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State College Pennsylvania 16801 United States of America

Listing # 46244

Rates From USD 1900 Monthly
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2021

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, with post-and-beam construction, 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 modern 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, for hosting guests for home football games, and for having access for kayaking or canoeing and fly fishing. During the COVID-19 pandemic several families have used the house to transition home from overseas safely and quarantine for a while.

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 are window air conditioners available if needed.

This place is perfect for a single person, couple with or without one or two children, or up to three unrelated individuals. 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 or guest room. 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 wheelchair-accessible full bath. The downstairs can be accessed from outdoors via two short steps which can be easily ramped if necessary for wheelchairs.

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.

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, or you can arrange a ride share through CATA. The house is also a short drive entirely on beautiful back roads to the University Park airport.

The lease is competitively priced for the area. Remember when you compare prices to note that all utilities are included--you will have no other bills. If this sounds interesting to you, please call 425-890-3120 or email at marg@rockenbeck.com for more information.


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


Available from Monday, November 1, 2021 onward
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
Comments on Dates
rental periods can be adjusted to Penn State academic year schedule
*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, Spring Creek
Closest University Penn State
University nearby

Rental Price:

USD 1900 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
This price includes ALL utilities and services. It is move-in ready and you won't have any other bills to pay.
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
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home
  • Summer Term


  • 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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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.

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