The 5 Most Expensive Rentals on the Main Line Right Now
From compact condos to sprawling haciendas, there's room at the top for just about everyone who has the money to live there.
Housing on the Main Line, as we all should know by now, ranges from the truly modest to the truly breathtaking. What might be more surprising is that high-end Main Line rentals cover an almost equally broad swath of real estate. In looking for the five most expensive houses, condos and Main Line apartments for rent right now, we found everything from (relatively) compact condos to spacious Spanish villas. Here are the five most expensive rentals we found on our search:
1. 2 College Ave. Haverford (above) | 6 beds, 7 baths, 8,112 square feet, $10,000 per month. Contact leasing agent about pet policy.
This priciest Main Line rental also happens to be the roomiest digs on the market right now, clocking in at more than 8,000 square feet. The great room of this 1956 hacienda that’s heavy on the Spanish influences must account for half that space. You could host the dinner party to end all dinner parties here, as it also comes with an equally large kitchen with commercial-grade Wolf range and double-wide Sub-Zero fridge and freezer. There’s also a 20-seat home theater in the basement and a large terrace and pool in the back. The master suite’s on the main floor so you don’t have to climb stairs after you’ve raided the fridge for a midnight snack.
(We could swear we saw this place listed for sale not too long ago.)
2 College Ave., Haverford, Pa. 19041 [John Bolaris | The Condo Shop | Keller Williams Realty]
2. 418 Gatcombe Lane #450, Bryn Mawr | 5 beds, 5 baths, 5,500 square feet, $7,000 per month. No pets.
If privacy and discretion are your chief concerns, you should rent this place posthaste, for its owner shares your penchant for secrecy. Neither photos nor information about the owner or leasing agent appear with this Main Line apartment for rent listing on Zillow. What we do know about the unit is what you see in the stats above. We also know that it has a pool and a separate in-law/au pair suite. And we know that it’s half a mile from the Baldwin and Shipley schools, two miles from the Haverford School and four from the Agnes Irwin School. Would you prefer to send your child to Harriton High? We hope the landlord doesn’t reject your application on those grounds.
3. 40 Louella Court #2, Wayne | 2 beds, 2 baths, 1,512 square feet, $4,500 per month. No pets.
Here’s your opportunity to rent a unit in the magnificently restored Louella House, a grand Victorian hotel-turned-condo built in 1868 and located smack in the center of Wayne. Your totally modern apartment is just a short walk from the Wayne Regional Rail station and right at the edge of its town center, where you can find boutique shopping, fine dining and entertainment. Amenities include a gas fireplace in the living room, a kitchen with retro period cabinets, a large outdoor porch and parking for two cars in the building’s underground garage.
40 Louella Court #C2, Wayne, Pa. 19087 [Jim Becker | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]
4. 312 Iron Works Way, Unit E, Wayne | 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, 1,848 square feet, $4,495 per month. Pets accepted on a case-by-case basis; contact leasing agent for more information about pet policy.
Its appearance and street address notwithstanding, you are not looking at a factory-to-apartment conversion. Pembroke North is a recently built (2010) condominium midway between the St. Davids and Wayne Regional Rail stations and within walking distance of the former. This unit features an open main living area with built-in bookcase, large windows, a balcony and a kitchen equipped with top-of-the-line GE Monogram appliances. Wayne’s comely town center is just a hop, skip and a jump away.
312 Iron Works Way, Unit E, Wayne, Pa. 19087 [Helen Gleason | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors – Rosemont]
5. 1000 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Bryn Mawr | 2 beds, 3 baths, 2,650 square feet, $4,000 per month. No pets.
And bringing up the rear is another Mediterranean-style residence— one with some history behind it. Rent this 1926 carriage house and you will live in the last surviving remnant of La Ronda, the magnificent Italianate mansion built between 1926 and 1929 for manufacturer Percival Foerderer, designed by noted architect Milton Minzer and thoughtlessly destroyed and replaced by a more conventional manse by a new owner who bought the estate in 2009. This carriage house displays all the rustic charm that our No. 1 most expensive rental lacks, and it’s been updated to keep pace with the demands of modern living. Stone walls, Gothic arches, tile floors and beamed ceilings give this house all the warmth and charm your heart desires. Should you take up residence here, do us a favor: Head around the corner to 945 Roscommon Rd. and flip the Kestenbaums the bird as you pass by? Then thank them for sparing this prize.
1000 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010 [Robin Gordon | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]