The Sims 4 Lot Traits
Effects of Traits for Base Game and City Living Apartments
Apartments and houses can have up to three lot traits. Check the traits of the apartment before you move in, but know that you can change some of them. Certain traits are locked in, such as historical, quiet, and one of the best: serviced apartment.
Lot Traits are a new feature given to all players upon the release of the City Living Expansion Pack. City Living includes apartments that have unique lot traits, but the others are accessible with just the base game. With these traits, you can further customize your Sim's home or apartment and give them positive or negative effects. Some of them create random events, while others provide nearly permanent boosts that greatly impact gameplay. Since some of these these are available to all players, it is separate from the City Living Apartments Guide. Below you'll find a list all the lot traits, what they do, and how you can use them to your benefit.
How to Pick Lot Traits
You can pick traits for your lot by going into build mode and clicking the button in the upper-left corner.
Enter build mode by pressing F2. Now look to the upper left corner for the icon in the screenshot above. Click it, and a menu will come down showing all of the selectable lot traits. You can hover over an existing lot trait and remove it if you don't like it, assuming it is not one of the apartment traits that you cannot remove. Those are unique to various apartments (some appear only once, like Serviced Apartment and Good Fireplace). You may pick up to three, and are not required to have any at all if you don't want to use them. Some Lot Traits can cause a lot of emotion-shifting which some players find annoying, so click the X to take off the trait if it's bothering you.
Lot Traits for Apartments and Houses
If you do not see the lot trait you're looking for in the list below, it is one of the traits that you cannot select or remove. You can find the list of non-removable unique lot traits further down the page.
|Image||Lot Trait Name||EP/GP?||Game Description||What it Does|
|Bracing Breezes||Base||Oodles of fresh air make for a bracing environment to exercise.||A 50% boost to Athletic and Wellness Skill gains.|
|Breeding Ground||Cats and Dogs||Increases the chances for pets to have larger pet litters.|
|Cat Friendly||Cats and Dogs||Cat owners will visit this lot with their cats.|
|Cat Hangout||Cats and Dogs||Stray cats really love this lot. Meow!|
|Chef's Kitchen||City Living||Food prepared in this kitchen just seems to taste better and usually comes out better quality.||When you initiate cooking, you get a +1 Inspired Chef's Kitchen moodlet that lasts 2 hours after you finish preparing the meal.|
|Celebrity Home||Get Famous||This residence is listed on the Celebrity Home Tours, granting increased fame gain, restricted access, and awe amongst welcomed visitors. Beware though! Those who live here but aren't actually very famous will be considered posers!|
|Child's Play||City Living||Kids just seem to learn faster here.||Children and Adults with the Childish Trait get a +1 Playful moodlet when using children's objects.|
|Convival||Base||The spacious but intimate feel makes it easier to practice Charisma, Comedy, and Mischief to your heart's content.||+50% skill gains for Charisma, Comedy, and Mischief Skills|
|Creepy Crawlies||Jungle Adventure||It seems that some creepy pests have taken up residence here. Be prepared; when they hit, you'll never see them coming!|
|Cursed||City Living||Lots of things seem to go wrong in this apartment||The game data tells me that Sims may pee themselves more often, food may spoil faster, fires are more likely to happen, death by exhaustion for elders, death by electrocution. Uncomfortable and stressed buffs may occur more as well. It's one nasty lot trait!|
|Dog Friendly||Cats and Dogs||Dog owners will visit this lot and bring their dogs.|
|Dog Hangout||Cats and Dogs||Stray dogs will hang out at this lot.|
|Fast Internet||Base||A great online connection helps out those looking to improve their Programming, Video Gaming, or Writing Skills.||+50% boost to skill gains for Programming, Writing, and Video Gaming Skills|
|Filthy||City Living||From clogged sewers to grimy counters, this place seems to get dirty really quickly.||Objects that can get dirty do so at double the usual rate.|
|Gnomes||City Living||Broken things just seem to get mended overnight. It's as if kindly Gnomes watch over the place...||While Sims are sleeping, gnomes may appear late at night to fix any broken objects.|
|Good Schools||City Living||The local school is great! Kids seem to get high grades and usually do better at homework.||I could not get the confidence moodlet the game indicated would occur, but a 25% chance is rather low - this just a side benefit. It does speed up high school and grade school progression for teens/kids, by around 30%. Evidently it only sometimes happens, though (like half the time they are at school).|
|Great Acoustics||Base||The acoustics are perfect here! A great place for any musician to hone their skills.||Boosts all musical instrument skill gains by 50%|
