Do you love the drama of Pleasantview, but want to play something different? My ready-to-play Sims 2 custom neighborhood is for you! This is my personal take on a gender-bent Pleasantview. The relationships between Sims are still there and the family structures are the same (with genders reversed). But the Sims and lots are completely new!
I’ve worked on this ‘hood for MONTHS and I’m so happy with how it turned out. The neighborhood was created in a clean Anygame environment. It’s been thoroughly play-tested by me and Mr. Pleasant and triple-checked with Hood Checker. (But please let me know if you run into any bugs that we didn’t find.)
There are two versions available: Basegame only and Nightlife. The NL version includes 3 additional lots and a few more ‘hood decorations. Both versions include original townies. All townies were created by me and correspond to the original Pleasantview townies (with genders reversed).
If you just want to download the ‘hood immediately, CLICK HERE TO SKIP DIRECTLY TO THE DOWNLOADS. Otherwise, here’s a table of contents because I packed a lot of information into this post:
Table of Contents
- Playable Families
- Townies & NPCS
- Neighborhood Lots
- Other Stuff
- Recommended Mods
- CC List (From Pics)
There are a total of eight playable families in Fairplay. Below I’ve included Basegame portraits + custom content versions so you can see how they look in my game with custom hair, skin, eyes, and clothing. You can find a CC list at the bottom of this post if you want your Sims to look similar.
All Sims are wearing Basegame outfits, makeup, and hairstyles. They’re ready to play or use your own CC. All genetics are accurate and some families have deceased relatives on the lots (that were necessary to pass down proper genes). All Sims have back-stories, memories, and relationships (based on those in Pleasantview).
The Brooks Family
Single father and widower Brandon is raising his three daughters – Dusty, Belle, and Roberta – alone. His late wife, Sky, passed away in a mysterious pool ladder accident, leaving him with a teen, toddler, and a newborn. Dusty is going steady with Angel Oakley. She’s been acting out since her mother died.
The Caliendo Family
Twin brothers Nick and Dick Caliendo are living the bachelor life in Fairplay. Nick is involved romantically with the newly engaged Donna Lorente, although he’s not ready to settle down with anyone in particular. Meanwhile, Dick has his sights set on wealthy elder widow, Morticia Graves.
The Draper Family
Dara Draper quit her job in business to become an artist. She and her daughter, Didi, lost their husband and father, Darius, to a fire. Dara is in love with her long-time friend, Caspian Graves, but he hasn’t returned her feelings. Didi is going steady with neighborhood bad boy, Lionel Oakley.
The Graves Family
Matriarch Morticia Graves lives with her adult son, Caspian, and daughter Alexis. Her husband, Beau, was killed by a satellite while stargazing in the backyard. Since then, Morticia has become involved with Nick Caliendo. Caspian is engaged to the ‘hood’s most eligible bachelorette – Donna Lorente.
The Lorente Family
The Lorente family includes a single female Sim named Donna. She’s a doctor who gets around. Part of the initial love web in Fairplay, she’s engaged to Caspian Graves while simultaneously having affairs with Nick and Dick Caliendo AND her sexy maid, Kaleb Lambert.
The Oakley Family
Gary Oakley – the adopted son of Helen and Corey Oakley – is married to Danielle (maiden name Burke). She’s cheating on him with the maid, Kaleb Lambert, but he has no idea. Their twin sons Angel and Lionel are always fighting, and Gary is obsessed with his political career – to the detriment of the family. Danielle is the sister of Jeremy Burke.
The Burke Family
Jeremy and Joan (maiden name Plackett) just moved back to Fairplay from Sim City to raise their son Lucas in the suburbs. Jeremy is an ambitious fortune Sim who wants to get a career and support his family, while Joan only cares about being a wife and mother. Jeremy is the brother of Danielle Oakley.
The (Original) Oakley Family
The Oakley’s tried to have a child of their own, but were unsuccessful. They adopted Gary when he was a toddler and raised him as their own. Now that he’s grown up and out on his own, will they open their home and heart to another child in need? And will Helen stay faithful to Corey after all these years?
Townies & NPCs
Fairplay includes 30 original townies for your playables to interact with. They’re all wearing Basegame outfits, hairstyles, and makeup. Below are portraits of each one as they are in the basegame download + a custom content version so you can see how they look with CC.
The first column contains the basegame appearances and the second column is with my CC. Click the images to make them larger.
The Basegame version comes with three NPCs already generated. These include the mail carrier, school bus driver, and maid. Take note that the maid, Kaleb Lambert, is involved romantically with several of the female Sims in Fairplay.
The Nightlife version includes the three Basegame NPCs plus two bartenders. Your game will generate any additional NPCs you need.
