One of the most interesting condominium developments in Brooklyn draws inspiration from a distant land. It’s called Oosten, and it’s the product of Chinese developer XIN Development, Dutch designer Piet Boon, and Brooklyn-based think! architecture and design pllc. You’ll find it under construction at 429 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and our friend Tectonic sent YIMBY exclusive photos of an inside tour.
What really sets this development apart from so many others is the way it is constructed around an interior open space. The interior ground floor units have their own private outdoor space (sort of backyards) and interior of that, space is common outdoor space.
Of course, that outdoor space represents only some of the total outdoor space. There is also plenty of that on the roof, but we don’t have any of that to show you yet. So, here are some ground-level shots of the construction progress in the courtyard.
The eight-story building will have 216 units, according to the latest new building permit. There will be seven residence types. Sure, there are one-, two-, and three-bedrooms, but there are also townhouses, duplex homes, lofts, and penthouses.
Amenities will include two lobbies, a 24-hour concierge, rooftop reflecting pool and grills, a lap pool, a fitness center with a spa, a lounge, and a children’s play room.
Private parking, private storage, and bike storage will also be available, for an additional fee. The townhouses come with a garage.
If you’ve decided to purchase one of those parking spaces, you’ll find yourself just off the Williamsburg Bridge. If you’re more frugal, you’ll find the Marcy Avenue J/M/Z stop about 10 minutes away.
The project has been in the works for a while, with the sales gallery having opened back in September of 2014. Construction is continuing, with occupancy expected later this year.