The beautiful 2.5 story Colonial home where Oscar awarded actress Grace Kelly grew up is now property of the royal family. The home was built in 1935 by Kelly’s father, John B. Kelly
The iconic house is where she was also proposed to by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955.
Prince Albert of Monaco, Grace Kelly’s son has confirmed in an interview for People Magazine’s website that he is the new owner of his mother’s Philadelphia home.
The prince mentioned how much the building means to the royal family and how glad he was to save it from neglect or development.
His worry seems warranted considering that the home’s former owner was proved guilty for animal cruelty in 2014. Accused that he kept cats and dogs in the house in unsanitary conditions he pled no contest to the charges. The 81-year-old at-the-time owner had been living there since 1973 and the animal protection officials had found 15 cats inside the home and several remnants of other dead pets.
Prince Albert bought the property for $754,000 and he shared in the interview his plans for his mother’s house. This Tuesday the prince is planning to visit the property and figure out what to do with it.
The most probable outcome of the house, now that it is in the hands of the royal family, is to be transformed into a museum and hold exhibitions on Grace Kelly there.
When asked about whether he had memories from his childhood living in the house, Prince Albert shared some of the things he remembered, like looking out a window upstairs and rolling around on the carpet in the living room – small flashbacks but sweet and filled with an undeniably homey and familiar vibe hard to replace with anything else.
The prince’s bond to the place is obvious and he cannot wait to bring his twin daughter and son to the estate and share his memories with them once the renovations will be complete.