For 35 years, Catherine Davis, 81, had rented out homes — including her own — to those who came to Los Angeles with dreams of making it big.
Dubbed the “Writers’ Villa”, Davis’ home — where Lewis also lived at the time of their deaths — “is a rambling Spanish home in Los Angeles, set up for creative people”.
Which celebs also lived at the home nestled in the Hollywood Hills?
White Collar actor Matt Bomer, Hung star Thomas Jane and Parker Posey have all called either the house at 3605 Lowry Road, or its guest quarters, their home during their careers.
Notable directors including Gossip Girl‘s Michael Fields, General Hospital‘s Scott McKinsey and The Good Wife‘s Joshua Marston have also stayed in the home overlooking the Hollywood sign.
Lewis had stayed at Davis’ home previously and had not caused the elderly woman any problems, Davis’ friend and co-worker Maryann Kuk revealed exclusively to Celebuzz.
“Not at all, he had stayed at the house before,” Kuk said. “I’m sure the police have a better idea [why he did this].”
Lewis had been arrested three times this year — twice for violent assaults. Yet his landlord lived peacefully alongside him in her own home in the multi-million dollar neighborhood overlooking the Hollywood sign.
“She lived there as her home, and she made it home for many other people,” added Kuk.
“Our Guest House Apt is a separate unit at the Writers Villa with its own private entrance and outside patio area” according to the home’s website.
“The apartment is fully furnished and supplied with bedding, towels, kitchenware, etc. has free Wi-Fi access to the Internet and a large screen HD TV with Direct-TV service.
“All the comforts of a home-away-from-home in a lush garden setting.”
Police are still piecing together what happened at the Los Feliz home Wednesday morning.
Police were called to the home around 10.30 a.m. where they found Lewis dead on the driveway and inside found Davis who died of what appears to be blunt force trauma. Davis’ cat had also reportedly been beaten to death.
Police allege Lewis killed Davis and then assaulted a neighbor and his handyman.
Click on the gallery above to see inside the home where Johnny Lewis and his alleged victim Cathy Davis lived.