The Wake Forest House

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Thanks for your interest in our home!

6908 Wake Forest is a freshly renovated family-style rental home in College Park, Maryland geared towards graduate students and young professionals, and most tenants are students at the University of Maryland.  We pride ourselves on providing a clean, study- and sleep-friendly home where students and young professionals can trust that they can sleep and work when they need without interruption.  We hope to hear from you soon!

 
 

Quick FAQ's

 

Amenities & Location

  • Hi-speed wifi available in every room of the house, with strong signal all around including WPA2 Enterprise security, 3x3 mimo on all bandwidths, multiple access points, and commercial grade battery backups, so we even have internet during power outages.  We average 200-400 Mbps in every room and on the patio in both the 2.4ghz and 5 GHz wifi bandwidths and a 6ms ping.  We have a 1000mbps connection to the house.
  • Walking distance to UMD campus, College Park Metro Station, Whole Foods, and a variety of restaurants and stores. Freshly renovated in 2017.
  • Street parking available for all tenants through the city for a small fee.
  • House members split common expenses so that nobody gets stuck paying for all the toilet paper or any other common supplies! More Details Below.
  • The laundry room is inside the home and is for use by all tenants.
  • The home is geared towards grad students and young professionals, and we select tenants who are respectful of others’ sleep and study habits. More importantly than anything else, this home is designed to be a nice place to live and more of a family home.  We keep this house going with the purpose of having a nice place to live, with nice people, at an affordable price.

Lease, Rent, Utilities, Etc.

  • House is rented/priced per bedroom.
  • House common areas are furnished. Room prices are based on un-furnished bedrooms.  Bedrooms can be furnished upon request.  Get in touch for more info and pricing based on your needs.
  • House has a total of three rented rooms, plus rooms for Ben & Kal (house managers).  We rent to one person per bedroom and a total of 5 people in the home per city law.
  • Utilities and house supplies are separate, and divided amongst all tenants.  Utilities and house supplies together average about $100-125 per month. 
  • This is a non-smoking, non-pet, non-partying home.  Service animals welcome as needed.
  • Application details are below.  We do perform background checks, credit check, employment verification, etc to help ensure everyone in the home can feel safe. Application and Contact Info
  • All bedrooms have full access to all common areas including the kitchen.

The Sections

We have broken down the house details into sections.

  • About Ben and Kal
  • Common Areas of the House
  • Bedrooms and Moving
  • The Platt Bedroom
  • The Capitol Bedroom
  • The Hillside Apartment
  • Utilities and House Supplies
  • Location and Transit
  • Contact and Application

Jump Ahead

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About Ben & Kal

Thanks for visiting!  We are thrilled to have you inquire about our home.  Kal is a doctoral student at University of Maryland, College Park, in her fourth year in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program, and also works as a group fitness instructor. Ben runs an I.T. consulting firm.  We have lived in the neighborhood for seven years and find it to be one of the best, and safest, neighborhoods in College Park.

We enjoy cooking and have a fully stocked kitchen. We really try to make this not a "rental house" but a "home," and are looking for roommates with similar intentions. Despite being very busy, we enjoy watching movies or having a beer with roommates and are looking for roommates who are conscientious of others and tidy.  Our goal with this house is to make a place in College Park that is both nice and affordable, and renting the house in this manner allows us to make a nice home for all involved.

House Common Areas

The Kitchen + Dining Room + Pantry

The kitchen is set up for cooks.  Though we usually have a mix of people who do and do not cook, we make sure the kitchen is fully stocked. 

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Dishwasher and Gas Range
  • Commercial-grade pots and pans
  • Commercial grade KitchenAid mixer
  • Plates, bowls, cups, silverware, etc.
  • Food processor
  • Heavy-duty foil and other consumables like Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, parchment paper, etc
  • Cutting boards
  • Steak knives
  • Cooking/ chef's knives, paring knives, bread knives, etc.
  • Espresso Maker
  • Crockpot
  • Toaster
  • Hot water pot/electric kettle
  • Coffeemaker
  • Ice cream maker
  • All the necessary accessories and utensils. 

The dining room has extra shelving space on stainless rolling kitchen storage racks, a microwave, wine rack with space for each tenant, baking supplies, and a corner cupboard for storage of specialty glassware with enough beer and wine glasses for all.  There is tenant food storage space on racks as well.

