(HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) — Dana Hollister has been attacked by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, cross-examined by lawyers for Katy Perry, and been on the wrong end of several court rulings — including a jury’s decision on Nov. 17 that slapped her with a $5 million fine — all of which have conspired to deny her the thing she covets most: a stunning convent on 8 acres in the hills of Los Feliz. But now, the doyenne of Silver Lake real estate is appealing to a higher authority: the Vicar of Christ.
Hollister tells THR that she has been using back channels in Rome to appeal to the Vatican and Pope Francis with her $30 million offer for the Bernard Maybeck-designed convent (also known as the Earle C. Anthony house), which she plans to convert into a boutique hotel. That figure more than doubles the $14.5 million that Perry agreed to pay the L.A. Archdiocese in 2014 for the property, which has been at the center of a three-year legal dispute with no resolution in sight.
"I offered up to $24 million, and I am currently at $30 million for the property," says Hollister, who owns L.A.'s vaunted Cliff's Edge, Brite Spot and Paramour Estate (also a converted convent). "It could be one of the most beautiful properties in Los Angeles — the most beautiful hotel you have ever seen."
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