|Great Soil||City Living||Gardening just seems to go really well here.||Increases the speed that plants grow. Does effect planter boxes.|
|Gremlins||City Living||Stuff breaks here a lot. It's like there are tiny goblins who come out at night and smash things... but that's ridiculous, right?||If Sims are sleeping, gremlins may come out at night and break objects that can be broken (and thus repaired by handiness).|
|Grody||City Living||Sims have a chance to get nauseous when eating, drinking, or using the bathroom.||There is a 33% chance Sims get a nauseous moodlet when doing the actions described.|
|Haunted||City Living||Locals say this place is haunted. Pah! What do they know?||Around 10:30PM, things may get creepy in this house, causing Sims to get a tense moodlet. Naturally, you'll see more ghosts in a haunted apartment.|
|Home Studio||City Living||The artsy vibe makes this a great place to be creative. Painting, Writing and Woodworking usually comes out better quality.||It would seem that Sims are more likely to get artsy whims in a home with this lot trait. It also raises the effective skill level of Sims using related arts skills - this means that at level 3, you could be functioning like a level 7 in terms of putting out high quality objects.|
|Homey||Base||The homey vibe helps Sims quickly master the domestic arts of Cooking, Mixology, Handiness, and Gardening||Gives a +50% boost to skill gains for the Mixology, Cooking, Gardening, and Handiness Skills.|
|Hottest Spot in Town||Get Famous||A place for the Superstars, the VIPs, those who've achieved victory over the commonplace! After all, who else could afford these hyperinflated lot prices? Not you... no. But at least the Starlight Accolades can only happen on Lounges with this trait.|
|Island Spirits||Island Living||Ancient Island spirits inhabit this lot, visiting frequently. How will Sims choose to interact with them?|
|Mean Vibe||City Living||The Mean Vibe makes it easier to get other Sims angry with Mean or Mischief interactions||Randomly, when using mean or mischief interactions, Sims will get a long-lasting angry moodlet.|
|Natural Light||Base||The quality of light here makes Painting and Photography much easier to master.||The Natural Light Lot Trait provides a +50% boost to Handiness, Painting, and Photography.|
|Oceanic Paradise||Island Living||This lot has an abundance of ocean life. Swimming in the ocean is an inspiring endeavor and dolphins and rare fish are easily found here.||Being on this lot makes Sims inspired by Oceanic Splendor, and the call over dolphin interaction can be called from anywhere while within the lot's water boundaries.|
|On a Dark Ley Line||Vampires||The dark energy here has an impact on all nocturnal activities. You can expect babies conceived here to require extra care while teething.||Modifies the game's chances to produce vampire offspring. Children can be born a vampire even without vampire parents and are in fact 4x more likely to be vampire.|
|On Ley Line||City Living||Full of funky fertile earth energy, twins are born here more often than not.||Does boost twin birth rates, but I'm unable to locate the percentage chance for that to happen.|
|Party Place||City Living||Parties just seem to go well at this place! Meeting Social Event goals becomes much easier.||This, along with Ley Lines, stumped me. I can be contacted at [email protected] if you can find all the details on this one. The description would entail it somehow lowers the requirements for parties.|
|Peace and Quiet||Jungle Adventure||Something about this lot makes it great for reading. Sims understand more, so they gain skill faster from reading, and Tense moods go away faster.|
|Penny Pixies||City Living||Sims often find loose change around the place. It's like there's a secret money fairy or something.||While cleaning, napping, rummaging and doing other interactions like that your Sim is very likely to come across some change in the form of a few Simoleons. This sometimes provides a happy moodlet for a brief time.|
|Private Dwelling||Base||A home lot with this trait deters all but the most determined visitors (it has little effect on commercial venues).||Modifies Sim behavior to make them less likely to visit. Good if you're annoyed by the frequency of visits!|
|Quake Zone||City Living||Occasionally there's a minor tremble here. Probably nothing to worry about.||Earthquakes may occur, causing Sims to panic with the tremors breaking objects around the home.|
|Registered Vampire Lair||Vampires||The lot registers as a vampire lair. The League will send various gifts from time to time. Through the mail, no less. Even the immortals use the public mail service. Only available on home residences.||Gain things like blood packs through the mail, but probably not garlic?|
|Romantic Aura||City Living||Romantic Aura makes it easier to get other people in the mood for LURVE!||When using romance interactions, a bonus flirty moodlet will sometimes come up.|
|Science Lair||Base||The secluded vibe means there's little to distract great minds from the study of Logic or Rocket Science.||Improves skill gains by +50% for Logic and Rocket Science.|