The pantry off the kitchen also connects to the living room and contains a second fridge, a pantry closet for extra house supplies, a half bath for all to use, and the basement stairs.  

We have two full-size fridges to ensure we are not cramped on fridge space.  This is in addition to the full size fridge in the basement apartment, for a total of three in the house.

Patio + GriLL

The house also comes complete with a furnished patio located right off the kitchen.  It is covered with a protective UV shade over the entire patio and has string lights for using the patio at night. The patio has two larger tables, three end tables, and a number of chairs.  It also has an outlet for connection of laptops, full wifi connection, and a grill.

Living Room and Front Entry

As you walk in through the front door, we have Waterhog rugs covering the entire entryway complete with benches and shoe storage space for taking off shoes and hanging up coats.  There is also a front hall closet for coats, cleaning supplies, vacuums, etc.

The living room is stocked with everything you need for a cozy night with a movie or a long day of studying, with plenty of lamps, blankets, pillows, work surfaces, chairs, etc.

The TV has an HD cable box, Amazon Fire Stick, and is logged into Netflix and Amazon Prime as well.  Each tenant is given his/her own user profile on the house Netflix account.

THE GOAL - A GREAT PLACE TO STUDY, WORK, AND SLEEP

We try to cover all the bases that we can think of, have had requested thus far, or that are needed for grad students and young professionals.  The internet is set up with multiple wireless routers in different parts of the house so that on each floor, and even on the patio, you will have a full wifi signal with a Gigabit grade (1000 Mbps) connection. 

WHAT IF I HAVE TO ASSEMBLE STUFF?

Regarding setting up furniture or basic tool needs, we keep a house toolkit with a hammer, pliers, tape measure, screwdrivers, etc., available in the common areas for basic repair/ furniture setup and other needs.  We also keep more tools in our utility room available upon request for heavier duty needs.


Laundry Room

 

The house comes with both washer and dryer, and the laundry detergent and dryer sheets are typically part of house expenses.  The laundry room is located at the base of the basement stairs and has shelving for all your common laundry soaps and accessories.  We also keep a couple of small plastic wash bins in the laundry room for soaking specialty or stained items.


Heating & Cooling

We have built as much efficiency and comfort into the home as possible, and are constantly adding more.  Between the full home renovation in 2017 and the continued improvements, we have re-weather stripped each entryway into the home, insulated a large number of walls throughout the home, and laid down over 600 linear feet of caulking (not a joke) on every seam in the house we can find and are continuing to caulk more as we go.

THE HOUSE HAS TWO SEPARATE HEATING/COOLING SYSTEMS

One system heats and cools the upstairs of the home.  The second system heats/cools the first floor and the basement apartment. 

We have EcoBee Smart thermostats connected to both systems, with temperature sensors in each room of the house.  Even though this is an older home (as are all homes in the area), we have a very high level of control over temperatures in each room and efficiency at the same time.  The system can automatically turn on and off and control temperatures based on whether or not people are home, space isn't being used, and even preemptively heat and cool spaces in anticipation of people coming home from classes or work as it adjusts to our schedules. 

 

During the renovation energy efficient light fixtures, LED and halogen bulbs, and water saving fixtures were installed throughout the home.  More safety features were also added with better electrical grounding, many new GFCI outlets, and other upgrades.


Guests

Guests are genuinely welcome in this home.  We always try to rent to people who are both responsible and easy going with regards to roommates and are conscientious of themselves and their guests, ensuring respect for all roommates. It is each tenant’s job to ensure he/she is being quiet and respectful as well as an understanding of others.  Tenants studying and sleeping comes first, before guests and gatherings. 

Each tenant is responsible for making sure they communicate via the house group chat well in advance of guests coming to town to check and see that it works with everyone else's schedule.  Tenants are responsible for making sure their guests are respectful in the house, including respectful of the noise levels expected for studying if and when anyone needs to study.  This is not a party house. Studying/sleeping has the right-of-way.

It is common for tenants to have over friends or relatives from out of town, and as long as timing, courtesy, and communication are respected, it always works out just fine. 


Bathrooms

 

The house has 4 bathrooms (3 full, 1 half), for 5 total people.  The half bath is located on the first floor, off the pantry. One full bath is located in the basement apartment, and a second bath upstairs is for use by the upstairs tenants. There is also a third full bath that Ben/Kal share in their office, so the upstairs bathroom is largely used by the two tenants upstairs. The net total of bathrooms means that even in the case where the house has guests, we can always work out a way to have enough bathroom space.   


