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June 21, 2016

Grace Kelly’s childhood home for sale in East Falls

In recent years, historic home was subject of cat-hoarding investigation

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Grace Kelly Home in East Falls Shuvaev/Wikimedia Commons

The Kelly Family House in East Falls section of Philadelphia (3901 Henry Avenue) was built by John B. Kelly, Sr. in 1929. Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco grew up here.

Princess Grace Kelly's childhood home in East Falls – which was not long ago the subject of a cat-hoarding investigation – is up for sale at $1 million.

The 4,000-square-foot property, located at 3901 Henry Avenue, was built sometime during the 1920s and 1930s by John B. Kelly, an accomplished Olympic athlete and the father of Princess and Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, according to Curbed Philly, which reported the potential sale.

The house has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, with signs of the royal princess’ former dwelling, such as marks on a door that show her height progression from when she was a child, Curbed Philly reports. Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, also proposed to Grace at the East Falls home.

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Grace Kelly's mother, Margaret Kelly, sold the house in 1970.

Realtor Patricia Gernerd told Curbed Philly that the current owners plan to have the home move-in ready by July 5, which seems to be a major accomplishment since less than five years ago the property was the subject of a cat-hoarding investigation when "14 living cats and one deceased feline" were found inside, according to a NewsWorks article from that time.

At the time, the owner, who wasn’t named but reportedly owned the home starting in 1973, was "involuntarily committed" and became the focus of an animal cruelty case.

Read more on the home and see photos of its current state here.