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Saraceno (Luxury Mediterranean Villa, 3 BR, 4 BA, Fully Furnished)

by mairi0336 Posted 28th Jan 2007 at 6:20 AM - Updated 29th Jun 2009 at 7:33 PM by mairi0336
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
True luxury need not be defined. Instead, it defines itself. This dramatic, extraordinary home features striking details that begin in its extravagant columned entryway and extend throughout its majestic rooms and galleries.

Saraceno is fully furnished and decorated, and represents some of the most exquisite detail and exotic style of the Mediterranean collection.

Features:
-Unique, efficient layout with plenty of doors and windows
-Dramatic low Mediterranean-style roofs
-Fully landscaped with trees, fountains, and elegant courtyards
-Lighting and decorative plants in every room
-Safe and secure with burglar alarms, fire alarm, and phones
-Going up? No more climbing stairs--take the elevator!
-This spacious villa can comfortably house six people, with plenty of room to expand and customize
-And so much more--check it out for yourself!

This graceful villa was inspired by my Arriosa house (see the link and picture of Arriosa below). You can see that the exterior of this house is very similar to Arriosa, though on a much smaller scale! The interior design of Saraceno is completely unique, though many of the themes are similar to Arriosa's. This is the fifth house in the Mediterranean series (and there are more in the works).

Lot Size: 4x3
Fully Furnished: $324,391

Photo Album


Saraceno is a stunning blend of Old World elegance and contemporary comfort.


Unique architecture and dramatic rooflines give this amazing villa a majestic, palatial feel.


The distinctive style of this villa is further defined by the grand solana with its indoor pool and beautiful two-story windows.


The foyer of this stunning home is graced by a cupola with a soaring 30-foot ceiling.


Columned arches and polished marble floors give this villa its exotic, timeless atmosphere.


Saraceno's expansive, airy floor plan creates interesting and inviting living spaces.


Unexpected architecture and graceful details create stunning views in every direction.


An airy hall lined with sliding glass doors creates a seamless transition between the main house, the grand solana with its indoor pool, and the fresh breezes of the courtyard.


The luxurious indoor pool features plenty of sunshine and beautiful views through the majestic two-story windows of the solana.


Discover pure bliss in the elegant spa.


Relax in the comfortable sitting area and enjoy the view through the solana's expansive windows.


The formal dining room can seat up to six people, and includes a wine table and butler pantry.


Indulge your inner chef in the spacious gourmet-caliber kitchen.


This luxurious guest bath is graced with elegant columns and a splashing fountain.


No detail is too small--even this guest bath is painstakingly decorated! Saraceno offers guest bathrooms on both floors for maximum convenience.


The well-appointed study includes a large reference library and features a beautiful view of the front courtyard fountains.


Relax in the leisuire room with its state-of-the-art media center.


Enjoy a few moments of solitude in this peaceful courtyard.


The entire left wing of the house is devoted to the stunning master retreat.


The master retreat offers unparalleled comfort and striking beauty with its innovative open floor plan.


Greet each new day with a smile in the master retreat's private morning kitchen.


The master retreat offers a comfortable sitting area with bookshelves and ample light for reading.


The beautiful master bath is an irresistable escape from the rest of the world.


Enjoy a leisurely and luxurious soak in the elegant tub.


The master bath features a deluxe lighted shower for two!


The master retreat offers a private outside entrance, with an alarm for security.


Throw a perfect party every time in the spacious upstairs loft, with its DJ booth, dance floor, wet bar, pool table, and guest bathroom.


A sitting room upstairs offers a relaxing place to watch a movie or enjoy the balcony with its view of the front courtyard.


The comfortable upstairs bedrooms are large enough for a growing family.


The upstairs bedrooms offer plenty of windows to let in natural light, with curtains for privacy.


Each upstairs bedroom includes a computer desk and bookshelf, great for students or playful sims!


The luxurious upstairs bath offers all of the features that the master bath does, with plenty of room.

Floor Plans


First Floor, Right Side


First Floor, Left Side


Second Floor

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And that's only a sample of the beauty of this elegant masterpiece--you just have to see it for yourself!

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This house contains no hacks! It contains the following custom content:

A series of thirteen paintings (recolors of original Maxis paintings), created by me with SimPE:

-A Favorite Custom
-Bougainvilla
-Cattlya Orchid and Three Brazilian Hummingbirds
-Cupid With a Butterfly
-Queen Anne's Lace
-Rest
-Shirebrook
-The Favorite Poet
-The Haymaker
-The Horse Fair
-The Rapture of Psyche
-White Knites
-Work Interrupted

These thirteen paintings are included in the Saraceno Paintings zip, provided below.

