“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire…” Ranked as one of the most successful female singers and songwriters of the decade, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson of Santa Barbara, California launched her career in gospel music as a teenager when she released her debut album Katy Hudson in 2001. With her album barely picking up any traction in the gospel market and being marked as an epic financial disaster, the young hopeful then moved to Los Angeles where her luck drastically changed. Adopting the stage name Katy Perry, she instantly rose to fame belting out risqué lyrics with hits like “I Kissed a Girl,” “Hot n Cold,” “Roar” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Perry was raised in a family of Evangelical pastors who, after living a loose and wild lifestyle moving around the country with their young daughter, became born again Christians and set out to create a similar, godly lifestyle for Perry. However, living in poverty and turning to food stamps just to put food on the table, Perry’s childhood was anything but glamorous, which is exactly what inspired the young singer, songwriter and actress to fight her way to the stage. Now worth an impressive $125 million, it’s no surprise why the 31-year-old star has spent a good chunk of change on four mansions that she affectionately calls “home.”
Starting with Perry’s most controversial piece of property, the “Wide Awake” singer might be known for marching to her own beat but she managed to up the shock factor once again when she set her heart on living somewhere a little unorthodox—a former Roman Catholic convent in Los Angeles. Located behind a gated hilltop entrance at 3431 Waverly Drive, Perry was instantly enamored by the Roman style villa nestled on eight acres that once served as the home of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Unfortunately, the nuns were far from impressed with Perry’s $14.5 million offer and her reputation. “Katy Perry represents everything we don’t believe in,” Sister Rose Holzman told Billboard in 2015. “It would be a sin to sell to her.” This came even after Perry performed a private concert for the sisters who were, as you might imagine, completely unimpressed.
Planning to accept an offer from famed California restauranteur Dana Hollister who envisioned transforming the convent into a luxury hotel, the nuns entered into a long legal battle against Perry and the archdiocese (who was in favor of Perry’s offer) with the hopes the court would side with them. However, after nearly a year-long bidding war, the court ruled in Perry’s favor in April 2016. Proving the convent is certainly not “the one that got away,” Perry is now busy settling into the French-style chateau and its 30,000 square feet of living space marked by pristine details fit for a queen.
Long before Perry ever dreamed of living in a California convent, she and former husband Russell Brand had high hopes of putting down roots in Hollywood Hills when they purchased an 8,835 square foot mansion in 2011 for $6.5 million. Planning to renovate the 1921 home with its seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, carriage house, pool, waterfall, garden and guest suites, construction workers never even had a chance to put on their tool belts since Perry and Brand split months later in December 2011. With the moving vans never unloading the furniture, the Mediterranean-style mansion sat vacant until 2013 when Perry listed the home for $6.5 million. After no one showed any interest, Perry lowered the price and accepted $5.56 million, losing over $900,000 on her happily-ever-after-turned-heartache abode.
With her vacant love nest off her hands, 2013 proved to get even busier for Perry and her real estate portfolio as the “Teenage Dream” singer sold her New York City penthouse in July only to revisit her “California Gurl” roots by returning to Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills. The bubble gum pop princess purchased oil heiress Aileen Getty’s four-acre compound for $11.2 million, which has seen a long list of celebrity owners include the Gyllenhaal family. Attracted by the 4,000 square foot Mediterranean home (do you see a pattern here?) and its vaulted ceilings, concrete floors and oasis-like feel, Perry definitely has plenty of room for entertaining with floor to ceiling walls that open to a luxurious patio and pool as well as stunning views of Los Angeles. What else should we expect from the top earning woman in music for four years in a row?