Prince Albert of Monaco Purchased His Mother’s Childhood Home in Philadelphia

Last winter, I drove over to Grace Kelly’s home, took photos and blogged about it.

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Grace Kelly grew up in the stately brick home built by her father, John B. Kelly, in 1929. It’s located in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, near Germantown.

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In June, the six-bedroom colonial brick home, located at 3901 Henry Avenue, went on the market for one million dollars. It was reportedly sold on September 28, 2016 for $775,000.

The buyer is Prince Albert of Monaco, Princess Grace’s son. It had been the Kelly home until 1974, when it was first put on the market. It sold and flipped within days.

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In 2013, the most recent owner, who bought the home from the flipper in 1974, had been living in “unsanitary” conditions . It was discovered that she had been hoarding cats.

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Photo Courtesy of BeyondGraceKelly.com

Prince Albert told People Magazine:

It feels good. I’m very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development.

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.

To read the full article and to see interior photos of the home, click here.

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Back of House: Soffit, Trim, Siding & Sailing

Over the weekend, John installed 12” soffit on the north side of the house. Once the soffit was installed, he nailed the 1×8 cement board trim on the front.

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By doing both, it allowed him to continue installing the 4′ shingle fiber cement boards.

We’re getting the house closed up slowly but surely.

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Next, we’ll be deciding on the balcony.

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The Dewalt 12″ Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw came in handy for quick, easy and accurate cuts. It’s very efficient.

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It was in the high 70s on Sunday. In the afternoon, John took a break and went for a sail on his friend’s 19′ Chrysler Mutineer with a large main and fractional jib. There was a nice breeze on the Delaware River. They used to sail on the Sassafras River in the early 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

Makeover: Tuscan Dairy Union Vintage Milk Cans

Today, I sprayed two rescued vintage milk cans with RUST-OLEUM 2X Ultra Cover in Canyon Black (Satin).

I blogged about these milk containers over a year ago and finally got around to doing this quick makeover project.

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I used a wire brush to scrape off the old paint and I also used a sanding block.

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I covered the top of both milk cans with tin foil and I also used painter’s tape around the edge to protect from paint overspray.

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Here’s the first milk can after three coats of RUST-OLEUM.

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I plan on putting both cans in the house.

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I’ll leave both rusty tops as is…

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Voila! Two satin-finished vintage milk cans.

 

The Soffit & Fascia On East Side

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After installing the fiber cement soffit, we continued with installing the cement board fascia on the east side of the house.

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We just need to fill the small gap and the lower level will be finished.

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The soffit on the lower level is 14 1/2″ wide and non-vented. The second story will have vented 12″ wide soffit.