Please note that if you already have the paintings set from Ferretti, you will already have a copy of some of these paintings. That's okay--the files are identical.

That's it--no other custom content!

*The house shown in the photos has the Millenium reflective floor tiles installed--these are NOT part of the downloaded version! The reason for this is that it caused my computer to run very slowly because of the overload on the graphics card (and it is a really nice card and computer). I didn't want to provide a house that might not run well for people. If you wish to install the reflective floor tiles in your own copy of the house, you may get them here:

http://www.muranomobilia.com/

**YOU WILL NEED THE CEP (Color Enabler Package), if you don't already have it installed, to use the paintings. Get it here:

http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=92541

***You don't need any stuff packs to use this house!

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Be sure to check out Arriosa, one of my most carefully crafted masterpieces! It took over two weeks of uninterrupted work, and you just have to see it to believe it! Arriosa is a luxury Spanish villa with a bold, open floor plan, elegant courtyards with refreshing views, and a dramatically landscaped pool.



Arriosa is here at last! Thank you to Delphy, Aquafina, Fresh Prince, and everyone who made this happen! Get Arriosa here:

http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=218204

Also, make sure to check out Cordillera , Montserrat, and Ferretti, three more villas available in this series. Cordillera is a featured download here at Mod the Sims 2--check it out!

http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=217261

My new series, Country Estates, is on the way! Look for it coming soon!

I will be adding to the Mediterranean collection frequently (it's my favorite style). I never consider a series finished, so you may expect to see some more Mediterranean houses in the future.

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My Policy:
Feel free to use or modify any of my house designs, but only for personal use! Please do not upload them to other sites. And please don't modify my stuff and then try to upload it as your own--I often spend days at a time working on a really big project and take great pride in my work. (My Arriosa house alone took over two weeks of uninterrupted work, and used over a hundred individual cheats!)

As for the custom paintings I have created for this house, you may use them however you like, as long as it isn't for commercial purposes, and under the condition that you give credit and a link back to my profile page here.

Thanks!

Enjoy!
Mairi

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Downloading Instructions:

To play the house as shown, with all of the custom paintings, you will need both the Saraceno II zip file, and also the Saraceno Paintings zip file. Unzip the Saraceno Paintings zip and place the items in your Downloads folder. Make sure you have the CEP (Color Enabler Package) installed (see the link above). Double-click the house file when you get it unzipped and it will install to your game for you.

That's it! Enjoy!

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Please be sure to check my profile page for any announcements about important issues or houses to be released next. Thank you!

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*This post has been updated, but only to replace the rar file with a more widely accessible zip file, as requested. The actual files are exactly the same.

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This house was featured in an official Sims 2/3 conference for EA! Check out the video here (and check out the cool sneak previews of The Sims 3 while you're at it):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX5w...from=PL&index=3
Tags: #house, #large, #furnished

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

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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Saraceno Paintings.zip

Size: 3.91 MB · Downloads: 15,256 · 31st Jan 2007
3.91 MB 15,256 31st Jan 2007
Saraceno II.zip

Size: 1.28 MB · Downloads: 18,394 · 31st Jan 2007
1.28 MB 18,394 31st Jan 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.
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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#26 Old 31st Jan 2007 at 12:22 AM
Eh?! That's a new one on me. . .

I knew my houses could be a little pricey but my goodness. . .

I don't really know how that happened. I have tested that house on several different computers and didn't have any problems. . .do you have the custom paintings installed correctly?

Mairi
Test Subject
#27 Old 31st Jan 2007 at 4:58 AM
Your houses are beautiful! I am definitely downloading this one.
Blenderized to Pieces
retired moderator
#28 Old 1st Feb 2007 at 7:17 PM Last edited by porkypine : 1st Feb 2007 at 11:41 PM.
Al I can say is.... "DAAANNNNGGGG' I wish my floors were that shiny!" Which would be interesting since most of my house has icky, wall-to-wall carpeting.

FYI. the game doesn't care which EP you use to make a lot. The issue is if your building parts come with a specific EP. OFB has certain types of windows and doors, then you'd need that EP to see those parts.

You can place any lot in your game using Simpack2clean installer. What happens then is that your game will replace any parts you don't have the EP for with default parts. The look of the house would change but you'd still have the floor plan and the rest of the stuff.

p.s. If people forget to get a new part for something place in your lot that the game doesn't have a default part for, it will either be invisible or it will flash blue.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#29 Old 1st Feb 2007 at 7:28 PM
Ah, I didn't know that. Thanks for the useful information, Porkypine!

