A 1929 Jacobean revival provides the perfect setting for Don and Katrina Peebles’ contemporary art…and their young family.
By Christina Wilkie
Photography JB Yong
Real estate developer and author Don Peebles writes in his recently published business memoir, The Peebles Principles: Tales and Tactics from an Entrepreneur’s Life of Winning Deals, Succeeding in Business, and Creating a Fortune from Scratch, that one of the most important lessons he learned while growing up with his mother in Northeast Washington was to be “generous in victory.” Today that sage advice reads like an uncanny prophesy, for the young man who would go on to become America’s most successful African-American real estate developer by the time he was in his mid-forties. Now 48, Peebles has built his namesake company, the Peebles Corporation, into a powerhouse development firm – their current portfolio of projects is valued at $4 billion. But his public victories tell only part of the story of what this elegant, mild-mannered CEO is all about.