5 Family-Ready Rentals
Have more than "just the two of us"? Check out these places with bedrooms to spare. Some even have family-friendly amenities.
Most rental properties come in three sizes: studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom.
These are enough to accommodate the bulk of renters in America.
But those units aren’t big enough for every renter. Even though the norm is for families to own rather than rent, there are families with children who either want or need to rent: They may have recently arrived in a new city and need a place to live while scoping out places to buy. They may not plan on putting down roots in a place but don’t yet know where life will take them. Or they may simply prefer not to have to worry about maintenance.
Fortunately, there are places that can accommodate them as well. Many of them are freestanding homes, but a number of condominium and apartment communities also offer family-friendly living.
Bucks County: 1340 Holland Rd., Holland (above) | 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,950 square feet, $2,600/month. Pets negotiable; some restrictions apply.
Fieldstone farmhouses are a Bucks County signature, so why shouldn’t renters have a crack at one? This 19th-century farmhouse got a total renovation that brings it in line with 21st-century tastes and desires. Its stonework and woodwork have been restored to their original shine and quality. The new designer kitchen is a showpiece that’s combined with the dining room, and the third floor has been turned into a space for socializing, watching TV or movies or playing games. This home has two porches, a deck and a sizable backyard as well for outdoor enjoyment. Council Rock High School South and Villa Joseph Marie High School are both within walking distance.
1340 Holland Rd., Holland, Pa. 18966 [Mary Beth Palestini | Real/Pro Real Estate]
Chester County: 715 Country Club Rd., Phoenixville | 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,682 square feet, $2,400/month. Contact agent about pets.
This home is one of those Chester County contemporary classics, a modern vision in wood with an attached two-car garage. Its main living space is a soaring two-story-high living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, skylights and a full-height stone fireplace. Its nicely equipped kitchen opens onto the dining area and has a walk-in pantry and room for a breakfast table. Skylights and a warm wood ceiling grace the family room as well. Its two-acre lot offers plenty of room for recreation and a wraparound deck lets you relax and entertain outdoors in style. It’s located in the Valley Forge Mountain subdivision, just a mile from the park and close to King of Prussia and the area’s major highways.
715 Country Club Rd., Phoenixville, Pa. 19460 [Michelle Nguyen | Long & Foster Real Estate]
Delaware County: Meetinghouse Apartments and Townhouses, Boothwyn | 3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1,381 square feet, $1,705 to $2,170/month. Pets welcome, up to two per unit; fee and additional monthly rent apply.
Love gardening? This garden apartment complex has a community garden where your green thumb can get a workout. It also has a dog park where Fido can get a workout and a playground for your kids to get a workout, not to mention a pool for all of you (except Fido) to splash around in. The three-bedroom units in this complex are two-story townhouses with their own private entrances and sunken living rooms. If you work in Wilmington and your spouse works at Widener University or Crozer Medical Center, this development is ideally located for both of you.
Meetinghouse Apartments and Townhouses, 3131 Meetinghouse Rd., Boothwyn, Pa. 19061 [Kaiserman Communities]
Montgomery County: 251 DeKalb, King of Prussia | 3 beds, 2, 2 full/1 half, or 3 baths, 1,330 to 1,527 square feet, $2,850 to $2,999/month. Pets welcome; contact leasing office for pet policy.
You and your family can enjoy a deluxe apartment in the sky and a host of top-flight amenities on the ground at this recently renovated modernist landmark a few minutes from the King of Prussia mall. Not only do you not have to worry about maintenance, you don’t have to worry about finding playmates for your kids, either, for the mangement has partnered with Kidville to offer a fun indoor playspace with lots of activities that can also be booked for private parties. An outdoor playground is in the works too. For all of you, this complex offers all sorts of nice extras: free La Colombe coffee in the morning, community garden plots, a resort-style pool, a permanent art collection and onsite art gallery, a fitness center, a dog park and spa, collaborative workspaces, and even its own fragrance: perfumery 12.29 makes coming home sweet with a scent called “Shades of Blue” it created specifically for the apartment building lobbies.
251 DeKalb, 251 DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, Pa. 19406 [Candlebrook Properties]
Philadelphia: 4645 Hazel Ave., Cedar Park | 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 2,363 square feet, $2,800/month. Contact agent about pet policy.
Roomy homes with space for kids to play aren’t just a suburban thing: this large Queen Anne rowhome in the Cedar Park section of West Philly has a decent-sized backyard and deck in addition to spacious, lovingly renovated rooms inside. The rich original woodwork gives every room in this home character, and the enclosed porch up front gives you space to both take in the passing scene and store your kids’ outdoor toys. The kitchen and bathrooms are up to date yet in keeping with this home’s character. It’s located in the Penn Alexander School catchment as well as close to the Route 34 trolley and the Baltimore Avenue commercial district with its many restaurants and shops.
This home may be rented furnished if you so desire.
4645 Hazel Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19143 [Nancy Houston | Keller Williams Philly via Zillow]