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Choosing a House or Plot of Land

The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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The Sims 3 Guide

Choosing a House or Plot of Land

Before you can get to the fun of the Build and Buy modes you need to pick somewhere to construct your house, or choose an empty property to move into.

Acquiring Land

Before you can begin to build your house, you first need to get some land. You could (if you have already played, or cheated and have plenty of money) buy a house already on a lot and demolish it to create your own. Of course, you are also allowed to just make minor alterations to the structures already in place. There are a few things to consider when choosing a plot:

The flat squares indicate empty plots of land.


While it doesn't exactly take all day to get into town from anywhere on the map, it is handy to be closer to all the local amenities. Bear in mind that the car pool for your job will always come an hour before work, regardless of where you live. This means that living next to where you work is not only depressing, it's not particularly useful either. Perhaps the key factor in terms of the location of your house should be the interests of your Sims (or the interests that you want to try and foster in them).

There are a number of great lots positioned next to areas of interest in Sunset Valley. The most notable is 53 Waterfall Way. This is a plot on its own, situated right next to the classic fishing spot beneath the waterfall to the north of the map. You also have the largest plot in the game adjacent to the Summer Hill Springs, while the two Skyborough Boulevard properties and the one on Oak Grove Road are all superbly close to the town itself.

Waterfall Way is a great lot to buy if you love scenery, fishing or collecting bugs and beetles!

Again however, you can buy a property already in the centre of town or next to a place of interest and demolish and rebuild it! If you have the money that is. Use Edit Town mode to change the lot type from Communal to Private and stake your claim to locations previously off-limits. You may have to knock down the library though...


There are benefits that your Sims will receive for lots positioned in particularly beautiful locations. The Beautiful View moodlet provides a handy bonus to receive every time your Sim looks out of the window. The properties on Sunnyside Boulevard, Sun Song Avenue and the cliffside lots on Redwood Parkway all overlook the sea and provide a tidy bonus to your Sim's mood. You can also get the Beautiful View Moodlet elsewhere of course, just not as obviously as with seafront lots. You can expect to pay more for lots in areas such as Redwood Parkway, as it is something of an exclusive neighbourhood.


The final distinguishing factor between lots is size. This is also the biggest contributor to the price of a lot. The largest area of land available for purchase from the off is Summer Hill Court. This is on the hill to the west of town, next to the Landgraab and Alto households. It's nearly twice the size of any other lot in the game, and will cost you double too (14,700 Simoleons). Summer Hill Court is the ultimate place to show off your successful Sims. Sunnyside Boulevard has great views, a large plot and is in a quiet neighbourhood, but will cost almost 7,000 Simoleons. It may not sound a lot, but this is just the plot, no bricks and mortar included.

Summer Hill Court is only for seriously successful Sims

Probably the best value lots are those at Pinochle Point, with large lots yet a small price tag reflecting the lack of amenities in the area.

You only have 16,000 Simoleons to spend at the start of a new game, so pick your land wisely, and remember that you need that money to build and furnish your house if doing it all from scratch!


Vacant Houses:

There are empty houses that have already been constructed in Sunset Valley. These don't involve evicting a family, but can come pre-loaded with furniture upon request. At the start of the game only three houses are within the 16,000 Simoleon budget (with furniture), and each of these are in the same location to the north of the town. If you want to furnish them for yourself, you can potentially get a great house and just live with some tatty items until you get a job. Mosquito Cove is a fine-looking property, and at around 16,000 Simoleons unfurnished you could, just about, get it as an incredible starter house if you have multiple Sims in your household.

Mosquito Cove is a beautiful property at a great price

Getting a pre-furnished house has the advantages of allowing you to get straight into life with your Sims, which is suitable for younger users or those who prefer the simulation side of the game to the building and creative aspects.

Note: If there are more Sims in your household you get an additional 2,000 Simoleons for each one in your starting budget.

Evict a Household:

A house isn't vacant? You can live anywhere you want in Sunset Valley, just use Edit Town to evict a family and move your own Sims in! It's that simple. Once you have kicked one family out, your lot can buy the newly-empty house providing they have the funds. The evicted family can even take all their furniture and a copy of the house with them, if you want to move people around or fancy playing God and saving the evicted from dwelling in oblivion.

Evict a Household if you don't like them, or you just want their house…

Preset Households:

The game comes with plenty of families you can 'take-over', thus eliminating the Create a Sim mode and letting you just pick any house you want. Again, this is ideal for youngsters of those just wanting to get straight into the game. Each has a different scenario and difficulty settings based on their personalities and current situation when you take them over.


