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Curious Little Cottage on the Hill (Starter home - Under 20K - No CC)

by kithri Posted 4th Oct 2012 at 3:18 PM - Updated 4th Oct 2012 at 5:03 PM by kithri
13 Comments / replies (Who?) - 2 Feedback Posts, 11 Thanks Posts
Come on in, and take a look at this cute, pre-owned cottage ready for a family of four to five Sims, all at the low, low starter price of 18,572!

Why so low, you ask? Well, in the name of full disclosure, this Sim realtor must inform you that the last family who lived in the cottage just…disappeared. One day they were there, the next day they weren’t, almost as if a humungulous hand came out of the sky and snatched the little family from their beds in the dark of night…<shiver>. Well, enough of that! Since the average (non-cheating!) four to five member Sim family starts with about 20,000 simoleans, most any family should be able to easily buy this cottage, and have a little cash left over, besides.

This fully-furnished two-story, three bedroom home features a foyer, living room, kitchen with dining nook, first floor bathroom, and empty bonus room, suitable for transformation into a den, second bathroom, fourth bedroom…whatever suits your family. At the front of the home, there is a small partially-covered deck.

On the second story, you will find a master bedroom with a direct door to the nursery, a wonderful convenience, and a third bedroom furnished for two children (or two large, inappropriate guests/relatives/roommates ).

Technical Information
Built with a game patched to 1.38 (version, play tested to catch any problems, and scoured with Delphy’s Sims3PackCleaner (Custard) to make it shiny new, this big house on a little 20 x 20 lot is perfect for nestling into an otherwise annoying hillside in towns such as Sunset Valley, Bridgeport, Starlight Shores, or Moonlight Falls. Create a new 20 x 20 or larger lot, place the house on the lot, and then smooth the edges a bit with the Soften Terrain Terrain tool (Build mode -> Terrain Tools a-> Soften Terrain) and the house will look (mostly!) native to the spot.

Required Expansions:
Generations: Absolutely necessary because of the spiral stairs

Recommended Expansions:
If you don't have the following expansion packs, a few non-essentials will not appear in your game and will be replaced automagically. Sometimes the replacements are quite strange.
  • WA: a few deco items, ash tree in yard, some of the window treatments
  • Ambitions: some of the window treatments, master bedroom bed canopy
  • LN: cheap toilet, cheap sink, trash chute
  • Pets: calendar, antlers
  • Showtime: venue benches in kid’s room
  • SN: dresser in master bedroom

Recommended FREE EA Store Item:
The Wings of Kalliopi, the cool mirror on the wall in the master bedroom, from the free store set Kalliopi’s Gifts; since it's free, why not get it? Download here.

Recommended Custom Content: Two Lips and Snapping Dragons, cheap, cute, small tulips for the kitchenette table, not pictured; I replaced the tulips with a little base-game ivy plant prior to taking the screenshots and uploading. The tulips were created by me, download here from MTS.

I love thanks and welcome comments, and of course, please report any problems you have here in this thread.

Thanks for stopping by! Here's my card, go ahead, talk it over with the spousal unit, think about buying the house but don't wait too long or someone else might beat you to it!

Lot Size: 2x2
Lot Price:
Furnished: 18,512
Unfurnished: 14,303

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.

Sims 3 Generations
Built with Game Version:
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date

Size: 1.85 MB · Downloads: 1,864 · 4th Oct 2012
1.85 MB 1,864 4th Oct 2012
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.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 4th Oct 2012 at 3:34 PM
Very nice home, has everything a young family needs and for starter money too. Has a cheery, beachy look as well, thank you for sharing.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 4th Oct 2012 at 6:30 PM
Thanks for putting this up! I can always use new starter homes.
#4 Old 4th Oct 2012 at 6:59 PM
This is so cute I can't stand it.

I'm playing in a small map world, so I'm always looking for homes on small lots that can handle families. (It's less important that they are actually starters.)

This one even fits the theme of my world. Downloaded now!
#5 Old 5th Oct 2012 at 1:35 PM
Very cute- and affordable too! Thanks for sharing!
Mad Poster
#6 Old 5th Oct 2012 at 10:32 PM
Awww, this is very sweet and does have a 'beachy' sort of look to it. Really cute and cozy!
Field Researcher
#7 Old 7th Oct 2012 at 12:17 AM
Very nice use of space plus a lot of effort for a starter. I'm not much for the quirky colours but it is nice! Well done
Test Subject
#8 Old 10th Oct 2012 at 5:00 PM
Wow that's great, really wonderful. I'm just about to start a new family and I'm definitely going to use this right away. Thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 14th Oct 2012 at 4:45 AM
Nicely done. I love tiny houses. I think I'd save up to add a basement, and put the skill building stuff there. Or maybe an underground pool, or entertainment area, or nectary, I don't know. Depends on which Sims move in!
Field Researcher
#10 Old 24th Oct 2012 at 8:14 PM
This little home is sooooo cute! I love it! It's going to look great in my town (Moonlight Falls). The best thing about it is, it's affordable. Thanks a bunch for sharing your terrific design!
Test Subject
#11 Old 4th Nov 2012 at 3:24 PM
This house looks so cute and friendly, cant wait to downlode and btw, final;y a house that dosn't require cc!
Test Subject
#12 Old 4th Jan 2013 at 9:24 PM
Too cute! Thank you!
Test Subject
#13 Old 16th Jun 2015 at 7:37 AM
Love This House!
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 16th Mar 2019 at 9:55 PM
I only have 3 of the "recommended expansions," and it looks fine. I renovated, of course, because I always do

I put them on slightly bigger lots, to make sure I can smooth the terrain. I put one on a wider lot and added a driveway on one side and a patio on the other, with a door into the kitchen. Very nice!