only, no one can live there. Both apartments are 1 BR 1 BA only, enough for a couple or two family members; the kitchen unit is very small (I tried to scale it tiny to be authentic), and the toilets are separated from the bathrooms. In one of the buildings the bedroom has sleeping bags ("futons") instead of regular double bed, but if you want a double bed, there is enough room for that. (It's interesting to use sleeping bags instead of bed, but I've got used to it quickly. Teens receive a positive moodlet from it, and it's a creative fun to find other locations for woohoo.)

Water Lily Rentals (the pale yellow one):
Size: 15 x 20
Furnished: 25,791
Unfurnished: 4,853
Flower shop on the first floor with a drafting table (Ambitions EP). Regular double bed. Staircase and mailbox inside the building.

Willow Leaves Rentals (the peachy colored one):
Size: 15 x 20
Furnished: 25,439
Unfurnished: 4,999
Store with household cleaning products on the first floor, equipped with a chemistry station (Generations EP). Sleeping bags. Staircase and mailbox outdoor, the newspaper is dropped by the mailbox (in my game).
UPDATE WARNING: I noticed during my gameplay that the non-active sim who lives there (when I play on another lot) is stuck right below the outdoor stairs and can't come out because of the fence. Perhaps in low-detail mode, that point has become a reset point? It that happens to your non-active sim, it may cause lag! So to prevent this, please bulldoze one or two portions of the fence below the entrance stairs. Apologies for the trouble, it seems that routing playtest with active households cannot reveal all problems that can happen with non-active, low-detail mode households.

Both lots are playtested (with active households). No CC, no Stuff Packs needed, but I used one piece of Store item which is free: K2 Ivy plant - this is decorative only, and if you don't have it, the lots would work without it anyway. EPs necessary for both lots: World Adventures, Late Night, Seasons, Ambitions, Generations, Showtime, University Life, Island Paradise.

Lot Size: 15x20
Lot Price (furnished): 25,439
Lot Price (unfurnished): 4,999

Number of bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
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 World Adventures Ambitions Late Night Generations Showtime Seasons University Life Island Paradise
Built with Game Version: 1.67.2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Willow Leaves Rentals.rar

Size: 2.78 MB · Downloads: 3,915 · 14th Jan 2018
2.78 MB 3,915 14th Jan 2018
Water Lily Rentals.rar

Size: 2.94 MB · Downloads: 4,107 · 14th Jan 2018
2.94 MB 4,107 14th Jan 2018
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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.

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.

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#2 Old 14th Jan 2018 at 7:45 PM
Top Secret Researcher
#3 Old 14th Jan 2018 at 9:02 PM
These are so wonderful and so ironic as I was just looking for Japanese style living quarters for my new playtoy
Thank you so much for these! Love!
Top Secret Researcher
#4 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 1:38 AM
Love these lots and the lot size makes it possible to put them anywhere. Thanks so much for sharing these.
#5 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 3:36 AM
Awesome as always! Thanks so much for all your efforts!
Top Secret Researcher
#6 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 4:14 AM
Very keen design- when can we expect your Tokyo styled world?
#7 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 12:33 PM
Wonderful builds, thank you! Looks like CAW work to me, too Even more excited now!
#8 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 1:16 PM
I must admit I find these kinds of buildings so ugly in real life, but you are so clever with your texture and object choices, that I can't help but love them.
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 1:40 PM
Wow, these are great, thank you so much! I love them!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#10 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 3:36 PM
Oh, no, no CAW at all, it's just a bulldozed Bridgeport that I use as a construction site for my Tokyo-esque building attempts (and I also play here while work-in-progress). I'm not talented for CAW, any time I try to terraform something realistic in Sims or SimCity, the results are pathetic.
And yes, poor things might look ugly, I agree, but if there is something that I learned during my building attempts in Sims 3 is that if you, at a certain point, achieve an emotional bond with a certain universe, or lore, or city, or sub-culture, then this emotional bond might become so overwhelming that you would see beautiful when others see plain ugly. Classic example is the GTA V fan's (like me) love affair with the trashy and smelly world of Californian desert trailer park. Tokyo has also become a bond for me lately, I learned to appreciate artistic anime recently, and I tasted a Japanese Playstation game, so... I start to become totally blinded by this new bond.
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 15th Jan 2018 at 6:40 PM
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Test Subject
#12 Old 16th Jan 2018 at 2:02 AM
You've done a really good job.With your tiny, but nice aparts my sims can live as in Japan, at last. Congrats. [thjap]
#13 Old 17th Jan 2018 at 11:11 PM
Very nice!
#14 Old 21st Jan 2018 at 8:30 PM
I like these a lot, Thank you :D
Field Researcher
#15 Old 22nd Jan 2018 at 10:50 AM
Fantastic, thank you!
just a girl
#16 Old 1st Feb 2018 at 12:03 PM
Love the exterior! It's unlike anything I've seen built before for this game. Great look! This would be a must have if I played Sims 3.
#17 Old 13th Feb 2018 at 12:37 PM
This creation is really awesome. I love your work!
Test Subject
#18 Old 16th Jun 2018 at 3:47 PM
This looks lovely Thank you so mutch
Test Subject
#19 Old 25th Aug 2019 at 9:06 PM
I need to find a "Tokyo" world to put these in.
Test Subject
#20 Old 20th Jun 2021 at 11:16 AM
Do you have any plans for a Tokyo style world?