The Sims 4 Mansion Baron Aspiration
Milestones and The Thrifty Reward Trait
by Tom "Metro" Schlueter
Completing the Mansion Baron Aspiration in The Sims 4
This is a enjoyable Aspiration that lets the creative juices of a player flow via building a large
estate. And yes, the violin on the bathroom floor was the final object needed to push home value to
Overview and Set Up
As I stated in the Fabulously Wealthy Aspiration, the two Fortune Aspirations are nice bookends to each
other - first you need to make a large amount of money with Fabulously Wealthy, and then the fun begins
with Mansion Baron where you can spend that money and create valuable home. Of course there are other
ways to approach Mansion Baron such as purchasing an existing home and then expanding/shaping it as
needed to complete the Aspiration. You could also move in rich Sims to acquire their money to fund your
large estate building needs.
I had my painter from the Fabulously Wealthy Aspiration start with a
clean slate for fun - he moved from his lowly Bargain Bend to the enormous 50X50 lot at Oakenstead. I
bulldozed the lot as well and sold all furniture I had on my previous lot to truly start from scratch.
This was going to be a blast as I typically play challenge files or just create Sims who play host for a
Guide article and most of them do the "bear in the woods" no walls type of approach. By the way, check
out Carl's excellent Guide on Moving.
Oakenstead - this is about as "blank slate" as you can get!
Milestone I - Estate of the Art
- Have a Home Worth $50,000 (75)
- Own 15 Pieces of Art (75)
I took advantage of a new feature previously not available in the Sims franchise - Styled Rooms. This is
absolutely perfect for a player like me who wants to build a house, but have others help him - the room
choices are all perfect and you can rotate them, etc. however you wish and fine tune them once you plop
them down. All the rooms except the common bathroom were the top of the line Styled Rooms and cost 10k
each. Many had existing art objects in them as is, so plopping down the room advanced the art portion of
the first Milestone.
I purchased a bedroom, the art room you unlock when you cap the Painter Career (Master of the Real), a
Master Bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, a dining room, and a common bathroom. But, I had these big
squares sitting on my huge lot with no connection or organization. Somehow I had to make these big
puzzle pieces fit together. It was not too bad - I arranged all the rooms with entrances facing a large
common area in the middle of the house. Then I needed to make a connecting wall in the back of the house
between the dining room and the kitchen. This is what I put together...
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Styled Rooms are great and make things easy on you if you do not wish to completely start from scratch
with your building. Fun Fact: Downton Abbey's Robert Crawley just got a First WooHoo moodlet.
No, I will not win any design awards, but let me tell you I had way too much fun with this. Building is
quite enjoyable. So, now I needed to add one more piece of art to finish the first Milestone as well as
bring some sense to the main middle common area and finish it off. I put a painting on the studio wall
(the 15th piece of art) to finish the first Milestone.
Milestone II - The Great Landscaper
- Have a Home Worth $100,000 (300)
- Purchase $5,000 Worth of Landscaping (300)
Each Milestone for Mansion Baron has you needing your home to be worth more and more money - sort of
like with Fabulously Wealthy where you needed to earn more and more money. The nice thing here with
Mansion Baron is the 2nd component is different for each Milestone. So, after you focus on making a
basic house and getting 15 pieces of art for Milestone I, then you shift gears and address your
landscaping around the home. When the 2nd Milestone fired the home was already worth $100,000 so it was
just a matter of adding some trees, flowers, shrubs, etc. to the barren front of the home to give it a
bit more curb appeal.
Milestone III - Home Renovator
- Have a Home Worth $200,000 (500)
- Own 30 Windows (500)
To go from a 100,000 home to a 200,000 home is a steep jump but was not too difficult. I added a smaller
guest house towards the back of the lot, and then addressed the windows portion of the Milestone. When I
originally pieced together the Styled rooms they all had different types of windows so if you're looking
at the home from the outside it looked terrible with no common theme. I chose a nice, expensive window
style to add value to the home and bring a sense of continuity to everything...
Milestone IV - Mansion Baron
- Have a Home Worth $350,000 (2000)
- Purchase 20 Columns (750)
20 columns? Wow, that's a lot of columns. How was I going to tackle this, plus nearly doubling the value
of the home? I honestly did not want columns outside as they typically are because I thought I had done
a decent job with the outside design and would have to redo everything. I did not want a 2nd floor. So
the simplest solution seemed to be to put stairs in the large central walkway area that would go down to
a luxurious basement that would house art and a music room. So, the columns could be down in the
basement and act as house supports which makes sense.
Paintings and violins from Buy Mode were my go to method to finally raise home value to 350k.
One thing that almost seems like a bug is if you hang an expensive painting made via the Painting skill
on a wall, then the game takes into account the value of the painting and your taxes will shoot up
accordingly. But, value is not added instantly the way a person might expect. For players taking this one on in the future, know that entering and exiting buy mode will allow them to properly add to the property value (Thanks, ClayMask!)
The Thifty Reward Trait
After completing the Aspiration your Sim will get a 10% rebate off all Build Mode purchases. Only the Sim doing the purchasing will allow your Household to receive the rebate. Overall, it's a solid Reward, but it would have been nice to get the rebate instantly as opposed to waiting for the money to arrive. However, once you've built such a massive mansion, it's not likely you'll see huge use of this reward.
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