Home for Rent or House to Share

State College Pennsylvania 16801 United States of America

Listing # 46270

Rates From USD 2000 Monthly
Academic Pending VIP Contributor
About Member
Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Historic house (with antiques, grand piano, fireplace; all utilities and services included)

PLEASE NOTE: This web site insists on showing a price of $2000 "+" but the $2000 price includes ALL other services and utilities. This beautiful historic house has been enjoyed and cherished over the years by many visiting academics and others as a temporary, comfortable, fully-furnished home. The house sits on 2 acres of beautiful grounds along the banks of Spring Creek, with views of meadows and trees, the neighboring Penn State farm, and Mt. Nittany.

This beautiful and historic property is on a cul-de-sac with four other houses, which make up a friendly, private neighborhood.

Furnishings include oriental rugs, with a combination of early American antiques and comfortable modern beds, couches, and appliances. All bed, bath and kitchen linens are provided.

Amenities include 9-foot concert grand piano; fireplace; large screened porch; glassed-in sun porch/breezeway; laundry; downstairs den with TV; wi-fi and high-speed internet. Tenants will have the use of a parking space in the garage and there is plentiful guest parking.

Services included in the $2000 include mowing and plowing, electricity (including heat), water, septic disposal, trash and recycling disposal, pest control, house phone, wi-fi and high-speed internet.

Tenant will want a car. A bicycle could also work for a dedicated cyclist. See below for bus service. There are also well-organized ride-sharing arrangements available. It's about 3 miles by road, shorter on foot, to the center of the Penn State campus (bike path most of the way) and a short drive to the airport, both drives entirely on back roads.

The lease agreement includes the exclusive use of one bedroom with queen bed and bath and sitting room en suite, and "shared" use of the entire house and grounds. "Shared" means that the rest of the house is furnished with owner's things (which we don't want re-arranged) and the owner sometimes visits briefly, and rarely, with prior arrangements. (This will not happen at all during the coming year.) Basically, you'll have the whole house to yourself.) Meanwhile, the tenant is welcome to invite guests for shorter stays, and there are ample other bedrooms and bathrooms for them. If you have children or other household members, they are welcome to stay in other bedrooms as our guests. The house is great for entertaining.

If you're interested, please call my cell phone 425-890-3120 (PST, three hours earlier) or e-mail marg@rockenbeck.com.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
2500 Sq. Feet
Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Suite in Private Home


Available from Saturday, May 8, 2021 onward
Minimum Stay
2 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
if you need it a few days sooner that can be managed
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City State College
Postal Code - State or Province 16801 PA
Country United States of America
Neighborhood Keywords Old Houserville
Closest University Penn State
University nearby Penn State

Rental Price:

USD 2000 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
Lease at $2000 per month includes all utilities and services--see above
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: two acres, with kayak access along Spring Creek;


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

Housesitting Comments
only to be the owner's eyes and ears and communicate any problems as they arise

About Member

Academic Pending Confirmation Academic Faculty or Staff (Universities, Research Institutes, and Museums)
(Status Pending)
Inner Circle Inner Circle: Long-term members and contributors to SabbaticalHomes.com
Matched Member
(20) Paid Made-a-Match Fee(s)
Member Since Aug 12 2009
This member has no review
About Me
The family-owned house we are offering used to belong to our parents. Our father was retired from the math department at Penn State. We, his daughters, live elsewhere, but enjoy occasionally using this wonderful old house for family get-togethers. I, Margaret Rockenbeck, did my undergraduate work at Penn State, and graduate work at the University of Illinois, where I earned a Ph.D. in counseling/educational psychology. I am a retired faculty member from the University of Nevada, Reno. My sister, Juliet Umberger, is a retired non-academic computer programmer. My husband, Dave Rockenbeck, is a retired psychologist, papermaker and active artist. We are widely traveled in Europe, North America and Asia. We have been welcoming visitors to this house from overseas for the past 23 years, and have greatly enjoyed the friendships we've made.

This member has referred 0 registered user(s) (0 academics)
Contact Member:
Please use the form below to contact party. Unless you give sufficient background information about yourself and we deem your query appropriate, we do not guarantee that your message will be forwarded. all fields required
Your Name
Your Email
Message Help
Human? Please answer: 6 + 9 =
This member has 1 other listing
Listing No.TitleTypeView


Beautiful 2 bedroom 3 bath fully furnished farmhouse on 10 acres adjoining Penn StateOffered View


This member has no review