Construction is complete on Beckford House and Beckford Tower, a pair of residential buildings in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The 21-story, 215-foot-tall Beckford House is addressed as 301 East 81st Street and also secondarily addressed as 1562 Second Avenue. Its taller 31-story sibling, Beckford Tower, rises across the street at 301 East 80th Street. The architecturally cohesive structures are designed by Studio Sofield and SLCE Architects and developed by Icon Realty Management, with CM & Associates in charge of construction. The two-tower development is located along Second Avenue between East 80th and 81st Streets.
Each of the edifices are clad in Brynne Brownstone and Indiana Limestone and feature traditional grids of windows, some of which are decorated with ornate railings. Several of the windows on the upper floors are arched. The photographs below take a look at Beckford House, where we can see a cornerstone on the southwestern edge that bears the names of Icon Realty Management, Studio Sofield, and SLCE. The year 2020 is etched onto the western side of the block. The available retail space for rent measures 2,227 square feet on the ground floor and 1,614 square feet in the cellar level. Also present around the first level are ornamental light fixtures, curled metal canopies, and shrubbery at the bottom of each window, and a sidewalk awning covering the main entrance situated along East 81st Street.
Beckford Tower repeats the same exterior street-level elements and also includes its own cornerstone but with the year 2021 carved into the stone. There are a lot of details implemented in the fenestration such as the thick and deep cornice lines around the podium, the dark metal railings around the perimeter and in front of some windows that make up the Juliet balconies, ventilation grilles with concentric and overlapping patterns, and numerous setbacks that form the multifaceted crown.
Amenities inside Beckford Tower include a grand reception room, a library lounge, a residents’ piano bar and lounge, a game room with foosball, pop-a-shot, pool, ping-pong, and a TV/gaming center, a children’s playroom designed by Roto, and a party room with an adjacent catering kitchen. It also features a double-height basketball half-court, a fitness center with yoga and training studios measuring 3,000 square feet, and a 65-foot-long swimming pool with a glass ceiling, ornate metal detailing, and a custom glass mosaic wall mural.
Beckford House amenities include an ornate lobby with a walnut reception desk, a reception room and private lounge, an adjoining dining room and wet bar with a fireplace, a 22nd-floor rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen, and a fitness center with a yoga studio in the cellar level.
There are a handful of units still available, and so far the most expensive of the remaining homes is a 3,371-square-foot four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom penthouse on the 18th floor off Beckford House asking $9.5 million, and a 5,452-square-foot six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bathroom penthouse with an additional 893 square feet of exterior terrace space on the 30th floor of Beckford Tower for $30 million.