When they traded Rittenhouse Square for Wynnewood 17 years ago, James DeFelice and partner Carlos Castillo were looking for what many Main Line home buyers want: quiet, different housing styles, proximity to Philadelphia.
“It’s nice that not every house looks the same,” DeFelice says. “It has well-established trees and landscaping.”
And the three-bedroom, two-bath ranch house on a cul de sac checked all the boxes.
Plus, the size was perfect, and it meant the end of commuting for DeFelice, a beautician and hair colorist who was mostly practicing in Bala Cynwyd.
Buying made economic sense for DeFelice and Castillo, who heads a charter school.
But now they have had enough of home ownership, and they don’t want to pay condo fees, so they have decided to rent in Bala.
The 2,181-square-foot house has professional landscaping and a flagstone walkway that leads to double front doors and open main-floor living areas.
The dining room has sliding glass doors leading to the back patio and a landscaped private back yard. The sitting room has a beamed ceiling and picture window.
The eat-in kitchen has generous counter space, stainless steel appliances, sliding glass doors to the back patio, and pocket doors that allow it to be closed off from the dining room and foyer.
Bedroom quarters have hardwood floors, and the main bedroom has a large walk-in closet and marble bath and stall shower.
The lower level has a large finished recreational area that can accommodate a home office, gym, or media room, and a laundry and utility room with a side entrance from the driveway.
There is also an attached, two-car garage.
And DeFelice points out another advantage for anyone moving from another area: Lankenau Hospital is nearby, with plenty of physicians.
The house is in the Lower Merion School District and near the Wynnewood regional rail station.
It is listed by Max Goldberg of BHHS Fox & Roach Bryn Mawr for $650,000.