My favorite Sims neighborhood of all time is Pleasantview in The Sims 2. There’s no better drama in the entire series…
Don Lothario’s love triangle, missing Bella Goth abducted by aliens, gold-digging Dina going after Mortimer’s money, Brandi Broke pregnant and widowed, Daniel Pleasant cheating on his wife with the maid. So many amazing stories to tell!
Since I’ve come back to revisit The Sims 4 after a long break, I really wanted to recreate this drama. So I have! In this post, I’m sharing my personal recreation of Pleasantview in The Sims 4 – as close as I could get to the original (within the limits of the game).
UPDATED: February 1, 2024 Added grocery delivery NPCs and cashier/vendor) NPCs to save file.
I originally wanted to make this save base-game only with a small amount of custom content. But that is just not possible due to the Science, Medical, and Political careers being released in expansion packs. For that reason, you’ll need the following packs for the save to work as intended:
- Get to Work
- City Living
If you don’t have these packs, you can still play the save. BUT, Don Lothario, Cassandra Goth, Mortimer Goth, and Mary-Sue Pleasant will not have careers. The retail lots (Grocery Store and Clothing Store) will also not show up in your game.
I created this save in a blank save. The two base-game worlds, Newcrest, Magnolia Promenade, and San Myshuno are completely empty. No other Sims exist except the Pleasantview playable Sims, NPCs, and townies when you start the save. However, if you have other expansion packs that add new worlds and Sims, you must go to “Manage Worlds” and delete those Sims if you don’t want them in your Pleasantview.
All lots have been bulldozed except in San Myshuno. I left them there in case you want to use them. I renamed San Myshuno to “Sim City.” I may eventually recreate some of the Downtown lots here, but I’m not sure. I don’t like this world and never use it in my own gameplay, but I left it there for you to do as you like.
Oasis Springs has been renamed “Strangetown.” I do eventually plan to recreate Strangetown too. Right now, there are no lots in the world.
Newcrest has been renamed “Bluewater Village.” I have created some of the lots from Bluewater Village (and the Sims), but they are not included with this save file yet. I may eventually release them as a separate save and a combined with Pleasantview save. I will also upload the lots and Sims to the gallery.
I intend for this save file to be expandable as I recreate more neighborhoods from The Sims 2 over time.
I have also changed the names of the “Districts” to match Pleasantview. So you’ll no longer have Crawdad Quarter, Foundry Cove, etc. Instead, I renamed them to the Pleasantview districts. BUT, this does require a small mod to work.
Click here to download the mod. Place it in your Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods folder. You can remove the mod if you want to play a new save with the Willow Creek descriptions restored. Place it back in when you’re playing Pleasantview.
There are eight playable families in my Sims 4 Pleasantview – all the originals plus the two bin families (Burbs and Oldies).
All outfits are set for every Sim. But if you have the Seasons expansion, you’ll probably want to update their cold-weather outfits. The base game is limited in that category.
Brandi was left to raise two boys alone following her husband’s suspicious pool ladder accident. With Dustin acting out, can Brandi teach young Beau to make the right choices in life?
Dustin does not have a part-time job in the Criminal Career in this save, since that’s not possible in The Sims 4. Feel free to give him the part-time job of your choice. Also, Skip Broke is deceased and his gravestone is in the backyard of the trailer. If you don’t want his ghost on your lot, release him to the Netherworld.
John, Jennifer and young Lucy have decided to trade the fast-paced city life for some fresh air, and hope to make a nice home here in Pleasantview.
In The Sims 2, the Burbs were a Bin Family. In this save, they are moved into a furnished house (225 Main Street).
Was it just coincidence that the Caliente sisters arrived on the eve of Bella’s disappearance? And is their interest in Mortimer physical… or fiscal?
Darren is pursuing his dream of being an artist, while his son Dirk hits the books. And Darren may have found his muse, but will his creativity be enough to win Cassandra’s affection?
Darleen’s grave is in the backyard, just like in The Sims 2. She’ll most likely pop out to haunt you soon!
Cassandra is ready to start a family of her own, but can she tame the town Casanova? And can Mortimer bounce back after the disappearance of his wife Bella?
I built the lot as close to the original Goth Manor as possible. The cemetery is in the back, but the Goth ancestors are not buried there. I did not create them and kill them because it’s not that important to me. But if you want them (including the ghosts) in your game, they shouldn’t be hard to create and kill off. Bella Goth was created and “removed” from the game.
Mortimer Goth is retired from the Scientist career and will receive a pension.
Who is Don Lothario? Is his engagement to Cassandra Goth genuine? And what about the rumor that her mother, Bella, was last seen scaling the deck of his condo?
The Oldies are simply one of the nicest families around. Their years together through good and bad have made them into the wonderful parents, and grandparents, they are today.
The Oldie Family has adopted the Pleasantview townie child Brittany Parker, who lives with them. This is my preferred way to play the Oldies (I partner Brittany up with Beau Broke). But if you don’t like this storyline for them, you can always delete Brittany or make her back into a townie. Also, since the Oldies were a bin family, I have furnished their home with basic furnishings.
Also, Herb has retired from the business career and will receive a pension.
