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State College Pennsylvania 16801 United States of America

Listing # 46244

Rates From USD 1800 Monthly
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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. It 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, showing the old Swiss bank barn lnext to the farmhouse and looking toward Mount Nittany.

The house is more than 100 years old, but has been 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 and services--oil hot water heat, electricity, waste disposal, water, gardening, mowing, plowing, cable TV, phone--are all included in the rent. This house is 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.

There are two bedroom suites 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 smaller, and with a lower ceiling. It works as a children's bedroom or a study. All four mattresses are twins, and can be made up separately or as king-size beds. 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 with barn and fields adjoining Penn State's fields.

A nearby neighbor serves as owner's local representative and a good source of local advice. 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. There is a bus stop is across the creek with five-times-a-day bus service, but you will probably want a car for convenience. 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!


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
1500 Sq. Feet
Suited for
4 people
Property Type


Available from Tuesday, August 15, 2017 onward
Minimum Stay
9 month(s)
Flexible With Dates

*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 Houserville
Closest University Penn State
University nearby

Rental Price:

USD 1800 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
rent is 1900 if more than two people will live there
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 Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: Beautiful, iconic view of Mt. Nittany and meadow


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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My sister and I, along with our families, all live elsewhere. (We're still referred to locally as "the Umberger girls" even though we're now in our sixties!) Our father taught math at Penn State and we still have many friends in the area. There are now two more generations who all love Houserville and we all come back to visit when we can, which is not very often. The family is a friendly assortment of computer types, artists and writers, retired psychologists and former university faculty members. Various combinations of family members now own two houses on adjoining properties in the Old Houserville neighborhood a short distance from the Penn State campus, and both are listed on this web site. One listing is for "the farmhouse" as we call it, which the family joined together to buy to preserve the open space a few years ago. It is still known locally as the Baylets Farm, and its lower meadow is now designated as a green and open space forever. Our other listing is for the quite wonderful historic home we grew up in, where we offer a private rental suite and shared use of the entire place. Both places have been enjoyed as temporary homes by Penn State visiting academics and others, and we have made many wonderful lifelong friends that way. Rental prices for both places are competitive for the area and negotiable depending on length of stay, pets, number of persons and other factors.

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