Prince Albert of Monaco buys Grace Kelly's childhood home in Philadelphia

Prince Albert of Monaco has purchased the childhood home of his mother, Grace Kelly, in Philadelphia, according to People. The current head of the House of Grimaldi told the magazine he would be traveling to the United States this week to discuss further plans for the home on Tuesday.

The brick, Georgian-style house on Henry Avenue and Coulter Street in the East Falls area was built by his grandfather, John B. Kelly, Sr., around the time of Grace's birth in 1929.

“The house was very beautiful and very special to our family,” Albert says, recalling early memories traveling to the family home with his mother.

“I couldn’t have been more than 2, probably my first visit to the house. I remember rolling about on the carpet in the living room. The house is filled with little moments like that. Moments of being a family.”

The 4,000-square-foot house closed on Sept. 23, for $754,000, according toPhilly.com. It was priced at $1 million when it was originally listed in July.

It stayed in the Kelly family until 1974, before being purchased by Marjorie Bamont, who lived there for more than 40 years. She died April 20 at age 84.

“We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it. We’re looking at having it contain some museum exhibit space and maybe use part of it for offices for some of our foundation work,” Prince Albert said, referencing the Prince Albert II Foundation, which focuses on environmental protection.

A muse to Alfred Hitchcock, Grace starred in Dial M For Murder, Rear Window and , and won an Oscar for her role in The Country Girl in 1955 before marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956.

She died at age 52 after suffering a stroke while driving on a mountain road in Monaco.


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