Slain landlord rented retreats in Echo Park and Los Feliz*

Echo Park bungalow court (left) and Los Feliz home rented out by Catherine Davis/ Facebook

Catherine Davis’ rental properties-a sage green and cream-colored bungalow court in Echo Park and her sprawling Los Feliz Spanish-Colonial style home-catered to writers, actors and other entertainment industry workers who needed a place to stay for a week or a month. The properties, promoted as Villa West, attracted repeat visitors from France, New York writers seeking jobs in Hollywood and other tenants.  The fate of those two properties that evoke  the charm of classic L.A. architecture is now uncertain after Davis was beaten to death earlier this week at her Los Feliz home–named the Writer’ Villa–allegedly by one of her tenants, actor Johnny Lewis, who fell to his death shortly after the attack.

Davis had rented out the properties for several years, with rates at the Echo Park Avenue bungalow court, where 400 square-foot cottages are hidden by lushly landscaped walkways, ranged from $700 a week to $2,300 a month. “While not disturbing the resident ghosts, the cottages have been updated with new bathrooms and kitchens, modern appliances, heating, air-conditioning and wireless Internet access,” said the property’s website.

Meanwhile, in Davis’ Los Feliz home on Lowry Road, five suites and a guest house were rented at rates that reached nearly $3,000 a month. “The Writers’ Villa is a rambling Spanish home in Los Angeles, set up for creative people,” said the website.

Davis’ body was discovered inside her Writers’ Villa on Wednesday morning.

*Update: Catherine Davis was the mother of author Margaret Leslie Davis, who has written several books on L.A. history and historical figures, including “Dark Victory,” the story of oilman Edward Doheny. Margaret Leslie Davis has been a resident of Mt. Washington


  1. How terribly sad. My condolences to her family and friends.

  2. Friend of Mrs. Davis

    The boyfriend of Katy Perry killed an 81 year old lady, her cat and then broke all the mirrors and computer monitors in the house. May the forces of evil swirling around the entertainment industry find defeat from the prayers of the cloistered nuns in Hollywood.

    Requiescat in pace, Mrs. Davis.

  3. This is so sad and horrible beyond words. Hope the community reaches out to her family , if there is one.

  4. This is a really beautiful, raw tribute to the victim, Catherine Davis, by her friend Taylor Negron. What a kind and wonderful being she was. Let us know more about her and honor the life she created.


  5. Rest in peace Ms. Davis. I have added you to my list of Ghosts of Echo Park. RIP

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