A sub-neighborhood is a neighborhood that can't exist solely on its own.
Sub-neighborhoods exist in a sort of "time warp". No matter how long Sims spend in one, they will return home no more than a few hours after they left. It's not only possible, but common, for them to return when they left.
Sub-neighborhoods in The Sims are often referred to as community areas. Except for Downtown, Old Town, and Magic Town, they contain 9 community lots laid out in a 3x3 grid. (Downtown has 10 lots laid out in a 3-4-3 grid. Magic Town has 9 lots, but three are residential.)
The Sims community areas, by expansion pack, are:
The Sims 2Edit
The Sims 2 sub-neighborhoods, by expansion pack, are:
- Pets (secret)
- Weather (secret)
- Hobbies (secret)
- Magic (secret)
The Sims 3 Edit
The Sims 3 sub-neighborhoods, by expansion pack, are: