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Hello Sailor – (renting a home in Second Life)

Sailors Cove rental homes

I’ve been dying to use that as a blog post title ! Its been a couple of months since I last looked around at rental homes – and this time I have found a real gem . It all begun when I was trying to sort out my inventory, I came across some items made by Ken Rosenthal – wow blast from the past! I haven’t spoken to Ken for years, so like the true stalker I can be, I looked him up and noticed he had rental homes. Now, if you know Ken, you’d know he is one classy guy. Intrigued to see what he had built I zoomed over – et voila – ended up renting one of his gorgeous homes in “Sailors Cove”. As I suspected the place was beautiful, small and welcoming. The real beauty is that you have access to the open sea from your home, rez your craft and you’re off ! The home is a light and bright space, open plan living downstairs and furnished mainly with pieces from one of my favourite stores “Bazar”. One double bedroom upstairs and a gallery landing – perfect for placing an easel …or something.

Sailors Cove rental home $600L per week - furnished (or not) plus prims!

Soooo renting details:  $600L per week. The units are furnished and have an additional 150 prim limit(land impact) for you to add. You can request the unit to be unfurnished for a total of 270 prim limit (land impact). when you get your note-card with embedded group joiner just click and wear – et voila !

Sailors Cove - interior

I haven’t had the urge to rez any more furniture to be honest – it’s so tastefully done already why change?. However the generous prim allowance means you can fool around with your collection of boats, yachts etc outside on your deck. There are just eight of this sweet homes to rent and three are taken already – pop over and check it out. The landmark given will take you to the deck of my place – feel free to mooch ! Thanks for the warm welcome Ken ❤

Sailors Cove

Greymoon designs (housebuilder – spent ages here as there are some fantastic homes for sale!)

Bazar (all furniture from here)

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Renting a home in Second Life

Rental apartment - Gorgeous view on the balcony

Hubba Hubba – I haven’t done a rental home for simply agesssss have I ! I hope you find them useful – drop me a line and let me know? Soooo after jetting about a bit I came across this fabbo apartment. It’s with a rental company called Baron Estates and renting was really a breeze. The office is a new method I’ve not seen before, there are boards that you touch and they show photos of whats available in each category. Easy to understand and use. I was looking for something budget conscious and saw an apartment for $175L per week, furnished with heaps of options and some prims. Popped over to see and was so taken with it – I rented on the spot. Very easy to rent, pay the box, group tag arrives – et voilà, you’re in. There is security, which is  simple to set up and operate. Soooo onto the home, what I totally adore is the flexibility of the accommodation. Not only can you choose the carpet/floor colours and textures, but also the walls ! You can also play around with the furniture set up, most of it is by one of my fav designers Bazar – so I was dead chuffed with the quality and style, but if you didn’t like a room – use the box on the wall to remove it and use your own. You get 65 prims with this apartment – plenty to add a more personal feel. (I think I’m using 41 at present and I did curtains, decorated the balcony etc)

Rental apartment - $175L per week furnishedoptional & 65 prims

Just a taste of the interior as you’d find it upon renting – although I did notice today another of these sweet places opened up and it had a really gorgeous kitchen that was different from mine. Might be worth peeking about to see whats on offer before renting. Above is a photo of the box on the wall that allows you to fool around with the colour scheme and furniture. I noticed that the Bazar furniture also has some colour options to play with. The view is fantastical, right over a protected waterfront, it really doesn’t get much better than that.

Rental apartment - $175L per week - furnished & options plus 65 prims

I’ve had the rental just twenty-four hours, but have popped in and out at various times. I’m always concerned with apartment living, in case I have unruly or nosey neighbours? The great thing is that your privacy is maintained from block to block view the viewer settings they’ve used. Plus I didn’t actually see a single soul on any of my visits. It is located on mainland, another myth blown away – it’s not laggy! Definitely worth a teleport over to the office to house hunt!

