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