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

by mairi0336 Posted 28th Jan 2007 at 5:20 AM - Updated 29th Jun 2009 at 6:33 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.

Sims 2 University Nightlife Open for Business Pets
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: 15,242 · 31st Jan 2007
3.91 MB 15,242 31st Jan 2007
Saraceno II.zip

Size: 1.28 MB · Downloads: 18,379 · 31st Jan 2007
1.28 MB 18,379 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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Scholar
#2 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 4:33 PM
This is B E A U T I F U L!!!! I can't even decorate my own house... lol Great Job!!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 4:41 PM
this is my favorite of the ones uploaded to modtheims2 as of yet!

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Ty Woodchip50
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 4:45 PM
I really takes talent to make Maxis-only houses look as beautiful as this! Good work!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 4:48 PM
This is adorable! I can't wait for my sims to move in! Thank you very much
Test Subject
#6 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 5:10 PM
This house is exquisite. There are no other words that can describe. I could never make a "Maxis" house look so extraordinary. Although I cannot play such a large lot, I envy those who can. You are truly talented. Possibly the best I have seen. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. Keep up the excellent work!!

After storms weathered my heart by and by,
You placed for me, a rainbow, high in the sky.
You comforted me, Consoled me, Consumed me,
Consummated me.
You loved me long, I loved you hard.
That spring we were rarely apart.
Seasons changed
Mad Poster
#7 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 5:48 PM
Beautiful lot mairi, a well deserved feature.
thank you

You know a site allowing re-upload of free build/buy stuff in lots ? Help us to update the list !

* Plus j'échoue plus je m'approche de la réussite
* The more I fail the more I approach the success

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Inventor
#8 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 5:50 PM
Wow, what an impressive lot, it is really gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us! This house is going to make one of my sim families VERY happy! :D

Curvalicious Sims 2 (My website, only sims 2 stuff currently)Curvalicious Sims2

For more great content check out PMBD

Inventor
#9 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 5:52 PM
oh btw, forgot to mention, I absolutely LOVE your horse paintings, can we upload these in our houses submitted to MTS2?

Curvalicious Sims 2 (My website, only sims 2 stuff currently)Curvalicious Sims2

For more great content check out PMBD

Field Researcher
Original Poster
#10 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 6:02 PM
Yes, you may include the paintings in uploaded houses--those were submitted freely for you to do whatever you wish with them--just don't use them for commercial purposes. (And please give credit!)

I will be releasing some more paintings with future house uploads. The first house of my new Country Estates series is in development now and will include some more paintings for you to enjoy. Have fun!

Mairi
Test Subject
#11 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 6:44 PM
Really loved your presentation!
Test Subject
#12 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 6:45 PM
I like it , I like it , I like it :-)
thank you
Field Researcher
#13 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 8:17 PM
Just out of curiousity, how did you get the polished floors?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#14 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 8:49 PM
I used the Millenium reflective floor tiles, available here:

http://www.muranomobilia.com/

They're transparent--just lay them down over your regular floor, and make sure that reflections are enabled in the Options menu of your game. The floors use your mirror files, but they don't affect anything. Enjoy!

Mairi
Test Subject
#15 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 9:42 PM
when i try to install it it says i don't have the expasion packs, but i have nightlife and sims 2? why is this? please i want to really download this!
Field Researcher
#16 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 10:13 PM
Wow! Stunning lot and amazingly you have managed to make the maxis things look nice! Great use of the games objects!

I'd love to have this lot in my game but as its so big I will have to pass, but I definitely can appreciate your amazing job here!

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Field Researcher
Original Poster
#17 Old 29th Jan 2007 at 11:43 PM
I do plan to make some smaller houses in the future--the big ones are so fun to build, though!

Tinuke: To use this house, you will need the following expansions: Nightlife, Open For Business, University, and Pets. If you have all of those expansions and still can't install the house, let me know so I can fix it! Thanks.

For people who don't have all the expansions, I am planning on making a limited series of houses that don't require any expansions at all (just Sims 2) sometime in the near future.

Mairi
Lab Assistant
#18 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 12:10 AM Last edited by bluemoon11 : 30th Jan 2007 at 12:26 AM.
Wow, this is absolutely amazing! My sims are so spoiled already and this will just make it worse... but they all thank you, and I thank you as well! I love the shower for two...

You're right about the mirror floors slowing down computers, I put them in just one bathroom once and that's why my computer hates me... and my computer is fairly decent... :/

I think that if you build a house with nightlife, it will require nightlife... but I could be wrong... and people can just use clean installer.

Tinuke :: use Clean Installer. [ www.sims2pack.modthesims2.com ] It should work fine. I have Clean Installer and I love it.

The real John McCain

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
-Albert Schweitzer
Test Subject
#19 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 1:33 AM
thx for the help. but i how do i install it with clean installer, it's not a package file. so i doesn't show up.
Field Researcher
#20 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 2:21 AM
Wow....Great Lot...

You Have Beautiful Pictures Too....

Yes I agree as well, quite shallow and pedantic....
Test Subject
#21 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 2:34 AM
Your design is very wonderful.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#22 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 10:51 AM
Tinuke,

If you remove some of the expansion items from the house (if that is possible), some things may not work correctly, so be very careful.

But from what I understand, if you build a house with an expansion, it requires that expansion. Most of my houses use essential building tools from the expansions (like elevators, garages, split-level flooring, etc), that cannot be removed.

Check out this site for detailed instructions (and screenshots) on how to use Clean Installer. I don't know if Clean Installer will remove expansion items or not--many of them are integrated into the house build itself. I'm not sure how that works. I've never tried to remove things like that with it.

http://sims2pack.modthesims2.com/index.php?page=4

I will be releasing a new (limited) series of houses soon that don't require any expansions at all, so that a broader range of people can enjoy them.

I'm sorry if this doesn't help you! I hope it does.

Thanks,

Mairi
Alchemist
#23 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 12:55 PM
No words, mairie, your latest houses are fantastic, I couldnt' say that just they are one better then the previous one because they are all TOP CLASS. Good job, I'm really happy for you of such a great success! Kiss and ciao.
Test Subject
#24 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 10:16 PM
for some reason the house is showing up in my game over600 MILLIOn dollars....
I cant move a sim into it >.> any suggestions?
Test Subject
#25 Old 30th Jan 2007 at 10:18 PM
For some reason the house is costing over 600 million in my game....ANy ideas?
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