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Katy Perry had a deal to secure an Eagle Rock estate for the Catholic Church. It just fell apart

The Bekins Estate was going to be a religious retreat
October 17, 2017 05:30PM

Katy Perry and the property at 1554 Hill Drive (Credit: Redfin, MLS)

Even with her song “By The Grace of God,” Katy Perry couldn’t find the holy grail needed to win this battle.

Eagle Rock’s Bekins Estate is back on the market at $5.59 million after Katy Perry’s plan to purchase the home for Catholic Priests fell through, Curbed reported. Currently, it is the most expensive home in the neighborhood.

The unusual saga began last year when plans were filed with the city to convert the Bekins Estate at 1554 Hill Drive into a religious retreat for Catholic Priests. The pop star was so keen on that idea she tried to buy the property for the church. Ultimately, however, the owner of the home – a Kvassay family trust — decided against it out of fear that the historical home would become “a haven for troubled priests.”

Spanning nearly 8,900 square feet, the 1925-built home was commissioned by moving industry leader Martin Bekins of Bekins Co. It’s massive three-acre lot includes nine bedrooms, multiple fireplaces, a swimming pool and spa, gardens, and a greenhouse.

Laura Brandt of Partners Trust has the listing.

The “I Kissed A Girl” singer’s involvement with the church doesn’t end in Eagle Rock.

She recently won a battle in the Los Angeles Supreme Court to buy a Bernard Maybeck-designed Los Feliz convent from a group of elderly nuns. Perry, with the support of the Archdiocese of L.A., paid $14.5 million for the Waverly Place convent.

The pop singer, famous for hits including “Teenage Dream” and 13 Grammy nominations, has an impressive real estate collection. She’s been shopping her adjacent Hollywood Hills West compounds since the summer, and splurged $19 million on a Beverly Crest home earlier this year. [Curbed]Natalie Hoberman