Onward State Cribs: Focust

Nestled between two apartment buildings, a beautiful, small, ivy-covered house sits on the corner of Foster Avenue and Locust Lane.The quaint cobblestone exterior makes the house almost look like a miniature fraternity house. Nicknamed “Focust” by the owners, the house has been owned by the same person for 30 years. It’s seen quite a long list of tenants since then, including siblings, the men’s soccer team, and different club sports teams.

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As intriguing as it is on the outside, Focust is even more interesting once you walk through its front door. The stained, sunken-in hardwood floors tell the tale of countless parties. Equipped with an antique fire place and stripper pole, the family room is the perfect place to both host a rager and roast a marshmallow. Retro decorations are everywhere, from a signed Penn State men’s soccer team poster to a large graffiti writing of “Focust” painted on the wall. Since the house is so old, the timeless interior helps to keep a record of Focust’s history.

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Upstairs, there are three bedrooms. The first bedroom is small, but it has an interesting story to go along with its odd shape and tiny size. According to the current residents, Focust is haunted. Apparently, a woman died in the first bedroom and now haunts the house from above the garage. The second bedroom is far less spooky, and sports vibrant green walls. Lastly, the master bedroom is the largest room in the house and has a bathroom connected to it.

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The crown jewel of Focust is the backyard. Complete with a bar, fire pit, and enclosed fence, this area is the best part of this intriguing property. Surrounded by apartment complexes on all sides along with tall bushes, the backyard area is entirely private. It’s the perfect outdoor area for cookouts and parties. An old table is kept out there for the use of all drinking games, while soft Christmas lights keep the yard illuminated for nighttime shenanigans. Focust is a towny hot spot, and locals gather from all around to compete in epic drinking competitions.

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Focust is one of the most timeless houses at Penn State. It captures the essence of a true college home while maintaining the individuality of the owners. The eclectic crib is in a prime location and is truly a gem among student living situations.

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About the Author

Ben Rappaport

is a junior English and Journalism major at Penn State. He loves spending way too much money on concerts and music festivals. Ben can usually be found walking around campus listening to Kanye West. A fun fact about him is he once was resuscitated from unconsciousness by Pusha T's verse on the song "Mercy." Feel free to contact him at [email protected] or follow him on twitter at @Benrappp.

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