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18 Stafford Terrace - Victorian Townhouse (up to NL required)

by aelflaed Posted 19th Apr 2008 at 3:25 PM - Updated 21st Apr 2008 at 4:36 AM by aelflaed
42 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
This download is part of the Victorian London Creator Challenge
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

This splendidly-appointed residence is available fully furnished. The ground floor contains the formal dining room and morning room, where the lady of the house may interview servants and receive callers. The entire first floor is given over to the drawing room, with double fireplaces and a private nook for the master's easel. The second floor contains the principal and second bedrooms, with full bathing facilities. The principal bedroom opens onto the balcony. There is also a spacious and well-lit attic, ready for use as a nursery, or as servants' accomodation. There is a small yard at the rear of the house.

There are water closets on all the main floors. Kitchen, pantry and scullery are to be found in the basement, which has the benefit of ample daylight. There is no external access to the this floor, keeping the comings and goings of the servants firmly under the eye of the mistress.

The house is decorated in fashionable style, with William Morris papers and lavish furnishings. The latest telephony and burglar systems are installed.

Historical Notes:
This middle-class Italianate townhouse was built in the early 1870s. From the website: "The arrival of an artist at no.18 Stafford Terrace was a novelty. The young couple decided to furnish their home in the fashionable 'aesthetic' or artistic style of the period. They lived in the house for the next 36 years and, although they made some alterations, the basic decorative scheme remains the same today." Today, the house is open to the public as a splendidly-preserved example of its time. Much of the furniture and decor are original.

I have built the lot as closely as was practicable to the plans of the real house. Service areas including kitchen, pantry and scullery are in the basement. These and the attic floor are not available for inspection online. However, good plans are available for the three main floors, with detailed descriptions and photos of the interior.

A quick tour of the original rooms: the hall is decorated with dark green paper, with brown linoleum on the floor. The garden door, visible beyond the hall stairs, has a design of stained glass. The colours in the dining room are also dark greens. Shelves of blue and white china decorate the walls of this room (not represented here, in the interests of keeping CC to a minimum), and there is a tall sideboard. There are many paintings and knick-knacks in every room. The morning room is papered with blue and cream William Morris (I used green again, to maintain the colour scheme). The room contains a fashionable laquered Japanese desk. The first-floor landing includes a mini conservatory,known as the Water Garden, which replaced the lower part of the original window. The drawing room contained Linley's easel and other messy equipment, in the bay window which could be closed off from the rest of the room when not in use. I have moved the site of this 'studio' to the front end of the house, still in a curtained alcove. The two white marble fireplaces hint at the removal of an original partition - it was fashionable to combine two rooms into an enlarged drawing room.

Notes for Players:
I used Numenor's Unlevelled walls to make the basement more visible in play. You can install his custom wall separately (follow the directions on the thread). If you do not have the wall installed, the game will cope - either replacing that part of the structure with black iron fencing, or with standard walls. The house should NOT crash.

Likewise, Crocobaura's open stairs. If you install them as per the creator's instructions, you will have them properly. If not, they will work fine in this house, but you will not be able to use them in your own building.

A clone of this house was tested for several days by Matthew Littleton (seen in the view of the drawing room) and his wife. They found it a very satisfactory design, and are looking forward to putting their first child into the crib in the principal bedroom. Linley had a nursery in the attic, but the Littletons don't want to be separated from their little darling so soon.

Lot size 1x2 (Sunnyside Mini)
Cost $123, 946.
Unfurnished, the house still costs over 30,000 simoleons, so it will never be a starter. Sorry; I like to build starters, but this is a different kind of project.

Custom Content Included:
- Steadfast Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
- Oasis floor tile by Parsimonious
- Garden Bay Window by macarossi
- Classic window with Round Pediment by Marina
- Classic Window with Round Pediment Large by Marina
- Classic Window Round Pediment (diagonal) by Marina
- Decorative Round Pediment for doors by Marina
- White Brick wall by LyricLee

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Numenor for his custom walls (, and also for the BasegameStarter Pro, which allows as many players as possible to use this house.

