Glimpses of Simdale Valley
I was trying to make Simdale Valley fit perfectly in Sims 4, and I realized, that when I played Sims 2, I didn’t really see what was on the screen, but the place that had taken root and blossomed, and branched out, in my mind. Simdale Valley’s always been a place more in my imagination than in the game. I’m starting to see glimpses of that place, in Sims 4.
First to move in to the valley, was Madeleine Bright and her family.
Here she is, crossing the meadow between her house and their neighbors, the Petites.
Here’s Madeleine’s house in the daylight. I had to fix the siding on the house on the attic space after I’d uploaded this picture.
And her room, which looks very close to the Sims 2 version
The Brights and Petites always spent a lot of time together, watching sports, cooking, and having backyard cookouts. Lillith is whipping up a cake while she, Elise, James, and Sheldon watch the big game. Those flame symbols are a club indicator. I set them up as a club (The Armchair QBs & Grillmasters, lol) that watches sports, cooks, grills, and socializes at any of the members’ houses. It really improves the way they act as a group.
Really, the name “club” is off-putting, but if you think of it as a system for customizing the way sims act in certain contexts, it is a great tool. However, I look forward to removing all those indicators with a mod eventually.
Lillith is a journalist and Elise is the local school teacher. I’m still experimenting with having the primary school as a club with Elise as the leader… it seems to be working well although beware, it seems you can’t set a generic lot as a club hangout at this time. So I set Simdale Valley Primary as a library, and it works fine.
Here’s Elise and Harrison leaving the Brights to walk home. There’s Mount Garrison in the background!
And his dad took the lane instead of crossing the meadow (I should have had them walk as a group!)
Here’s Simdale Valley Primary School, which is right down the lane from their house. Miguel and Moira Jones live in the house to the right.
Here’s the Jolly Roger pub. In this incarnation of Simdale Valley, I’ve moved it from the town square into the countryside.
Another home in the valley, with Mount Garrison in the background (quite pleased with it, I’m sure you couldn’t tell!) I can’t make up my mind whether to move the Endeavors here or in town, but I’m leaning to town.
Here’s a recognizable landmark of the small town of Simdale Valley… the Town Hall. I recreated it, and the town square. The town hall has a board room for the school board, which is currently run by Laney Redbird McElveen. The club feature seems to work well for the school board, too… I set it up to exclude what Laney would consider flaky careers, and their activities are talking, arguing (but not fighting), and no romance or being silly. I’ve found the club feature works well for keeping sims off the computer or from doing things like push-ups during a social event, if you add them as excluded activities.
Laney, who is a bit of a snob, walked in on Miguel Jones in the rest room and lost her usual composure for a moment
Laney and Declan live in town, in the garden district. She and Declan have still got a lot of chemistry, and seem to enjoy courting all over again
Her brother-in-law, George Endeavor, is an aspiring writer but currently working days as a barista across in the bay, in the city of Port Prominence
Alexis Jones came in one day for a late lawyer lunch and cup of espresso
She’d been out clubbing the night before. There’s Julien Cooke, and the new hot guy is Michael.
It was kind of funny, but also irritating, that Laney kept showing up at clubs, since I just don’t picture her spending her evenings on the town. The new girl in the pink sweater is Finley Abbey, a nurse and also not the clubbing type. As you can see, she didn’t appreciate this dude hitting on her.
Julien at the park area near the Port Prominence bay. He and Chelsea have a flat in the historic section of Port Prominence. That townhouse on the hill is where Senator Phillips stays when he’s in town.
Alexis lives on this street in Port Prominence, right next door to Naomi Redbird (Laney’s sister).
Most of the lots I’m using are incredible builds by other simmers, dowloaded from the Gallery. I’ll eventually update the Simdale Valley tour page with credits and links. It is just too overwhelming to build everything right off the bat, and most of them are great as-is or with a few tweaks. This townhome was perfect, but the interior didn’t fit Alexis’s personality. So one thing that had to be done immediately was the remodel of Alexis’ townhouse.
She loves to dance, so I made the entryway a great place to practice her moves
And her loft-style bedroom, very similar to Sims 2
Nighttime view from the rooftop pool. I remade this townhouse into an apartment building, and with the lockable doors, Alexis only has access to the roof and her apartment.
Alexis’ daughter, Julia Jones, is still at PSU, in the Honors program for Global Business, but Seiki Ono transferred to Fiesta Tech. Hattie and Julia won’t mind that a bit, I think, as he had pretty much destroyed their friendship. Seiki’s still up to his same old habits. Here he is, embarrassing himself with a girl.
But he’s got some new frat brothers, and Gordon Nott’s also on my list to recreate.
Another area I’m excited about is Summerton… but I haven’t started to build yet.
I think I’ll be able to start rounds as soon as the first big patch and MC Command Center are updated. Between now and then, I plan to update profiles and continue to build and set up. Thanks for reading!