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@ 2010-04-29 18:56:39
Built by Addison Mizner in 1919, the home at 720 S. Ocean Blvd. was one of the first houses in Palm Beach to be landmarked when the historic protection program was launched in 1979. The late John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought that house from Brownie McLean in 1979, and Ono sold it in the 1980s. Today it is owned by Alan and Christine Curtis.

The unusual link between the neighboring houses is rooted in an unneighborly dispute between Kay and Harold Vanderbilt, who bought the house at 720 S. Ocean Blvd. from Mizner in 1921, Roberts said.

Around 1930, Vanderbilt built an addition on the north side of his home, and right up to his property line with Kay, who was not pleased to lose her privacy, Roberts said.

Six years later, Vanderbilt sought to resolve the feud by selling the addition, along with 50 feet of land, to Kay. The rest of the house he sold to someone else.

Rather than demolish the addition, Kay converted it into a guest house and built the bridge connecting it to the house at 710 S. Ocean Blvd.

"The houses have been connected since she did that in 1936, but they've never been in common ownership," said Roberts, who has researched all of the property deeds.

"There was not any zoning, and things were done that could never be done today," he added.
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