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A House
Service Home
Provides Storage
Hours All day
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Regional names Unknown
Town ordinance hours
Early Bird Unknown
Night Owl Unknown
165 - Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS) - I Paid off My Debt!

The House is the player's central building. At the beginning of each game (Wild World and before), the player purchases their new home from Tom Nook through a mortgage plan. In New Leaf the player will start off with a tent. Paying off the mortgage generally results in expansions to the house, though they differ from game to game.

The house can be furnished with different types of items. The carpet and wallpaper can be changed out at will, and a custom pattern can be installed on the floor or the wall. The house is expected to be well-furnished by the Happy Room Academy; players are encouraged to collect whole sets, series, and themes of furniture to get a higher score, and possibly the model room at the HRA.

If a player does not play their Animal Crossing series game for some time, he or she will return to find their house infested with cockroaches. Cockroaches will hide under furniture until it is replaced or moved, and then will run all over the floor. The only way the player can get rid of cockroaches is by stepping on them, as opposed to using a net like when outside since the player can't use nets indoors. In New Leaf, cockroaches will not appear if the town has the ordinance Keep Town Beautiful in effect, no matter how long the player has been away.

Directly outside the front door is the mailbox, where the player can receive mail from other villages or local players.

Parts of the House

In Animal Forest, players are not able to get a second floor or basement.

Tent: In New Leaf, the player begins with a tent. It is nearly exactly the same as the house that cannot be expanded, with a mailbox and windows, except the light switch is not available and the wallpaper and flooring cannot be changed. This restriction cannot be circumvented with Sahara, and such, she will refuse to redecorate the tent. Once the player pays Tom Nook the house down payment, the initial house will be built.

Main Room: This is the first room the house will start with. If the player's house is not a tent, this room can be upgraded several times, have its wallpaper and flooring changed, and in general is the largest room of all expansions.

Second Floor: Introduced in the original Animal Crossing, the second floor is a small room above the main floor, akin to an upstairs bedroom. This room can be furnished in the same way as the main floor.

Basement: Found in all versions but Wild World. The basement was not ranked by the HRA nor could it have its wallpaper or flooring changed until City Folk. In Animal Crossing, it serves mainly as a storage area, due to the lack of the universal storage system introduced in Wild World.

Side Additions: These three rooms are found in Wild World and New Leaf. They are on the ground floor and can be accessed from the main room using doorways on the west, north, and east side of the room.

Attic: In Wild World and City Folk, the initial house also featured an attic. It is always at the top of the staircase. This means initially, it is on the second floor. When the second floor expansion is purchased, the attic is raised to the third floor. It has the bed, where the player sleeps to save their game, and the Telephone, where the player can change the options of the game. Beds can be changed by the player, while the floor and wallpaper of the attic cannot be changed and no other furniture can be placed in the room.


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Artwork of a house.

Animal Crossing

The house first appeared in Animal Crossing as part of the Town Square. The town square includes four houses, so that four players can live in the same town on one memory card. The most amount of rooms the player can have to place furniture is 3 rooms, including a large main room, basement and upstairs room.

The house exterior in Animal Crossing has some notable exterior flourishes compared to other versions. A sentient object, called a gyroid, sits outside the door. The gyroid can store objects to sell or give away to other players as well as being responsible for saving the game. If the player does not save the game through their gyroid, they will have to deal with Mr. Resetti when they sign in next. The front door can be embellished with a pattern. If the player has caught all 40 fish or insects, a weathervane or butterfly ornament, respectively, will be added to the exterior of the house. A mailbox is present outside the door opposite of the gyroid.

The lights inside are controlled independent of the furniture in Animal Crossing by pressing the 'Z' button. The storage space was dependent on the number of storage furniture units one had in the house. Each storage unit, such as a bureau, dresser, or cabinet, could hold three items.

The user can paint their roof in 3 ways: house expansion (excluding basement addition), buying paint cans from Nook, or helping Wisp.

The house in Animal Crossing expands as follows:

  • Initial house: 18,400 Bells (4 by 4 squares)
  • 1st Ground Floor expansion: 148,000 Bells (upgrade to 6 by 6 squares)
  • The following two upgrades can be performed in either order:
    • Basement: 49,800 Bells (8 by 8 squares, cannot be expanded, cannot change wallpaper or floor)
    • 2nd Ground Floor expansion: 398,000 Bells (upgrade to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Second Story: 798,000 Bells (final house expansion, 6 by 6 squares)

Total Cost: 1,410,800 Bells
Total Floorspace: 164m2
Floorspace cost: 8,602 Bells per m2

Animal Crossing: Wild World

In Wild World, all of the players have to share a house, which led to some criticism. However, the house later expands to a much larger dimension than the other games. The mailbox is shared by the players living in the house, but the player can only take out their own mail. The house is placed in a random location in the players' town. Gyroids are no longer present and have been replaced with an attic. The attic exists in the initial house, furniture cannot be placed in it apart from the beds it comes with, and it only exists as a place for players to "sleep" while they are not playing their character.

