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Desiderata Valley: part one



After the first heavily publicized alien crash in the year of the Green Witch, Strangetown gradually transformed into a military, science and intelligence hub. Initially, the SCIA (who disputed the military's claim) struggled to stay in the loop from their headquarters near Sim City in the Northwest to the Strangetown desert. Desiderata Valley lay in the verdant coastal stretch between the two. As the inter-agency dispute over alien technology escalated, the SCIA decided to invest in the development of the region hoping it would gain them enough of an advantage to seize possession. Prior to SCIA interest, Desiderata Valley was primarily populated by nomadic spiritualists who saw the place as a nexus of power connecting the two extremes of water and desert. The area was re-branded as a family friendly town where sims could enjoy fresh air and a life of leisure. Desiderata Valley expanded rapidly as a result of its new high profile. The area's temperate weather, clean air and short commute into Sim City drew families and business minded individuals who realized the fringe benefits of being the nearest populated town west of Strangetown. Though the military is firmly entrenched in alien policies, Desiderata Valley proved to be a smart investment. Though the military has their suspicions about the seaside town they've found it difficult to prove due to the genuinely suburban excess.


Desiderata Child Care (formerly Kiddy Care Castle): Through the fundraising and arm-twisting efforts of Elizabeth Aspir, the Kiddy Care Castle was expanded and given a much needed facelift to accommodate Desiderata Valley's children of all ages.


Spark! Sports Park: The Jocques, Contrarys and Bells spent several years hiring and firing contractors to renovate Spark! but finally they found one that was able to come in only slightly above budget. With an enclosed gym, sauna, hot tub and a masseur on staff the athletics fanatics of Desiderata Valley feel truly at home.


Greaves Greener Gardens


Gustav's Market: The Gustav family had been running a small market in Desiderata Valley for three generations. In recent years they expanded the market into a local sourced restaurant with a card room upstairs.


Desiderata Mall (formerly Belle's Boutique and Tailoring): After Belle's went out of business the lot became home to a smaller boutique, a coffeehouse, two screens for movies and a small food court.


Copur Kitchen Cook-off


Mostly Modern Art Museum

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katee412
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Wow, just, wow. The word that comes to mind is spectacular, but otherwise I'm just pretty much speechless.
sidgwick
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them!
galialady
Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Extraordinary work!!! Well done!! I realy like the style you gave to Desiderata and all the details you put on the Community lots..WoW! Very nice!


sidgwick
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
By the end I was left with the park and the sports center and wasn't sure what to do. Now that they're done I think those two turned out to be fairly interesting despite having less CC (generally speaking).
meetme2theriver
Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
This is just excellent. So many awesome details, both inside and outside. Now I feel inspired and envious at the same time. <3
sidgwick
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Well, to be fair--when I see your Belladonna makeovers I'm inspired to figure out ways to challenge myself to make equally interesting versions of the same lots. I'm thinking of that gorgeous Townhouse makeover which I think I still like better than my own!
meetme2theriver
Nov. 24th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
Haha, guess we're inspiring each other then! :)
meetme2theriver
Nov. 24th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Ooh, if it's not too much trouble, I also wanted to ask about that hedge fence... It's from TS3, right? I think I've seen it before but I have no idea where.
sidgwick
Nov. 26th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
The hedge fence is a TS3 > TS2 conversion by nengi65: http://nengi65.blogspot.com/2010/09/s3-s2-build-stuffz-shrubbery-fence-in-2.html
meetme2theriver
Nov. 26th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I knew I'd seen it before. There's lots of lovely plants by nengi, but I'm worried they're not Seasons compatible. (The hedge fences are fine, though, obviously.)
olivethegreat
Nov. 22nd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
You did such a nice job! I love the look and feel that you gave the town. :)I And I really love what you did with the art museum.
sidgwick
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
If the Torrox build set from MTS didn't have the two story columns I was considering redoing the shape of the art museum but I'm kind of glad I didn't.
selenaq13
Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Beautifully landscaped!
sidgwick
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Landscaping is really quite fun. I love outdoor scenes so I'm glad I can try to do some justice to them :)
wisperis
Nov. 28th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Holy cow, this is great! I cannot believe how amazing these lots look, and how they really do seem like they all are in the same town. I just love all of the plants/trees/grasses you included which really brings that tropical outdoorsy feel to the town. This is just wonderful. Amazing!
sidgwick
Dec. 6th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It was enjoyable having a single general theme to stick with for the community lots. Plus, I love that Desiderata Valley actually has a slightly different variety of community lots in addition to the usual clothing store and grocery store.
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