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Ennuyeuse Apartments, by Mattb325.
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Inspired by any number of the bland, blah and boring apartment blocks that have sprung up all around the world since the turn of the 21st century, I present Ennuyeuse Apartments.

These sorts of apartments are clean and functional and appeal to conservative buyers with a safe, neutral colour palette of whites, creams, taupes and of course the newest kid on the neutral block: 'greige' trims and feature walls ('greige' is the colour and word combination of a deep warm grey on a beige base).
No doubt in 30 years time, 'greige' will become as despised as the 1970s mission-browns and burnt oranges.

All these apartment complexes are typically 8 stories tall, thereby broadening the conservative buyer appeal to the lucrative Asian market (the number 8 - pronounced 'Ba' in Mandarin sounds similar to 'Fa' which means to 'Make a Fortune' - hence the lucky association). However, given that these apartments usually use quite cheap materials with minimal noise and thermal insulation, the only people making a fortune are the developers!

Floors 7 & 8 are reserved for the penthouse.

The apartments feature other crowd pleasers such as securely garaged, underground parking; lift access; hidden drying balconies (these are the two tall louvered areas on both sides of the building); glass-railings on the main balconies and reverse cycle ducted airconditioning. Open-concept living areas, granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, ensuite and guest bathrooms all add to the broad buyer appeal.

The planting is non-descript with crowd pleasing evergreens all on well-lit, compact and easy-to-maintain grounds ensuring that strata levies/HOA fees are kept to a minimum.

These apartments are presented in 3 options: a 2x2, a 3x3 and a 5x5 lot.

Despite their predictability, these are a good mid-rise, medium wealth, medium density filler lots for your cities.

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STATS R§§:

Lot size :                   2x2 & 2x3
Growth Stage:          5 & 6 (Medium & High Density Zoning)
Bulldoze Cost:          §412
Capacity Satisfied:  R§ 591, R§§ 327
Pollution:                  2 (Air)/ 1 (Water)/ 4 (Garbage )
Pollution Radius:     5/6/0
Power Consumed:  5 Mwh
Water Consumed:   13 Gal/Month
Building Style:          Houston/Euro/NY/Chicago
Occupant Group:     Medium Wealth Residential Building

 

Lot size :                  5x5
Growth Stage:         4 (Medium & High Density Zoning)
Bulldoze Cost:         §795
Capacity Satisfied:  R§ 1,178, R§§ 652
Pollution:                  5 (Air)/ 2 (Water)/ 4 (Garbage )
Pollution Radius:     5/6/0
Power Consumed:   9 Mwh
Water Consumed:   25 Gal/Month
Building Style:          Houston/Euro/NY/Chicago
Occupant Group:     Medium Wealth Residential Building

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NOTE ABOUT DARK NITE vs MAXIS NITE:

This download contains TWO model files; one for dark nite users (and other night-time darkening mods, such as Gizmos night-mod) and one for the standard Maxis nite.
You must keep only one file - depending on which version you use. If you are unsure whether you have a night-darkening mod installed, then choose the Maxis night version. Regardless of which file you choose to keep, make sure you DO NOT delete the Lot File!

If you use the dark nite version, you will need a dark nite mod.

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NOTE ABOUT PARKING TEXTURES:

Sheesh, I can't believe I have to write this.....as these models contain garaged underground parking, the lots do not come with parking textures. If you wish to add acres of parking or change the concrete textures, please use the lot editor to do so.

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DEPENDENCIES:

To ensure proper functionality, make sure the following files are in your plugins:

*BSC MEGA Props - Mattb325Vol02.dat: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2383

*BSC Mega Props - Mattb325Vol03.dat: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=2768

*BSC Texture Pack - CPVol01.dat: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=101

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To install, simply unzip the contents of this file into your plugins folder.

Thanks.

 

 




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Well, some may find this architecture and style egreigeous, but I sure welcome having such buildings in my SC4 plugins folder! I particularly like them for the multi-building lots like the 5x5 that you provided - makes it easy to recreate planned development. Thank you for making and sharing them! *:)

On a totally unrelated note, your little rant about the generic, bland and somehwat cheap character of that architecture makes me think the blog mcmansionhell.com might appeal to you - unless you already know that one. I've had many laughs out of it.

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Thought you might know it, but it was worth a shot. Ah yes, those real-estate photos - I had, in fact, seen an article about that blog somewhere and nearly forgotten about it afterwards, but then my sister gave me a tear-off calendar for Christmas: every day a horrible picture and a great one-liner. *:lol: I love that stuff. *:)

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this is just what my cities need. great to see you back. the only small critique ive got are about that pool. When making multiple zones it would fit better without all those pools. *:8)

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