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Sun-lit home in suburban Philadelphia, backyard with access to trail

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States

Listing #145232

House | Entire Home | House Sitting Requested
Rates from USD $4000 | Monthly
Last Updated 46 days ago


Having recently vacated our home of 13 years to take an assignment abroad, we are looking for like-minded academics who are coming to the Philadelphia area and are looking for a spacious home with old charm, yet new amenities such as modern bathrooms and a renovated kitchen with new appliances. This c. 1917 home is in a quiet cul-de-sac in Bala Cynwyd, a tree-lined neighborhood very close to Center City Philadelphia. For drivers, easy access to major thoroughfares makes it a breeze to get into the city and out to other neighborhoods. For non-drivers, it is a mere 5-minute walk to the Cynwyd train station. The house also has direct access to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, which connects to the vast Schuylkill River Trail System via Manayunk. Also in walking distance are restaurants, coffee shops, playgrounds, a public library and more. The house is filled with natural sun light coming through French doors and many windows throughout. The first floor features the living room with a wood-burning fireplace, large dining room, powder room, newly renovated kitchen with eat-in table and a breakfast bar, plus a screened-in porch that we have thoroughly enjoyed almost year-round. On the second floor, there are three bedrooms with ample closet space, two full BA (one with a jacuzzi and the other renovated in 2015). The upper floor is carpeted throughout and has two bedrooms and one clawed-bathtub BA, plus a storage room. The basement houses the laundry facilities with new washer and dryer and ample storage space. Outside, a shared driveway leads to a one-car garage, a fenced-in backyard with trail access and a patio. Please note that while the house is not fitted with AC, it is our experience that a few portable cooling systems during a few short weeks of high summer are enough to supplement the breeze provided by windows and fans. One of the main assets of the neighborhood is the superb Lower Merion School District. While the Elementary and Middle schools are only a few blocks away, the coveted High School is only a short bus-ride. The family-friendly East Lodges circle has no through-traffic and has spawned a fun community. If you have kids, there is a rope swing in the backyard and a Little Free Library that was started by us. It is our hope that through Sabbatical Homes we will find renters who enjoy our home as much as we have over the years and with whom we can partner in keeping the house and the yard in fair state. Please contact us!




2,200 ft2

Suited For

Property Type


From August 1, 2021

Minimum Stay

11 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing

Comments: Flexible on dates after 08/01/2021


House in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, United States

Closest University

Saint Joseph's University

Nearby Universities
University of Pennsylvania | Drexel University | Temple University | Haverford College | Bryn Mawr College | Villanova University

Main Line

Comments: Spacious family home in Philadelphia’s Main Line. Walking distance to train, playground, trails, and shops. 15-minute drive into the city. Fenced-in garden with direct access to Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Excellent public school district.


  • Walk to Campus
  • Bike to Campus
  • Suburban
  • Near Park
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Neighborhood School
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from USD $4000 Monthly

Utilities are not included

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: We would want renters to help with minor basic upkeep of the house, including yard maintenance and snow removal, etc.


The home is suitable for young kids

Ask about bringing pets

Smoking is allowed

A car is not available

House Sitting

I am looking for help while I am away

I would like help with plants or garden

Basic yard maintenance





Balcony or Patio


Dedicated Parking




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