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Old L.A.: Downtown Apartments

by Floraflora2 Posted 14th Apr 2018 at 11:49 AM
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Several decades ago these kind of brick high-rises dominated the streetscape of Downtown, Los Angeles (and many more American cities, I suppose). Almost none of them exist anymore, being bulldozed and replaced by glass skyscrapers and multi-level parking lots by now. They were already outdated and old-fashioned in the 1940s, the period when my current gameplay is set in and I have built them for. As in my previous „old L.A.” uploads, both lots are based on buildings I saw in the videogame L.A. Noire, and both the exteriors and interiors are strongly influenced by its post-war noir-ish '40s art design. I’ve had the idea that maybe those who play with Roaring Heights and like vintage style, or those who have a „historical downtown” district in their game, can find them useful.



Both lots are Late Night EP-type apartment lots with one active household unit and few darkened NPC units upstairs. Because of security reasons (te prevent inactive sims being stuck), there are no hidden room markers on the first floor, the dark "commercial units" are only painted black and all set to Public, and each black rooms have a door for an exit route. Hidden rooms / NPC units are all upstairs. The apartments are furnished as if we are in the '40s!, so no TV, no high-tech, but one can easily modernize.



The Figueroa building (20 x 30)
Designed as a corner lot, active 1 BR 1 BA unit and 2 NPC units on the 2nd floor. Commercial "rental space" downstairs. One of the shops is furnished as a make-over salon. The 3rd / top floor is decoration only, no rentable units there.
Furnished: 25,747
Unfurnished: 5,301

The Alameda building (20 x 30)
Designed as a corner lot, the active 2 BR 2 BA unit is on the 4th / top floor. One NPC unit per floor. One of the bedrooms furnished for two children. There are both elevator AND staircase. Commercial "rental space" downstairs. One of the front shops is furnished as a musical instrument shop (public space to learn music skill).
Furnished: 47,944
Unfurnished: 8,525



No CC, no Stuff Packs needed. Necessary EPs: World Adventures, Late Night, Seasons, Ambitions, Generations, Showtime, University Life, Island Paradise, AND the Alameda building requires Roaring Heights (standard version) installed (lots of RH content in Alameda)!

Lot Size: 20x30
Lot Price (furnished): 47,944
Lot Price (unfurnished): 8,525

Additional Credits:
- to Team Bondi and Rockstar Games for the art design of L.A. Noire,
- to Coasterboi as the creator of the custom world Angel City where all the screenshots are taken

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
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.

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
Figueroa Rentals.rar 2.60 MB 1,165 14th Apr 2018
Alameda Rentals.rar 3.20 MB 1,120 14th Apr 2018
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.


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19 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 5 Feedback Posts, 13 Thanks Posts
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Test Subject
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#2 Old 14th Apr 2018 at 12:14 PM
Thank you, always love your builds!
Scholar
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#3 Old 14th Apr 2018 at 1:12 PM
Thank you once more for fantastic buildings. Love the phone booth and all the other details!
Forum Resident
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#4 Old 14th Apr 2018 at 1:36 PM
These are amazing! Thank you
Top Secret Researcher
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#5 Old 14th Apr 2018 at 3:30 PM
These are awesome. I play with all of your lots and love them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations.
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 14th Apr 2018 at 5:49 PM
Field Researcher
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#7 Old 14th Apr 2018 at 6:11 PM
Amazing!! your attention to detail is superb!!! Thank you for sharing!
Inventor
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#8 Old 14th Apr 2018 at 8:18 PM
And more awesome lots from Floraflora2! Thank you!
Test Subject
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#9 Old 15th Apr 2018 at 3:29 AM
Thank you for these, I love the style and feel of them. Can't wait to move my sims in. :D:D
Mad Poster
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#10 Old 15th Apr 2018 at 7:55 PM
I'll say, it looks amazingly close considering the limitations of TS3's Build Mode. If I were half as good as replicating '80s builds as you are at replicating '40s ones, my Sim world would be a much nicer (albeit mildly tasteless and/or depressing) place.
Field Researcher
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#11 Old 16th Apr 2018 at 1:14 AM
I'm in love! The buildings are so believable!
Top Secret Researcher
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#12 Old 16th Apr 2018 at 4:03 AM
Splendid build, the CASting is lovely, as is the presentation. I know of at least 2 cities that still have buildings like this, Philadelphia PA and Brooklyn, NY (both US).
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#13 Old 16th Apr 2018 at 8:39 AM
Thank you to all, I hope it works without issues. I like LN apartments in Sims 3, but I know that a poorly put-together one can be a deathtrap for inactive residents, so I'm nervous as hell every time I share one. (crosses fingers)
Field Researcher
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#14 Old 17th Apr 2018 at 11:17 AM
I hit the jackpot! These apartments are dope and will do for my oldschool hollywood stars save.Thanks!
Instructor
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#15 Old 19th Apr 2018 at 7:16 AM
Amazing as usual! The retro interiors are my favorite bits.
Test Subject
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#16 Old 27th Apr 2018 at 9:54 PM
The neighborhood that you have around looks awesome !!! Would you share it with us ?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#17 Old 28th Apr 2018 at 6:06 AM
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Originally Posted by paulux67
The neighborhood that you have around looks awesome !!! Would you share it with us ?


The neighborhood around is Coasterboi's Angel City (can be downloaded from the Exchange), although it looks contemporary 21st century by default. I created a personal version of Angel City where I bulldozed each lot that looked more modern than 1950 (which means 90% of them), and replaced the lots with period-looking ones, like, "back to the Past". I mostly used my own old LA lots, mostly the rabbitholes from Roaring Heights (their bookstore rabbithole looks just like the Sunset Tower in Hollywood), and several of the decorative object high-rises CC by Aroundthesims 3.
Test Subject
#18 Old 28th Apr 2018 at 2:37 PM
What a beautiful job !!! I'm trying to place land in roaring heights, but the result is not as beautiful as in your photos! If one day you finish your neighborhood, you think you can share your version retro download?
Field Researcher
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#19 Old 30th Apr 2018 at 8:38 AM
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Originally Posted by paulux67
What a beautiful job !!! I'm trying to place land in roaring heights, but the result is not as beautiful as in your photos! If one day you finish your neighborhood, you think you can share your version retro download?


I'm afraid I'm too chicken for that. To release a world file, even if it's only a save file of an already existing other world, is a huge responsibility, and many things can go wrong in it. And I have zero experience with CAW. On the other hand, I don't think it's a huge work to rearrange an already existing world map in one's game, many Sims 3 players play this way. If you don't like your results with Roaring Heights, maybe you would fancy to give a try to another map.
Test Subject
#20 Old 30th Apr 2018 at 9:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Floraflora2
I'm afraid I'm too chicken for that. To release a world file, even if it's only a save file of an already existing other world, is a huge responsibility, and many things can go wrong in it. And I have zero experience with CAW. On the other hand, I don't think it's a huge work to rearrange an already existing world map in one's game, many Sims 3 players play this way. If you don't like your results with Roaring Heights, maybe you would fancy to give a try to another map.


Okey! Yes you're right, I'll try my side! Thanks for the answers ! And quickly your next creations that I can integrate them in my neighborhood