Penn State Game Day Condo or Second Home Here in State College

For season ticket holders, finding a hotel, bed and breakfast, or rental is an all-too familiar job. But what if you never had to book a room again? After ten years of driving in to Happy Valley for home games and other weekends, alumni Haley Locher (B.S. '96) Butler and husband Dennis ('95 MA Mech. Eng.) decided to do just that. They bought a townhouse in Toftrees, and have turned it into a meeting place for family and friends. 

“Every weekend, we were paying for 3-4 nights at a hotel, and after a few years we asked ourselves, do we really want to keep spending this when we could own a place and use it year-round?” Haley said. 

Even though they originally bought the townhouse for the football weekends, it has turned into a year-round destination for family and friends while they celebrate First Night with ice skating and dinner, Arts Fest, lacrosse sports camp, and more. Friends stay over for wrestling matches and volleyball. 

So what does the perfect weekend look like for the Butlers? Friday is for board games, hiking Mount Nittany with the dog, going to the Cafe' or Dino's, and walking around campus. Saturday morning is eggs on the grill, breakfast casseroles, and mimosas. They hold six season tickets, so they frequently have friends come with them who have young children. Haley recommends to connect with college students who can babysit while they are at the game. The sitters get some Creamery ice cream and head back to the townhouse with the younger set while the parents go to the game, and everyone is happy! On Sunday morning, they join the line outside the Waffle Shop for the perennially perfect Happy Valley breakfast.  

To those thinking about buying a house for game weekend, Haley advises, “Take time. Realtor Mindy Sabol was the best realtor ever. Get recommendations. Decide whether you want to be close to town or the stadium. Look everywhere. Look at everything. It took us about a year to find something that worked for our family. Once you've found a place, make sure you'll be there often enough to be able to check on it. If you can't be there often enough, be sure to find a service that can come make sure pipes don't burst in the winter, and things like that.” 

“Happy Valley will always have a special place in our hearts,” Haley said. “Even if our kids don't attend Penn State, they will always understand how special it is here.”


By Cara Aungst  REPOSTED from Happy/ with permission.

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