The neighborhood was built on the Pleasantview sc4 terrain that comes with the game – which is a mirrored version of actual Pleasantview. I thought that was fitting.
There are 17 Residential Lots in Fairplay – eight are inhabited and nine are empty. Two of them are apartments. You’ll have to set the zoning if you have Apartment Life. Otherwise, they’re currently zoned as single-family residential. Basegame version includes five community lots and NL version adds three more.
All residential lots have plenty of room to add driveways or garages if you have Night Life. Also, all the lots are fenced (because I like fenced yards). Many lots have tombstones or urns of deceased relatives. If you have Night Life, you can send these to the cemetery (lot included in NL version of ‘hood).
UPDATE: All Lots are now available as individual downloads. Click on the address to download the ones you want. All lots were saved BEFORE Sims were moved in or visited. They are clean and have never been played. Preview pictures may show tombstones, but they are not included with the lots. Apartments need to be zoned as apartment lots – instructions included.
Inhabited Residential Lots
108 Old Town Hwy – Inhabited by the Brooks Family. This is a heavily edited version of the Lot Bin home “Ranch Retreat.” It has three bedrooms and a single bathroom, and includes cheap furnishings, a fenced yard, and a swing. Tombstone of Sky Brooks is in the back yard.
102 Maple Lane – Inhabited by the Caliendo Brothers. Part of the “townhouse district”. A heavily edited version of the Lot Bin “European Townhouse.” Includes two bedrooms, two baths, office, fenced yard, patio, and hot tub. Tombstones of Naldo and Florisel Caliendo in the back yard.
100 Maple Lane – Inhabited by Donna Lorente. Also part of the “townhouse district” and a heavily edited version of the Lot Bin “European Townhouse.” Includes one bedroom, one bath, large kitchen, fenced yard, and upstairs patio with hot tub. No tombstones on this lot.
113 Main Street – Inhabited by the Burke Family. An edited version of the Lot Bin House “Just Right.” Situated between the townhouses and middle class homes. Includes two bedrooms, one bath, fenced back yard, and cheap to moderate furnishings. Perfect for a small, growing family. No tombstones.
111 Main Street – Inhabited by the OG Oakley Family. Edited version of the Lot Bin house “Bonny Bungalow.” Includes fenced yard with swing, two bedrooms, two and a half baths, large kitchen and family room. Second bedroom is furnished for a little boy. No tombstones.
109 Main Street – Inhabited by the Draper Family. Edited version of the Lot Bin house “Cape Cod Classic.” Includes two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, Dara’s art studio (could also be a third bedroom), fenced yard, back patio with grill. Darius Draper’s tombstone under the willow tree.
101 Willow Drive – Inhabited by the Graves Family. Heavily edited version of the Lot Bin house “Family Farm House.” Includes three bedrooms, three and a half baths, office, expensive furnishings, evidence of Beau Graves’ demise, and small family graveyard populated by his tombstone.
100 Willow Drive – Inhabited by the Oakley Family. Edited version of the Lot Bin house “Craftsman’s Pride.” Includes fenced yard with pool, three bedrooms, three and a half baths, expensive furnishings, large master suite. Jessica and Dean Burke’s tombstones in side yard.
Empty Residential Lots
106 Old Town Hwy – Edited version of the Lot Bin house “Ranch Retreat.” Purchase Price $14,359. Includes fenced front yard, two bedrooms, one bath, cheap kitchen and bathroom fixtures, lights in all rooms. Plenty of room on the lot to expand with room on either side for a driveway.
White Stripe Boarding House – Fairplay’s Flophouse built by me. Includes 4 small rooms that rent for $87 – $89 each, shared kitchen, bathrooms, and living room with bookshelf, TV, and computer. Rooms are large enough for a full-size bed, dresser, and a crib if your Sim is in a really bad way.
101 Maple Lane – Edited version of the Lot Bin house “European Townhouse.” Purchase Price $17,488. Includes small fenced front yard, one large bedroom, one bath, cheap kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Plenty of room to expand with room for a driveway on either side.
112 Main Street – Built from scratch by me. Purchase price $26,316. Two-story house includes fenced front and side yard, two bedrooms, two and a half baths, large kitchen and family room. Cheap to moderately priced fixtures. Room for a driveway or garage on the left side.
110 Main Street – Edited version of the Lot Bin house “Tiny Tudor.” Purchase price $29,377. Includes fenced back and side yard, two bedrooms, two and a half baths, bonus room that could be a small third bedroom, large family room, cheap to mostly moderately priced fixtures.
108 Main Street – Built from scratch by me. Purchase price $41,689. Includes fenced yard, large wrap-around covered porch, three large bedrooms, three full bathrooms, moderately priced fixtures. Room for a driveway or garage on the left. Perfect for a large family.
