In the wake of the tragic terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night, singer Katy Perry made an impassioned plea. “I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other,” Perry said, adding, “No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.” A little ironic coming from her.
Only one month prior to the attack, Perry, 32, bought a mansion for almost $19 million in Los Angeles that wasn’t even officially listed on the market. Furthermore, the 2,815 square foot, five bedroom and five-and-a-half bathroom property is nicely tucked away in a gated community with an older listing describing it as offering ‘unparalleled privacy,’ however, no interior shots of the property were made available.
Hidden at the end of an extremely long driveway, the two-storey mansion, built in 1959 and last sold in 2007 for $9.2 million, is situated on a 1.13 hectare estate, surrounded by eucalyptus trees and even boasts its own infinity pool. Add to this a covered terrace and apparently plenty of interior and exterior space, the entire estate boasts immaculate views of the surrounding hills.
While Perry is comfortably fenced away from the horrors of the outside world, she can spend her time relaxing with her new neighbors, which include Adele, Nicole Kidman, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Ritchie and Zoe Saldana, without ever having to “unite and love” anyone else outside her realm. In fact, her new home has more than enough barriers and borders to prevent that from ever happening.
Perry bought the estate from two nuns who had previously promised to sell it to restauranteur Dana Hollister for $20 million, however, they were forced to accept Perry’s legally-binding cash offer of $18.8 million. The Archdiocese and the Supreme Court sided with the singer with Judge Stephanie Bowick stating in a summary judgment in March, “The court finds that the sisters did not have authority to sell the property to [Ms.] Hollister.”
Telling people to “unite and love on each other,” with “no barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist” directly after a terrorist attack is one thing, but it holds a little more power when you practice what you preach, rather than returning immediately afterward to a fortified compound purchased from a couple of untrustworthy nuns.