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The Dutch-designed, Chinese-developed Oosten condos debuted at 429 Kent Avenue in south Williamsburg this week, with one-bedrooms starting at $710,000. Halstead has 26 listings live for the block-long complex at South 8th and Kent , including four that were listed earlier this month and have already entered contract.

One-bedrooms range in price from $710,000 to $1,050,000; two-bedroom, two-bath units start at $1,185,000; and two three-bedroom, 3.5-bath duplexes are asking $2,660,000 and $2,770,000. There are also two large floor-through lofts with three bedrooms and 3.5 baths each priced at $3,470,000 and $3,620,000, and three four-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhouses priced from $3,375,000 to $3,635,000.

Designed by Piet Boon and WASA Studio, the development offers the full gamut of luxury amenities, including a children’s playroom, a rooftop reflecting pool and roof deck, swimming pool and parking. XIN Development Group, the American branch of Chinese developer Xinyuan Real Estate Company, is behind the 216-unit project.

These look miles better than the average Williamsburg development to us. What do you think of the design and pricing? More interior renderings after the jump!

The Oosten [Official] GMAP
Oosten/429 Kent Avenue Listings [Halstead]
Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner]

Images via Halstead

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If you’re set on living in Williamsburg but don’t have a million bucks lying around, you could do a lot worse than this tiny studio on the south side. The brick fireplace adds a little charm, and everything looks to be in good shape except for the kitchen floor, which clearly needs to be replaced.

If the floor plan is accurate, there’s roughly 213 square feet of living space. Maybe that explains the relatively low asking price of $175,000, or $822 per square foot. Maintenance is $600 a month.

It’s not often you find a co-op in Williamsburg. At one point, this was an HDFC income-restricted building, but if it still is, the listing makes no mention of it. Do you think it’s a good deal?

115 South 8th Street, #2 [Ideal Properties] GMAP

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Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview people involved in real estate, architecture, development and design. Introducing Christopher Allen, Founder and Artistic Director of UnionDocs, a documentary film collective based in Williamsburg. We talked with Allen about UnionDocs’ ongoing collaborative project Living Los Sures, which chronicles the culture, history and stories of Williamsburg’s Southside. You can check out a video installation with some of the project’s short films at the Ildiko Butler Gallery at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. They’ll also screen some of their short films on September 19 at 7 pm, during the Southside Connex street festival in Havermeyer Park.

Brownstoner: What neighborhood do you live in, and how did you end up there?

Christopher Allen: We live in Clinton Hill. We moved there last year after living in Williamsburg since 2002. We found a place that we liked, and rent was going up in our building and it didn’t feel like it was a good deal anymore.

BS: Can you talk about the beginnings of “Living Los Sures”?

CA: We’ve been involved in a restoration project with the New York Public Library to restore and rerelease a film from 1984 called Los Sures by Diego Echeverria. That film we’ve been working with for four years — it’s inspired about 30 documentary projects made by people in our studio. Over 50 people have been involved in creating short documentaries about the neighborhood today over the last four years. We’re also doing a participatory platform where we’ve split the film from 1984 into different shots and we’re splicing in longtime residents of the neighborhood talking about places in the film.

So the project is three parts: the participatory website, called Los Sures Shot by Shot. There are 30 short documentaries, produced by our collaborative fellows. One of the characters from the original documentary, we’re updating her story as she sells her apartment and leaves the neighborhood. It’s an interactive documentary called 89 steps. She’s considering leaving the city and moving out — and the film follows her as she goes through that process, and we learn a little bit of history about the building she’s lived in for 40 years.

That’ll be launched at the New York Film Festival September 27.

After the jump, Christopher talks about gentrification on the Southside, Sternberg Park and how rezoning has shaped the neighborhood.

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The shoreline area of East River State Park in Williamsburg reopened today. The deteriorating waterfront has been spruced up with more beach sand, a new kayak launch and a wall of reclaimed granite blocks around the edge of the lawn. The state spent $526,000 restoring the park, which was flooded during Hurricane Sandy and has lost several feet of beach to erosion in recent years.