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34 comments, latest first.
Nov 6th 2015 ShelonSmith
Hi I'm play sim 3 for my Wii system and I made a family of six sims and now I have to pick a future home for them.but it won't let me do anything since I can't use anything else but the nunchuck.I need help I have 41000 simoleons what do I do.I need to pick a home but don't know how
ID #622907
Nov 28th 2015 Guest
ok in wii box look in the box get out the manule it csme will in there look @ the buy houses and see what it says (sims 3 wii box)
ID #629251
May 6th 2015 Guest
not being funny i can get a better one
ID #552608
Feb 22nd 2015 Guest
This website looks and acts like it was made in the 90's GET A UPGRADE
ID #519853
Dec 6th 2014 Guest
dont no sorry any way
ID #481200
Sep 23rd 2014 Guest
I can't work out how to move out of my small lot and into a bigger one now that I have more money
ID #450941
Oct 23rd 2013 Guest
Use family funds ... After going to testing cheats enabled true , type in
Familyfunds(space) [your households name](space) [how much money]I usally put 9999999999999 as how much money I want
Familyfunds Alto [email protected]
ID #316018
Oct 20th 2013 Guest
Hi, I wanted to know if it is possible to get a town on the original sims 3 or do u have to buy the expansion packs? Please need an answer quick. Thnx
ID #315435
May 22nd 2015 Guest
Yes u do
ID #559646
Feb 28th 2013 Guest
i found the biggest plot to buy was the the 40x40 at the end of the street by the ocean, i can't remember the name of the street off hand right now, and then use the ctrl+shift+c , testingcheatsenabled on, then type in familyfunds yourfamilyname amountofmoney, enter. I've maxed it out to 999999999 before. and you can do whatever you want, build wherever, whatever, and however you want and buy imense properties and build whatever you want on them, and you'll likely never ever ever run out of money.
ID #259645
Jan 24th 2013 Guest
A way to get a nice house is by this: after begining a household go to edit town (3 dots in a circle at bottom of screen)then u will c tags with pictures of houses above houses. pick a nice house u like click on the tag above it then the 1 opition is to evict the household in it. Evict them. Go back to ur game settings. Pick a cheap house for ur sims then live mode will ur game get an adult sim. Then press ctrl+shift+c. a blue box will appear at the top of the screen. rite in motherlode ( gives u 50,000 simoeleons each time u type it) several times til u think the amount of money u have is enough to buy the house u like. Then in ur inventory is a cell fone. click on it then u will see 1 opition that says "move". click on it then you'll be in map view. Click on the house u like then ur sim will move there and live happily ever after. (only for Sims 3 PC)
ID #245892
Dec 23rd 2012 Guest
grr merda eu quero jogar the sims 3 mais como se o meu pai vai baixar
ID #226904
Nov 4th 2012 Guest
Um, I think you can move a large community building, change the lot to residential, place a copy of agreat house, or build one all by yourself.
ID #205163
Aug 8th 2012 Guest
Buy a cheap house then do cntrol shifr c.and type in motherlode for 50,000 simoleons
ID #173596
Jul 25th 2012 Guest
Grr how do u move couples that just got married out!!!!!
ID #168284
Jul 14th 2012 Guest
I bought the biggest empty lot,(15 Summer Hill Court I think) but I cheated (for money :P) just to design and build my own, unique massive house.
I really think this is a good idea for people who like building

Money cheat:
CTRL, ALT AND C. Then type "motherlode" (no quote marks ;D)
ID #164042
Jun 8th 2012 Guest
would it be nice if all the furniture's color matches
ID #150142
May 22nd 2012 Guest
Is Unabridged 2br 2ba the most expensive house? I'm looking for a large house but modern and not drab or dull[color=red][/color]
ID #144411
May 4th 2012 Guest
here are my tips if you chose to build. You can use the motherlode as mentioned earlier to help in costs. If only with base amount of 16,500 and if building go to building mode and where the shovel in dirt is click on that and then on the choice of the line with an arrow above and below. Run it across the land to even it out. Makes it level and you can lay your flooring on the ground.
In some choices the first row of building items are free, such as wood flooring. Build small, in kitchen only two cabinets, one for sink and one for sim to to use, if possible good fridge and stove. Get the cheapest table and chair, or if sim loves outdoors, put a table and chair outside. Spend money on a good bed and shower. Use the color that was picked as favorite as often as can; helps with mood. Buy tv only if needed, computer provide games for fun and socializing. You can use the painters pallete to change colors and patterns for free.
ID #139240
Feb 14th 2012 Guest
If you can't afford the land/house you want to start with, you could always use 'Ctrl+Shift+C' and type in 'freerealestate', then enter. Now you can choose any house and it won't charge you a penny for it.
ID #114867
Feb 7th 2012 Guest
When I had my sim get married it wouldnt let them move out even though i tried to and it told me to. So how can i get my married sim couple to move out and buy there own land?
ID #112932
Jan 25th 2012 Guest
Hey so like how many stories can you have in the sims 3 houses 1,2,3 etc.
ID #109271
Jan 25th 2012 Guest
1. Depending on what you like, land or house can be better. I fyou like building and landscaping then buy a lot. If you don't buy a house!
2. The largest land you can buy is 15 Summer Hill Court.
3. You can't customise the shape of lot.
4. I dunno, I didn't know there was more than Sunset Valley.
5. I would buy the smallest lot you can, then build a house that is barely big enough for everything you want then save up. Try to keep your household funds to around $10000 when your done.
6. If you build a house then you can make the house wherever you want. If you buy a ready made house then it will take longer and you will have a very tedious time of moving wall after wall after wall.
7. When you press the unfurnished button, it still comes with doors and stuff. It comes with a stove, fridge, sink, counters, shower, toilet, walls and the actual house in itself.

Did that fix some of the problems???
ID #109154
Jan 22nd 2012 Guest
w-w-w-wait. WAIT. When you press unfurnished, Does it stil come with walls and doors?
ID #108528
Jan 21st 2012 Guest
that house is ok youre not cheating!

ID #107889
Dec 26th 2011 Guest
I had been able before to purchase land but now when i make a family i cannot choose to buy land only house please help...
ID #98803
Nov 25th 2011 Guest
Can i move my house back abit on my land want a bigger front garden ?
ID #89928
Sep 13th 2011 Guest
how can you do this on xbox i have bin looking for ways to do this all day
ID #74375
Jul 8th 2011 Guest
i wish you didnt have to pay for a house
ID #56010
Jun 27th 2011 Guest
where is the best city?
ID #52605
Jun 9th 2011 Guest
Is their anyway to customize the shape of the plot of land your going to buy?
ID #47998
Mar 4th 2011 Guest
what is the largest land that I can buy?
ID #31387
Dec 25th 2010 Guest
Which is better land or house
ID #22390
Jul 15th 2010 Guest
You can't, you purchase the video game for the PC.
ID #4596