Two very different apartment buildings are inching toward the finish line on East 81st Street between Second and Third Avenues on the Upper East Side.
A luxury rental development at 222 East 81st Street will sport a Neo-Classical facade, an attractive prewar style that will “look as if it’s been there for generations,” YIMBY wrote last year. Technically, it’s an expansion of this vacant four-story prewar townhouse built in 1910.
The Issac and Stern-designed building will rise six stories and hold just three spacious apartments. A 4,000-square-foot triplex with a private garage will occupy the lower floors, and two 3,100 square-foot duplexes will take up the top four floors.
Construction there seems to be going pretty slowly. Scaffolding still shrouds the building, and none of the details have been installed yet. Icon Realty is developing the townhouse along with several other projects in the neighborhood, including a pre-war-ish 14-story residential tower at the corner of East 81st and Second Avenue.
Meanwhile a few doors down at 225 East 81st Street, a six-story condo project has just finished up. The former brownstone gained two more floors and five pricey condominiums. The building’s facade was also removed and re-clad in limestone. The three- and four-bedroom apartments hit the market last fall with asking prices starting at $3,500,000, and now three out of five are in contract, according to StreetEasy. Ryan Serhant is marketing the development, which has been dubbed “The Justin.”
Vail Associates is the architect, and the developer is Michael Paul Enterprises.