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Quarter Sim OR smaller parcels for rent at Kuu Ipo

If you are you a business owner in need of a store location that is affordable, attractive, and you want goodย great neighbors and a landlord who is dependable and won’t disappear overnight, you should come check out Kuu Ipo! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kuu Ipo is a beautiful island-themed sim that boasts rainy mountainsides, quiet beaches, and lots of underwater marine life. It adjoins the Juicy Estate sims, and is home to:

  • POSEUR
  • Sacred Skins
  • Melaโ€™s
  • BOOM Beach Wear
  • Naive
  • aemeth
  • Strawberry Panda Creative
  • Shoji Kumaki Gallery
  • beer + eggs (coming soon)
  • Chriz Palen Gallery & Shop (coming soon)

Right now there are several parcels available, but if you are in need of something bigger arrangements can be made to accommodate up to a quarter sim*:

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 02, Oct 2010Parcel 02

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/177/217/23

4320 sqm
988 prims
1750L per week

Take advantage of this main store opportunity!
Located next to Sacred Skins, overlooking a beautiful bay area that you will have partial rights to.

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 03, Oct 2010
Parcel 03

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/168/174/22

3488 sqm
798 prims
1600L per week

Another main store opportunity!
This parcel is very near the simโ€™s center; take advantage of traffic that maps directly to the 128, 128 coordinate.
Also located very near Sacred Skins and overlooking a bay area.

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 04, Oct 2010
Parcel 04

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/136/90/22

2048 sqm
468 prims
1000L per week

Also located very near the center of the sim (128, 128), between Melaโ€™s and BOOM.
Be one of the first parcels seen when visitors arrive by mapping the sim!
This parcel is unique in that up to 500 more prims may be added if needed.

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 05 & 06, Oct 2010Parcel 05

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/102/228/22

1248 sqm
285 prims
700L per week

Located near Naรฏve.
Perfect for the small shop owner!
Get a nice sized prim allowance at a great price, with stunning beachfront views.

Parcel 06

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/63/226/23

1248 sqm
285 prims
700L per week

Located next to Naรฏve.
Perfect for the small shop owner!
Get a nice sized prim allowance at a great price, with stunning beachfront views.

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 07, Oct 2010
Parcel 07

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/30/178/23

3040 sqm
695 prims
1575L per week

A beautiful main store opportunity, next to Naรฏve
This parcel comes with an unhindered ocean view.
Rez your own off-sim coastal enhancements and add even more dimension to your location!

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* Cost of a quarter sim parcel is 23,000L per month.

For more information, please IM me in-world; my name is Melanie774 Kidd. Or, you canย send me a message via this contact form and I will get back to you. Thanks!

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October 7, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Real Estate, Second Life | Comments Off on Quarter Sim OR smaller parcels for rent at Kuu Ipo

Parcels Open at Kuu Ipo!

Welcome to Kuu Ipo!Kuu Ipo is a beautiful island-themed sim that boasts rainy mountainsides, quiet beaches, and lots of underwater marine life. It adjoins the Juicy Estate sims, and is home to POSEUR, Sacred Skins, Mela’s, BOOM Beach Wear, Naive, and Strawberry Panda Creative.

There are currently several parcels open, all of them available at reasonable rates! Here is a partial listing; to see all listings please visit this page.

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 01Parcel 01

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/200/91/22

1536 sqm
351 prims
3300L/month or 825L/week

This is a great spot, located between POSEUR and BOOM.
POSEUR has been getting great traffic ever since being showcased, take advantage of the traffic and set up shop next door!

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 02Parcel 02

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/177/217/23

4320 sqm
988 prims
7000L/month or 1750L/week

Take advantage of this main store opportunity!
Located next to Sacred Skins, overlooking a beautiful bay area that you will have partial rights to.

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 03
Parcel 03

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/168/174/22

3488 sqm
798 prims
6400L/month or 1600L/week

Another main store opportunity!
This parcel is very near the sim’s center; take advantage of traffic that maps directly to the 128, 128 coordinate.
Also located very near Sacred Skins and overlooking a bay area.

