Judge gives Katy Perry chance to live at disputed ex-convent in Los Angeles

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Here’s The $15 Million L.A. Estate Two Nuns Don’t Want Katy Perry to Buy.

The convent, which Perry has wanted to buy to be her personal residence for several years, is in the middle of a legal fight between a group of elderly nuns and the archbishop of Los Angeles over who has control of the sale and its proceeds.LOS ANGELES – Pop singer Katy Perry will not get to be the owner of a former Catholic convent in Los Angeles at least for the time being, but she might get to move in as a tenant very soon. Some of the nuns don’t want Perry to buy their former home and in June hastily sold the convent to a businesswoman with ambitions of turning it into a boutique hotel. In one of the most intriguing battles over real state property in Southern California, a federal judge decided Thursday that the coveted convent atop a hill in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood should stay rented at a reasonable rate for the duration of the legal battle.

That includes accusations of elder abuse, the invocation of canon law, and a critical assessment of the “I Kissed A Girl” singer by two Catholic sisters. (They’re not fans, according to legal filings, “for what should be obvious reasons.”) The estate, which was once home to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is also worthy of attention. While the judge preliminarily ruled that entrepreneur Dana Hollister’s purchase of the convent is invalid, he ordered her to pay $25,000 a month to support the nuns and denied representatives for Los Angeles’ Catholic archbishop or Perry access to the convent during the dispute. A Los Angeles County Superior Court hears arguments on the case today. “It’s fascinating on all different levels,” an observer told Bloomberg’s Edvard Pettersson. “I never thought I’d see the day when Katy Perry is in bed with the archbishop.”

The order of nuns that has owned the property for more than 40 years hastily sold it to Hollister in June, bypassing approval from Los Angeles’ archbishop. Previously, the judge called “improper” the deal made between the sisters and Hollister for the sale of the hilltop spread, which covers several acres and offers million-dollar views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains.

The Roar singer, whose parents are protestant ministers, has agreed to pay $14.5m for the convent and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests. At least two of the five surviving nuns – who had already searched for Perry’s music videos and weren’t pleased with what they saw – continue to oppose the singer purchasing the convent.

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