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Ridge Hall

by Ferguson Avenue Posted 14th Sep 2015 at 9:00 PM - Updated 24th Nov 2017 at 8:32 PM by Fergus' Mind
19 Comments / replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts


Way out west on the Great Plains, high on a bluff, stands 'Ridge Hall', an imposing brick-built Italianate home. The majority of the house dates back to the 1860's, when the plains were still being freshly settled by white Americans from the east. 'Ridge Hall' was built by a wealthy east coast "farmer", named Herman Beaufort, as the jewel in the crown of his new cattle ranch. He's much famed for having lived in the extravagant new property for less than a year. Finished in late summer Herman and his wife moved in straight away, Herman then embarked on an ambitious landscaping scheme, however this came to a dramatic end when tornado season arrived. Terrified, Herman, his wife and their many servants all took shelter in the basement on multiple occasions over the season. However this wasn't the reason for their hasty departure back to the east coast, the arrival of summer and its unbearable dry heat is what had them hot-footing it back east.



Not wanting to give up on the cattle ranch, Herman proceeded to run the ranch from the east with his second in command living in 'Ridge Hall'. The home stayed in the Beaufort family for two further generations until the dust bowls of the 1920's killed off a large portion of the cattle stock forcing them to put the house and ranch up for auction at a knock-down price. The ranch land was purchased by various neighboring ranchers, and the house, by a San Diego businessmen, Marvin Reyworth,, naive enough to think he could buy it cheap and hold on to it until the economy recovered and then sell it on for a healthy profit. His naivety really shot him in the foot as the economic turmoil lasted almost a decade, by which time his domineering wife, Margaret, had taken a keen liking to the home as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of San Diego society. Fortunately for Margaret, Marvin blew his brains out when his business hit the rocks, right on the cusp of economic upturn. Margaret then moved the family out to 'Ridge Hall', although her children soon flew the nest back to the west coast, away from the clutches of their overbearing mother. Margaret then lived out the rest of her years in the home. Upon her death a bitter squabble broke out among her children over who should inherit the home. A decade of legal battles later, the home had fallen into a state of neglect and was put back on the market at a reduced price. The home was then purchased by a Denver businessman and restored, before becoming his family's winter holiday home. And that's the way it has remained.



Lot Info:
The home boasts three porches, five reception rooms, eight bedrooms, a nursery and playroom, a kitchen and pantry,
The lot costs 222,725 simoleons furnished and 134,144 simoleons unfurnished, and it built on a 40 by 40 lot.
All of the fireplaces have been upgraded to fireproof.
It was built and pictured in the Sims 3 Creators' Consortium world the Wild Wild West. I cannot recommend that world enough. It's so gorgeous.



The home has been sitting patiently in my game for a very long time, and has been play-tested at full capacity. I hope you'll all enjoy it! As usual; any issues, just let me know.


Lot Size: 40x40
Lot Price (furnished): 134,144 simoleons
Lot Price (unfurnished): 222,725 simoleons

Number of bedrooms: 5 or more
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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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Ridge Hall.7z

Size: 3.38 MB · Downloads: 495 · 24th Nov 2017
3.38 MB 495 24th Nov 2017
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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19 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 2 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
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#2 Old 14th Sep 2015 at 10:22 PM
As usual, your interiors are rich with luxuriant texture. Gorgeous.
Field Researcher
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#3 Old 14th Sep 2015 at 10:32 PM
Wow Fergus, this is so well done! I really really like it!
Field Researcher
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#4 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 12:33 AM
Fergus, you never disappoint. Classic, stately, and elegant without being overly ostentacious. Brava!
Test Subject
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#5 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 5:50 AM
Wonderful, boarderline gothic! love it!
Mad Poster
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#6 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 7:25 AM
Just elegant, as always, Fergus.
Instructor
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#7 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 2:05 PM
I love your houses - and the stories are fun, too: "Fortunately for Margaret, Marvin blew his brains out..." ?!?
Thank you!!!
Mad Poster
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#8 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 5:39 PM
Love your house, Fergus! Thank you!
Scholar
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#9 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 7:23 PM
Thanks for all the feedback; I'm glad to know the house is appreciated. It's certainly been one of my personal favourites; I know I've certainly had a lot of fun with it.

