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The Catholic Church is in the market for an LA vacation home

The archdiocese is considering buying the Chateau Emanuel in Eagle Rock

May 18, 2016 02:30PM

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1154 Hill Drive

The Chateau Emanuel at 1154 Hill Drive

Talk about a holy retreat.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is considering buying Chateau Emanuel, a 3-acre estate in Eagle Rock, as a “retreat and prayer center,” the L.A. Times reported.

The 6,000-square-foot house has many of the qualities of a prime vacation home: four bedrooms, five bathrooms, three guest homes, a croquet court, waterfalls and a bistro with outdoor seating.

The property at 1554 Hill Drive, built in 1927, was listed more than five years ago at just under $6 million.

How much the archdiocese would pay for the not-too-shabby bungalow is uncertain, but a spokesperson said church officials are requesting the “necessary approvals that could lead to the acquisition of the property.”

In the meantime, the archdiocese is still entangled in a dispute with a group of Los Feliz nuns over a convent that Katy Perry is interested in buying. [LAT]Cathaleen Chen