The SimCity Social Waterfront is a special section of the map that gives production or Population boosts to your buildings. This is a post that analyze the best use of these waterfront properties. In short, you are better off using the Waterfront areas for residential uses because the stacking boost of population gain can be quite phenomenal.
Waterfront area is a limited resource for your SimCity Social City, you mainly have two different choices on how to take advantage of the boost. Your can either build factories or build residential houses. Depending how many sides that the houses are touching the water, your factories and SimCity Social residential houses will earn different amount of boost.
You will achieve long term population success if you focus your SimCity Social waterfront area with residential houses. The additional SimCity Social population boost is simply too powerful of a bonus to pass up.
The SimCity Social houses can be divided into a couple of categories, you want a full 2×2 area houses because only they have the potential to grow and house more population. If you use a single or a double land residential houses, they will easily be maxed out at the population limit. Thus, always plan a 2×2 area for your Waterfront SimCity Social houses.
It is tempting to build your businesses next to all of your waterfront houses at the beginning of the game. However, your goal at the beginning stage of SimCity Social is to boost your population as fast as possible. Focus the different decorations to surround and cover your waterfront properties. After you have unlocked higher level decos and businesses, then you could consider start building the businesses for the SimCity Social Simoleons gains.
To be able to take advantage of the Waterfront boost without hurting your SimCity Social population too much, you can "reserve" an area for 1 single factory. When your SimCity Social factories are ready for collection, you can "move" in and out of your factories so that all of your factories can receive the material boost. However, remember to use the redecorate tab and move so that you do not collect from the factories.
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