It’s a fairytale happy ending for the picture-perfect childhood home of Hollywood icon, Grace Kelly.
Saved from the brink of demolition, a mystery buyer stepped in to save the six-bedroom, five-bathroom American classic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the former silver screen actress grew up.
The buyer turned out to be none other than Prince Albert of Monaco, son of the late princess, who remembered holidaying at the property during his childhood.
Kelly, the actress who epitomised Hollywood glamour in the 50s and 60s, died from complications she sustained in a car accident in France in 1982.
She was the star and muse for none other than Alfred Hitchcock and starred alongside Hollywood heavyweights Clarke Gable, Ava Gardner and Marlon Brando, to name a few, in some of the world’s most classic movies.
Kelly won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1954 for her role in The Country Girl.
Kelly joined the ranks of royalty when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, propelling her to icon status.
The couple had three children, Caroline, Albert and Stephanie who travelled to the Kelly family home a number of times with their mother and father.
Originally built in the 1930s by Kelly’s father, who was himself an Olympic gold-winning rower, the 2.5-level property may become the site of a museum dedicated to his late mother.
The home, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was on the market for around four months before the Prince stepped in to save it from ‘certain demolition’, purchasing the property for $US775,000.
“We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it,” Albert told the People magazine recently, who welcomed the birth of his own children last year, twins Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella.
“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.”
“I’m looking forward to showing the house to the kids, sharing it with them, having them see the garden. It’ll probably be next year. We’ll have to finish the work and then we’ll have some sort of opening,” he says.