When you’re Katy Perry, you can pretty much live wherever you want to. This time, the singer has decided she’s determined to buy a convent and, after a heated legal battle, she may end up getting the heavenly property after all.
A Los Angeles judge blocked the sale of a former convent on Wednesday, April 13, potentially paving the way for the pop star to buy the eight-acre estate that reportedly has stunning views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains.
News broke last July that the “Roar” singer offered $14.5 million to buy the hilltop property in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood only to be rejected by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Instead, they agreed to sell it to restaurateur Dana Hollister, who planned on turning the property into a boutique hotel for $15.5 million.
However, the sisters’ plan was put on hold when the archdiocese filed suit last year, arguing that the nuns did not have the authority to sell the property to Hollister.
Two of the nuns who resided in the convent argued that the property was theirs to sell to Hollister, while Archbishop José Gómez claimed that he had authority to sell the estate and that he planned on selling it to Perry.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick approved the archdiocese’s motion to block the sale to Hollister on Wednesday, voiding the purchase documents and deed, according to Reuters.
Perry’s lawyer said that the judge’s ruling puts the singer one step closer to buying the convent, according to the Los Angeles Times.
However, an attorney representing the two nuns said that he’s considering an appeal on his clients’ behalf, so Perry may not being singing “the hills are alive” to the San Gabriel Mountains just yet.