Win­ning FOR­MULA

Three-home com­pound proves more than the sum of its parts


When it comes to liv­ing life in a grand Palm Beach man­sion, Peter and Leni May have been there, done that.

In the 1980s, the cou­ple ren­o­vated a 1926 house de­signed by noted so­ci­ety ar­chi­tect Mar­ion Sims Wyeth at 1410 S. Ocean Blvd. on what is to­day known as Bil­lion­aires Row.

“It was a large house that we made larger,” said Peter May, who co-founded Trian Part­ners with fel­low res­i­dent Nel­son Peltz.

At the time, the Mediter­ranean-style house seemed a good fit for the Mays. The ren­o­va­tion of Casa Sud not only brought more light and air into the house, but also al­lowed May to delve into his deep love of ar­chi­tec­ture and, in par­tic­u­lar, the town’s his­toric Span­ish- and Ital­ian-style res­i­dences.

“Ar­chi­tec­ture is my hobby,” he said.

The Mays ex­panded the prop­erty with a lake­front home across the street. But af­ter a while, as May tells it, the es­tate’s sheer size as a va­ca­tion home of­fered them less and less ap­peal. The cou­ple sold the ocean­front half in 1994 and the lake­front house sev­eral years later.

Fast for­ward a decade, and the Mays chose for their is­land home a Bradley Place town­house in Villa Plati, which they bought in 2012. The scale of the town­home suited the cou­ple — espe­cially Leni, but Peter liked it, too.

Yet, his eye kept drift­ing one street over to a va­cant lake­front lot mea­sur­ing a third of an acre at 320 Dun­bar Road.

“The scale was such that by

The liv­ing room’s beamed ceil­ing is finely de­tailed, a nod to ceil­ings found in his­toric Mediter­ranean-style houses in Palm Beach.

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