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and the stories are fun, too: "Fortunately for Margaret, Marvin blew his brains out..." ?!?


Hey, what can I say? She gained a nice old house out of it, so can she really complain?
Instructor
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#10 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 8:38 PM
Looks great, Ferg. Love the pantry with the kitchen, and the layout of the attic floor is very nice. The garden is wonderful, and of course, the difference in the addition of the back "L" always makes me happy!
Lab Assistant
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#11 Old 26th Sep 2015 at 7:19 PM
Just beautiful, I love it.
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#12 Old 13th Oct 2015 at 7:42 PM
This house is amazing! I play the Random Legacy Challenge, and every generation, I filter MTS on houses that match my generations size needs and budget. Yours was the first that came up, and I just... it blew my mind. It looks even nicer in game. I've been playing for about 4 hours, and keep discovering stuff!

Just one teensy weensy little nitpick. My Sims don't seem to be able to access the bin under the outside stairs. I had to move it onto the patio so they didn't route fail.
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#13 Old 14th Oct 2015 at 8:05 AM Last edited by Fergus' Mind : 1st Nov 2015 at 11:03 PM.
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Originally Posted by severedsolo
This house is amazing! I play the Random Legacy Challenge, and every generation, I filter MTS on houses that match my generations size needs and budget. Yours was the first that came up, and I just... it blew my mind. It looks even nicer in game. I've been playing for about 4 hours, and keep discovering stuff!

Just one teensy weensy little nitpick. My Sims don't seem to be able to access the bin under the outside stairs. I had to move it onto the patio so they didn't route fail.


I'm glad it's still appreciated.
As for the bin, I've had the house played with full capacity for a couple of generations and haven't had any issues with the bin. What I'll do when I get chance is move the current family out and stick a test family in and see if the bin causes any issues then. I'll also find a new place for the bin regardless and re-upload. Thanks for letting me know.
Edit:
I've pulled the bin out from underneath the back staircase a bit more to make it accessible. I've also fixed a few dodgy ceiling tiles. Enjoy!
Test Subject
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#14 Old 26th Oct 2015 at 11:54 AM
Oh my, the house is beautiful I wish I could actually stay in.
Test Subject
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#15 Old 29th Oct 2015 at 3:57 PM
Wow, this is stunning!Great work
Alchemist
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#16 Old 8th Nov 2015 at 12:15 AM
I love the house Fergus. Each room has lovely details. The back story is very amusing and I can't tell if you actually researched a house named Ridge Hall or you totally made up the family saga. I like when the dry heat made them hot foot it back east. Ha Ha!
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8th Nov 2015 at 12:40 AM
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#17 Old 19th Nov 2015 at 5:49 PM
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Originally Posted by triciamanly
I love the house Fergus. Each room has lovely details. The back story is very amusing and I can't tell if you actually researched a house named Ridge Hall or you totally made up the family saga. I like when the dry heat made them hot foot it back east. Ha Ha!

Thanks. Sometimes I see a beautiful landscape and then in my mind I picture my dream house for that location and then before long I've got a whole back story going on in my mind that I just have to get written down somewhere. The plains and the southwest are very beautiful landscapes, so it's not hard to imagine living there in a beautiful old home and just falling in love with my surroundings each morning I open the curtains, regardless of season or weather.
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#18 Old 6th Jul 2016 at 4:36 PM
Ahhh wow, this is really pretty!
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#19 Old 24th Nov 2017 at 10:34 PM
This is a beautiful house, very impressive! Thank you for sharing it with us