Mairi
Blenderized to Pieces
retired moderator
#30 Old 1st Feb 2007 at 11:39 PM
Oh yea! Interesting how it comes up at 600 million.. they can use these cheats:
motherlode
or
familyFunds (lastname) +(700000)
Lab Assistant
#31 Old 3rd Feb 2007 at 5:17 AM
I appreciate the fact that you have provided 2 downloads. Thanks for the options.
Very nice laid out.

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Test Subject
#32 Old 4th Feb 2007 at 4:33 PM
how did you get the border around the shiney floors??
Test Subject
#33 Old 4th Feb 2007 at 4:33 PM
how did you get the border around the shiney floors??
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#34 Old 5th Feb 2007 at 12:12 AM
If you mean the little gold strip on the floor separating the floor areas, that is available in Build mode under the Fencing menu. It's the floor divider (in brass). I built the floors with the divider first, then laid down the reflective floor tiles later for picture taking.

Hope that helps!

Mairi

"Logic will get you from A to B, Imagination will take you everywhere." ~Albert Einstein
Field Researcher
#35 Old 5th Feb 2007 at 3:02 PM Last edited by Angelgoddess79 : 5th Feb 2007 at 6:10 PM.
I love this Villa!!!:D*Bear hugs* Can you hear your female sims, high heels click on the tile floor? Can't wait to see more.

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Scholar
#36 Old 10th Feb 2007 at 4:10 PM
Absolutely STUNNING!! :D
The design is breathtaking, the plan is so well thought out, and so unique!
You have left nothing out as furnishings/decorations, and that FLOOR that you used enhances it all!!!
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Thanks a million! :D

"What we say is good for nothing, if we say nothing for good.".
Lab Assistant
#37 Old 12th Feb 2007 at 6:15 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by truelytrance
For some reason the house is costing over 600 million in my game....ANy ideas?


Go motherlode! wow, maybe it is a glitch, because 600 million is like omg.



Btw, what size is this lot?
All my sims live in a very small island and I dont know if I have room left for a big house which I love it, love it, love it!!


awesome!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#38 Old 12th Feb 2007 at 11:55 PM
It's a 4x3 lot. I don't know what happened with the 600 million error--I have tried to duplicate that error on several different computers with no luck. I haven't heard anybody else mention that either--it must have been a fluke.

Thanks for the compliments!

Mairi

"Logic will get you from A to B, Imagination will take you everywhere." ~Albert Einstein
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 13th Feb 2007 at 6:57 PM
Im glad I had space for your awesome lot at my tiny little island.
It looks terrific.
Test Subject
#40 Old 14th Feb 2007 at 10:17 AM
wow is all i can say ;]
Test Subject
#41 Old 14th Feb 2007 at 10:24 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by truelytrance
For some reason the house is costing over 600 million in my game....ANy ideas?



That's cause you dont have some of the EP required to play this lot
i had the same problem with another huge lot that i later found out needed PETS
i installed PETS and voila i could move in!
Lab Assistant
#42 Old 18th Feb 2007 at 11:10 PM
Thanks for the house! I love it!
Test Subject
#43 Old 21st Feb 2007 at 4:43 PM
It says file is corupt I have all the EP's for it and I love the lot!

No one is ther....what.
Ok just me....LOSE IT!
Wha....I'm freaky...COOL! :-DDDD
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#44 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 12:13 PM
Hmm, I don't know what could be causing that--I just downloaded the house and tested it again to see if it worked, and I had no problems with it--perhaps try a different unzipping utility? I used WinZIP 11 to package the file (so some utilities, including other versions of WinZip, could be incompatible with it)--you could try unzipping it with WinRAR and see if that takes care of it. Let me know if that works!

Mairi

"Logic will get you from A to B, Imagination will take you everywhere." ~Albert Einstein
Test Subject
#45 Old 8th Mar 2007 at 7:35 AM
I kind of wish I could move into this house myself! Since I can't, I'll have to just live vicariously through my Sims. The house is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.
Test Subject
#46 Old 30th Mar 2007 at 3:55 PM
Terribly sorry to be a bother, but have you any clue why under one of the plants there is a flashing blue square? I made sure to get the custom objects you posted. It won't let me remove it at all, even with moveobjects on. Moving the plant seems to have no effect either. Any ideas?
Test Subject
#47 Old 5th Apr 2007 at 10:47 PM
This is truly amazing!
Well Done
Lab Assistant
#48 Old 22nd Apr 2007 at 5:43 PM
Wow! Good Job!
WOW It's a beautiful house!
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Theorist
#49 Old 25th May 2007 at 8:40 PM
awesome thanks
Test Subject
#50 Old 3rd Jun 2007 at 7:25 AM
Awesome!!!!!!!!
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