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35 Hidden Grove Lane - starter home - Updated 6/14/09

by romagi Posted 5th Jun 2009 at 9:19 AM - Updated 14th Jun 2009 at 7:36 PM by romagi : fixed 1 tile slope
19 Comments / replies (Who?) - 19 Feedback Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Sims 3 starter house.

So… one adult Sim gets $16,000 and 2 young adult Sims get $18,000 to start life.

This is a two bedroom (or one bedroom and study), one bath starter home. It comes completely furnished with a smoke detector, TV, computer, chess table, bookcase, lighting, appliances and sleeping and seating for two to four Sims.

There is NO driveway it is just terrain paint

Yes, I got totally carried away with the create a style tool! But it is so nice to have matching anything and everything that you want. The nice thing is that if you not like the color of something you can use the color palette tool and change it the way you like and it does not cost your Sims a dime (dollar)! So don’t buy and replace - it costs $$$’s!

I’m sure that anyone that has played Sims 3 has figured out that you can click on the door and tell it to set it as the front door but I had to add this just in case someone had not noticed! I hated that we didn’t have that option in Sims 2!

UPDATE: I had a downloader report a 1 tile slope around the entire lot. It did not seem to effect game play or access to the lot but I did not like how it looked. I believe the problem to be fixed. Please let me know if you still have a problem with the reuploaded lot. The price also changed a bit so I have updated that also.


HUGE THANKS to all the creators that are working hard on Sims 3 mods, MTS for a place to share Sims 2 AND 3 and you for looking!

Furnished - $17,037
Unfurnished - $12,386

Lot Size: 2x3
Lot Price: $17,037

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
35 Hidden Grove

Size: 1.09 MB · Downloads: 5,915 · 5th Jun 2009
1.09 MB 5,915 5th Jun 2009
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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.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
19 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 18 Feedback Posts
Test Subject
#2 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:05 AM
Thanks so much! I hope you make more starter homes. Im not very good at making them myself so the more I can find to download the better! Thanks again!!!!!!
Test Subject
#3 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 11:59 AM
Default Many thanks . . .
Thanks not only for the neat house, but also for the explanations and information about how some of the new game features work. Really is nice to see someone helping out with a new game.

Lab Assistant
#4 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 1:53 PM
Thanks so much for this cute house!
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 1:57 PM
Very Cute and Cozy!

Find me at Sims Crossing
Original Poster
#6 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 2:23 PM
Thanks All! I'm glad you like! I never built any starters for Sims 2 with all the money cheats! But, since we are back to the basics I do plan on doing more starters!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 3:46 PM
Oh this is very nice!! So much nicer than that ugliness that I have my sim girl living in now. Thanks for sharing.!!
Yes, please do more starter homes.

Gawd, I'm loving S3!!
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 5th Jun 2009 at 7:07 PM
Very nice starter home. Thanks
Test Subject
#9 Old 6th Jun 2009 at 5:52 AM
Default Thanks
The house looks great. They didn't have enough starter homes for small families that were affordable.
Test Subject
#10 Old 6th Jun 2009 at 1:23 PM
I just wanted to thank you for giving us the two starter homes... the game really didn't ship with enough that weren't atrocious like the trailers. And after making three starter homes I didn't have it in me to build any more!
Original Poster
#11 Old 6th Jun 2009 at 3:10 PM
I agree starter homes are lacking! I am trying to build different styles for everyones taste! I have 3 starters out now and one with a basement in moderation. I hope to keep finding inspiration for more! If someone has a suggestion please PM me and I will see what I can do!

Thanks for all the great feedback!
Test Subject
#12 Old 7th Jun 2009 at 2:23 AM
Thank you so much! This is amazing--the room layout, the design, everything. I'm so glad I found this, and I can't wait to use it!
Field Researcher
#13 Old 7th Jun 2009 at 9:30 PM
just so you know the kaching and motherlode cheats still work in sims 3, so really we are not without money cheats. btw I really like your starter homes, saves me from attempting to build a house on my own.
Original Poster
#14 Old 7th Jun 2009 at 10:01 PM
Thanks! I hadn't tried that yet! But now I will be soooo tempted!
Test Subject
#15 Old 13th Jun 2009 at 12:50 AM
Great job on this (and your other starter homes), I love how creative you were while still keeping it under a starter budget. :]

I noticed something weird with it though, it always seems to sit just below the lot level, even on the lot you originally built it on in Riverview. Not really a big deal, just wondering if there's maybe a way to fix it.
Original Poster
#16 Old 13th Jun 2009 at 2:10 AM Last edited by romagi : 14th Jun 2009 at 7:39 PM.
I will have to look at it! I haven't moved it to another lot so I had no idea it was doing something strange.

Ok I went in and tested several different lots. The only ones that sink in are the ones that I built on that lot! All the other lots sat down perfect even at 35 Hidden Grove Lane. I tried my 2 Hidden Grove lots even in Sunset and they sank there also! Needless to say I will not be building on that lot again!

I am still looking for a solution!

Someone else has had the same problem with a different lot! I hope this isn't sign what we can expect from the lots.

But I am not giving up! If I have to rebuild I will. I have went in and checked and it doesn't seem to affect the game play or access to the lot so that is a bonus! But I don't like how it looks!

Ok I believe the new upload should have this problem fixed. Please let me know if you have any problems with the new one.
Test Subject
#17 Old 14th Jun 2009 at 11:45 PM
This house is absolutely adorable! I love it! <3
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 27th Jun 2009 at 10:20 PM
This is wonderful! The newly weds will love this little cutie!


Thank you for everything! You all are great those who create and those who download! Thank you!

If you're looking to read a Sims 4 drama visit Amanda Lived
#19 Old 28th Jun 2009 at 2:12 PM
Thank you for sharing..lovely starter

Field Researcher
#20 Old 31st Jul 2009 at 4:56 AM
wow that's quite a lot of stuff, and cheap too