After only a bit more than two years of ownership and extensive renovations, Swedish power pop hitmaker Rami Yacoub has put his Beverly Hills, Calif., home on the market with Carl Gambino at Compass at $7.45 million, a hefty chunk above the $4.45 million that was paid in June 2019.
While Yacoub’s name is not particularly recognizable to folks outside the music industry, certainly his professional handiwork is, at least to mainstream pop music aficionados. The acclaimed songwriter and producer has written and/or produced a slew of international hits for a who’s who of early- to mid-2000s pop music superstars including Britney Spears, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Pink, One Direction and Nicki Minaj. Most recently he co-wrote half a dozen of the dense and dance-y, ‘90s-inspired songs on Lady Gaga’s Grammy-nominated 2020 concept album “Chromatica” (2020), including the chart-topping and Grammy winning powerhouse collab with Ariana Grande “Rain On Me”.
Tucked down a quiet cul-de-sac in the prestigious Benedict Canyon area and set behind gates on almost half an acre with a stately red-brick driveway and prominent three-car garage, the vaguely Mediterranean traditional is fronted by an elevated porch grandly festooned with fluted double-height columns and stone balustrades. Inside, wheat-colored extra-wide-plank hardwoods are complimented by up-to-date- high-tech conveniences, and showy modern updates.
Adjoining formal living and dining rooms spill out to the backyard through French doors, as does the office/library that’s painted dark denim blue. The snazzily rehabbed kitchen sports gold-veined marble (or marble-like) countertops and gold-tone fixtures on bright-white cabinets, while the family room, with its corner fireplace, doubles as a screening room with a giant movie screen. Unsurprisingly one of the bedrooms has been converted to a recording studio and lounge complete with blood-red velvet wall panels for sound baffling.
There are five bedrooms and five and a half baths throughout the 5,600-square foot home, including a spacious second-floor homeowner’s suite that’s replete with fireplace, dressing area, two lavishly appointed walk-in closets, and an updated bath with glitzy gold-toned fixtures. Hemmed in by a huge sculpted hedge, the simply landscaped backyard includes lots of stone-tile terracing and a geometric swimming pool with inset spa.
Now in his mid 40s and living a family-centric rather than a club-going life, Yacoub has owned property in Los Angeles since at least 2006 when he purchased a home above the Sunset Strip for $1.375 million. That house was sold in 2017, several years after he was married to Idalia (Ossman) Yacoub in the South of France, around the same time he plunked down $2.3 million for a house in the foothills of Sherman Oaks that was profitably shed in 2019 for just over $2.9 million.