On the surface, Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant seem to have the perfect life, but is their love a flimsy façade? And can Angela and Lilith make the right choices when it comes to love?
There is no swing in the base game, so I’ve placed monkey bars in the backyard of the Pleasant home where the swing should be. There is also no diving board attached to the pool.
Townies & NPCs
I have also faithfully recreated (and included) all the Pleasantview townies and many of the NPCs in my Sims 4 Pleasantview. I did NOT create the ancestors or deceased Sims at this time (except Skip Broke and Darleen Dreamer). Bella Goth was created, but she is dead in this save.
I did not create the NPC exterminators, drivers, newspaper delivery, or headmasters. These roles do not exist in The Sims 4. The created NPCs have their specific roles assigned to them. So when you play, Kaylynn and Lucy will be maids, etc.
I did create the bartenders, but since Pleasantview doesn’t have a bar to begin, they are included as townies only. You can use the NPC Control mod to assign them roles to any bar you choose – or simply leave them as townies. The bartenders are:
- Cassidy Pederson
- Juan McCullough
- Gary Hiatt
Likewise, I created the grocery delivery people but they are only townies in this save. If you have Cottage Living, you can use NPC Control (or a similar mod) to assign them as the grocery deliverers. The delivery people are:
- Marylena Hamilton
- Mitch Wolosenko
- Stephan Gothier
I created the Burglars from the original Pleasantview to fill the “Criminal” role. All other roles that exist in Sims 4 but not in Sims 2 will be filled by townies or the game will create random Sims to fill them.
Also, all NPCS and Townies have had their money randomized, so they aren’t all walking around with $20k.
I created all the inhabited homes from the original Pleasantview, plus as many empty ones as I reasonably could. Keep in mind that the Willow Creek map is much smaller than Pleasantview and Sims 4 does not allow the addition of new lots (boo!).
I included the two empty trailers, an empty condo, two of the middle class homes from Sim Lane, and the large mansion from Wright Way (not the Mediterranean one). I also left three empty lots so you can add additional homes, apartments, or community lots.
As for community lots, all the original Pleasantview lots are included – the clothing store, grocery store, community pool, and large park.
I would highly recommend downloading Srsly Sims Cooking Overhaul Mod to help with grocery gameplay. It includes plenty of CC to make a functioning grocery store (displays, grocery coolers, etc.) As it stands, the grocery store is pretty sparse. I left all the shelves empty so you can do what you want with it.
Download the Save File
Click the button below to download the save file. This is version 1.1. It’s been updated to include the grocery delivery NPCs and cashier/vendor NPCs as of February 1, 2024.
I may release additional versions in the future. I’m planning an addition of Bluewater Village, Strangetown, Veronaville, and possibly creating the ancestors in future releases.
How to Install
Here are instructions on how to install the save file. I recommend backing up your “Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Saves” folder before proceeding.
- Download the file and place in your “Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Saves” folder.
- If it says you already have a file with that name, change the slot number. (Example: change Slot_00001983.save to Slot_00001984.save) Just make sure you don’t have that slot number in your saves already.
- Open your game and enter the save. It’s named Pleasantview_PS. Don Lothario will be the preview household.
- Once you’ve opened the save, make sure you “save as” and create a new file for your own gameplay. This way you can use the save again without having to redownload.
Have fun! And please let me know what your Pleasantview Sims get up to!
You don’t technically need any of the following custom content. But if you don’t use it, some items may not appear as intended in the game. I tried my best to use only minimal CC, but some things just couldn’t be done without it (in my opinion). If you don’t download the CC below, you will need to replace these items in the game with items of your choice.
- Minimalist Glass Fence (TSR) – I used this for the glass fence on the condos.
- Modern Horizontal Railing (TSR) – I used this for the stair railing on the condos.
- Milton Window 4×4 (TSR) – I used this window for the large windows on the condos.
- Milton Window 5×3 (TSR) – I used this window on 190 Main Street (small condo) only.
- New York Window Counter 1×1 (TSR) – I used this window for the small windows on the condos and many other windows on the houses in the neighborhood.
- New York Glass Door 3×1 (TSR) – I used this door for the entrance doors on the condos.
- Nostalgia Tub – I used this for the hot tubs at the condos. It looks very similar to the Sims 2 version. If you don’t want to download this, you can always place a hot tub down from the Perfect Patio stuff pack.
- Beachy Keen Tudor Style Walls – I used these for the outer walls of the Pleasant house – 215 Sim Lane.
- Changed District Names Mod – Just in case you skipped through all my rambling above, download this mod to change the district names in Willow Creek to match Pleasantview. Remove the mod if you want to play with the original districts again.
I’ve also created a tracking spreadsheet for this save file for my personal use, but I thought I would share if anyone else wants to use it. This will mostly be of interest to rotational players who like to micro-manage. Here’s how to use it:
- Click here to open the Sims 4 Pleasantview tracking spreadsheet in Google Docs.
- Click File > Make a Copy if you want to save a copy of the spreadsheet to your own Google Drive.
- Click File > Download As if you want to download a copy of the spreadsheet to your computer.
If you want more information on how I use this spreadsheet in my own gameplay, see my article on How I Play The Sims 4 Rotationally. Enjoy!