One of my favorite things to do in Second Life is building Second Life Destinations. Now two of my biggest Second Life destinations are finally coming together! It’s been a hectic few weeks in real life but I am working on bringing The Monarchy to a new sim right next to Bayside. This new sim brings a city expansion, more homes, more apartments, businesses, hang out spots and even a hotel! Want to get on the waitlist for a home? Click here and visit BaysideCityRP.com/Rentals for a list of all current available homes.
Building Second Life Destinations
When I originally created The Monarchy, I was really trying to bring to life what I always loved about 19th century bordellos with a bit of a contemporary twist. It’s incredibly French inspired, very intimate and on the new sim I’m keeping some of those same elements but expanding and bringing in some new ideas to make it feel like a true Bayside City staple.
My Inspiration for Bayside City
Now, Bayside City, was a concept I always wanted to do in Second Life. I’m so in love with the city of Los Angeles. As much as I miss home in Boston, there is just something about LA that feels like home. I always loved the architecture and history of Boston. I remember when I first moved to LA that is exactly what I missed. The longer I was there though, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the diversity, creativity and general beauty (the mountain views are something else).
I remember visiting lots of LA inspired sims in Second Life and as beautiful as they are, they always felt like the LA we see on TV. Many felt very Calabasas, maybeeeee Beverly Hills. Even Beverly Hills has a charm in real life that I love.
I wanted to really capture what excites me about the city without just using the landmarks its known for. So, I went outside. I took photos. And I awkwardly walked around Melrose and Abbot Kinney trying to figure out what made these areas so special. Spending time in Little Toyko was nothing new, but instead of people watching or hanging out, I was very intentionally watching the city.
Bayside was a scramble. Reyna and I built the city in a few days and continued to watch it grow months after we opened. I planned a lot more for the first sim. The second sim comes with a bit more… we’ll say freestyle. I’m capturing some of my favorite areas from memory. I’m blending some of my favorite parts of different parts of the city – we’ve got a little downtown, a little Beverly Hills, a little Hollywood, a little Koreatown, maybe a hint of West Hollywood. I think that’s what makes Bayside feel so close to home. I haven’t really built one full neighborhood, I’ve just combined all of my favorites and when I actually step foot outside in real life I tend to have those weird crossover moments where I’m just like… this feels so Bayside.
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Of course, we still have a long road ahead of us. We dived into this pretty ambitiously. I only had 2 weeks off from RL work so we tried to get it all done in a week. Life happened so it set us behind but I absolutely cannot wait to share with you all!
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