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Renting a home in Second Life – Don’t overlook this !

Decided to look around at the rental homes that are on offer. It never ceases to amaze me how poorly some rental areas are set up ! I landed in water, on deserted beaches and of course – in homes that got me ejected back to my own home *sigh*. If you’re a landlord in Second Life – please please make sure that prospective tenants  land some where even near your office ! Sooo after discounting any that didn’t take me to their rental boards – I landed at Pixel Eye. Right outside the rental office (hurrah!) with easy to read rental boards (hooray). Now you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d landed at a ballroom – as right in the centre of this area is a rather bright gold ballroom. I’m not entirely sure if I like that – BUT – if you can overlook the gold’ness of it all , around the outside are some pretty cool rental homes.

I plumped for this teeny tiny fully furnished cabin , you might recognise the maker as DRD . I was feeling lazy and this one came fully furnished with an additional 100 prims.  Most of the homes were $100L per week with 100 prims, some are a lot bigger than this so take your time and wander around.

I know I would be able to furnished them with the 100 prim allowance and it appeared to be pretty lag free and quiet – if a little lacking in privacy as most were quite close to one another. I suppose it all depends on what you’re looking for really, this might be a good place to socialise with the ballroom being so close. Unless it gets very busy and laggy, Id be able to overlook the ballroom build and the closeness of the other properties for such a reasonable price. I had one small request about moving the rent box and it was dealt with fairly quickly – always a good sign!

Pixel Eye rental office

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Thats pretty annoying ! (Heads up)

As you know I try to showcase a rental home or estate that I’ve found to be a cool place to live. So yesterday I was out and about looking for something to share with you. I visited many many rental homes until I eventually found a sweet little cottage at Dandelion Dreamland rental homes. It was a good position with some great views and unfurnished for $200L per week and 100 prims – not bad ! As I landed I had been bombarded with the usual group joining notices etc but until I’ve found something worth a look I dont tend to pay those much attention- whats the point unless I’m going to rent right? WRONG – my mistake I really should have read and re read the many and lengthy notes on the card – this isn’t the usual note-card you get to tell you all about the rules – , Quite a longgggg way down the note states –

“Dandelion Daydreams Factory has a one off group join fee of 200 lindens, this fee has been put in place as open rez attracts way to many trolls and griefers which ruin the experience for everyone.
Joining this group allows for temporarily rezzing objects, ideal for photographers & bloggers and also those wanting to rez small items to use while visiting.
Most importantly, the cost to join 200 L$ goes towards monthly tier & keeping Dandelion alive, thus we appreciate all that join.
Not last to mention you can participate in the entertaining activities issued during the year and receive group gifts.”

What?! Thats right – to set to home, to rez your objects – infact to get any use out of the home – you HAVE to pay and additional $200L to join the group !!!! In all my years as a landlord, as a renter , in alll the years in Second Life – I have never ever ever ever been asked to PAY to join the group of a rental company! I dont want free gifts, I just want to rez my furniture and set to home. Just set up a group for the home renters and offer group join upon the rent box being paid – SIMPLE!

I wont be able to show you a home today – long story short , I am $200L down, no rental home and I’m in a group I’ve got no use for ! The landlord did refund my rent at least – as she stated it was my fault for not reading the LONG note-card fully before renting – actually I did but, I never in my wildest dreams figured that the PAY for group was for people renting homes – jeeeez.

If you dont mind the group fee on top of you rent – heres the landmark for the homes.

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It’s a HUMPDAY! (Mention of Freebies & Stunning Rentals).

RL STINKS WORSE THAN MY SPORT SOCKS! (Seriously it’s not that bad just lots of niggly things but God knows I love a good moan lol).

It’s continued over into SL as I’ve tried on a New Mina demo and it’s OMG I NEED IT but as yet the non-demo version isn’t even out for us bloggers! Then I went and plonked myself in front of a whole load of Lucky Boards with some damned decent prizes, checked that no one was there with my initial as I will not click on a Lucky Board and take a prize from someone else who would probably appreciate it more and nope no one with my initial so when my “Z” came up I clicked and didn’t get the item sent to me.

Then I started mooching and found a stunning rental sim.

Wowser! This is a rental, ONLY 500Ld a week with a massive 424 prim allowance, I’m assuming that prim allowance doesn’t include all the outside clutter.  Inside is empty so you can to rezz your own furniture but it’s such a cosy little nook you could probably stuff it with furniture and still have prims for a boat or two outside.

I’ve just pointed and clicked and used the sims windlight setting but can you imagine how even nicer this place will be if you wanted to play with the windlight setting you could ramp up the Oomph of this place.

