Here's The $15 Million L.A. Estate Two Nuns Don't Want Katy Perry to Buy

There's a lot going on in the legal battle between two California nuns and the head of the Diocese of Los Angeles over the clergyman's plan to sell a former convent worth about $15 million to pop star Katy Perry. That includes accusations of elder abuse, the invocation of canon law, and a critical assessment of the "I Kissed A Girl" singer by two Catholic sisters. (They're not fans, according to legal filings, "for what should be obvious reasons.") The estate, which was once home to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is also worthy of attention. It's a sprawling compound in L.A.'s Los Feliz neighborhood that looks halfway between a castle and a villa, replete with stained-glass windows, a pipe organ, and a main room with 30-foot ceilings. A Los Angeles County Superior Court hears arguments on the case today. “It’s fascinating on all different levels,” an observer told Bloomberg's Edvard Pettersson. “I never thought I’d see the day when Katy Perry is in bed with the archbishop."

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    The former home of The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 3431 and 3441 Waverly Drive.

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    A an ornate fountain in front of the estate.

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    The stained glasswork depicts the home's original owner, Earle C. Anthony.

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    When the altar was removed from this room, the former chapel, it revealed a handmade fireplace.

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    A pipe organ keyboard in the former chapel.

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    A detail on the front fountain.

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    A second fountain overlooks a valley.

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