Baron Estates Realty office

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Philomena – The life & times of small town America in the 1900’s

Town of Philomena

I was wandering the grid, looking for a home to show you this month. I happened across the town of Philomena by chance, and decided to look around. There was an old fashioned trolley bus trundling by so I hopped on and went for a ride. As we left the shopping area and entered the residential side, I was enchanted. The homes are varied and cater to all budgets and all fit into the Edwardian / Victorian period. As I’m such a pauper I got off the trolley by a  small’ish looking home (above) and was pleased to find that it was very affordable indeed! The home was unfurnished (which I prefer) and had a plentiful prim allowance to decorate. Naturally the region is “period” but role play is very optional, I think its lovely to have the opportunity to dress up in period costume – so I have – but again it is optional. As you can see , at the moment the region is decorated with Autumnal plants and foliage, at the recent town meeting a new weather system was exhibited, and it looked fantastic – snow for Christmas perhaps! That is essentially the huge difference that I’ve found renting a home in Philomena, it’s a “community” and boy oh boy are those rare to find these days in Second Life! Most Saturdays there is  social meeting, plus various other events such as a yardsale for us all to sell our spare gacha buys.  Its going to be a busy Winter too ! Lots planned for the townfolk, I’m really looking forward to the decorate your home contest.

Philomenaville

If you’re unsure how to furnish your residence, don’t fret. There is a large shopping area in town with everything you could possibly need for your home. Plus period clothing – of which I have bought rather a lot of!

Philomenaville Shops

It’s so relaxing just walking around the town, window shopping and hopping on and off the trolley bus. Apparently Philomena also has a railway station, which I am yet to visit. There is a new system in place so that you can travel between Historic & period regions. Each region has its own “visa” that you wear to use the facilities – it sounds marvellous and I will be having a go later this week time permitting.

Philomena outfit by Umikoh $50L many colour options - mesh!

Couldn’t resist showing off one of my bargain buys, I found this on the market place by Umikoh – just $50L for the set plus seven basic colours to play with. All mesh and really nicely made, I’ve found it doesn’t have to cost a great deal to get “into character” and its so much fun looking for clothing of that era.

Philomena Mayor

This is The Mayor of Philomena, Mr Blake Panache, and this photo was taken at last night Town meeting – it drew quite a crowd! Im not sure why the Mayor has spider webs on his hands – maybe he has a day job of uhm – Spider Man?! Oh the intrigue . At the moment the rentals are not centralised in any way, so its simply a matter of walking or bus’ing around till you spot something you like – just like I did. Have fun and if you move in, please do come and say hello.

Philomena Town Hall

The town of Philomena Blog (updated shortly)

Philomena railway station

Umikoh dress

Faiths home 8 maple Lane (feel free to visit and have a look around!)

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Renting a home in Second Life – Family time

Brackley Meadows NEW

I was perusing flickr the other day when I saw the most sweet photos of some homes. I contacted the owner and found out that they are part of a new family role play sim “Brackley Meadows”.

I shot over to take a look around and fell in love with this little house above. For just 250L it was mine for a week ! I got 100 prims as part of the deal, which is plenty in this day and age to furnish with. As you can see its a three storey home, the rooms are on the small side but it’s ever so cosy, if you look really carefully you might see I have already installed my kitchen.

Brackley Meadows

The sim is set out around a grassy park area, which includes a playground for children. My home faces out onto the park which is really nice, I’ve had a couple of walks and met with some interesting people to chat with. I’ve also cycled around and not noticed much in the way of lag at all yay!

Brackley Meadows 2

When you land, you will find yourself in the Tourist & rental centre. This has a little bookcase where you can grab notecards about available rentals, a who’s/who for estate help, and also job opps (non paid but sounds FUN!) There are plenty of things to occupy your time, a reading room, day car centre, health facilities and a smattering of little shops.

