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Hundreds of New Apartment Options Coming On-Line in 2013

by on December 10, 2012 6:00 AM

Maybe you're panicking because you don't know where you're living next year, or even next semester. 

Don't fret. By fall 2013, there will be more than 2,900 new bed spaces available, with even more coming once all of the dorms in South Halls are completed in 2014.

Whether it's an apartment you're looking for, cottage-style living or certain amenities you're after, find what best suits your living preferences here. From complexes opening in August 2013 to classic apartment buildings in the heart of downtown State College, all of the information is in once place. 

Be sure to check out the apartment page for the most comprehensive listing of rooms, apartments and houses to rent and even realtors to get you started. 

Opening August 2013

The Heights 

The Heights is located on Blue Course Drive, and students can choose to rent apartments with two, three or four bedrooms. The rent is $650, $600 and $560, respectively. Rent is all-inclusive with the exception of electric. 

The Heights is advertised as having "quantity and quality," with fully-furnished apartments, walk-in closets and even private bathrooms, green space, patios and balconies. Apartments range from 1,183 square feet to 1,651 square feet. 

There will be 587 beds in total in the Heights. 

An 7,700-square foot clubhouse is on site, complete with two fire pits, a WiFi cafe, a fitness center and tanning salons. There is also an outdoor, multi-sports court, many places to park for residents and guests and biking and jogging trails. 

No security deposit is required, and students are privy to individual leases. 

Parking is free, and CATA bus passes are included.

Even more information is available at The Heights leasing office, 436 E. College Ave. 

The Retreat

The Retreat, which developers hope will become known as "the ultimate student living experience" and is advertised as the "home of the largest pool in State College," opens in August on Waupelani Drive with several different cottage-style homes to choose from. Students can choose from two to five bedrooms, with up to five-and-a-half bathrooms and rent ranging from $665-$885 a year. 

Apartments come with bedrooms of two, three, four and five. There are around 500 beds in The Retreat.

Rent is all-inclusive with the exception of gas and electric. 

There is a $45 application fee, a $150 administration fee, a $299 activity fee and a $35 charge for furniture, all one-time only. 

The Retreat has amenities that include built-in bookcases, nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops, security systems, stainless steel appliances, full-size washers and dryers, spacious closets and an electric keying system. 

Sitting on 15,600 square feet alone, The Retreat's clubhouse offers students "resort-style living," with large-screen television sets, a fitness center, a tanning salon, group study rooms, pool side grilling, a golf simulator, a sauna, a gaming lounge and a spa suite with a massage area. 

Outside, in addition to the pool, there are multi-sport facilities. 

Parking is free, and CATA bus passes are included. 

For more information, go to the leasing office, 322 W. College Ave., or email The Retreat

The Villas at Happy Valley

Located on Trout Road, the brand new town homes available with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms start leasing at $585.

With 145 units planned and three bedrooms to a unit, the Villas will have at least 435 beds.

Catch a view of Beaver Stadium from your window and enjoy designer appliances, private bedrooms and private bathrooms, on two levels.

CATA bus passes are included, and there is free parking on site.

"No roommates, no problem," representatives for The Villas said. Roommate matching is available at the front office. 

Laundry is on-site, as is a fitness center and swimming pool. 

Rooms are available for undergraduate students, graduate students and non-students. 

For more information, contact the leasing office at the Apartment Store, 444 E. College Ave. 

Amenities for the approximately 6,000-square foot complex include a fitness center, study rooms and general meeting areas, a pool and clubhouse, volleyball courts and bicycle paths.

"They can really enjoy it. There are really some spectacular views of Beaver Stadium and it's situated in a shopping area," said Steve Bisbee, vice president for development at Keystone Real Estate. 

"It's where students can just enjoy being in Happy Valley."

The Legacy

Located on the corner of Beaver Avenue and Hetzel Street, next to Bryce Jordan Towers, the property is being built by HFL corporation, the same company who built Bryce Jordan Towers, Campus Towers and Centre Court.

Units feature four bedrooms and two bathrooms, luxury furnishing, built-in desks, new appliances, on-site laundry, keyed entry and on-site covered parking. 

There will be 75 units in the building, with a maximum occupancy of five residents to an apartment. There will be a maximum of 375 beds.

All utilities are included, and The Legacy touts a workout and fitness center inside. 

HFL Corp., which is heading up the project, has confirmed that plans for more housing are in the works, though more details are not ready to be released. 

The Grove

The Grove's management believes that "college living should be as exciting as college itself." With at least 600 beds total in 10 buildings, The Grove has private bedrooms and fully-furnished units complete with private bathrooms, walk-in closets, full kitchens, water and trash services and up to $30 electricity allowance and no utility bills.

There's also high-speed Internet, premium cable packages and a washer and dryer in each apartment. 

Leases are individual and The Grove also offers roommate matching. 

Indoor amenities in the student lounge area include a coffee bar, tanning beds, a workout room, flat-screen television sets, an air hockey table and more. Outside offers a full basketball court, beach volleyball court and a full-sized pool. 

Prices vary by community, so call (814) 327-0999 for more information and to rent a place at The Grove!

Penn State Dorms

Meanwhile, back on campus, Penn State is helping out students who are in a rut because they need to find housing off campus for the first time. 

Student Affairs has scheduled a Spring 2013 Housing Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 in the HUB-Robeson Center. 

Also on campus, the 55-year-old South Halls dorms are under renovation. Penn State provided a rendering of what they may look like upon completion.  

Plans are in place for 1,091 bed spaces in South Halls, otherwise known as South-Proper, on College Avenue, Housing Director Conal Carr said.

Carr said while 67 beds will be lost because of a new private bathroom design, the addition of a new residence hall will ultimately mean South Halls is gaining 144 spaces, Carr said. 

The new building, which has yet to be named, and Haller Hall and Lyons Hall will be completed in Aug. 2013 with 461 bed spaces. They are currently off line, Carr said. 

Ewing Hall and Cross Hall will open in Jan. 2014 with 250 bed spaces. Cooper Hall and Hoyt Hall will open in Aug. 2014 with 274 bed spaces, and Hibbs Hall and Stephens Hall in Jan. 2015 with 250 bed spaces.

These buildings will be off line for one semester the summer before opening, Carr said. 

The apartment page has you covered. Happy house hunting! 

The staff of prepared this article. Reach us at (814) 238-6201.
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