Dessert brand scion Sara Lee Schupf buys Park Avenue co-op for $11M

Trust for Schupf, backer of women in STEM careers, buys floor at 620 Park Avenue

Sara Lee Schupf and 620 Park Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)
Sara Lee Schupf and 620 Park Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)

An heiress to the Sara Lee frozen dessert fortune just grabbed a sweet New York residence.

A trust for Sara Lee Schupf bought a co-op unit at 620 Park Avenue for $10.75 million, according to city records.  

Serena Boardman of Sotheby’s International Realty represented the seller, Nina S. Brody. 

The 10-room unit, which takes up an entire floor of the building, has up to four bedrooms, hardwood floors, high ceilings, climate control and gallery-quality lighting, heated floors in bathrooms and a Sonos sound system. 

The unit has a private elevator which leads to a square gallery, entertainment rooms, a living room (with a fireplace), dining room and wood-paneled library.  

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There’s also a chef’s eat-in kitchen, service pantry, laundry room, and a staff room with a full bath. The primary bedroom has views of Park Avenue as well as a fireplace, dressing room and bath.  There is one additional bedroom with an ensuite bath..

Schupf has used her family fortune to promote women’s interest in STEM careers. She is a trustee of the New York Hall of Science, a trustee of the Eugene Lang College at The New School, and a trustee emerita of Skidmore College, according to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences website

Her trust is buying the co-op; if the trust also funds her philanthropy, it could be a business asset rather than a primary residence.

She also has said that she loves to cook but, unlike how her family amassed its fortune, she does not bake, according to CKBK.com.

“At one point, I was thinking about being a kitchen design space planner and I enjoy designing kitchens that work,” she says on the site. “I am a cookbook collector, lover of well-designed and practical kitchen utensils, pots and pans, and basically anything to do with food. … Today my main focus is supporting STEM education, women scientists, and programs that encourage young women to engage in STEM. People do not think of cooking being a science, but it is. So let’s get cookin!!”