Former Asia Society Presidents Sell Ardsley Co-op

ardsley Former Asia Society Presidents Sell Ardsley Co op

See the Asian influences?

Robert Oxnam and Vishakha Desai both know something about moving on. Both helmed the prestigious Asia Society for long spans of time and both, ultimately, decided to leave the job for other posts. In fact, Ms. Desai stepped down just this September to join the Guggenheim Foundation as a Senior Advisor for Global Policy and Programs. Apparently, the couple felt the same way about the Ardsley and their three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in the Central Park West co-op.

Mr. Oxnam, an Asia scholar and Ms. Vishakha, an art historian, have sold the co-op for $2.19 million, according to city records. The apartment, on the 12th floor of 320 Central Park West, sounds liked just the place for two prominent intellectuals: from the listing photos it looks like the couple converted two of the bedrooms into offices and the maid’s room into an office/library.

In the event that the new owners, Daniel Kaufthal a principal at real estate investment firm Katz Properties, and his wife, are not as bookish as the former occupants, the listing, held by Gilberte Sherman Realty, helpfully suggests a fourth bedroom.

The apartment also has restored wood floors, Art Deco tiling, brushed steel door frames and entrances, original hardware and wine storage. The couple paid full ask for the unit. And in fact, the $2.19 million price tag was slightly higher than the $1.95 million one that the unit first had when it debuted in May. A month later, it upped its ask and a month after that it was in contract. Light-filled classic sixes in Emery Roth buildings on Central Park are not, it appears, hard to sell.

kvelsey@observer.com