|Study Spot||Discover University||A great place to enhance one's mind in pursuit of higher education. Not only will Sims complete their homework faster, but they can study longer without getting mentally exhausted. They'll also enjoy a slight bonus to all skill building.||Contrary to what this trait says, it's actually a 20% boost to all skills which is hardly "slight". Sims will complete homework 40% faster across all classes, term paper and presentation quality increases faster too!|
|Sunny Aspect||City Living||The beautiful scenery really makes this place uplifting. When the sun goes down, Sims may get Energized, Happy, or Inspired||Starts at 6PM. The buff for Sims seems to last all night long, but it's randomly selected.|
|Training Ground||Cats and Dogs||Sims gain Pet Training skill faster on this lot.|
|University Student Hang Out||Discover University||This spot has great prices on food and drink, so the university students are sure to flock to it.||Food and drink sold on this lot will only cost 70% of usual value. Conflicts with Hottest Spot in Town. Increases the chance of both Britechester and Foxbury students visiting the lot.|
|Up-and-Coming Hotspot||Get Famous||At least your Sims can say they 'went here before it was cool'. Also, cheap drinks and eats for the super famous! Even better, Meet a Celebrity events can only happen on Lounges with this trait.|
|Vampire Nexus||Vampires||A dark envelopes this lot in the upside down. Vampires are more likely to visit the area.||Increases the likelihood of vampire visits across the board.|
|Volcanic Activity||Island Living||This lot is near an active volcano! Beware of earthquakes, steam vents, and occasional lava bombs.|
Unique Lot Traits
The following are unique to apartments in The Sims 4 City Living's San Myshuno. Because of their nature, you cannot remove them. Some are great, so there's no reason to want to.
- Great View - When within viewing range of a window, Sims gain a positive moodlet. Building with this in mind can be to your benefit.
- Historical - There's a plaque on the wall that cannot be removed by any means. Inspecting this plaque inspires Sims to greatness, like the plate's namesake. The moodlet is brief, however.
- Lively Neighbors - Take notice of this trait, it means that neighbors will party more often which can lead to frustrations at night, as they jam music that wakes your Sim.
- Needs TLC - The apartment is a great place to practice handiness skills! Causes random problems like roaches and power outages.
- Quiet - Reduces the likelihood that Sims in neighboring apartments will annoy your Sim and their family.
- Romantic Fireplace - When within range of this apartment's fireplace, get a flirty moodlet.
- Serviced Apartment - A Maid will come to clean your apartment Monday through Friday at 9am, free of charge. The price is already included in the rent.
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Other than that maybe just google and see what you come up with. There isn't much more that can be said about it really, the screen shakes and your sim will react and get a moodlet.
There is a mod that allows you to place these spawners on any lot and a link to the debug enabler mod/cheat that allows you to destroy them. I have not had a chance to play around with this so use them at your own risk!!! Make a back up of your save first.
CL Apartment Problems for Regular Lots
Are most of them from DLC, do they unlock or is it just a glitch?
Cursed causes debuffs similar to those caused if a Sim is targeted by a Voodoo Doll: +2 Dazed and +2 Angry are the two that appear most frequently. I find that they usually appear when the Sim returns to the home lot after travelling elsewhere, or when loading into the lot.
Gremlins is very severe - 'Stuff breaks here a lot' is an understatement. From what I have experienced, the damage happens overnight (between 12am and 2am most frequently), and only if all Sims on the lot are asleep. You do not see the Gremlins, but they break everything that can be broken, all at once. Everything. Fantastic if you want to level your Handiness Skill, but otherwise, can become incredibly stressful. A list of the items on my lot that would all simultaneously break: Computer, TV, Game Console, Radio, Fridge, Dishwasher, Kitchen Sink, Stove, Tea Brewer, Toilet, Bathroom Sink, Shower, Bath. I have had the Gremlins visit 2 or 3 nights in a row, as long as everyone was sleeping, and even if some items are still broken, they will break everything you fixed. I had no idea how bad this trait would be when I decided to use it, and I am still testing. I want to see if the Gremlins will break items with the Unbreakable upgrade.
Again, I hope this information is helpful.
Well done, Carl.
Just had a new sim move in, two repairmen have died fixing items while my sim was asleep within days of each other.
I'm trying to combine a gremlins and a gnomes lot trait now to see what will happen!
I think you missed the Off-the-Grid lot trait from Island Living.
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