Brackley Meadows 4

Not only small terraced homes but big sprawling family ones. The rental prices are really affordable but what struck me the most is the feeling of warmth. You’re greeted on the street, other residents and visitors are more than keen to chat and role play (if you wish). I’ve got a feeling that this will turn into great community.

Brackley Meadows

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Renting a home in SecondLife – Ritzy !

London Sloane Street rental home

I’ve been after one of these rental homes in Sloane Street, Knightsbridge London for simply ages and finally I found one I liked. It’s all about location right? Zan and I have both checked these homes out before and totally fell in love with them, might be because we are English, but also because they are SUCH good value for money. This home was 399L per week, partially furnished , with 100 prims.

London Sloan Street house rental 399L per week

Most of the furnishings are from one of my favourite stores Bazar, I popped over to the store and picked up a few additional pieces at a very low cost (around 15-40L per item!) All very low prim and simply brilliant as decor around the place. So what do you get for your 399L? Surprisingly a huge three storey house with plenty of room. I’m surprised people don’t use them as house shares really, the layout and space is perfect for it. My little piece of England also had a small grassy back garden with a water view (which is what Id been holding out for) others have a sweet lawn all fenced off. Ground floor comprises of an airy entrance hall, lounge, partitioned dining area leading to a nifty little kitchen and doors to the garden.

London Sloane Street terrace house dining room

As you can see I had my laundry hanging out to dry when I took the photos ! This table is from Bazar and I really need to buy it, it rezzes meals and snacks for up to four people, lovely poses and super low prim.

London Sloane Street Lounge area

Here is the living area all very well-appointed, I added the curtains, not that you need them as anyone looking from outside can’t see inside, they just looked pretttty. I’ve got my bedroom  on the next floor and the third floor I left empty, it’s exactly the same size as my one though. When you rent, you should receive a group invite straight away, if you don’t on the notecard you get after paying there is a website address to lodge any messages, my experience is this is responded to very quickly. The home comes complete with a security orb which is very simple to operate, you can also add partners or friends to the rent box which gives them the ability to open the doors and receive their own group invite. I never did find a central office for the rental homes, I just flew around looking for them. Pretty easy to determine which are for rent, plus you get to look at the location in more detail. Despite being quite a busy place, I experienced no lag yay!

Disclaimer: I pay the rent on the homes I blog about. The landlord is not aware I will be blogging about my stay. I have no connection to any rental companies that I write about past or present.

London Knightsbridge

Virtual London Rental Homes Blog (I don’t think this is always up to date!)

Bazar

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Renting a home in Second Life (Part 6)

Glamdiosa Appartments - exterior

I happened upon this rental company yesterday and despite not being incredibly keen on apartment living, I decided to give it a go. There are two sims linked together, one for the rentals a collection of VERY ritzy huge homes and one apartment block, the other sim houses the owners rather nice fashion store. I’m a bit broke so I decided to go and view the apartments, boy I was in for a surprise! I walked to the lobby area and pressed the button for a lift, which promptly arrived, sat in it and chose the floor I wanted to go too. The penthouse was already taken (and a bit more expensive to rent) So I hopped in and out of the lift until I found an apartment I fancied. They are all pretty much decorated identically, just differing colours of lounge suite from what I saw. Ohmai gosh! They are suuuper luxurious – fully furnished, great poses and animations , it really felt posh.

Glamdiosa rental appartment 1

Nice touches inside the spacious rooms, a lovely piano to play, coffee table with rezzable treats, and a balcony complete with breakfast table. You do also get a prim allowance but seriously, I couldn’t think of a single thing that I needed to rez – everything has been thought of for you. Perhaps a photo or two though.

Glamdiosa Appartments - bathroom

The bathroom is just gorgeous, shower for singles or couples, adult & PG animations, working toilet, sinks etc, very lush. It’s a bit like living in a very upscale hotel. The views are actually pretty good, every now and then for some reason fireworks start outside – lovely to watch and they don’t seem to impact on the sims performance at all.

