Middle Eastern Diplomat Robert Pelletreau Abandons UES Post

pelletreau Middle Eastern Diplomat Robert Pelletreau Abandons UES Post

You could have all the ambassadors over in a place like this.

Robert Pelletreau adapted to life in Bahrain, Tunisia and Egypt during his long career as an ambassador and diplomat, but apparently the one place he never adjusted to was Lenox Hill.

Mr. Pelletreau and wife Pamela, who is also deeply involved in Middle Eastern affairs (so was a Middle Eastern co-director of Search for Common Ground), have sold their three-bedroom, three-bath co-op at 401 East 65th Street. The Pelletreaus bought the 16th-floor apartment for $1.5 million in 2007, , according to city records. They must have been eager to sell as they listed the apartment for just $1.3 million this March—a decision that seems out of character a man who built a career on making carefully-considered moves.

Buyers Mitchell Price and Christine Perney were so happy to scoop up the co-op that they didn’t even quibble on the price. But Brown Harris Stevens broker Elaine Clayman wasn’t taking any chances with this one. “The extras become indispensable!!” she screeched in the listing. “You will love the electrifying city lights and the Chrysler Building lit up at night. There is no substitute for perfect. This fine home is in a class by itself. Just wait until you glimpse at the glorious views capturing the river and the 59th street bridge. Isn’t it time you did not settle? Just cross the threshold and you will be struck by an extraordinary home – your new home.” It goes on from there.

Alas, the apartment wasn’t exquisite or perfect enough to keep the Pelletreaus. But then, the couple is solidly invested in the D.C. life. While Mr. Pelletreau is no longer smoothing over delicate relations in the Middle East, he still sits on the U.S. Advisory Council of Israel Policy Forum and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

No doubt the co-op board will be loathe to see these skilled negotiators go.

kvelsey@observer.com