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Prince Albert of Monaco buys mom Grace Kelly's Philly home for $775K8Photos

Prince Albert of Monaco buys mom Grace Kelly's Philly home for $775K

The royals are coming, the royals are coming. Perhaps more accurately, they're coming back. Prince Albert of Monaco will travel to the Philadelphia region Tuesday after purchasing his mom Grace Kelly's childhood home in East Falls, he confirmed to People magazine last 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 70s 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 exhibit space 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 5 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 his children the home, speaking about his twins 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.
Inside Look: Three homes for people who love parks36Photos

Inside Look: Three homes for people who love parks

Sometimes, you just need a little breathing room. Whether you're in a 400-square-foot studio or a double-wide rowhome, living in the city can leave us feeling a little cramped. That's where Philly's tens of thousands of acres of parks and gardens come in handy. So even if your backyard is more concrete than grass, and you're not among the lucky few to have a rooftop oasis, living across the street from one of the city's dozens of parks can be just as nice. 315 Tasker St. This newly renovated three bedroom, three bathroom has no shortage of green space, and it's also just across the street from Pennsport's Dickinson Square Park, offering views of the tree-lined square from its three stories. On sale for $525,000, this house feature a spacious custom kitchen with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a glass tile backsplash. Plenty of natural light and hardwood floors make this open-concept home cozy, and the oversized master suite and bath create the perfect sanctuary. Plus, there's a finished basement den and rooftop deck with breathtaking views. 1019 Lombard St. At $689,000, this Washington Square West spot is just across the street from Seger Park, where you'll often find families on a Saturday morning at the park's semi-new playground, and just a few steps from the Magic Gardens.  With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this home is spacious and modern. Some of our favorite features include the recessed lighting and paneled ceilings in the main living room, the black stall shower and tile inlays in the master bathroom and the walk-out balcony and backyard overlooking charming cobblestone alleys and, of course, the neighbors. 8400 Saint Martins Lane Why just view the park when you can live in it? This charming Chestnut Hill colonial balances meticulously preserved original details with modern amenities and updates. The Mulberry House sits on the edge of the Wissahickon Valley Park, less than a mile from the Wissahickon Creek. Take in views of the gorgous grounds from a wall-to-wall windowed morning room or your customized chef's kitchen that includes two dishwashers and granite countertops. This sweeping five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is on the market for $2.4 million, and also features a master suite with a sitting and dressing room (with a fireplace!), a side-family entrance for when the in-laws are in-town, and a grand library with built-in shelves and another fireplace.
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