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Edit Town

The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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The Sims 3 Guide - Sunset Valley

Edit Town

While the above is all well and good, it is not unreasonable to want to alter Sunset Valley slightly. As well as simply moving your own family around to other lots, and perhaps picking out a different family to play as, you can change more critical elements of Sunset Valley to suit your wants and needs.

To access the Edit Town feature, use the Options menu.

There are a few key areas of Edit Town to explore:

Changing Positions: You can alter the location of community locations in the town centre, basically shifting the grid map of Sunset Valley around. Obviously you can do the same with residential properties, perhaps making the map more convenient for your family, or simply more interesting.

Changing Purpose: One of the most exciting things to do in Edit Town is to find unused plots of land (i.e. those you could build a house on in Build Mode) or evict the tenants, and then create a new community location. How about a library with a swimming pool in it? Use the cheats to fund these endeavours if you must, but the thrill of knocking down a house and opening up the area to the rest of Sunset Valley really is great. You can change a lot from private to community by clicking on it in Edit Town mode to access its options.

Use Edit Town mode to change lot type

Changing Appearance: Perhaps obviously, you can pick a lot already in use and just change its appearance. Some families have small houses and massive gardens, and there is nothing to stop you from completely altering their land in Edit Town mode. You could, for example, create a large hill where it was previously flat, make new ponds, forests or perhaps something completely different, like a run-down derelict section of town. The possibilities are endless. Having a slum with depressed Sims living cheaply could give Sunset Valley a whole new character. Or, you could just paint someone else's house pink.

You can also edit lots such as the school and library, changing their position and appearance. Some restraints naturally must be in place to stop gamers from destroying a functioning town, but the tool is pretty powerful.

It's a very nice town.


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Nov 14th 2015 Guest
ID #625093
Nov 2nd 2015 Guest
Really cool! Now I know how to change sunset valley!
Thanks a lot!
ID #621914
May 16th 2015 Guest
Umm can you build a masion I need some ideas for houses
ID #556996
Feb 5th 2015 Guest
Is this on Xbox 360 or pc because I got xbox not stupid pc
ID #511898
Feb 3rd 2015 Guest
What is this??
ID #511209
Jan 15th 2015 Guest
How do you edit town on Xbox 360
ID #502094
Nov 29th 2014 Guest
In the next update for ps3 sims3 is to edit town and get mods
ID #478369
Jan 3rd 2014 bam596
these sim games are cool but I have the wii one with the beach ling and it sucks
ID #338853
Jan 19th 2013 Guest
if i make a school how can i turn it into school lot??
ID #244098
Jan 11th 2013 Guest
I love how people say to buy the pc version of games that their better I'm sorry but their not this isn't wow and some of us don't like to hit 5 buttons AND move a mouse just to walk in a certain direction
ID #241407
Jan 7th 2013 Guest
to the person who wanted to know if you can do it on the ps3: the answer is unfortunately, no... i just got this game for the ps3 for christmas and i have been trying to find a way to edit the town and after having searched on the game and all over the internet, no, there is no edit town feature available for the ps3 :(
ID #239445
Dec 31st 2012 Guest
I can't find edit town on the iPhone/iPad please help
ID #233404
Dec 27th 2012 Guest
What about for iPhones or iPod Touches? Can you edit your town with these or just on PC?
ID #229824
Dec 22nd 2012 Guest
I. Really. Need. To. Know. If. I Can. Edit. The. Town. In. "Moonlight falls". Like. Water. Falls. And. Cliffs. You. Know. Stuff. Like. Plzzzz. Let Me. Know!!!
ID #226304
Nov 12th 2012 Guest
I'm having issues with placing lots on roads they keep getting in the way lol or the game maybe a bit glitchy because some places have no obvious roads. is there anyway around roads?
ID #207879
Jul 11th 2012 Guest
How do you do this for the iPod????? Because it is not on the "..." button
ID #163052
Jun 26th 2012 Guest
it says i cant edit town because there is a person in the household dying.... the thing is, there actually isnt anyone dying? theres parents an a toddler?? help?!
ID #157225
Jun 13th 2012 Guest
well what is the cheat to edit the appearance of a public place? because it says we need one to edit it.
ID #152246
May 5th 2012 Guest
So here's how you edit other lots on the X-Box 360 . Press back and go to the town map tab. RT to the "editable lots" selector and select another home outside of your neighborhood. I haven't found a way to edit my own neighborhood yet though.
ID #139524
Apr 22nd 2012 Guest
I went into Edit Town to edit a few lots but it tells me to get a cheat to be able to edit the lot. Does anyone know the cheat for it?
ID #136105
Feb 1st 2012 fylicity
i want to flatten my whole wrold! i do not want any mountains/hills on my sims3... help??
ID #111264
Jan 21st 2012 Guest
is there one for ps3 i dont wanna here pc i want yes or no i am not going to waste my money for pc i wana know for ps3
ID #107955
Jan 16th 2012 Guest
the wii has town evolution instead of edit town which you access by doing different things in stores.
ID #106570
Dec 26th 2011 Guest
On the wii there is no edit town. Sorry!
ID #98941
Aug 31st 2011 Guest
Hi want to add a already made house i downloaded can anyone tell me i can add it to my map for da ps3?
ID #71524
Aug 18th 2011 Guest
is this for ps3? me confused.
ID #68074
Aug 13th 2011 Guest
No their is no edit town for any console version of the game. I have jad it on ps3, wii, and ds, and it is not there. If your pc can run it, i highly suggest buying it for that because it is way better. It is faster, more options, plus expansion and stuff packs.
ID #66795
Jul 18th 2011 Guest
To the previous desperate posters - the "Edit Town" button is in the main menu (the "..." button in the lower left corner of the screen). It shows up in the Live mode. As far as I know, NO console version has this feature. Buy the PC version already, this game is a GAME, not a shoot-em-up toy.

