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Welcome To Retroville! A FULL Neighborhood Themed Set*Now with B&W cars!*

by The Mod Squad Posted 25th Jul 2005 at 1:19 PM - Updated 29th May 2008 at 8:09 AM by MTS2Staff : Fixed inline image
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

Welcome To Retroville......

Submerse your sims in the olden days with this completely Black and White world before you. Created to remind us of that warm feeling of 1950's Americana, this set includes everything you need to create a TV-Land neighborhood. Every aspect (within the moddable world) has been created to allow you to create a full Retroville neighborhood.

This set is being presented to you from the MTS2 Community and a group of incredibly talented modders, meshers, and members. We have worked very hard together over the past weeks to bring you something truly unique for your gaming pleasure. We hope you enjoy this new world.

Members of The Mod Squad: LyricLee, Faylen, CynicalChick, DBCAB, TKDJunkie, JWoods, Boblishman, Numenor, xanathon, Bink13y, just_kathy, faeriegurl, anonymous, besen

*A special thank you to DameSporkalot for her I Love Lucy sim that can be found in the forums as one of our Retroville teasers. Thanks as well to all of the staff and the members of chat for their ears and eyes and ideas for this set. Thank you all.*

We began this project privately and hope to be able to bring you more sets in the future just like this one... This is a community effort. And what we hope to accomplish from this, is inspiration to new creators to make new and unique additions to this well as future sets.... So anyone who wishes to create pieces for this set, please do so, and feel welcome to note in your post title that your items are add-ons to the Retroville Set and a link back to here...... Have fun with it!


For those of you who have seen the movie "Pleasantville" You will recognize where some of our inspiration came from. Some of our items on this thread show just a small splash of color as happened in the film. This also makes the Black and White stand out even more dramatically..... Other inspirations were the TV sit-coms from the 1950's such as Leave it to Beaver, and Ozzie and Harriet. We tried to encompass all genres from the 50's and 60's

For those of you with a high speed connection-Please take note of post #12 which contains all of the items in one compressed file per room-for speedy download

*****Please take note that most of the new meshes specially designed for the Retroville set also include a color texture as well as the black and white one. Which means all of these items are versatile. As well, the new meshes you see are all within the confines of the poly ranges listed by maxis and have been tested in game. In addition these should all be both original and university capable. You should not need the EP for any pieces unless noted in the posts.

*****You'll all notice the file names for this set do not necessarily match eachother. That is because we formed an idea together and worked both as a group and independantly. But You'll also see that each post has an itemized list of the content in the downloads. The order of the list matches the order of the downloads So you can easily find any specific items you want.

*****You'll also notice that there may be repeats of certain Maxis items. Each one should be a varying shade of grey, however if you feel you dont want two grey toilets, you can easily remove one from your downloads folder after you install.

*****Also, the files here are a mix of both WinZIP and WinRAR files. We will not be changing these over. If you need an extracting program please go to and download WinRar. It also unzips zip files as well and then you will be good to go. The files have been presented here in smaller packages, so that those on slower connections may download as they like and those on high speed connections will have no problems downloading many small files.

*****You need CEP installed in order for recolors to show up in your game. You can download CEP from here*****

******Redistribution Notes******

You can redistribute this material with proper credits as long as NOTHING from this set or recolors of new meshes from this set go on to any PAY SITES....This set was presented free and it shall always be free, as should all recolors of any items as well.

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
Warning! There are no files attached to this upload. If this is a "group project" or multi-part upload please check the comments for more files.
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\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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#476 Old 23rd Jul 2007 at 9:45 PM
I have really enjoyed using parts of this set, particularly the antique electronics, but never implemented a full Retroville neighbourhood. So I'm not entirely sure if these grey-scale recolours of Rossetti's artwork would be of any use, but I'm including the link in case. Cheers!
Forum Resident
#477 Old 10th Aug 2007 at 1:44 AM
thank you

What about the thousands of wonderful men and women who are fighting this war without any of the credit or the glory that always goes to those lucky few who just happen to get shot?
Lab Assistant
#478 Old 20th Aug 2007 at 10:06 AM
wonderful! now I can have my '50s neibourghood! :D

After about 2 years of long absence, I'M BACK! :)
Test Subject
#479 Old 1st Oct 2007 at 2:20 PM
im gonna download EVRYTHING :D
#480 Old 13th Mar 2008 at 10:49 PM
downloading everything, just may take a while.. doing it little by little! thanks!
Test Subject
5th Apr 2008 at 7:22 AM
This message has been deleted by LebenSim. Reason: WOW.
Test Subject
#481 Old 28th May 2008 at 9:32 PM
Yay! let the downloading begin!
Forum Resident
#482 Old 19th Oct 2008 at 11:22 PM

Thank you.
Test Subject
#483 Old 10th Apr 2010 at 11:43 PM
Originally Posted by LyricLee
Post 12 has 10 or so files you can download to get the full room collection in one large file and thanks for all the comments everyone

Do you have a link for the page I can't find it?
Field Researcher
#484 Old 30th Jun 2011 at 2:59 PM
O noez! 404 errors on post 12!

Whoops. I'm really looking forward to this set.

Requests? Yes! See my journal entry for palette options! (Shameless plugging of my Sim site)
Test Subject
#485 Old 6th Jul 2011 at 7:14 PM
I really wanted the Decorative and Misc items rar file, but it's gone. ;o;
Could you reupload it, please? Or could someone at least upload the awning so I can download it? :')
Field Researcher
#486 Old 22nd Sep 2011 at 5:08 AM
Downloaded the Bates Motel, and yes, the content as well, but the lot flashes blue for some weird reason. The BV version that Numenor uploaded seems to be fine. Any ideas?
Test Subject
#487 Old 19th Apr 2012 at 9:33 PM
I agree, we really need those Decorative and Misc files back. I'm posting this as Feedback/report for that reason
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
retired moderator
#488 Old 25th Apr 2012 at 11:26 AM
The links were broken for the all-in-one rar files, but I've fixed them now.

Please all try downloading the parts you are missing now! Let me know if you find any other missing files, thanks!
Lab Assistant
#489 Old 17th Jul 2012 at 10:00 PM
thank you so much for your time and effort with this x an amazing selection tyvm xxx
Test Subject
#490 Old 18th Jun 2013 at 6:14 PM
You guys are AMAZING! This stuff looks fantastic!
Test Subject
#491 Old 26th May 2017 at 1:54 AM
What happened to the rar files? They're no longer there. O_o
Top Secret Researcher
#492 Old 6th Dec 2017 at 9:22 AM
Unfortunately Numenor's Lavalamp that I found in post # 12, in the 'Decorative and Misc items' , has a problem. It crashes my Game everytime I try to look at the Misc Decorative items in the Buy Catalog.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here
Curiosity killed the cat,
but satisfaction brought it back.
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