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Apartments and Shopping, on the same Lot!

by MogHughson Posted 6th Jul 2009 at 2:08 AM - Updated 11th Jan 2014 at 6:18 PM by Nysha
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
*Updated 11th July 2010*
Added H&M Objects and some fixes - see section below
I've always wanted to build a High Street lot where there were shops on the ground floor and apartments above them. When the Apartment Life EP came out I was sure this would be possible, but I was disappointed. This mod brings you the very few changes that are necessary in order to make it possible. You can now build a combo-lot, one that is residential (specifically apartments) but with a community lot flavour too. The lot will be an apartment lot when you make it, not a community lot, so you cannot send Sims to it like a community lot.

This mod will spawn the required NPCs for objects, for example, a Clerk to manage a cash register. This mod does not spawn additional visitors, as with your neighbours, the landlord/lady and walk-bys there will be quite enough people on the lot as it is.

Various objects are 'fixed' in this package to allow them to be used on such a lot. If you find a community object that you want to use on such a combo-lot doesn't work (or doesn't work correctly), press the appropriate button below to check whether it is part of the package, and either way, let me know so I can fix it or add it.

I have also built an example lot to show you what I was imagining as I made this. I hope this encourages you to make other combo lots.

Home Business are also disabled by Maxis on Apartment Lots. This mod does not change that fact.

Expansion Pack Requirements
This mod only requires you to have the Apartment Life EP. It has been tested using the AnyGameStarter in exactly such a configuration. If you also have other EPs, the community objects from those EPs will also be able to work in this sort of combo lot.

Building a combo Apartment/Community Lot to use with this mod
In order to make a lot that has community lot features (e.g. shops) and apartments as well you must follow these instructions. Ensure that any community lot features are not contained within an apartment or they will (deliberately) not function as community lot items. For example, if you place a cash register inside an apartment, a Clerk will not be spawned to operate it.
  1. Start by building a residential lot (this is necessary for the apartment to work later).
  2. Build your lot as far as you can - you will notice that the community lot buy mode stuff is not available.
  3. In the cheats window type changeLotZoning community
  4. Save and exit the lot
  5. Re-enter the lot (you'll note it says it is a community lot as you enter it now)
  6. Finish your building with whatever community lot peices you want
  7. In the cheats window type changeLotZoning apartmentbase - you will notice the mail box changes shape from the residential style mailbox to the apartment style mailbox
  8. Save and exit the lot
While there are no families living on your lot you can repeat these steps as often as you require. If you need to make changes after a family has moved in, you must move them out first.

Take it easy with objects that spawn NPCs as having lots of extra Sims in your lot all the time may well cause your game to run slower. The various objects that spawn NPCs are marked with * in the lists below.

For those of you interested in the gory detail (or trying to work out if your favourite community object will work in a combo lot) click here.

This mod clashes with Pescado's No Auto Pet Buy mod. The alternative download removes the Pet Displays from the objects that can be used correctly on a combo-lot and thus removes the clash.

Mod note: This mod also clashes with Sophie-David's Buy Clothes Anywhere patch. If you want to use both, you should download the edited version of Apartments and Shopping from the Buy Clothes Anywhere thread.

I don't know of any other mods that this mod clashes with, but there is always the possibility. The pertinent information for the owner of the other object is here.


Cheers
Mog

Update History
20August2009
  • Alternative download provided that does not contain the fixes to allow Pet displays to work since they clash with Pescado's No Auto Pet Buy mod - as requested by KevinTMC who also found the clash.
11July2010
  • Fixed bars so they work.
  • Fixed collar display so it works
  • Number of restaurant servers is based on the number of tables in the same room as the podium (just like in hotels).
  • Added various items from H&M SP now that I have it.
Additional Credits:
Quaxi for SimPEwiki.
Numenor for the AnyGameStarter.
Thanks to KevinTMC for reporting a mod clash.

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 2 Apartment Life
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
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Instructor
#2 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 2:26 AM
Can't wait to try this. Was just thinking it would be a good while before I built another apt.lot, I'm so tired of trying to get the bloody things to zone up 'cause I'm always pushing the limits. But this gives me renewed interest, can totally visualize a whole urban city block flavor. A truly amazing update and looking forward to your example lot.
Test Subject
#3 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 3:15 AM
Thank you! I can't wait to try this!
Not actually evil.
#4 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 3:51 AM
I too imagined apartments over shops, since we have those where we live. Thanks for making this possible in the Sims.

