The former Cairo villa of the late singer Mohamed Abdel Wahab, known as the father of modern Arab music, has hit the market for $7 million.
Located in Zamalek, “one of Cairo’s most sophisticated neighborhoods,” the mansion is clad in marble and the interior features close to 13,500 square feet of space over three floors, according to last week’s listing with Laila Jayyusi of Egypt Sotheby’s International Realty.
Ornate boiserie wood panels—carved wood that is a “classic interior design trend originated in Ancient Egypt,” the listing said—high ceilings and light-filled rooms reminiscent of “the elegance of Egypt’s golden era” are the hallmarks of the villa.
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“This property is located in one of Cairo’s most sophisticated neighborhoods, and as one enters, one is immediately engulfed by its grandiosity,” Ms. Jayyusi said in a listing. “The intricate wall panels, high ceilings, lavish wood staircase and large, airy spaces, are just a few of the elements that cannot go unnoticed. The fact that it was once the home of Egypt’s leading composer and musician … adds to its infinite charm.”
Abdel Wahab, who died in 1991 at age 90, composed music for about 1,800 songs and remains a household name across the Arabic-speaking world. He earned the nickname “musician of the generations” because of his appeal across generations, according to his obituary in The Los Angeles Times. Known for patriotic and romantic songs, he was also a well-known vocalist who combined Western themes with the quarter-tone melodies of traditional Arabic music, as well as appearing in several movies.
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Abdel Wahab had one of the three en-suite bedrooms on the top floor, and there are three additional suites, plus a kitchenette, on the middle level, the listing said. The upper floor also retains its historic wall panels, and has partial views of the Nile River from a terrace.
Other amenities include a chef’s kitchen with a breakfast nook, a pool and staff quarters.
Mansion Global could not determine the current owner of the home or how much they paid for it.
This article originally appeared on Mansion Global.