Thanks to the people who maintain the wonderful information and online tour of Linley Sambourne house -

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 University Nightlife
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Linley Sambourne Townhouse NL.rar

Size: 1.68 MB · Downloads: 11,629 · 19th Apr 2008
1.68 MB 11,629 19th Apr 2008
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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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  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
4. CEP Required: The CEP is necessary for this download to work. Make sure that you have the newest version of the CEP installed. Get it here: The Official CEP Download.

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Original Poster
#26 Old 15th May 2008 at 4:16 AM
Maria, the kitchen is in the basement, as service areas were at this period. There is even a scullery and pantry, as well as the servants' dining table. The basement area -is- described in the text above.
Glad you like it.
Test Subject
#27 Old 15th Jun 2008 at 12:40 PM
This lot is great and shows the time period in a fantastic way but one,thing would you be willing to upload this lot onto as myself and a friend of mine are having trouble downloading it off MTS2 ??
Original Poster
#28 Old 18th Jun 2008 at 12:43 AM
Rainbow-smartiez, keep trying! Sometimes the site is having trouble for a day or so, and then things download properly again. Good luck!
Lab Assistant
#29 Old 20th Jun 2008 at 12:19 AM
OMG this place is so much fun to play. It is now one of may favorite sim homes. Thank you so much!

Test Subject
#30 Old 7th Sep 2008 at 1:55 AM
I just wanted to say "thanks". This is currently one of my favourite houses, I really really like it!

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but montreal won't break us down.
Original Poster
#31 Old 7th Sep 2008 at 8:13 AM
Thanks to both of you, I appreciate your comments.
Test Subject
#32 Old 16th Mar 2009 at 10:46 PM
The house is lovely! At least I can have a bit of Britain in my game. Now I just need a way of making our typically tiny twisty stairs and I can make some Scottish tennaments.
Test Subject
#33 Old 27th Mar 2009 at 3:37 AM
Hi, the townhouse looks great but it keep crashing my game when I try actually using the house. I downloaded the special walls already, so I am not sure why this is happening. Can you help? I'd really love to play with this house. Thanks!
Test Subject
#34 Old 16th Apr 2009 at 2:19 AM
Hi, I'm still new at this; your post says 'up to NL' but I have Dbl Dlx NL/Celeb stuff (and nothing else) .... I so hope it still works! thanks for sharing.
Original Poster
#35 Old 17th Apr 2009 at 2:09 AM
bitofapip, it should still work for you I believe.

Tartfuel, do you mean it crashes when you try to load the house, or when you try to place it in your neighbourhood? Can you move a family in? Do you have the required EPs? If you don't have Nightlife, the house will likely crash.

The unlevelled walls shouldn't cause crashing, and you say you have them anyway. Have you tried taking out your CC? You may well have something (besides the lot package) that is causing this.
Test Subject
#36 Old 28th Sep 2009 at 7:47 PM
Hah hah, this looks a lot like my house! Great work, very realistic

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Forum Resident
#37 Old 1st Dec 2009 at 2:47 AM

Thank you.
Original Poster
#38 Old 2nd Dec 2009 at 1:02 AM
Thanks for commenting!
Test Subject
#39 Old 17th May 2010 at 9:11 PM
Hold on a sec! It said all I needed was University and Nightlife!
Now, I have these, plus Pets, Seasons, and Freetime...and yet the Package Installer says it doesn't work! Could you possibly point me in the right direction? Thanks!
Original Poster
#40 Old 19th May 2010 at 2:31 PM
Maybe you got a corrupted copy? Try a fresh download. Also try using CleanInstaller rather than the Eaxis version.

The lot was created in a clean environment, Uni / NL only, so the specs should definitely be as written.
Test Subject
#41 Old 13th Feb 2011 at 9:44 AM
Victorian house is the best I've seen it!
Test Subject
#42 Old 3rd Nov 2012 at 2:20 PM
great job but could u maybe make it on a bigger lot so it has more of a back garden. I know it wasnt 'the thing' in victorian times to have a city/townhouse and have a garden. just thought it would finish the house off
Test Subject
#43 Old 18th Aug 2014 at 7:27 PM
Thank you ! :)
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