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Kuu Ipo - Parcel 04
Parcel 04

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kuu%20Ipo/136/90/22

2048 sqm
468 prims
4000L/month or 1000L/week

Also located very near the center of the sim (128, 128), between Melaโ€™s and BOOM.
Be one of the first parcels seen when visitors arrive by mapping the sim!
This parcel is unique in that up to 500 more prims may be added if needed.

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SPECIAL OFFER GOING ON RIGHT NOW: Rent a parcel at Kuu Ipo that is 2048 sqm or larger, and we will provide web hosting for your store website, free!*

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For more information, please IM me in-world; my name is Melanie774 Kidd. Or, you can send me a message via this contact form and I will get back to you. Thanks!

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Real Estate, Second Life | Leave a comment

Store space and parcels available at Kuu Ipo!

I’m looking for some new neighbors on my sim, Kuu Ipo, so if you’ve been looking for a parcel or a shop space, come check out what’s available! ๐Ÿ™‚

8192 sqm, 1875 prims

10,784 sqm, 2468 prims

These two parcels pictured above are 8192 sqm/1875 prims, and 10,784 sqm/2468 prims, and I’m also open to splitting the larger parcel into smaller lots. There is a tiny island with a beach shack located at the center of the sim, where a teleport board will be placed so that visitors can TP to your location directly.

I also have smaller shop spaces available in the Kuu Ipo Beach Village area. The shops are all 50 prims for 300L, with extra prims available for those who may need more.

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Kuu Ipo 006

You can view more snapshots of what Kuu Ipo looks like so far by clicking here: ย http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniekiddofsl/sets/72157624032957077/

If you’re interested but have a few questions, please contact me; my avatar name is Melanie774 Kidd. (If I’m not online, you can drop a notecard on me.) The sim is open to the public, so feel free to stop by and have a look around! ๐Ÿ™‚

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Real Estate | 5 Comments

Welcome to Kuu Ipo!

I just got a sim!

I’ve named it Kuu Ipo. ย Ku’uipo means “my sweetheart” in Hawaiian. ย I thought about what to name my sim for quite a while, and I know it makes more business sense to name your sim the same as your business? But I followed my heart, instead, and chose a name for it that I love. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m hoping to share all this space with a few people, so if you’ve been looking for land to rent for your store, I just might have a new home for you! I’m renting out a couple of quarter sims and another parcel that is a bit over an 8th of a sim. Kuu Ipo will be the main location for my own store, Mela’s, as well as the recently revived pose store Poseur, which is co-owned by a team of pose designers. The sim adjoins the popular Juicy Estates area (with sims like Malt, Juicy, Juicy Mirabella, Yabu, and more for neighbors) and is directly side by side with the Juicy De Costa sim.

I am still working on the sim, but here are a few shots and a short video of what’s there so far. Decorating the sim is proving to be a lot of fun!

My store at Kuu Ipo

Waterfall

Breaching whale

If you’re interested in renting, please let me know! You can IM me in-world, my SL name is Melanie774 Kidd. Or, you can leave a comment on this post and I’ll get back to you when I’m online again.

Please feel free to visit the sim! ย Kuu Ipo 120, 128, 23

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Mela's, Real Estate, Second Life | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hijacking the Airwaves

Psst… is Melanie gone?

Hey everyone. It’s Whit Korobase. You probably don’t know me but, yeah, I am actually supposed to be here. ๐Ÿ™‚ I work at a design shop called Shelf Life Media in world and we’re helping bring a RL dressmaker’s designs and vision to Second Life.

What does that have to do with Grid Expectations, you say? Well, I’m pleased to announce Shelf Life and Mela’s will be forming a business partnership and we’ll be moving our work space toย the new Mela’s Main Store in Lo Lo.

But before we move, we’reย selling our main parcel in Hattori and wanted to get the word out in case you or a friend were looking to buy a lovely, quiet parcel of PG mainland.

Beautiful sim. Great neighbors.

Beautiful sim. Great neighbors.

Take a look at the pics of Hattori here. It’sย 6144 m2 and holds 1406 prims.ย It also has a nice view of the beach and ocean.

We hate leaving Hattori, for sure, but are quite excited about joining with Mela’s soon.

