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Efficiency Neighborhoods

by dinkytink Posted 12th Sep 2006 at 10:15 AM - Updated 23rd Jan 2009 at 10:22 PM by dinkytink : adding links to small blank lots
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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.
Edit: I was asked for some links to small blank lots to use for maps such as mine. Here are a few to get you started:


Do you curse at tree removal? Do you shudder at rolling hills and majestic mountains? Do you hate saving a precious house, only to find that it warps the streets in every future town you place it in? Do you place blank lots just to level terrain? Do you hate the constant barrage of pointless questions from overly animated late night infomercial hosts?

Well, I can't do anything about your insomnia or your choice of channels, but allow me to introduce my HANDY DANDY EFFICIENCY neighborhoods!

Gorgeous neighborhood maps only retain their good looks if they're actually PLAYABLE on my... uh... your computer. And many of us still have slower machines. But luckily, there is also beauty in simplicity and efficiency. (And, luckily, SimCity4 just went down to half price at my local store.)

These neighborhoods have the good features I've been cursing for... er... you've been dreaming of. They are totally flat, need no camera hack, have no trees someone else placed, accommodate houses of all sizes EFFICIENTLY, have "town squares" and neighborhood clusters based on lot sizes. No wasted space. No constant scrolling, boredom, or nailbiting. All the things you crave with no added salt or trans fats. All 4 terrains included.

AND BEST OF ALL, they can be yours for 1 easy payment of NOTHING!!! 6 maps. No waiting. Download yours today!

To install: Extract the files into your SC4Terrains folder. That's where your game looks for maps to play. NOT the downloads folder.

FYI: If you ever download a map that doesn't work for you, doublecheck that the person didn't make a mistake naming them. Spacing and capitalization of the basic name must all match in a set. Also, 300x225 is the size needed for the png's to be seen properly in the windows.

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
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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 SC4Terrains Folder: Cut and paste the .sc4 and .png file(s) into your SC4Terrains folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Lab Assistant
#51 Old 18th Jul 2007 at 9:07 PM
I've been looking for neighborhoods like this! Thank you! Free image hosting Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I feel like a banana.
Lab Assistant
#52 Old 24th Aug 2007 at 5:37 PM
I love them all. Truly a great piece of work!

~ Hiro Osric ~
Lab Assistant
#53 Old 21st Oct 2008 at 12:21 AM
Found them

Thank you so much for sharing, these are the ones I was looking for!

Lab Assistant
#54 Old 16th Nov 2008 at 7:38 PM
BRILLIANT upload! Makes my lot development and planning SO much easier. Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#55 Old 30th Nov 2008 at 6:49 PM
These will be perfect for my laptop gaming. I am such a Sims freak, I have it installed on my big PC and my laptop. LOL Thanks so much for making these and sharing them with the rest of us.
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 24th Oct 2009 at 5:06 AM
Best sales pitch ever. Thank you for making and sharing these! They're just what I was looking for. : D
#57 Old 11th Nov 2012 at 9:02 AM
Just found these terrains and they're brilliant. And that sales pitch is made of all kinds of win! Thanks for sharing!
Test Subject
#58 Old 1st May 2013 at 3:27 AM
I have only just recently gotten back into playing S2 (due to some computer issues) and this is exactly what I was looking for!! I'm so excited to play now =D
I have made neighborhood after neighborhood this week, and I've never truly been happy with them because I always have to flatten the land before I can place my lots the way I like them.
As soon as I read your description I knew I was in love <3
Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
Lab Assistant
#59 Old 25th Oct 2013 at 4:38 PM
These maps are absolutely perfect for my game. Thanks so much for making these.
Forum Resident
#60 Old 7th Nov 2015 at 3:38 PM
THIS IS FANTASTIC - thank you so much!!!
#61 Old 6th Jun 2021 at 1:56 PM
These look fun - can't wait to try them out!
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