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