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Sister act: Nuns win legal victory in battle over Katy Perry’s proposed convent buy

Eight-acre Los Feliz compound might be the one that got away
October 03, 2016 03:00PM

Katy Perry and the convent at (Credit: Google Earth via Global Sisters Report and Getty Images)

Katy Perry and the convent at 3431 Waverly Drive (Credit: Google Earth via Global Sisters Report and Getty Images)

Never underestimate the nuns.

Six months after after a Superior Court Judge’s ruling gave the L.A. Archdiocese the right to sell a Los Feliz convent to Katy Perry, an appeals panel overturned that decision, My News L.A. reported. 

Sisters Rita Callanan and Catherine Holzman of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who say they are the rightful owners of the convent at 3431 Waverly Drive, are trying to sell the French chateau-style eight-acre estate to restauranteur Dana Hollister. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick halted that plan in May, when she ruled that the sale needed the approval of the Archdiocese, who wanted to instead pass on the 300,000-square-foot convent to Perry.

But last week, a panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal found that Bowick abused her discretion by not allowing the nuns’ lawyers the time to gather information prior to the hearing. This overturned Bowick’s orders, at least for now.

A new hearing will take place October 21, dragging the dispute into its second year.

Hollister offered $15.5 million to Perry’s $14.5 million, The Real Deal reported in April. [My News L.A.] — Cathaleen Chen