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Katy Perry Really, Really Wants To Live In This Former Los Feliz Convent
Katy Perry's plan to live in a former convent—a beautiful, villa-like one—in Los Feliz is being thwarted by two nuns. It may even make the singer roar.
The Teenage Dream singer is embroiled in a real estate battle over the 8-acre sale of the hillside property where 52 sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary once lived, according to the L.A. Times. Although Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez planned to sell the former convent to Perry, two of the last five living sisters who argue that it's their right to sell the land beat him to it and sold it to restauranteur and nightclub owner, Dana Hollister (Villains Tavern, 4100 Club, Cliff's Edge, Brite Spot) for $15.5 million two weeks ago. Despite all of this, Gomez is still going forward with filing the paperwork on the sale to Perry, who has agreed to pay $14.5 million in all cash for it.
Hollister, who's already moved into the former convent, tells the Times that she may or may not turn the space into a hip hotel. It's not the first religious property Hollister's purchased. She's currently also working on developing a former Silver Lake church into a boutique hotel.
Perry, who's the daughter of Pentecostal pastors and once put out a Christian album under her real name Katy Hudson, has other plans for the property. She met with the Sister Rita Callanan and Sister Catherine Rose— the ones who sold the property to Hollister—in May to get in their good graces, saying that she planned on living in the property with her mother and grandmother with a very chill and peaceful lifestyle. The sisters told TODAY that Perry even tried to sing "Oh Happy Day" to them to win them over, dusting off her gospel-singing skills from her old days. Although that song may have won over the nuns in Sister Act 2, it didn't make these sisters budge.
The sisters did some research on Perry. "I didn't know who she was," Sister Callanan said of Perry. "I was particularly concerned about the video, the 'Dark Horse.'" If you may have forgotten, Perry's "Dark Horse" performance on the 2014 Grammys had a bit of a witchcraft and satanic vibe to it:
The sisters, who said they all pooled in their money to buy the former convent decades ago and were forced by the diocese to move to other locations in 2011, told TODAY that they'll take this all the way up to the Vatican if they have to. Gomez's attorney, Michael Hennigan, told the Times that the sisters signed a document that gave Gomez the right to sell the former convent. The diocese has since sued Hollister, hoping that will void the sale. There's a court date next month.
"God help us," Callanan told TODAY. "We are going to fight this."