Glamdiosa Appartments - bedroom

The bed room is vast, impressive bed with a large menu, roaring fire and working lamps. All the windows are touch tinted, which is pretty handy. All this for 450L per week – what’s the downside? Nothing if you like to live close to other people. I’m not sure how your private bedroom antics would pan out with someone below or above you – that’s a drawback for me. However, my neighbour very politely introduced herself, which was lovely and surprising – I rarely talk to anyone in SL these days, and it was just so nice to chat and laugh – this sort of living would be a brilliant way to find new friends. That kinda sold it to me really – 7 years in Second Life and I just don’t meet many new people these days  (Hi Purbella!) All in all – I think Id enjoy it here, the area is pretty, the owners attentive and ever so speedy to get me all set up with a group invite and offers to help if required. (The security system is awesome and simple to use btw) Go and take a peek, these are so so SO lovely !

Glamdiosa Estates

~BAZAR~   (to buy bathroom and bedroom)

Side note: Id like to mention that I pay my rent like any body else, I do not advertise the fact that I will be blogging the rental home at ALL – so any service I get is just like anyone else will receive.

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A place of your own (No.2)

60L rental home - beach cabin scene

I’ve decided to keep with this feature, and will try to blog a place every couple of weeks. If any of you find a unique, interesting rental home that you think might be worth blogging about please let me know! Anywayyy After 4 hours of trawling around SL, I eventually ended up at “60L rentals”. Thats exactly what it is, a home for 60L per week, it’s what it says on the tin kinda deal! However, the clever thing is you don’t have to choose one home – oh no – you actually get a choice of seventeen ! I stumped up 60L and got my slice of home-sweet-home, then played around with it for an hour. Above is the beach scene I really liked, cabin with adult bed, rockers, locking doors, and an adult daybed. Soft sounds of ocean waves (which I can’t find a way to turn off!), and swirling water effects all around.

60L rental home - Set up panel

Got tired of that after a while so took a look at the other options from the board above. This board is important if you rent here. Its your security, rent box and multi-scene changer thinger. You are located high up in the sky in your own dome, then you select from the pop up menu what home you’d like to rez – note- when you come back to your home from a period away, just the dome is there, it’s not permanent – no worries though, just select it again from the board. The padlock is your security, I stupidly didn’t bother with the helpful notecard given to me upon renting (duh) and came home to find a couple exploring my home , my own fault. Read the notecard, set it up so only I can enter, everyone else is auto ejected – nice !

60L rental home - mesh apartment

Obviously as there is a  Barnesworth Anubis build in the options I chose that next (fangirl!) Each home has a good bed with adult and PG animations, plus in some cases menu driven couches, daybed and sun loungers. Its worth noting that you do get a small prim allowance of ten prims. Enough for shopping bags and perhaps the odd personal item you might want to keep out from time to time.

60L rental home - mesh apartment scene

Theres such a big choice of home styles, from Gorean camp, xxx urban role play, apartments,forests. At this price point it would also make an ideal place to take blog photos (as Zan uses up SO many prims at home I can never rez my own photo scene bubble!) This is a budget operation but with quality options, if you’re a high maintenance type of renter who needs lots of assistance it might not work for you so well, BUT if you READ THE HELP NOTE CARDS – you would be fine !

60L rental home - teleport panel in office

Upon arrival at the office you’ll find this type of board, no need to choose they are all the same btw. Utilise the teleport button, kindly highlighted in BRIGHT yellow and go up to the dome, pay the rent box et voilà, you’re ready to roll. The group invitation arrives straight away, make sure you grab it and accept or you wont be able to set your home position and rez items. I’ve been in this rental for a couple of days now and apart from neglecting to set up my security properly and having uninvited guests, its been quiet and peaceful. My nearest neighbours seem to be about 600m away, and the sim isn’t remotely laggy. The intan dance system is a nice touch for couples and friends and I have actually enjoyed my “little getaway” place.

$60 Linden Rentals  Multi-Scene Main Office