P.S. We’re not totally leaving Hattori, as we still have an unattached parcel we’re using as a work space. It’s 3072 m2 with 703 prims and we’d entertain an offer for that, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

December 7, 2008 Posted by | Real Estate, Second Life | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m selling my beloved Meddledown beach

Update. The parcel has been sold.

Congratulations to the buyer, you’ve scored yourself a real gem of a property.ย  Enjoy your new digs, and take care, and thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m sad about letting go of my Meddledown property.ย  It’s a gorgeous mainland waterfront parcel that boasts a gently sloping sandy beach and lots of water.ย  When I bought the property I made sure to get the parcels that had the entire beach coastline so that I wouldn’t have property lines cutting it up.ย  It also encompasses a huge chunk of the bay, and Meddledown’s only access channel to the adjoining water (void) sim, so there’s more than enough room to rez a variety of marine life, coral, etc.

It’s also a great home base for anyone who enjoys sailing in SL and loves exploring.ย  You can sail right out of the Meddledown property into the adjoining protected water sim and then start moving down the coastline.ย  There are over 75 water sims that my property connects to, including the ones surrounding the Nautilus sims (Nautilus is close by).

If you or anyone you know are looking for a parcel that connects to sailable ocean sims and gives you tons of prims to build on, please check this property out — this just might be what you’re looking for.ย  Here are some details:

* 12672 sqm, 2900 prims
* Includes the sim’s only water access channel to the continental ocean
* Connects to 75+ sailable ocean sims surrounding two continents and Nautilus
* Includes the entire beach coastal line — no property lines suddenly cutting you off at the sides
* Nice neighbors
* No covenant — you make the rules
* Mainland tier will be more affordable than the upcoming OS price hike

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meddledown 02

To see more images, visit my flickr set.

Please IM Melanie774 Kidd if you have any questions, thanks. If I am not online when you IM me, it is best to send a notecard because my IMs get capped quite frequently.

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Real Estate | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

May I have a price break, too?

price break

Well, it seem that the whole Openspace thing has REALLY set some people off.ย  Wow.ย  I’ve peeked in the forum thread and there was definitely a mob mentality in there earlier; I’m amazed we didn’t see posts like “OFF WITH JACK LINDEN’S HEAD!!111”.ย  o.oย  I can’t help but imagine what it must have been like for Jack Linden, sitting there in his office, the blogpost all neatly typed out and carefully worded, just waiting for that fateful stroke on the Enter key… I wonder if he had any idea just how emotional and angry people were going to be over this?

Since my last post in regard to the upcoming babysim price hike, I’ve had a few more conversations with friends and some interesting points were made.ย  A friend of mind had observed that there were 13,000 babysims.ย  Yeah, that’s a LOT.ย  Making that number even more significant is the number of sims on the entire grid, which I think she’d said was 32,000.ย  Take away the Linden sims, and that leaves 26,000.

In other words, babysims make up just about half the grid.ย  Since they make up such an incredibly huge portion of the grid, the question begs to be asked: is the revenue currently produced by these babysims in line with the costs incurred?

In Jack Linden’s October 29th post to the blog, he states “Weโ€™re not saying that everyone is abusing resources. We are saying that the use has changed, and continues to do so as people find more creative ways to use them. So the revised pricing is about recognising that change of use and the additional costs and value associated with it.”

Additional costs?ย  I never really understood what kind of costs are involved other than buying the hardware, keeping it stored in a proper facility, and performing maintenance, and I’m guessing most other residents are in the same boat as me.ย  Okay, I can understand maybe needing more $ to pay for the physical space for storing the new hardware, and hiring more people to take care of the hardware or possibly paying overtime for existing staff to manage the added burden.ย  But did this really warrant a 66% price increase?

It was pointed out to me that another very real cost bandwidth consumption.ย  To put things in perspective, let’s look again at the amount of sims on the grid.ย  On February 13, 2008 (I would’ve preferred to find April’s numbers but I don’t know where to find that info so I used the wayback machine and this is what I got), there were 12,633 islands.ย  As of this writing, the Economic Stats page says there are 26,573 islands.ย  This would probably represent a HUGE jump in bandwidth consumption, especially if people are using their babysims for working and playing house, nevermind the clubs and malls.ย  I can’t say for sure how much bandwidth is used exactly, but one guesstimate I heard was maybe a terabyte for a babysim with a mall sitting on it.ย  I tried googling the subject and the most I got was Tateru Nino saying “a simulator can consume a ferocious amount of bandwidth”.

