The Katy Perry/Nun Convent War Lawsuit is Turning Out Predictably Bonkers


Curbed LA  by Adrian Glick Kudler

So an archbishop, a group of nuns, a hotelier, and Katy Perry have been scrapping it out over a beautiful convent property in the hills of Los Feliz. Today a judge entered the fray and he has a new punchline: instead of Katy Perry and the hotelier, Dana Hollister, fighting to buy the property, the judge is going to take a while figuring things out and has told the pair they should fight over who gets to rent the place. Judge James C. Chalfant actually said “We’ll have a battle of potential lessees,” according to the New York Times. This guy knows a good story.

The few remaining elderly nuns of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary made a deal to sell her their eight-acre property to Hollister for $15.5 million, and they say they had permission from Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez to do so (the convent shut down in 2011). But meanwhile Gomez was making a deal with Perry—who has wanted the convent for years—to buy the place for $14.5 million. By the time that was settled, Hollister had already taken over the property and started on various cleaning and restoration projects; she intends to turn the convent into a hotel (which seems unlikely, considering this is a wealthy residential neighborhood, but let’s leave that aside for now). The archbishop wants her out, the nuns are suspicious of Katy Perry’s sexy pop star-ness, and everyone is enjoying the show.

Anyway, at the first hearing today, Chalfant said that sale to Hollister “was improper and invalid,” and that he would enter a preliminary injunction that would keep the nuns from selling her the convent. BUT he also said he’d let her to hold on to it at least until the next hearing on September 15. AND he also said he would block Perry from buying the convent. He added that the whole mess “may take two years to resolve.” “You’re not selling to Katy Perry anytime soon,” he told the archbishop’s legal team, according to the Guardian.

In the meantime, he’d hate for the gorgeous spread (built in 1927 for a prominent Packard car dealer) to sit empty, so he suggested Hollister and Perry compete to rent it and told them to draw up proposals before the next hearing.

Dr. Dre sells view property in Hollywood Hills for $32 million

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By Lauren Beale with the LA Times.

Dr. Dre has given up what has been called the best view lot in Los Angeles to private equity firm founder Alex Soltani for $32 million.

The Hollywood Hills West home sold in an off-market deal after a brief appearance on the Multiple Listing Service last year priced at $35 million.

The contemporary estate has 9,696 square feet of living space, including a library/media room, a den, a wine cellar, six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The three-quarter-acre lot contains a guesthouse and a swimming pool. The neighbors include such superstars as Leonardo DiCaprio and Keanu Reeves.

But it was the 300-degree knolltop views of the city, mountains and ocean that sold the self-made Soltani, who plans to tear down the existing house and transform the property into a $100-million trophy home.

Soltani, 36, is chairman and chief executive of Skyview Capital, a private equity firm based in Century City that focuses on technology and telecommunication buyouts.

Last year Dr. Dre spent $40 million on the four-acre Brentwood estate of supermodel and actress Gisele Bundchen and her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, at about the same time that Apple Inc. acquired his Beats company for $3 billion. He also owns a home along Malibu’s Carbon Beach and equestrian property in Hidden Hills.

Dr. Dre, 49, is the founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment.

The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer bought the property in 2011 for $15.4 million, public records show.

Branden Williams and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, represented Soltani. Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency represented Dr. Dre.

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