  • Initial house: 19,800 Bells (4 by 4 squares)
  • 1st Ground Floor expansion: 120,000 Bells (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
  • 2nd Ground Floor expansion: 298,000 Bells (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Second Story Added: 598,000 Bells (6 by 6 squares)
  • Ground Floor Left Room: 728,000 Bells (6 by 6 squares)
  • Ground Floor Right Room: 848,000 Bells (6 by 6 squares)
  • Ground Floor Back Room: 948,000 Bells (6 by 6 squares)

Total cost: 3,559,800 Bells
Total Floorspace: 208m2
Floorspace cost: 17,114 Bells per m2

A basement is no longer available as part of the expansion as storage units can hold up to 90 items. Also, when the house owners fully expand and fully pay off their house, there is no reward or gift.

Animal Crossing: City Folk

  • Initial House: 19,800 Bells (4 by 4 squares)
  • 1st Ground Floor Expansion: 120,000 Bells (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
  • 2nd Ground Floor Expansion: 248,000 Bells (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Second Story: 368,000 Bells (6 by 6 squares)
  • Basement: 598,000 Bells (8 by 8 squares, wallpaper and floor can be changed)
  • After paying off the final mortgage the player will have a flag outside their house as a free gift from Tom Nook. The design can be changed by calling Rover in the attic and selecting "Flag Design".

Total cost: 1,353,800 Bells
Total Floorspace: 164m2
Floorspace cost: 8,255 Bells per m2

Visual Depiction of Expansions

External View Floor Size
House 2
House 1
House 3
House 4
Animal Crossing house

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Shortly after the player firsts enters their town, they must go visit Tom Nook to arrange the construction of their home. Nook follows the player around until the player decides on a construction site. Nook will show the player a preview of their completed home and the player is asked for confirmation. As the construction cannot be performed in one day, Tom Nook lends the player a tent to sleep in at the appointed location of the construction site, until they can pay the down payment of 10,000 Bells for the construction of their house. Note that the 10,000 bells must be paid all at once, directly to Tom Nook, instead of at the Post Office like later payments.

Unlike previous games, after repaying the debt to Tom Nook, players are not forced to immediately upgrade. This is because external renovations and house expansions cannot be performed simultaneously, so the player is given the choice to decide which they wish to be completed first.

  • Tent: 10,000 (4 by 4 squares)
  • Initial House: 39,800 bells including down payment (4 by 4 squares)
  • 1st Ground Floor Expansion: 98,000 Bells (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
  • 2nd Ground Floor Expansion: 198,000 Bells (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Second Story: 298,000 (4 by 4 squares)

After the second story is constructed, the player may choose to expand existing rooms or construct additional rooms, in any order:

  • 1st Second Story Expansion: 498,000 (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
    • 2nd Second Story Expansion: 598,000 (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Basement: 428,000 Bells (4 by 4 squares)
    • 1st Basement Expansion: 498,000 (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
      • 2nd Basement Expansion: 598,000 (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Ground Floor Left Room: 348,000 Bells (4 by 4 squares)
    • 1st Ground Floor Left Room Expansion: 498,000 (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
      • 2nd Ground Floor Left Room Expansion: 598,000 (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Ground Floor Right Room: 348,000 Bells (4 by 4 squares)
    • 1st Ground Floor Right Room Expansion: 498,000 (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
      • 2nd Ground Floor Right Room Expansion: 598,000 (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)
  • Ground Floor Back Room: 348,000 Bells (4 by 4 squares)
    • 1st Ground Floor Back Room Expansion: 498,000 (upgraded to 6 by 6 squares)
      • 2nd Ground Floor Back Room Expansion: 598,000 (upgraded to 8 by 8 squares)

Total Cost: 7,595,800 Bells
Total Floorspace: 320m2
Total Wallspace: 142m
Total Furnishable Tiles: 462
Floorspace Cost: 23,737 Bells per m2
Tile Cost: 16,441 Bells per tile

The player may also purchase exterior renovations for their house including paving, siding, fence, door, and mailbox for maximum customization. These are separate from expansions, and can be purchased from Nook's Homes. However, as previously mentioned, exterior renovations cannot be applied while expansions are underway, and vice versa.

Completing a House


The four trophies in Animal Forest.

After the player's house has been fully upgraded and fully paid off, the player will receive a statue in front of the train station. The first player to do so of the four players will get a gold statue, the second player will get a silver statue, the third player will get a bronze statue, and the fourth will get a jade statue. This feature only appears in Animal Crossing. In Dōbutsu no Mori e+, the player will also receive their own private island.


Animal Crossing

Wild World

City Folk

New Leaf

House Stages

After stage 4, the player is free to decide which part of the house to expand they see fit.


Able SistersAuction HouseBus StopCampsiteCityClub LOLCrazy Redd'sDream SuiteDumpFortune ShopGardening StoreGracieGraceHappy Home AcademyHappy Home ShowcaseHappy Room AcademyHouseIsland ToursKicksLighthouseMain Street (New Leaf)Main Street (Happy Home Designer)Mobile HomesMuseumNew TownNookling StoresNook's HomesObservatoryPhoto BoothPlazaPolice StationPost OfficeReset Surveillance CenterResetti's HeadquartersRe-TailShampoodleSummer CampersThe MarqueeThe RoostTom Nook's store franchiseTown GateTown HallTrain StationWishing Well

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