I spotted a massive castle which the rent is now overdue and since it’s empty then I suspect the renter won’t be returning so you could finally be the “King of your very own SL castle” and lord it over the rest of the sim.  This is a top-quality build and although it will be a lot more expensive than this lowly beach shack if the prim allowance is as generous then you will be paying a fair price.

It’s a standard rental system, you will see the rental em board thing on the edge of your mini little island you simply click and pay.  There doesn’t seem to be a rental office but in one of the sim owners profile is the link to their blog and from there you can see all the vacant rentals over their 4 sims.

I’ve logged out now as I really have to do some RL ass-kicking but when I log back inworld I’m going to have a mug of coffee and a clear conscience so I can have a really good look around all 4 sims even if it’s just to LM places for use as backdrops and I think that there is also a smattering of shops on these sims, it was a shop that brought me to this sim in the first place, but they are as blended into the sim as much as the private homes.

I almost forgot the Lucky Boards lol.  You’ve probably already know the shop, Mangual as I recognise the subscribers gifts as having being previously blogged.  There are a lot of Lucky Boards and you don’t need to join a group to win a prize.

Home for rent.

Mangula

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“Cheap” & “Free” again. (Freebies).

I know you’re probably wondering why the snot-nosed Elf, I’m simply marking out my territory.  Basically, when I logged back inworld I popped back to a rental sim that has been around as long and Faith and I and I have a feeling that many years ago Faith actually rented a home here and did a post about it.  I could be wrong but I thought it was worth a mention again.

Actually, I’m not going to say much about it and will give you the LM to one of the rental offices because I bet once you click on the info about the rentals you will TP here and there just to see the variety on offer.  I rented this little “Flamingo Court Hotel Cabin” because at 50Lds and 75prims I just couldn’t resist it but there are sky homes, apartments etc.

As for my snot-nosed friend, I can’t really be bothered to rezz any furniture yet to mark this place out as being mine so I’ve left him house sitting for the moment.

Just outside of my rental is a road and a diner and so I popped over to pull some poses in my new FREE outfit.

This is just 1 of 4 freebies from NyDesign and I do remember blogging one of them previously and the other one is a new one but for me, this was the winner.  A lovely top and short set that comes as separates, many mesh fits and a nice little hud for both the shorts and top.  You will find this and the other GG’s on a wall behind the Lucky Chairs.

PS.  My rental is just behind me and you can see the elf’s hat poking out of the roof.

NyDesign

Ravenglass Rentals Office

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Well I never, quickie.(Freebies).

I was rummaging in my invent, binning this n that and tucking things away and I came across a folder of plants I previously blogged but in that folder from the same shop was also 2 boxes of “old stuff” and boy am I glad I opened them.

Usually, when stuff is “old” it’s a bit lacking but also they can give you a chuckle however in this box of old stuff I found some very interesting items.I’m just going to show you 1 item and it’s this “Candelabra Wand” and as you can see from my glowing face it’s super bright.  I didn’t rezz a copy to see how many prims it is but laid on a table it will act as a magical lamp or wear it when you’re on a hunt to light your way.  There are 2 other “wands” plus as it happens some Christmassy items TBH I’m just going to leave it to you to unpack have a chuckle, bin what you don’t want but I bet you will keep a few of them.

Don’t worry when you get there and it’s a “Rental Office”.  Lunaria is the name of this rental agency but it’s also a shop so just walk through a couple of rooms and you will find the 2 boxes on the floor in the room which has a lot of Free to join Group Gifts and it’s the plants I’ve previously blogged but there is also clothes and Lucky Boards.

PS. Why the HELL is the whole of the UK blanketed in snow and it don’t even have the slightest dusting of the stuff! I WANT SNOW!

Lunaria

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GO GO GO GO GO!(Hunt/Freebies).

This is a 2 parter post and a collab cos Faith is actually going to tell you about the rentals on this sim and I am going to show you just 1 of the super hunt items set out.

Faboo, a shop that specialises in beach wear, has a really BIG hunt going on at the mo.  If I remember correctly 30 items for us girls and 10 for the boys and what you’re looking for is a little pile of sand with a chest on it.  Not only are these easy to spot you do actually get a list packed with the clues as to where to find them and it’s EASY PEASY so don’t let the idea of it being a “hunt” put you off.

They do have an ulterior motive in that they want you to walk around the whole sim to not only score some really nice items but to see ALL of the rentals but that’s the last thing I will say about them because I called Faith over to check this place out and she too was rocked by what she saw, so see her next post for more details about that.

