Today I rebuilt the two empty italian homes in Veronaville in Sims 3, and something dawned on me that I never thought of in all my years playing TS2. See, I always liked to cheat to give the family bin Monty offshoots those two homes via extra funds, so the Montys and Capps would live on opposite sides of the town, but the two italian houses were a tad too big for Bianca, and Antonio would have this big place to himself and the kids.
Today I realised those two homes have no bathroom fixtures, no kitchen counters, ovens, lights, nothing. Which is what happens when a sim moves out of a non-college home. Furthermore, the Monty Ranch only really comfortably fits four people at most, making me ask if Claudio, Olivia, Romeo, Mercutio and Bianca REALLY lived there together.
Avon Avenue's home has two child-like rooms, and is the smaller home, and I suddenly realised; this home was likely Antonio and Hero's home, with the child-patterned room's being 🌺🌺🌺🌺 and Beatrice's rooms. His family bio implies financial trouble, and indeed, he has less money than every other family bin family from the town, only able to move into one of the four starter homes. Its likely that Hero's death was the straw that broke the camel's back, after the previous deaths of Claudio and Olivia messed up the family as a whole, and he could no longer afford to keep his big home by himself. Since moving out would sell everything on the lot (including Hero's tombstone, which is absent, with her character data shredded), this likely explains that state of Avon Avenue. Its a bit odd that Patrizio didn't step in to help, as Antonio is technically the proper heir to the family, but maybe he fell out of favour at some point.
Stratford Street's house is similar; it has no fixtures that you would find in a normal empty home; thus someone moved out ingame. The home has four bedrooms, a large master bedroom, two dark bedrooms, and an odd little room on the bottom floor that looks like it was for a child or baby. Im guessing this home was the home of Claudio and Olivia, and the two Monty teens, before their deaths sent Mercutio and Romeo to their grandparent's care, the only ones financially stable enough to look after them. Bianca likely lived in one of the rooms at Monty Ranch until now, as shes 'happy to finally be out of the Monty compound' at the game's start, and she has the fresh 20000 that people moving out have. Alternatively, she could have been a roommate in that fourth bedroom downstairs in the Stratford house.
The Capps are largely known to be the buggier family, there doesnt seem to be much evidence of a past on their side; I have not yet looked through ALL the homes in the english side, but currently ive only found one starter home with 'everything sold syndrome', and that would not have fit two adults and three teenagers. I do feel like Goneril's family was supposed to have another digit in the family funds though; there just isnt a home in the lots she can afford that house her huge family, I feel she was meant to be in one of the Bard Boulevard mansions, likely the one without a maze, as it can JUST fit everyone in it. Regan, Cornwall and Kent can go anywhere with two rooms by comparison, as Regan is said to be trying to win big with her own money and effort, and Cornwall is trying to get back on his feet after 'losing his job', so a starter house works for them.
I wonder if Veronaville would have a richer backstory to discover if it had cooked longer? Its always been the buggiest of the three starting neighbourhoods, with its low resolution story images and fuzzy starting headshots, the broken memories and messed up ages, and so forth. I feel I would have had things to find on the english side of town.
Rebuilding Sims 2 inside Sims 3 one lot and sim at a time.