R. Donahue Peebles

Don Peebles has been a longstanding member of our elite Haute 100 circle, in large part due to his role as the CEO and chairman of the Peebles Corporation, the largest African-American real estate development firm in the U.S. His company boasts a $4 billion portfolio of luxury commercial and residential properties. Not to mention that he serves on President Obama’s National Finance Committee.

Where were you born ?
Washington, DC
How long in Miami:
Since 1995
Initially Miami Beach, but I currently live in Coral Gables.
Real estate developer
Favorite Restaurant:
The Cape Cod Room at The Bath Club
Best Sushi:
I am not a big sushi fan but my wife likes Nobu
Best Italian:
Caffé Abbracci
Best place for late night dining:
Prime One Twelve serves well into the night.
Best dessert:
German chocolate cake
Best place for a romantic date:
Dinner on the beach at The Bath Club
Best Sunday brunch:
Sundays are a family day for us. We usually have a late morning breakfast and catch up on the weekly events. Plus, I have not been able to find a place that makes a better omelet than my wife.
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Flagship Lounge at the American Airlines Arena (can you tell I love basketball?)
Best place for a power business meeting:
Caffé Abbracci
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
The drive down Old Cutler Road in my convertible.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Bal HarbourI love watches, especially Hublot, which I buy from DLC Trading in the Grove.
Best Spa:
I am going to have to defer to my wife on this one. She loves Myra & Company in South Miami.
Favorite Charity Event:
Russell Simmons’ Art for Life Miam
Favorite Cultural Event:
Going to Miami Heat games with my son
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts
Best Aspect of Miami:
Watching my children relish the outdoors year-round, more specifically jumping in the pool and going to the beach!
Best Steakhouse:
Prime One Twelve
Best Pizza:
Archie’s in the Gables
Best Lunch:
Por Fin
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I own a residence at The Bath Club and the gym there is state-of-the art. Plus, after a workout, I can go relax on the beach.
Best Massage:
Back to the question on spa (Myra & Company)
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Aventura Worldwide Transportation Services
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Bass Museumaarunbdv
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