Sales recently launched for Beckford House & Tower, the Upper East Side’s most exclusive new condominium residences that reinstate Golden Age architecture in the area. The luxury buildings—situated on 80th and 81st Streets in the heart of a bustling neighborhood revamped by the 2nd Avenue Subway—will open for occupancy in the Spring and Fall. The development’s director of sales, Barbara Russo, discusses the luxury residences and amenities in detail, as well as the neighborhood’s architectural origins and lifestyle advancements.
Brooke Kelly: Tell me about the architectural provenance and history of Beckford House & Tower’s neighborhood.
Barbara Russo: The Upper East Side is the birthplace of New York’s Golden Age of architecture and is known for its celebration of art, culture, craftsmanship, and old-world elegance. Studio Sofield, which designed Beckford House & Tower, was inspired by the neighborhood’s rich history and wanted to create two buildings that would add to the distinctive character. Blurring the line between past and present, the world-renowned design firm honored the Upper East Side’s historical influences and classic aesthetic by designing a stunning masonry façade composed of hand-carved, hand-laid Indiana Limestone, custom grey brick, and Brynne Brownstone. The structures fit in perfectly within the context of the architecture on the Upper East Side, a vibrant neighborhood home to many acclaimed restaurants, cultural institutions, and cozy cafes.
BK: What do you predict the area will develop into, considering the advancement of technology, life-enhancing services, educational opportunities, and the Second Avenue subway?
BR: New York is constantly evolving, and that is part of the beauty of living in this city. Much like the rest of Manhattan, the Upper East Side will definitely see more development and advancements in services and technology, but what makes this neighborhood special is its commitment to preserving its authenticity and sense of place. The neighborhood has been known throughout the decades as a tight-knit community, and the residential experience has only been enriched by new amenities and transportation options.
The new 86th Street subway station has made the neighborhood even more convenient to get to Midtown and other parts of the city. You can already see many new restaurants and amenities that were not here before. We predict that even more people will be drawn to the area for its everyday conveniences, lifestyle, timeless architecture, and top-tier schools which have always been some of the very best in Manhattan.
BK: Tell me more about the design of the residences and amenities at Beckford House & Tower.
BR: Our thoughtfully designed residences reflect how people truly live and function, a characteristic that is very appealing to buyers. Residences feature custom millwork and interior details throughout by Studio Sofield and unique living spaces. The beautiful interiors are accentuated by elegant Christopher Peacock kitchens showcasing exquisite Statuary marble and state-of-the-art Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. The generous layouts also feature dining rooms, tall ceilings, rift and quarter-sawn 4” white oak flooring with herringbone pattern in principal living spaces, gracious entry foyers and galleries, and large walk-in closets. Residents will also enjoy a four-pipe fan coil HVAC system with zoned climate control and a side-by-side washer and dryer.
The intimate Beckford House loated at 301 East 81st Street is a 21-story building with 32 residences and a series of Juliet balconies and setback private terraces. The considerate design features only one to three residences per floor and available homes include two- to five-bedroom residences, three full-floor penthouses and one extraordinary duplex. The common spaces include an ornate lobby featuring antique mirrors and specialty wall coverings by Ann McGuire Studio; a reception room and private lounge complete with an adjoining dining room, wet bar, and fireplace from England. The curated amenities include a fitness center and yoga studio; a spacious 1,811 square-foot landscaped roof terrace offering lush greenery, and an outdoor kitchen with a Viking gas grill and plentiful seating for entertainment. There will also be private storage available and a laundry room with commercial grade extra-large capacity washers and vented dryers. Beckford House residents will also have two years worth of free access to the amenities at Beckford Tower.
The taller Beckford Tower located at 301 East 80th Street will stand at 31 stories with 72 residences featuring Juliet balconies and expansive private setback terraces offering stunning streetscape and skyline views. Here, one- to six-bedroom residences will be available and include three crowning full-floor Penthouse residences that will have dramatic views stetching from the East River to Central Park. The double-height entry vestibule offers a spectacular welcome into the double-height lobby that will feature formal sitting rooms and a windowed-library with a decorative fireplace. The robust amenity program will include a 65-foot swimming pool, 2,825 square-foot fitness center featuring yoga and training studios, hot tub, steam rooms, double-height basketball half court, Children’s playroom designed by Roto, piano bar and lounge featuring a grand piano, multi-purpose game room, and party room with a catering kitchen. Like Beckford House, the Tower will also offer private storage and a laundry room with extra-large washer and vented dryers.