Although I’m just showing you the 1 item out of the 4 I’ve found so far each one of them is a winner.  You get a mix of sizes and fits, some come with Huds and all seem to be wearable straight away so you don’t even need to unpack and unbelievably they’re actually TRANSFERABLE, obviously non-copy as well! How nice so that means if you find something that isn’t to your taste you can pass it on. Spread the joy I say lol.

I’m heading right back now to LM grab for you and then grab as many of the hunt items as I can for myself and what I won’t/can’t use I will pop into my “noob” folder to pass on as I’m pretty sure anyone old or new would be happy to receive these and I’m popping some into my keepers folder as well.

PS You do have to join the Free Faboo group and grab the list from the LM.

Faboo

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Classy Lady Classy Home (Freebie and I wish it was free).

XXXNeva

I’m so sorry I wish this rental home was free but class like this doesn’t come cheap.  So basically I was looking for a background to take a picture of my new Free outfit and since it was so classy I decided to pop over to Neva which I know is packed with some great streets, landscaping, shops and homes.  As I was wandering around looking for the perfect background I stumbled upon a vacancy and in all the years I’ve visited this sim this is the first time I’ve spotted a vacancy because I have a feeling that they rarely come up.  So it gave me free rein to have a good look around and it was fun.  I didn’t rent for a couple of reasons and the main one being our sim is looking particularly stunning now we’ve stripped it right back and packed it full of snow the other being the price tag.  Cost 2500Lds  a week but for that you get a house which is top class, a landscaped sim which is top class and 600 prims which allows you to create your dream home in SL.  I will take more piccies when I return inworld to show you the house and the outside a bit more and like this top picture I will use the Sim Windlight setting.

XXXNeva1

So of course I changed the windlight settings back to Nam so you can see the quality of this freebie.  A one piece of a jacket and silky short dress.  It’s so good such a lovely find and of course FREE which is even better and that pearl necklace is the icing on the cake! I love logging off SL knowing I have something to show you of this quality the next time I get inworld.

XXXNeva2

This comes from Gizza Design and like another shop I know the Freebies/GG’s are actually outside.  I’m not sure where my LM will rezz you but I’m going to try to get one for inside of the shop as this is a big shop packed with some stunningly good quality clothing.  Although heavy on the Autumn/Winter clothes this shop is so big it has everything from bikini’s to woolies.  Sadly just like I’ve had to do with Ebay I basically stopped looking after a while, there are so many tempting thing and I have so little SL and RL money to splash out on myself LOL.

PS of course the hair is a Mina and the skin is PumeC I’m always pointing this out because again I just think these hairs and the skins are some of the best in SL.

This is another sim which is lit and landscaped so well all you need to do is point your camera and press click.

XXXNevahouse

More piccies of the Neva rental.  This is the back of the house and you can clearly see the dock and also you have neighbours to the side and across the water but every house is a quality build and if it wasn’t for the fact my draw distance was playing up I would have taken a picture over the water and the other homes.  with 600 Prims you could decorate your home beautiful and still have prims to rezz a boat!

XXXNevahouse1

This is the front of the house.  This particular home is in front of a nightclub but this like all of the Neva builds is a beautiful classy club.  I don’t know how many sims are owned and under the “Neva” label but there are quite a few of them.  I’ve lived in places where you get no visitors and I’ve lived in places where you constantly have to turf out what me and Faith used to call “Free Sh*ggers” this sim offers you peace and quite but you do get a lot of visitors to the sim and I can only imagine that most visitors like me are the respectful sort who come here for a bit of shopping and picture-taking so if you don’t want to live in solitude then this is perfect for you.

What you can’t see is that in front of your home is a canal there is a whole system of canals, I have to wonder if you lived here and had rezzing rights if you could rezz a little row-boat in the canal and travel around this and the other Neva sims on your boat only LOL.

OK the rental board is actually inside of the garden and I’m pretty sure the LM will take you directly to it and of course this house and it’s situation may not like this 100% but if you drop the Neva management a note I’m pretty sure they will give you a list of any other home that maybe up for rent.

PS I went back to Gizza and this is the second time there was a RL human AV who was waiting to greet you and how do I know that they were RL greeters and not just “Bots”? because when I thanked them for the greeting they replied, this is such a lovely touch and you know if you do get met with a greeter in any shop, and it’s rare to have a RL person doing it, just say “Thanks” it’s nice for you to recognise that someone is doing their job.

Neva Rental

Gizza Creations

Gizza Outlet