The royals are coming! The royals are coming!
Perhaps more accurately, they’re coming back. Prince Albert of Monaco will travel to the Philadelphia area Tuesday after purchasing his mom Grace Kelly’s childhood home in East Falls, he confirmed to People magazinelast week.
The home, at 3901 Henry Ave.,is where Kelly grew up, and later, where Prince Rainier III asked for her hand in marriage. The six-bedroom brick mansion was built in 1935 by the Kelly family, and left in the 1970s to an Olympic athlete and businessman. It’s been in that owner’s possession until just recently, when he sold it to Albert.
Now, Kelly’s only son will explore plans for the home, which could include a museum and offices for the family’s foundation work, he told People.
“It feels good,”Albert II said. “I’m very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development.”
“The house was very beautiful and very special to our family,” the prince added. “I remember one visit, one of the earliest I recall, Grandma put me up in one of the bedrooms upstairs. I must have been about five and it was one of the first times I remember when I wasn’t put in with my sister. I remember just staring out the window, watching the cars go by, enjoying being alone.”
Albert added that he’s excited to show the home to his twin children Jacques and Gabriella.
“I’m looking forward to showing the house to the kids, sharing it with them, having them see the garden,” he said. “It’ll probably be next year. We’ll have to finish the work and then we’ll have some sort of opening.”
The home went on the market for $1 million in July; according to People, it was sold on Sept. 28 for $775,000.