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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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apartments-and-shopping-Mog-20090615.rar | Mods to community objects to allow use on Apartment Lots

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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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#201 Old 30th Jan 2015 at 1:49 AM
This is great! Thanks a lot
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#202 Old 16th Mar 2015 at 5:18 AM
I followed your directions and everything seemed to work well, but when I tried to switch from community to apartment I got a message that there was an invalid apartment on the lot. I ignored it, but found I couldn't interact with anything. There are no extra entrance doors to the apts. and I even removed the "business stuff from the lot to check if that would help, but no go. What did I do wrong?
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#203 Old 10th Jun 2015 at 8:37 AM
You could figure this would been on the game but it wasn't OH my thank you sooooooooo much...
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#204 Old 11th Jun 2015 at 1:24 AM
Thank-you!
Field Researcher
#205 Old 27th Jun 2015 at 11:38 PM
I wish the DJ booth would spawn a DJ so I can have a basement night club :D
Field Researcher
#206 Old 27th Jun 2015 at 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by jasperville
*SCREAMS* I've been looking for this mod for ages, I knew it was on here, but I could never find it in search! Then suddenly it appears on the featured! I used this a lot last year, then lost it in a computer crash. Thank you for making this :D


Yeah I knew it was here but it is not listed in search! I searched for "apartments" and "shops" and couldn't find it, I finally had to do a Bing search to find it! This could be tagged better :D
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#207 Old 17th Sep 2015 at 6:22 PM
THANK YOU !! This is a dream come true :-)
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#208 Old 25th Nov 2015 at 9:45 PM
thanks
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#209 Old 22nd Jan 2016 at 10:34 AM
Thanks!
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#210 Old 4th Mar 2016 at 2:33 PM
Thanks a lot, what a fine mod:D.... Anyone had trouple with sims not ben picked up to work:o Everything els works fine with the mod, but not this. What Can i do?
Test Subject
#211 Old 13th Mar 2016 at 8:11 PM
I know, that with this mod I can't run a business in apartment. Does anybody know a mod that can do this?
BTW, your mod is great too.
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#212 Old 28th Apr 2016 at 9:55 PM
Awesome! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#213 Old 31st Dec 2016 at 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by basslola
I know, that with this mod I can't run a business in apartment. Does anybody know a mod that can do this?
BTW, your mod is great too.


I wanna be able to do that, too.
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#214 Old 1st Jul 2017 at 12:08 AM
OBRIGADO
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#215 Old 8th Jul 2018 at 5:20 PM
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Originally Posted by jasperville
I wish the DJ booth would spawn a DJ so I can have a basement night club :D


I was hoping there would be a DJ Booth fix by now?
Field Researcher
#216 Old 8th Jul 2018 at 5:27 PM
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Originally Posted by PandoraNYc1
I followed your directions and everything seemed to work well, but when I tried to switch from community to apartment I got a message that there was an invalid apartment on the lot. I ignored it, but found I couldn't interact with anything. There are no extra entrance doors to the apts. and I even removed the "business stuff from the lot to check if that would help, but no go. What did I do wrong?


There can be only one apartment door per unit. Also if you use any fences in the interior of the unit, it treats that as a wall. Like if you use those line thingys to divide the kitchen tile from the livingroom. It also has issues with garage doors and foundations. I tried to do a sunken livingroom once and it became invalid. There are so many ridiculous restrictions that would seem logical additions to building an apartment. LIKE shops under apartments! Duh!
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#217 Old 1st Feb 2021 at 10:38 PM
I searched the comments and didn't find anything about this - Does this mod work on regular residential lots as well? I hate owning a home business, I just want NPCs spawned at community lot items on a residential lot.
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#218 Old 14th Apr 2021 at 5:40 AM
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Originally Posted by coria15
I wanna be able to do that, too.

Have you found a mod that could do this?
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