As for finding places for new lots, it is a bit tricky, but there are some locations in every town where you can place them. Also note that after deleting an existing lot, you MIGHT NOT be able to plop the same sized lot at the same location. So make sure you have a save from before starting any town edit - chances are you will have to revert a couple of times. And rather than deleting lots, clear them and build on them.
ID #58839
Jul 2nd 2011 Guest
and how do you get to edit town mode?? where is the button?? is it a cheat code?? and does it work for all saved games, or just one??
ID #54012
Jun 26th 2011 Guest
I looked for the edit town and it wasn't their i wanted to know other possible locations if there is any thanks,
ID #52440
May 16th 2011 Guest
The best that I can tell you folks with the console version is: See the three dotted button in the lower-left dashboard corner? Click on that as you would to save and/or quit game. On the menu that pops up should be 'edit town'. If it's not there or someplace else for console ported versions, then they may have disabled it. It's mostly about memory, so you should have it.
ID #43419
May 14th 2011 Guest
is it on ps3 i cant find it or am i just stupid?lolSmile
ID #42968
Mar 20th 2011 Guest
yeah! Buy the pc version!lol
ID #33413
Jan 27th 2011 Guest
Maby........maby not........
ID #26977
Jan 17th 2011 hebellamy
Is there an edit town for the xbox 360? Cause I can't find it. Can someone please help, thanks a lot.
ID #25862
Jan 15th 2011 Guest
I can`t find the edit town for the x-box 360. is there one?
ID #25463
Jan 4th 2011 Guest
Is there a edit town feature for the Sims 3 on the Wii console? How can I have multiple familes in the same town? Or is there a way to save more than 3 players? I only see 3 save slots. And is there a way to stop or slow down the aging On Sims 3 for the Wii?
ID #24061
Dec 28th 2010 Guest
i have it on 360 and it do not say that
ID #22838
Dec 27th 2010 Guest
ID #22622
Dec 5th 2010 Guest
is there edit town for console? DS?
ID #20227
Nov 19th 2010 Guest
Can you make a new lot because my account is in riverview and there aren't any good lots besides the one for 14,500 which i really dont want. please respond ASAP
ID #18682