Prince Albert of Monaco has confirmed that he has purchased the East Falls' birthplace of his mother, Grace Kelly. The prince told People magazine Saturday that he is traveling to Philadelphia on Tuesday to discuss plans for the home, at 3901 Henry Ave., which was built by his grandfather, John B. Kelly Sr.
If you've been in the Art Museum area looking for the Best Western hotel, you're too late. That spot, a few steps northeast of the Rodin Museum in a block bounded by Hamilton, 21st, 22nd, and Spring Garden Streets and Pennsylvania Avenue, is now home to Dalian on the Park, a $160 million mixed-use building with 293 rental apartments and, on much of the first floor, the new 55,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market, relocated from 20th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It's a visit someone from my household has made every 5,000 miles for the last six years. Because the ultimate destination is always one of the car dealerships on Route 130, just that part of Burlington Township gets regular scrutiny.
In this job, I regularly receive email and telephone calls that qualify as balderdash. This I define as questionable information, typically involving online surveys from groups I have never heard of, sent in the hope that I will publish them as "click bait" without checking further than the end of my fingertips.
High on the list of properties with strong connections to South Jersey history is Christopher's Mill in Medford. Once part of a 40,000-acre tract acquired, according to the Medford Historical Society, in 1678 by William Hewlings, the 7.5-acre property on Tuckerton Road remains of great interest to historians both amateur and professional.
I could use more tropical storms like the one we didn't get on Labor Day weekend. I painted the outside of our house those three days, finished the yard work, and rebuilt the back gate, which works better than when it was originally installed 20 years ago.
Alan J. Heavens has been writing about real estate and home improvement for 27 of his 36 years at the Inquirer and for most of his 49 years as a reporter. Author of three books, he was "The Gadgeteer" on the Discovery Channel's Home Matters and president of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.