The state also added new plantings, removed invasive plant species, installed dry wells to collect storm runoff, and created channels in the waterside rocks to prevent fish from getting trapped on the beach during low tide. Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Council Member Steve Levin joined State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey (pictured), Regional Director Leslie Wright and several other individuals who have played a critical role in the park’s creation and continued development to celebrate today’s reopening of the shoreline area of the park to the public. Check it out at Smorgasburg tomorrow!

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We are sad to report the amazing and unusual interiors planned for the Steelworks Loft conversion at 76 North 4th Street in Williamsburg will not be happening after all. Now that the building has changed owners and is a rental rather than condos, AvroKo is no longer designing the interiors, which originally had kitchen cabinetry resembling iceboxes, beams salvaged from the site, and other reminders of the building’s past as a steel factory in the 1930s.

new teaser page for the building shows a few tiny thumbnails with less expensive finishes that are more typical of rentals in the area, such as a kitchen with dark wood cabinetry and white subway tile.

Leasing starts this fall, according to developer Cayuga Capital — and fall is almost here. (more…)

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With condos on the Williamsburg waterfront priced over $1,500 a square foot now, it’s only logical that apartments further inland have also seen significant price increases. Still, we were surprised to see this new 735-square-foot listing at 14 Hope Street — just a block and a half from the BQE — asking $835,000. On the other hand, the one-bedroom pad offers a sensible layout, with big windows and decent finishes. Think it can fetch over $1,100 a foot?

14 Hope Street, #3D [Corcoran] GMAP

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This U-shaped, Karl Fischer-designed apartment building at 88 Richardson Street in Williamsburg had most of its windows and part of its facade installed when we stopped by last week. The large development will have seven stories, 188 units and 139,702 square feet when it’s finished, according to the permits. There will also be 110 off-street parking spaces. (more…)

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You probably didn’t know that you wanted the walls of your apartment to zig-zag in a sawtooth pattern, but you do! Or maybe you will after you check out this 4th-floor pad at 142 North 1st Street. In addition to the aforementioned design touch, the two-bedroom condo has two bathrooms, a long living/dining room and nice natural light. The asking price is $1,200,000, which we guesstimate puts it at over $1,000 a foot.

142 North 1st Street, #4B [Corcoran] GMAP

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We’ve always loved this building at 330 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. It has some incredible apartments with double-height ceilings and views of Manhattan. This seventh-floor pad is not one of those, but it’s no slouch: The 1,400-square-foot duplex has three bedrooms, polished concrete floors, a modern kitchen. The views to the south and east are also pretty sweet. Asking price: $1,585,000.

330 Wythe Avenue, #7A [Corcoran] GMAP

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Community Board 1 greenlighted an eight-story affordable housing project at 695 Grand Street in East Williamsburg last night.

The 51-unit project on Grand Street, pictured above, will have a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, with 41 units set aside for low- to moderate-income families, as we previously reported. The affordable housing is for families who make between 30 percent and 60 percent of the Area Median Income, which ranges from $25,750 to $51,540 for a family of four, according to the HPD. Ten of those units will be permanently affordable, and eight will be reserved for Section 8 housing for very low-income tenants.  (more…)

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It’s been a few years since we heard anything about the Rocket Factory Lofts at 100 South 4th Street in Williamsburg, a Scarano-designed factory conversion once owned by murdered Brooklyn landlord Menachem Stark. Meadow Partners recently acquired the seven-story rental building and plans to upgrade the kitchens and bathrooms with new finishes, renovate the lobby and install a common roof deck, according to a spokesperson. (more…)

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This affordable housing project might replace two stores at 695 Grand Street in east Williamsburg. Community Board 1 will host a public hearing next week to debate whether the city can build an eight-story, 51-unit building on the large property between Graham and Manhattan avenues.

The mixed-use development is spec’d for 41 units of affordable housing and ground-floor retail, with apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. The board will vote on whether the 14,000-square-foot lot will qualify for affordable housing incentives through the HPD’s Urban Development Action Area program.  (more…)