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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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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:
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Lab Assistant
#76 Old 21st Oct 2009 at 2:04 PM
We have these here in the States, too, and I have great "blueprints" for building them, but wasn't able to. Thanks for making this! Now I can finally build some of the buildings that exist in reality. (Still wish I could have my Sims own a grocery store and live above it, but OFB doesn't allow that. :-( )
#77 Old 21st Oct 2009 at 7:42 PM
May I be the first to congratulate you on a well-deserved featuring of this download?

Congratulations!

Heidelberg: Sure it does. Open a HOME BUSINESS on a residential lot that is built with the grocery store downstairs and the residential section upstairs.

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Alchemist
#78 Old 21st Oct 2009 at 9:44 PM
What a fantastic idea thankyou very much

Rome wasn't built in a day

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Forum Resident
#79 Old 23rd Oct 2009 at 4:59 AM
Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#80 Old 23rd Oct 2009 at 3:54 PM
Thanks, I've tried a lot of times to build high street lots but they always seem like ghost towns because the apartments above the shops were just for show but now that can change.
Test Subject
#81 Old 24th Oct 2009 at 3:18 AM
THANK YOU!!!! I like the mod!
Lab Assistant
#82 Old 24th Oct 2009 at 12:46 PM
A few days ago I finished a lot like that (it took six days of really hard work to perfect it) and when I moved my first family in there, it didn`t work.. :s Really annoying. So, I own you a big big thanks for this download! :D
Test Subject
#83 Old 24th Oct 2009 at 10:30 PM
uuughhh... My downloads folder is so full of mods... And my game will surely crash...
But this is so neat I must have it !!!

meow
Test Subject
#84 Old 25th Oct 2009 at 6:28 AM
Thanks, I've create apartment lots with mock community spaces just for the look and feel. It will be great to have them actually function! Thanks, this is fantastic!
Test Subject
#85 Old 26th Oct 2009 at 11:36 AM
this is amazing.
you are amazing.
<3
Lab Assistant
#86 Old 27th Oct 2009 at 8:28 PM
This came right on time for me to try on my latest build, and it works perfectly. It would be nice if more people would visit the lot as if it were a community lot. Right now, only my playable sim and her guests go to the restaurant or cafe. I wish I could share pictures, but if you're curious, I've got an earlier version at the forum at sims2.ea.com. Just search: ianbradley26.
dodgy builder
#87 Old 28th Oct 2009 at 6:51 PM
I have tried this one, and love it thank you. Just what I wanted, and it seams to be working fine!
Test Subject
#88 Old 3rd Nov 2009 at 4:34 AM
Thanks so much! I was looking for this! I love it!
Field Researcher
#89 Old 14th Nov 2009 at 3:41 AM
Oh, I missed this when you put it out. Thank you so much for making this. I can't wait to try it out. It's like having a new EP. I love all your mods. You make my game so much better. Thank you!
Test Subject
#90 Old 16th Nov 2009 at 11:08 AM
Thanks for this. It's really beneficial, especially since I live in China with my wife, and they have such style apartments here in ChengDu. It's so tiresome to always have to wait for the load screen to finish, just to finish another lot. I do have basically all the EP's, also the new The Sims 3, but as of yet, I'm not into it much for the lack of expansion packs, naturally. Thanks a bunch! 感谢 (Gan Xie)!
Lab Assistant
#91 Old 21st Nov 2009 at 1:02 PM
thanks very much, I've always wanted to have mixed lots, can't wait to try this out!
Test Subject
#92 Old 3rd Dec 2009 at 10:58 AM
hey could u please make an example lot??????????????/
pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeasssssssssssssse!!
#93 Old 3rd Dec 2009 at 5:51 PM
syedasaraahmed, she already did.

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Test Subject
#94 Old 22nd Dec 2009 at 10:56 PM
thank you
Test Subject
#95 Old 4th Jan 2010 at 6:19 PM
Hey Mog...
First: great hack,i absolutely love it...
But could it be that it doesn't go that well with boolprop testingcheatsenabled?
I used this cheat from time to time,but on the Apartment Lots with Shops,the game always gets me the Error Message concerning the Apartment Door Controller

Can this somehow be fixed?It only appears with lots i built myself,could this be the problem?
Miss BHAVing
retired moderator
Original Poster
#96 Old 4th Jan 2010 at 7:30 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rosalie Bruiser
Hey Mog...
First: great hack,i absolutely love it...
But could it be that it doesn't go that well with boolprop testingcheatsenabled?
I used this cheat from time to time,but on the Apartment Lots with Shops,the game always gets me the Error Message concerning the Apartment Door Controller

Can this somehow be fixed?It only appears with lots i built myself,could this be the problem?
The cheat you mention simply means that you are aware of the errors that some object/Sim is having that otherwise would quietly go unreported and at most show-up as a "jump-bug" in Sims, or other animated objects, and not show up at all in more static looking objects.

You should have an error log, if you are seeing such a message. I suggest posting it either here or on an appropriate forum so that someone coud take a look. If it's the Apartment Door Controller as you say, I don't think I changed that, but it could equally be a conflict which my mod has caused with something else too. (Presumably you have done some testing with and without my mod and convinced yourself that it is mine that is causing the issue I guess).

Anyway, look forward to seeing what's up. If you post it on a forum, let me know the post URL and I'll take a look anyway.

Cheers
Mog

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Lab Assistant
#97 Old 13th Jan 2010 at 1:49 AM
Mog, you never disappoint me. (:
Thankschusomuch! <3
I'm SO using this!!!! :D

graphic designer. how in the world do i still have this account after so many years?
Test Subject
#98 Old 13th Jan 2010 at 5:33 AM
I am thankful for this mod!! One thing though sometime I get the archetecture complaint. Have to start over, it seems to happen after repeated saves. Ha! I am still thankful since a mod should never have been nessecary. Curse their little rules Humbug, Ha Ha!

Jademessenger54
Miss BHAVing
retired moderator
Original Poster
#99 Old 13th Jan 2010 at 8:00 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by jademessenger54
I am thankful for this mod!! One thing though sometime I get the archetecture complaint. Have to start over, it seems to happen after repeated saves. Ha! I am still thankful since a mod should never have been nessecary. Curse their little rules Humbug, Ha Ha!
Hi - not sure what you mean by the "archetecture complaint"? This is an error the game reports? Do you have a screenshot or copy of the full text?

Mostly I fix Gameplay annoyances. I take requests and have made a few Requested mods already. Visit me on MTS Yearbook
My other projects: British High Street, Postal System for the Sims and Better Parking for Sims
Theorist
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