So… in light of all this, I have to concede that I can understand the price increase.ย  I think Linden Lab could stand to hire some experienced PR; if they’d taken more care with the way that previous announcement had been worded on their blog and had explained a bit more, I’m wondering if people still would’ve reacted quite so angrily as they did.

And, oh yes, that image that I slapped at the top of my post.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Ever since the babysim announcement, several friends have been faced with the decision to keep their babysims, drop them, or have them converted to full sims.ย  I don’t know, given the fact that the pricing is being increased by such a drastic increment, you’d think they’d be willing to cut loyal residents some slack and waive a conversion or moving fee, or two… but no, they aren’t.ย  And yet someone like Barb Carson is getting $100 USD discounts every month by paying grandfather tier rates on Class 5 sims?!

I understand wanting to ‘take care’ of your biggest clients and I know that Barb certainly ranks up there as one of the biggest, but really, if they can afford to give her huge breaks like this every freaking month then surely overlooking a $150 move & rename fee — which pretty much HAS to be done because of the new pricing policy — wouldn’t be too much for Linden Lab to absorb?

November 1, 2008 Posted by | Real Estate, SL Grid Issues | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Increase in Openspace fees a sign of more changes to come?

Are the recent changes in Openspace sim pricing a sign of more price increases to come?

Hrm, okay… so, Linden Lab recently announced some pretty significant changes to their Openspace pricing and policies today on the Second Life blog.ย  Come January 2009, tier will nearly double, grandfathered class 4 Openspaces (or babysims, as my friend Gogo and I like to call them) will be a thing of the past as they will be made to upgrade to class 5 (and their tier will more than double!), and the up-front cost of a babysim will increase 50%.ย  Even more interesting is that effective immediately, anyone who owns a babysim can’t turn around and sell it to another sim owner.ย  Either keep it and accept that your fees will go up, or dump it.

Jack Linden states in the post that babysims were meant for light use, but have ended up being used for much more.ย  He writes, “Based on analysis performed in August and September, Openspaces are being used about twice as much as we expected, in other words being loaded with double the content/avatar load than weโ€™d expect for a region that is supposed to be light use.”

I don’t know, there’s something kind of odd about this picture.

When the new babysim details were first revealed, it was exciting news for various reasons.ย  You no longer had to buy them in four-packs and the babysim prim count was being doubled from 1875 to 3750.ย  Then, when the new Land Store went live a month or so later, up-front costs were slashed by a considerable amount.ย  However — and I really think this is the most signficant detail of all — if you go back to the March 7th announcement, this crucial sentence was included:

To purchase an Openspace region you will still need to own a normal island already, however you will not have to anchor your Openspace to that region, it can be placed wherever you would normally be able to place an island.

Granted, they do state in that same post that babysims are “intended for light use countryside or ocean”.ย  But given all the changes in pricing, prim allocations, and rules, I have a really hard time believing that Linden Lab did not foresee people using babysims for more than just a pretty ocean.ย  I mean, c’mon… did Linden Lab honestly believe that people were going to obtain 65,000+ sqm for relatively cheap, with a nice huge helping of prims, and set the island all by itself on the grid detached from any ‘parent’ sim and then put all of those niceties towards an… ocean??ย  Really?

Anyways, does this make them wrong for wanting to rectify any misuse that they’ve seen since enacting these pricing and policy changes?ย  No, of course not.ย  If current usage habits are causing problems, then by all means take action to fix things.ย  We don’t want a broken grid, after all.

The thing is, accomplishing this by issuing forth a blanket policy change and price increase, as they’ve done today, seems illogical.ย  For all the misuse of babysims that’s going on right now, there are plenty of others that are being used exactly as Jack Linden said they were intended to be used — I immediately think of the Metabirds, for example, with their gorgeous expanses of oceans in between the full sims.ย  To my mind, it does not make sense to penalize sim owners who are using their babysims as was ‘intended’, along with others who are putting strains on the grid.

