Judge's Ruling Makes Way For Katy Perry to Purchase Former Convent in Los Angeles
A judge ruled the previous sale void
Katy Perry is certainly hoping this won’t be “The One That Got Away.”
On Wednesday, a Los Angeles judged ruled that the sale of a former Catholic convent – that Perry has also tried to buy – was void to businesswoman Dana Hollister, according to reports.
Judge Stephanie Bowick’s decision came as a result of the nuns’ improper attempts to sell the property to Hollister, the Associated Press reports. The judge added that the Los Angeles’ archbishop must authorize any sale and the nuns failed to receive that authorization before turning the property over to Hollister.
Now that the previous sale has been ruled invalid, the 8-acre property is back on the market and pop singer Perry has had her eyes on it for quite some time.
According to the AP, Perry, 31, has offered $14.5 million for the house located on a hilltop in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Her bid has reportedly been approved by the Los Angeles’ archbishop, but still needs approval from the Vatican.
If Perry does get the home, an adjoining house of prayer that is currently used by priests would need to be relocated, the AP reports.
Although Hollister – who had plans to turn the property into a boutique hotel – had reportedly already recorded a deed and began renovations on the home, the archdiocese brought a lawsuit against her last year, halting her progress and igniting lengthy litigation.
According to the AP, two years ago, the nuns met with Perry as requested by the archbishop, however at least two of the five nuns, who had researched the singer and were unhappy with her image, were not convinced following the face to face meeting.
Despite how the meeting turned out, the L.A. Times reported last year that when meeting the group Perry dressed modestly, sang the gospel hymn “Oh Happy Day,” showed off her “Jesus” wrist tattoo and left a relatively favorable impression on the nuns, as she told them she wanted to live on the property with her mom and grandma, sit in the meditation garden, drink green tea and “find herself.”
“Well, I found Katy Perry, and I found her videos and if it’s all right to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it,” Sister Rita Callanan, 77, told the Times last June.
The nuns’ said their issue with selling to Perry was that they felt they would have forsaken the "canonical vows" if the property were to fall into her possession.