A Guide to Building Apartments in 'The Sims 2: Apartment Life'

Use a cheat code to build condos, townhouses and connected apartments

The Sims 2 Apartment Life Screenshot
Apartment Living is Not Easy. Screenshot © Electronic Arts.

"The Sims 2: Apartment Life" is the final expansion pack for "The Sims 2" game.  "The Sims 2 Apartment Life" comes with apartments with and without residents. On the surface, there isn't an easy way to create your own apartment building. Not true. It only takes one cheat code and the right doors to build an apartment.

Here's How to Build an Apartment

  1. Place a residential lot. If you are building connected apartments, choose a 3x3 lot. For condos, go with a 3x4 lot and townhouses are best built on 5x2 lots.
  1. Enter the lot in Build/Buy mode.
  2. Design your apartment building. Plan on 3 or 4 apartments on each lot. Lay the foundation and build the exterior walls. 
  3. Buy and place the essentials including plumbing, counters, doors, windows, stove, fridge, smoke alarms, ceiling lights, security system and any build mode objects. 
  4. Decorate and fully furnish each apartment. NPC families will use the furniture.
  5. Add wallpaper and floors.
  6. Add an apartment door—a unique separator door—to each apartment. A rug should be in the hallway. This must be the only entrance or exit to the apartment. Each apartment has a lobby; decorate it.
  7. Landscape with gardens, fences, outdoor lighting and perhaps a pool. 
  8. Do a "walk around" and be sure all objects are in place.
  9. Enter the cheat screen by pressing Control-Shift-C. Type changelotzoning apartmentbase and press Enter. The residential mailbox changes to a multi-slot apartment mailbox. An error message appears if there is a problem with the apartment. Check for multiple entrances and door placement. Fix the problem and type in cheat code again.
  1. Save and exit the lot. Move a new family into your building. 

Note: Do not change a lot back to residential from apartment after you've moved in a family. 

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