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New Crystal Springs - a decorated neighborhood

by Batanau Posted 2nd Apr 2017 at 3:32 PM - Updated 2nd Apr 2017 at 3:23 PM by Batanau
23 Comments / replies (Who?) - 7 Feedback Posts, 16 Thanks Posts

Welcome to New Crystal Springs! I've always loved the CrystalSprings neighborhood terrain, but I've felt it lacked something - a few more roads, some water. So I decided to do something about that, and this is the result.

This neighborhood is fully decorated, but otherwise it is completely empty - no Sims or lots, in other words. New Crystal Springs has a small town center and residential area, with farmland in the outskirts of the map. I've made room for a total of five farms. In order to reach these areas, you will probably need a camera mod - I suggest GunMod's. I've provided a link below.

Custom content

Custom content does not ship with neighborhoods, sadly, so you will have to download this yourself. I've used Criquette's Decorative Road Pieces Set and Basic Motorway Set extensively, so you would need those unless you want the roads to end abruptly. You will also need Criquette's Road Bridges Set for the bridge. You would probably also want Numenor's Maxis "Lost & Found" Waterfall & River.

CC needed/recommended:
Decorative Road Pieces Set by Criquette
Basic Motorway Set by Criquette
Road Bridges Set by Criquette
Waterfall & River by Numenor
Camera Mod by GunMod


To install, simply open the N154.rar file and put the folder named N154 into your My documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Neighborhoods folder. Make sure to install the custom content before you open the neighborhood for the first time; if not, the custom decorations will not show up.

I've also attached the SC4 Terrains file in a separate .rar. This is optional; you won't need this to play the decorated neighborhood. It will however come in handy if you want to decorate the neighborhood from scratch yourself or edit the terrain with SimCity 4.

I have all the expansion packs and stuff packs installed, so you will probably need all of them for this neighborhood to show up correctly in your game.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 9 SPs
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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\
  • 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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23 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 6 Feedback Posts, 16 Thanks Posts
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 2nd Apr 2017 at 4:50 PM
This looks so nice! I've been searching for a hood that seems quiet/peaceful, but also not too isolated, and this is perfect. Thank you for sharing!
Mad Poster
#3 Old 2nd Apr 2017 at 6:02 PM
This is so lovely! Thank you for sharing! :-)
#4 Old 2nd Apr 2017 at 8:03 PM
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 2nd Apr 2017 at 10:29 PM
This looks awesome, but why does it require so many EPs and SPs? If it weren't for that, I'd DL it for sure- but I don't have any of the SPs.
Needs Coffee
retired moderator
#7 Old 3rd Apr 2017 at 5:19 AM
Glad you got it uploaded.

@jtf04240 You can still download this so long as you have M&G, the other SP's don't matter. They are showing because the creator has them not because they were all used in this upload.

"I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives." - Unknown
~Call me Jo~
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 3rd Apr 2017 at 12:23 PM
And I was just thinking of starting a new rural neighborhood today! Thank you so much, this will come in handy.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#9 Old 3rd Apr 2017 at 3:59 PM
Thank you so much for your nice comments Hope you'll enjoy it!

@joandsarah77 If only EPs + M&G are required, I could always untick the others to reflect that?
Mad Poster
#10 Old 3rd Apr 2017 at 5:42 PM
I love this!!! It is gorgeous
I'm wondering - do the cars travel on the curvy roads? ...and on the bits of road in front of the rural farmhouse properties - do they (cars) just go back and forth, or not at all?
Top Secret Researcher
#11 Old 3rd Apr 2017 at 7:54 PM
OMG, this is magical...
Needs Coffee
retired moderator
#12 Old 3rd Apr 2017 at 10:34 PM
As far as I know no SP added hood deco so it should be safe to uptick, but check first. M&G added a new game engine.

"I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives." - Unknown
~Call me Jo~
Test Subject
#13 Old 3rd Apr 2017 at 11:37 PM
So beautiful! Nice work!~ ^-^
Mad Poster
#14 Old 4th Apr 2017 at 7:27 AM
IIRC, you do need *one* expansion pack for custom hood deco to show up. But it doesn't matter which one.
Test Subject
#15 Old 4th Apr 2017 at 8:34 AM
Wow, fantastic!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#16 Old 4th Apr 2017 at 8:46 PM
I'm so glad you like it! I hope you'll enjoy playing it as much as I did creating it

@CatherineTCJD The cars do not travel on the curvy roads, sadly. Those are decorations, and cars only travel on the "real" roads. I think cars might spawn on the short stretches of "real" road where you can place farmhouses, but they will disappear as soon as they reach the point where the decorative road pieces take over.

@joandsarah77 @simsfreq Thanks! I do not have the AGS (I don't think it's compatible with UC?), so I can't look into these things now - in fact, I don't have access to my game at all at the moment, as my computer decided to die. I'll leave my post as it is for the time being.
#17 Old 4th Apr 2017 at 9:32 PM
This was a nice surprise, it's beautiful and makes me want to build a new neighborhood. Thanks for sharing.
#18 Old 5th Apr 2017 at 7:51 AM
Quality content!!!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 5th Apr 2017 at 11:36 AM
This is super neat! I think I'll start a new BACC on this. Hopefully it doesn't get corrupted like my last one :Þ
Rogue Redeemer
retired moderator THANKS POST
#20 Old 8th Apr 2017 at 3:39 PM
Lovely! :)
#21 Old 10th Nov 2017 at 6:48 PM
Honestly it's fun to just download this and then zoom about the neighborhood looking for every detail.

I wonder what kind of neighborhood I'll build with this :3
#22 Old 27th Apr 2018 at 10:55 AM Last edited by SciBirg : 23rd Oct 2018 at 10:03 AM.
Perfect for a BACC, but I think I will try my hand at making it into a subhood instead.

ETA: Love it as a subhood! I used hood replace and have just started a BACC in it with a mayor (aka cult leader) who trains each new inhabitant before they move out and start their business.
Test Subject
#23 Old 31st Jan 2020 at 2:20 PM
@SciBirg Any chance you could share the subhood version? I would love this for my Harry Potter hood
#24 Old 3rd Feb 2020 at 2:20 PM
I used Hood Replace by Mootilda and replaced the terrain of a clean subhood template with this one.