Whitney Houston's home to be preserved

The new owner of WHITNEY HOUSTON's New Jersey mansion plans to preserve the property as a memorial to the late superstar.

Physician and real estate investor Matthew Krauthamer recently purchased the house in Mendham Township for $1.5 million after spending three years trying to secure a deal for the estate.

Krauthamer, who labels himself a "big fan" of the I Will Always Love You hitmaker, plans to restore the house to its former glory and keep it as a tribute to the singer.

He tells the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper, "I'm very conscious of preserving what she created there. She had a lot of love and treated people very well. Her house was her family. Some of them lived there and some of them stayed there. She was generous to so many people and she spent a fortune renovating the house. The grounds are beautiful."

Houston married her husband Bobby Brown at the property in 1992 after buying it for $2.7 million at the height of her fame in 1987, but she hadn't lived there for at least five years before her death aged 48 in 2012.

In May (14), Houston's relatives took legal action against bosses at CPMG Mendham, LLC, who bought the property following the singer's death, claiming they had been blocked from retrieving personal items belonging to Houston from the house.

The dispute has since been settled amicably and the family members collected the items in question.

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