Bedrooms and Moving

 

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The Platt Bedroom

With abundant natural light through two windows, a 12.5'x10.5' floor area, and its own closet, the Platt Bedroom has everything you need to live well and within budget at the same time.

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The Capitol room

The Capitol Room is a perfect blend of space, with a walk-in closet and built-in dresser drawers plus great morning light every day with Northern and Eastern windows.  Even the walk-in closet has a window!

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The Hillside Apartment

The Hillside Apartment is the perfect retreat from campus and the ideal study space for your workload at the same time. The apartment comes with space for a living area and bedroom, a kitchenette, its own entrance, and a gorgeous full bath complete with wood grain tile.  

Bedroom prices are based on an unfurnished price but can be rented furnished or unfurnished.  The common house areas are furnished.  The furnished bedroom price is based on what each tenant needs, and if you are interested in having your room furnished, please feel free to get in touch, and we can work out the details.  Furnished bedrooms often rent for an additional $20-$60 per month depending on what is requested in the room, and this has always worked out well and conveniently for those looking to rent furnished. 

Before you move in, each bedroom is thoroughly cleaned, touched up or repainted, and brought up to a high standard for any family home.  We do not treat this as a student rental, we treat it like a family home.  While each bedroom has closet space, there is also common storage space available in an attic and some in a basement utility room.  Let us know if you will need additional storage space beyond your room and we can discuss the options and what may or may not fit.  Before move-in, we are also happy to work with everyone to make sure you and your belongings have a place to go between leases.  We often have new tenants move some belongings in a little early and have even stayed as a guest for a night or two before the lease starts.  While we cannot ever guarantee space or accommodations before a lease starts without advance planning, when advance plans are made with us we always find a way to work with the tenants and figure everything out one way or another.   

Though tenants do not normally use them and we all usually keep our doors open, each room can be locked with a key from the outside if you so desire.  Rooms can, of course, be locked from the inside too.  During periods when everyone is away at the same time for holidays and such, we do encourage all to lock up.  We (Katherine and Ben) keep keys to the entire house both in case someone loses a key and in case of emergencies. 

We do not go into anyone’s bedroom, locked or unlocked, without prior verbal/written notice for any reason other than safety concerns.  Safety concerns that come up include smelling or seeing a lit candle, a medical emergency, a fire, or some other type of theoretical damage like a leaky pipe or broken window.  All bedrooms come with blinds on the windows for security and privacy.



The Platt Bedroom

 

The Platt bedroom is a roughly 12.5’ x 10.5’ room with a storage closet, two windows, and is located on the second floor.  The Platt Bedroom shares the full upstairs bath has access to all common areas of the house including the first-floor half-bath.  As with all bedrooms, it has a temperature sensor connected to the thermostat. It has a main overhead light connected to a switch inside the door.  This room gets great mid-day and evening light with northern and western windows.



The Capitol Bedroom

 

The Capitol Bedroom is a roughly a 12.5’ x 10.5’ room and has a walk-in closet with an additional 23 square feet of floor space, hanging rods, a window in the closet, built-in bookshelves, and a light.  The room has two windows, a storage/crawl space door with storage for boxes/ luggage, more built-in bookshelves, and a built-in three door dresser.  It has a main overhead light connected to a switch inside the door.  As with all bedrooms, it has a temperature sensor connected to the thermostat.  This room gets great morning and mid-day light with northern and eastern light coming from three total windows.



The Hillside Apartment

THE PERFECT HOME FOR STUDENTS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ALIKE.

Full Comfort

With its own temperature sensor, 5 heating/cooling vents, insulated walls, 3 regular windows, and a larger walk-out/emergency escape window, the apartment has full comfort year- round and great natural light from the east.  It has built-in pot lights across all areas, and separate shower and main area lights in the bathroom. 

Your Own Bathroom

The bathroom has a full wood-grained tile shower with built-in seat, heated fan and light above, and its own window. The bathroom is roughly 12’ x 4’ including the shower, toilet area, and sink.

Everything You Need

The Hillside apartment and kitchenette can also come furnished upon request.  The apartment has its own entry door with a small mudroom inside for coat racks or storage.  There is a separate door between the private apartment entryway and the main area of the apartment.

