Beautiful 2 bedroom 3 bath fully furnished farmhouse on 10 acres adjoining Penn State
This historic home is located close to Penn State in the beautiful Spring Creek valley in the Houserville neighborhood, which is in the State College School District. For a view of the entire area as seen from the field behind the house, see the last photo, which shows the old Swiss bank barn located next to the farmhouse, which is just to the left of the view in the photo.
The house is more than 100 years old, but has been recently remodeled to leave all the charm without the headaches. We've left the old floors and some exposed beams, a knotty pine kitchen done with wood logged on the property, and an old claw-foot tub, but all the plumbing and wiring is new and the kitchen and laundry appliances are modern. This house has been enjoyed by Penn State visiting professors and others, who say it's great for entertaining, and for hosting guests for home football games.
The style is "country casual" with a mix of antique and modern furnishings. All bed and bath linens are provided. Utilities (oil hot water heat, electricity, waste disposal, water, mowing, cable TV, phone) are all included in the rent. This house tends to be snug in the winter and cool in the summer, and there are ceiling fans in the master bedroom suite, but there is a window air conditioner available if needed.
The two bedroom suites are upstairs, each with a full bath en suite. The front bedroom is quite large with dramatic ceiling, windows and views, while the back bedroom is small, and with a lower ceiling. All four mattresses are twins, and can be made up separately or as king-size beds. The back bedroom could be used alternatively as a study. There is a full-size laundry set-up between the bedrooms.
Downstairs there's a sleeper couch, and a wheelchair-accessible full bath. The downstairs can be accessed via two short steps which can be easily ramped if necessary for special needs.
The house is suitable for rental by an individual or couple with up to two children, or an individual or couple with another adult.
Common rooms downstairs include an eat-in kitchen with all cooking and eating utensils provided, dining room and living room with TV. There's a small sun porch at the kitchen entry and a large patio on the other side of the kitchen. The long front porch is great for sitting and watching the passing scene: fly fishermen, bicyclists, birds, neighbors out for a walk and the ever-changing view of the seasons and Mt. Nittany. It overlooks its own 4-acre meadow bordering Spring Creek. Behind the house is a small yard and another five acres or so of fields adjoining Penn State's fields.
A next-door neighbor serves as owner's local representative and all-around source of advice and support. The large property adjoining the meadow also belongs to the owners of this house and is usually occupied by Penn State visitors as well.
There are multiple parking spaces available right next to the back door for everyday use and two spaces in the basement garage for bad weather. It's about 3 miles to the center of campus, all on back roads if you wish. It can be biked as well, partly on bike paths, but you will need a car, since the bus stop is across the creek and the bus does not come frequently. The house is also a short drive entirely on beautiful back roads to the University Park airport.
The rent is competitively priced for the area, and depends on how many people and pets are involved and on the length of stay. Remember when you compare prices to note that all utilities are included--you will have no other bills. If this sounds interesting to you, let's talk!
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1500 Sq. Feet