106 Main Street – Built from scratch by me. Purchase price $43,700. Includes fenced yard, two bedrooms and two baths upstairs, huge master suite with bathroom downstairs. Moderately priced fixtures with plenty of room for a driveway or garage on the left.
Main Street Manor – Affordable apartment housing built from scratch by me. Four units that rent for around $899. All units include one bedroom, one bathroom, kitchen, and open living/dining room area. Bottom units are slightly larger and more expensive than top units.
140 Seaside Lane – The largest and most expensive mansion in the ‘hood. Purchase price $134,360. Built from scratch by me. Includes ocean view, fully fenced lot, large front and back porches, four bedrooms, four baths, large kitchen, dining room, family room, and foyer. Expensive fixtures.
Basegame Community Lots
Freshco Grocery – Small neighborhood grocery store built from scratch by me. Includes open market area, public bathrooms, office with phone and computer, sandy area with swing and barbecue grill in the back. Works as an owned community lot if you have OFB.
Be Chic Boutique – A small clothing store built from scratch by me. Includes two floors with fitting rooms, public bathrooms, office with computer and phone, and employee break room with a table, microwave and refrigerator. Works as an owned community lot if you have OFB.
Fairplay Fun ‘N’ Games – Arcade and game store built by me. Includes game sales, office and bathroom on bottom floor. Top floor has console gaming room, computer gaming room, pinball machines, and chess tables. Picnic area in back. Great hangout place for teens.
Fairplay Rec Center – Recreation center built by me. Includes indoor swimming pool, changing rooms and showers/bath rooms, small gym upstairs, refreshment area with coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave, reception area with computer and phone, swing and picnic area.
Magnolia Street Park – A natural, wooded park built by me. My park-building skills have improved a lot since I built this. Includes swings, chess tables, picnic area, fishing pond, bathrooms, and open space for recreation. Gravel/dirt parking area on the left. Room for more playground equipment.
Nightlife Community Lots
Pleasant Rest Cemetery – A small cemetery for your dearly departed Sims built from scratch by me. It includes an outbuilding with bathrooms, parking lot, six different private family plots, and you can always take out the flower gardens if you end up need more room. No tombstones.
Sunset Cafe – A small neighborhood restaurant and bar built by me. Includes parking lot, seating for up to 20 Sims plus two extra seats at the bar, bathrooms, kitchen, office with phone and computer. Designed to function as an owned business if you have OFB.
The Pour House – An adults-only bar and hot tub lounge built by me. Includes parking lot, bar with seating, two outdoor hot tubs, upstairs area with dart boards and extra seating, and room for a pool table downstairs if you have University. Great place for Romance Sims to go on dates.
I didn’t go crazy with the Nightlife lots because I plan to build a separate downtown for the ‘hood with a lot of different bars and restaurants. I just wanted a couple lots where my Sims could dine out and go on dates in the meantime. Plus, I think most small towns have at least one bar and a restaurant or cafe for the locals.
For the cemetery, you can send all the gravestones on the residential lots there by clicking on the graves and choosing “Move Grave.” You’ll get a dialog box that allows you to choose the cemetery. Then go to build mode in the cemetery lot and move the graves where you want them.
There are two versions of the ‘hood – one that’s Basegame only and one with Nightlife stuff.
DISCLAIMER: I created the ‘hood in a clean Anygame, but I do have The Ultimate Collection. This means that the AGS I used required that I have Mansion and Garden Stuff installed.
I did not use any items from the stuff pack, so the original version SHOULD work with Basegame only. Unfortunately, I have no way to test it. You might need at least ONE stuff pack or expansion pack (doesn’t matter which one) to use the Basegame Version. If anyone out there has ONLY the Basegame, please let me know if it works for you!
UPDATE: You will need either the Ultimate Collection or Mansion & Garden Stuff to use either versions of the ‘hood. It’s been reported by numerous people that the ‘hood will not work without M&G. Sorry! I have no way to make basegame compatible ‘hoods. You can buy M&G Stuff on Ebay for super cheap.
There is NO CUSTOM CONTENT in either download.
The Basegame version includes everything listed above except the Nightlife lots. Only Basegame items were used in the creation of this ‘hood, but it still requires M&G Stuff to work (see update above). Click the button below to download the Basegame version:
The Nightlife version of Fairplay includes everything from Basegame with three additional lots. The rec center has been moved across the street from the Park to make room for the restaurant and bar on Main Street. Only Basegame and Nightlife items were used to create this version, but it still requires M&G Stuff to work (see update above). Click the button below to download the Nightlife version:
How to Install
To install, unzip the files and place the entire folder labeled “N767” into your Documents > EA Games > The Sims 2 > Neighborhoods folder. If you have the Ultimate Collection, copy the “N767” folder into your Documents > EA Games > The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection > Neighborhoods folder.