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Scholar
#5 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 4:39 AM
Do I understand correctly how this works? The shops are available to the residents, their visitors, and walk-bys. But do the visitors and walk-bys shop, or only window shop? (Just curious: it doesn't really matter, so long as my sims can run downstairs for a bit of groceries or a magazine)

The first thing I tried to build was a street like this, and it was my first disappointment in AL. So glad you rectified it.
Field Researcher
#6 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 4:40 AM
Should be interesting for my next attempt at making an apartment. I think the residence of my last attempt are a bit overwhelmed, but that bottom floor could have been much more useful with a story . . . though I do like the swimming pool and exercice equipment.

Thanks for making this.
Instructor
#7 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 5:13 AM
I love this. I hated the empty apartments above my community lots. Thank you!
Field Researcher
#8 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 5:17 AM
does this allow for sims in apartments to own businesses, or just for a store to be on the same lot? I always wanted to make a city where there was a family store where the family lived above the business...

*waves hi*
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 5:20 AM
Oh man! It's like you're reading multiple minds. I always wanted sims living over shops, even if they can't own them! This will be so handy.
Unsocialized Homeschooler
#10 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 5:48 AM
YES! It's up.

Great job Mog!
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#11 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 6:05 AM
You Are Amazing.

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Top Secret Researcher
#12 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 7:28 AM
SQUEEEE! Oh my gawd! I was hoping someone would do this. I can't wait to pop this in my game now.


Field Researcher
#13 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 8:16 AM
Wow! This is amazing, you are amazing!
I always wanted liveable apartments over shops and was very disappointed finding out I can't. But now, big thanks to you, I can. Yeees!

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Field Researcher
#14 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 8:30 AM
This is so cool! Thank you Mog, cannot wait to get my pc into shape again so I can try out your hack. Thank you :D

for more of my lots check out my blog: smmishing.wordpress.com/
Instructor
#15 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 10:02 AM
I'm so excited to see this available for download! Can't wait to try it out. Thanks.
Instructor
#16 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 2:38 PM
I always wanted something like that. Thank you very much for this.
Test Subject
#17 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 7:01 PM
Thank you so much! How clever! I've always wanted to build something like this in the Sims 2 since AL came out. I can't wait to build one!
Test Subject
#18 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 7:17 PM
This is SO awesome!! Thank you!
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Original Poster
#19 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 7:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lucy kemnitzer
Do I understand correctly how this works? The shops are available to the residents, their visitors, and walk-bys. But do the visitors and walk-bys shop, or only window shop? (Just curious: it doesn't really matter, so long as my sims can run downstairs for a bit of groceries or a magazine)
In the same way (I believe) as non-OFB community lots, visitors and walk-bys browse, but never actaully buy anything. Your Sims can however run downstairs for a bit of groceries or a magazine (that sentence just so perfectly sums up what my imagination wanted with this mod!!).

Quote:
Originally Posted by hopawaay109
does this allow for sims in apartments to own businesses, or just for a store to be on the same lot? I always wanted to make a city where there was a family store where the family lived above the business...
As noted in the main thread, this mod does not lift the Maxis imposed restriction of home businesses on apartment lots.

Cheers
Mog
Field Researcher
#20 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 9:06 PM
Do you ever grow tired of being told how awesome you are for reading the minds of fellow simmers and creating mods that we only dreamed of? Well too bad Thank you very much making this possible and breathing some much needed new life to my game.
Field Researcher
#21 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 9:26 PM
You mentioned that occasion walk-bys & landlords are the only ones that would go to the stores mostly. Someone else made a mod here ages ago that increases the amount of walk-bys. It may help Thankyou for this great mod!

Say "Keep your neighborhood User Friendly ^^
Instructor
#22 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 9:37 PM
This will be very useful indeed! Thank you very much.
Forum Resident
#23 Old 6th Jul 2009 at 11:34 PM
Thanks for this great mod!
It's always the same observation: The most and best changes have to be made by users because the lay out of these games isn't made best from the beginning. Commercial reasons of EA?
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Test Subject
#24 Old 7th Jul 2009 at 12:30 AM
Very nice mod. I can't wait to try it out.
I've been tinkering with a British style high street as well so as you can imagine this will fit perfectly in my game. It's going to be so cool that the Sims living there will be able to use the newsagents that I've been decorating.
Field Researcher
#25 Old 7th Jul 2009 at 3:14 AM
YES! *pumps fist and does a happy dance*

thank you!!!
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