 

The Hillside Apartment is set up to be the perfect grad student sanctuary. It has its own kitchenette, full bath, private entrance, plenty of daylight and built-in lighting, and access to all common areas of the house, including the full kitchen upstairs via the basement stairs.  At night, it does not share the thermostat with any other bedrooms, allowing for full comfort without competing against differing temperatures on other floors.  During the day, the apartment shares the thermostat on the first floor. 

The main area of the apartment is set up in an open “L” shape and can be configured as desired.  It is roughly 25’ along the back, and 22’ from front to back of the house.  Each leg of the “L” is roughly 12-13’ wide.  The main area contains a closet with door and hanging rod as well as finished storage area under the basement stairs.  Most tenants set up one end as the bedroom by the bathroom, and the other end as a living area.  The kitchenette is located in the corner of the “L.” 



Utilities and Supplies

The room prices are structured with utilities separate and averaging roughly $100-125 per month.  This monthly utility price includes internet, TV, electric gas, and a quarterly water bill, as well as other shared house expenses like toilet paper and paper towels (more info below). Utilities are relatively low for the area due to the recent renovation last year which made significant improvements to insulation, plumbing, and electrical efficiency. 

We have Costco, Home Depot Pro, and Target card memberships so that we can buy common house items in bulk and at discounts as a group and then divide it up each month as a part of rent payments.  The typical items include cleaning supplies, Tide/ dryer sheets, paper products like Kleenex and paper towels, olive oil, garbage bags, batteries, light bulbs, etc.  These items can vary as well from group to group depending on what everyone wants to do/ commonly uses. 

The house Netflix account is a perk as a part of the rent, and you are not charged extra for it.  Each tenant has their own user profile in the account.  


Location + Transit

 

Location + Parking

The house is located in a neighborhood known as Calvert Hills, in College Park, Maryland.  Calvert Hills is one of the safest and nicest neighborhoods in the area around the university and is filled with many university employees and students.  It is a family-friendly neighborhood, not designed for partying or party houses. 

The house has street parking for all tenants, and two visitor parking passes for when friends come over or family visits. 


To Campus

There are multiple options for transit to campus.  Many in the Calvert Hills neighborhood are either students or professors at UMD walk daily to campus.  To the southeast corner of campus, it is roughly a 12-minute walk.  If you’re going to the far side of campus, you can take a UMD shuttle bus from the edge of the neighborhood along Rt.1 or from the College Park Metro station which is conveniently located inside the neighborhood.  The metro station is roughly a 9-minute walk from the house.


To Grocerys + Food

The area has a number of grocery stores to choose from.  Most popular is the Whole Foods that is on the southern edge of the neighborhood and accessible via a paved walking path known as the "Old Trolley Trail."  You can also drive there, of course, and there is ample parking.  Other grocery stores in the area include a Shoppers, two Giant grocery stores, and for those who want to visit Takoma Park, a Trader Joe’s roughly 20 minutes away.  There are also Mom's and Yes Organic Markets in the area.  

Food wise, we have two Starbucks, plenty of restaurants, a brewery, an abundance of pizza places, and a true gem of a local pizzeria called Pizzeria Paradiso which now has a location in nearby Hyattsville.  P.S.  There beer list is a book...

Links are below to our favorites :) 

Contact & Application

The Lease

  • The lease is for 12 months, from August 1st through July 31st.
  • Sub-leasing is allowed in certain circumstances.  Please inquire for details.
  • Deposit on the house is one month’s rent, which is due at time of signing along with a $125 cleaning fee.  The cleaning fee goes towards cleaning, touch-up painting, etc. when you move out.  If less than $125 is needed, the rest will be reimbursed.  If more is needed, it will come out of the deposit.
  • We warmly encourage co-signers
  • No smoking, no pets.
  • This is a non-party home.
 

The Application

  • The application begins with a call, followed by scheduling a tour.  We are happy to provide virtual tours via Facetime as well.
  • If you are interested in a room and the house seems like a good fit, prospective tenants will:
    • Complete a rental application to be used for a background check and employment/address verification through RentPrep.com
    • Provide two credit reports via Credit Karma free of charge or via RentPrep.com for an additional $10 fee
    • Provide a minimum of three references other than parents, 
    • Provide income verification, and if applicable, a co-signor application, credit check, and verification.
    • The background check through RentPrep.com costs $35, which can be paid to us at the time of paperwork submission.
 

Contact Us

Interested in join the home?  Get in touch!  We would love to hear from you.

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