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A...little...maxis makeover

Bianca Monty.

She moved into the 111 Stratford Street house which also got a makeover. I had this vague idea for the way the Monty side of Veronaville should look like a patchwork of booms and busts. Bianca's house was an old estate converted to a hotel by the Capps in their efforts to promote tourism in Veronaville. As tensions between the Montys and Capps grew tourism suffered. Additionally, the changes the Capps brought to the area north of the Verona river caused economy in the south to shrink or leave. Veronaville's annual year's end party was held at the hotel in the midst of rumors that the Capps would buy the remaining lands owned by the Monty family. Under mysterious circumstances, Hero Monty died during the festivities. With the controversy surrounding her death the Capps boarded up the hotel. It remained abandoned and vandalized until Bianca Monty moved in. As a child, she'd had fallen in love with the old estate and always dreamed of moving into it. Despite the damages and history she felt she could bring new life to the historic landmark. Though the Capps still own the deed to the house Bianca isn't overly worried that any of them want to cross the river to manage the property..

Originally, the Monty ranch was a site visited by devout pilgrims (ala Chaucer's Canterbury Tales). The Monty family ancestors stayed in the area opening a lodge for pilgrims who previously set up camp in the meadows or surrounding forest. Within a generation the family expanded their business interests and soon they owned all the land south of the Verona river. Eventually though, dwindling interest in religious pilgrimage, flu epidemics and regional economic change drove many from the area but the Montys remained. They've lived modest lives in the repurposed monastery.

Antonio and his twins live across the street from the Monty ranch in the addition to the monastery that was built in the boom years when they Monty family ventures were attracting record numbers of pilgrims. Antonio and his wife fared better than his parents or siblings financially but they also enjoyed a modest lifestyle.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 24th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
I love your vision of Veronaville and your building, decorating and landscaping is just exquisite!
Sep. 24th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've still got the community lots to makeover and then I need to figure out how I'll deal with the Capp side. Veronaville has never been a 'hood I've played much. Mostly I stick to Pleasantview, Strangetown and Desiderata Valley.
Sep. 25th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
I really like how you have built up Veronaville, with part of it being more run down. It looks really quite amazing, as does the Stratford Street house, the monastery and the Monty Ranch. The atmosphere with all three are really nicely done!
Sep. 29th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
:) I got a bit lost in the atmosphere. Its really fun to try to make places in sims that you feel like you could really walk down the street and explore. At least...I'm find that to be kind of fun to try to replicate.
Sep. 30th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
The houses look really amazing. I love your take on Veronaville and I think you have done a wonderful job with your makeovers so far.
Oct. 11th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Thanks :) This style was a lot of fun to play around with.
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