Upper East Side Welcomes Beckford House & Tower

This fall, sales will launch for Beckford House & Tower, a new residential development on the Upper East Side. Situated across the street from one another, Beckford House will open its doors to residents in early 2020, and Beckford Tower will be completed in 2021. Barbara Russo, the property’s director of sales, tells us everything to know about the two luxury buildings.

Brooke Kelly: Tell me about the development of Beckford House & Tower—who was involved?
Barbara Russo:
Beckford House & Tower is reinventing the iconic sophistication of the Upper East Side with all of the amenities and embellishments that modern luxury living demands. Designed by Studio Sofield, the two structures are clad in Indiana Limestone and hand-carved, hand-laid brick, blending beautifully into the context of the neighborhood and appearing as though they have been standing on Second Avenue for decades. There is a true sense of grace and grandeur at Beckford House & Tower that has not been achieved on the Upper East Side in years, and we’re excited to welcome new residents home starting within the next year.

BK: How would you describe the neighborhood?
Rich with culture, history, and heritage architecture, the Upper East Side epitomizes classic New York. The neighborhood is regarded as one of the most refined in the city and is home to acclaimed restaurants, world-class museums, and the finest schools.

BK: Tell us about the different units available.  
All of the one- to six-bedroom residences at Beckford House & Tower delicately blend formality with natural luxury to create an elegant and timeless feel. The interiors by Studio Sofield celebrate craftsmanship, grand spaces, exquisite detailing, and the return of prewar design. At the heart of each home is a custom Christopher Peacock kitchen outfitted with marble countertops, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and Dornbracht polished chrome fittings. Select residences feature Juliet balconies and private setback terraces that further highlight the development’s classical-meets-contemporary aesthetic.

BK: What about the retail center and amenities?  
The common spaces and amenities at Beckford House & Tower reflect the residences’ same attention to detail, quality, and craftsmanship. Beckford House touts more of a boutique feel, with a distinguished marble lobby, grand reception room, state-of-the-art fitness center, and a landscaped rooftop terrace. Residents will also have access to Beckford Tower, which offers three levels of amenities, including a 65-foot swimming pool with a glass ceiling and mosaic mural, a larger fitness center with studios for yoga and training, a piano bar and lounge, dedicated steam rooms and hot tub, a double-height basketball half-court, a children’s playroom by Roto, a party room, and a game room.

BK: What makes Beckford House & Tower unique?
Beckford House & Tower isn’t just paying homage to the glamour of prewar design, it’s recreating the coveted aesthetic for modern living. Buyers who are yearning for the intricate detailing and quality materials of years past no longer have to sacrifice their access to amazing amenities to get the look. The two buildings comprising Beckford House & Tower offer the best of both worlds, which is truly unprecedented in Manhattan.

BK: Have you had a lot of inquires? How would you describe the prospective buyers?
The positive reception to the residences at Beckford House & Tower has exceeded all expectations. Brokers and prospects alike are wowed by Studio Sofield’s design, and we’re anticipating a very strong start to sales. These buildings embody Upper East Side living at its very finest, so we expect to attract longtime residents as well as people moving to the Upper East Side for the first time who are excited by this marriage of old and new.