Tateru at Massively wrote, “The simplest explanations for all of this that fit the observed facts, is that either the March 2008 changes have progressively gutted Linden Lab’s market for regular simulators, or that they’re in need of a large cash infusion for Q1 2009 — or possibly both.”ย  In light of everything I’ve pondered over so far in this post, I’ve gotta say that Tateru’s conclusion makes the most sense.ย  Sure, maybe there are a lot of babysims being misused, but I think the real reasons behind today’s announcements are more fiscal in nature than anything else.

If this really is the case, though, that brings up more speculative questions in my mind.ย  If these changes that we saw today are indeed about the money, then I can’t help but think that maybe this is just the beginning of an across-the-board rise in fees.ย  Will private estates be next?ย  What about mainland tier?

Honestly, I’ve never paid much attention to these things before, so I’ve no idea when’s the last time mainland tier fees changed.ย  For a long time I was just a dumb noob who went dancing at clubs with friends, spent way too much money at Last Call and Ivalde, and would occasionally fuck up her Mod/No Copy prefabs by accidentally dropping a snapshot on the floor prim (oops!).

And you know what?ย  Being a dumb noob was fun.ย  Back then, these sorts of announcements from Linden Lab didn’t feel quite so much like we’re being yanked around with little to no warning, or not being told the entire story… well, because frankly, things like tier fees didn’t mean anything to me, anyways.ย  I kind of miss that.ย  Don’t get me wrong, I do love working in SL and while I might one day slow down on the amount of work that I do in here, I don’t know that I could ever really completely stop logging in and give up running a virtual business.ย  It’s just that the way Linden Lab handles things sometimes?ย  Cools off my ardor for all things SL just a smidgen and makes me question why I invest myself in here as much as I currently do.

Anyways, I guess all we can do now is wait and see whether more prices and fees will go up.

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Real Estate, SL Grid Issues | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Fix the yellow first, sheesh

It’s rant time for yours truly again.

I own a fairly large swath of land in a mainland sim that adjoins an empty ocean sim. I chose to invest in this property for several reasons: (A) it’s mainland property, and I like that I can do whatever I want with my land without being bound by estate rule restrictions, (B) the adjoining sim is an empty water sim, and (C) the sim reseller terraformed and carved out the parcels with great care, arranging them in a manner conducive to a nice looking neighborhood as opposed to simply selling off lots of little blocks of land. (The reseller, btw, was Jessie Beckham of virtuositydevelopment, and I totally recommend dealing with her if you’re interested in buying land, whether it’s mainland or estate.)

Here, let’s expand a bit on point C. The land in my sim was terraformed in such a manner so that there is land on all three sides that aren’t adjoining the neighboring empty water sim, while the water section in the middle opens into that same ocean sim. When Jessie cut up the parcels, she deliberately cut out a T-shaped strip of land in the middle of this water section and left it open and not for sale; the idea was that once the sim filled up with residents, she would return the strip of land to Linden Lab. This, in turn, would cause the land to be dubbed “Maintenance” and it would ultimately serve as an open ocean access channel for everyone in the sim, regardless of who has banlines and security orbs.

A few days ago, I discovered upon opening my world map that the access channel had turned purple. I quickly found that if a parcel is marked purple on the world map, this means it is being auctioned off.

What the hell?

When I look at the mainland, what do I see? Dollar signs and patches of yellow, yellow, yellow, yellow, and yet more yellow. All. Over. The. Freaking. Place. Perhaps LL could, I dunno, focus on cleaning up that huge mass of yellowed parcels instead of worrying over an itty bitty strip of land in my home sim? I really did not need or want more land and prims, but since I wasn’t about to let some vile scum ad farmer plant his extortionist ass in front of my land, I participated in the tiny bidding battle that took place this afternoon.

And yes, I won the auction. Meh. Oh well, at least I am now the owner of one bitchin’ good mainland property, if I do say so myself. I’m only grudgingly happy about it, though.

December 18, 2007 Posted by | Rant, Real Estate | , , , , | Leave a comment