How to Set Apartment Zoning
If you have the Apartment Life expansion, The White Stripe Boarding House and Main Street Manor are meant to be played as apartments. Here are instructions on how to make them work:
- Replace the doors to the individual apartment units with the Unique Separator door (the apartment door with a little rug in front of it). Make sure these are facing the correct way with the rug on the outside of the apartment.
- Press control + shift + C to open up the cheat console.
- Type in “changelotzoning apartmentbase” without the quotes. Press enter.
- Save the lot and exit to the neighborhood. It should now show up as an apartment.
You must do this BEFORE you move in any Sims. If you’ve already moved in a Sim and want to change the zoning to apartment, you will need to move the Sim out first. The lot must be empty when you change the zoning.
In a few cases, people have reported issues with the graves/tombstones not showing up on the lots as they should. If this happens to you, fix it by running Hood Checker on the neighborhood. If you get memories of incorrect neighhorhood or incorrect lots for the tombstones, “remove” them with Hood Checker. That should fix the issue.
Sorry it’s such as hassle – that’s just the nature of sharing ‘hoods with gravestones in The Sims 2, I’m afraid.
If you install the game and the Sims’ names have all been changed to weird of foreign names, this is because your game is not installed in US English. This most often happens if you have the disc version of the game – as installing some expansion packs or stuff packs can change the language without your knowledge. This is also an issue with the Ultimate Collection in different languages/countries.
Even if you think your game is in US English, it may still be changed in the registry. Here is a tutorial on how to fix the problem from Mod the Sims.
And if you need to change any names manually, see my tutorial on how to change your Sim’s names.
You can play this neighborhood with no mods whatsoever if that’s what you like. However, there are a few I recommend to make your playing experience better:
- Antiredundancy – prevents excessive NPCs from generating. The game will create a single NPC of each type instead of three at a time.
- Notownieregen – If you just want to play with my townies and not have a bunch of randos showing up, get this mod to prevent new townies from spawning. To download, select your most recent expansion and look through the list for “notownieregen.”
- Default Face Templates – Since your game will generate new NPCs as you require them, I recommend some nice default replacement face templates so they don’t look like hideous monsters. There are a lot of different sets out there. Right now, I’m fond of these but I’ve also used Mina’s in the past.
- Welcome Wagon Disabled – The welcome wagon will show up on some lots. If that bothers you – since these Sims have been living in this ‘hood for a while and didn’t just move in – get this mod to stop it. You can take the mod out after you play each family for a day if you like. That way, the welcome wagon will show up for new move-ins, just not the starting families.
- Default Replacement Trees – This ‘hood has a lot of trees close to the lots. I grew up in a wooded area and that’s how I like my neighborhoods. The Maxis trees render very poorly. I’d recommend getting some default replacements such as these or these.
And of course, I always advise checking out my Sims 2 Recommended Mods List for all the best, tried-and-true mods that make the game a lot more fun! These aren’t necessary, but I couldn’t play without them anymore.
CC List (From Pics Above)
If you like the way my Sims look in the custom content pictures above, here’s where you can find most of the CC I used:
- Skins by Whysim
- Curious B Magic Theater Default Eyes
- Pookleted hairs in Dynamite (black), Depth Charge (brown), Pyrotechnic (red), Volatile (blonde) – you can find these hairs in many different places including here, here, here, and here. Old Livejournals are a treasure trove for these types of hairs, but you have to dig for them. Google image search is your friend. Search for “Sims 2 pookleted hairs” and go to town.
- Pookleted Facial Hair Defaults
- Pookleted Eyebrow Defaults
- Trapping’s December Brows and Syrendoft Brows
- Muupi’s Makeup Defaults
- Default replacement clothing from a variety of places – start here.
- Inky-Fish’s Male Bodyhair Overlays
- Wearable Wrinkles Overlay – for my elder Sims.
- Freckles by Jessi – Sims with skin 1 and red hair always get freckles. Sims with red hair and skin 2 or brown hair and skin 1 have a 20 percent chance of getting freckles.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you where I got an individual hairstyle or single piece of clothing. I’ve been collecting CC from a variety of sources for a long time. Hopefully this list will give you a place to start if you want to make your Sims look like mine. And f you’re afraid of using default replacements, don’t be. Check out my Ultimate Guide to Default Replacements.
That’s it, folks! Thank you for downloading my neighborhood, and I hope you have fun with it. Custom University, Downtown, and Business District are on the agenda next, so don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss anything. (Just enter your email address in the sidebar and you’ll be notified every time I make a new post.) ——————–>>>>
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