WILLIAMSBURG
A NEW BUILDING BY PIET BOON

429 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

With a building this bold, this distinctive and this groundbreaking for South Williamsburg, it’s no surprise that people are talking about OOSTEN. Click the links below to read what the press is saying about the most exciting new development in Brooklyn.

Oosten Wins Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Award for Residential Condominium Design Brownstoner

Oosten Wins Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Award for Residential Condominium Design

The awards, organized by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, recognize development projects that enrich the borough economically, culturally, and aesthetically. This year, winners were chosen across 15 categories, including community arts, adaptive reuse, and affordable housing.

Daily Dream Home: The Oosten Pursuitist

Daily Dream Home: The Oosten

New York’s Williamsburg area has seen interest and prices rise dramatically in the past several years. The Oosten, designed by Dutch architect with architecture by Think! Architecture is a block-long luxury building with 216 units that has attracted plenty of media buzz over the last several years.
The most expensive condo on the market in Williamsburg is located in The Oosten and is a top floor duplex is listed at $6.495 million. The 5,098-square-foot penthouse has interiors by Toronto-based boutique design studio, Abraham Chan.

Williamsburg’s most expensive apartment is a $6.5M Oosten penthouse Curbed New York

Williamsburg’s most expensive apartment is a $6.5M Oosten penthouse

Apartment prices in Williamsburg are edging ever closer to those found in Manhattan. In late January, one of the townhouses within the Piet Boon-designed glass condo building, the Oosten, claimed the title of having the most expensive rental in Williamsburg so it’s only right that the most expensive penthouse sprung forth from the same building. A 5,097-square-foot duplex, seeking $6.495 million, is officially Williamsburg’s priciest apartment for sale, still a far cry from Brooklyn’s most expensive condo ever sold— a $10.7 million apartment at Pierhouse— but definitely not anything to scoff at.

Brooklyn Style: The 7 Interior Designers to Watch in Kings County Commercial Observer

Brooklyn Style: The 7 Interior Designers to Watch in Kings County

You could be forgiven for wondering how one of the most heralded interior designers of contemporary times, who runs an internationally renowned company with projects all around the globe, earns a place on a list mostly spotlighting locally focused firms which are on the up.

But Dutch maestro Piet Boon is on here because of what his foray into the Brooklyn market means for the borough and its emergence as a residential destination in its own right.

On the waterfront: Developments at North Brooklyn's ferry stops Brooklyn Daily Eagle

On the waterfront: Developments at North Brooklyn's ferry stops

Nearby, workers are finishing the construction of the Oosten, a luxury condo project built by XIN Development, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate Co. Its address is 429 Kent Ave.

In 2014, we took a hard-hat tour of the Oosten site with photographer colleague Rob Abruzzese. The place looks dizzyingly different now.

This ferry stop and the surrounding developments are located just south of the Williamsburg Bridge.

These were New York's best-selling residential buildings in 2016 Metro

These were New York's best-selling residential buildings in 2016

If you’re in the market for a luxury home, it’s probably not an easy task to sift through the many posh
addresses found in New York City.

Lucky for you, real estate data provider PropertyShark just released its list of the city’s 10 best-selling
residential buildings in 2016, and the majority are luxury digs.

13 Luxurious Condo Fireplaces That Warm The Heart Forbes

13 Luxurious Condo Fireplaces That Warm The Heart

Oosten is a 216-unit, block-long luxury residential game changer for this waterfront district near the Williamsburg Bridge. Designed by Dutch architect Piet Boon, the condominium boasts a 24-hour concierge, spa, huge courtyard, landscaped rooftop with a reflecting pool (and views of the bridge), and two lobbies with large fireplaces surrounded by lush lounging spaces for residents to enjoy.

Top 10 Best-Selling Buildings in NYC 2016 Property Shark

Top 10 Best-Selling Buildings in NYC 2016

2016 was a great year for some of New York’s largest developers looking to finally cash in on their investments, as several high-profile developments completed construction work and closed a large number of deals initiated in the past 3 years. We took a look at the residential market of 2016 and singled out the developments that managed to sell the highest number of units last year for this latest edition of our Top 10 Best-Selling Buildings.

NYC's 10 best-selling buildings of 2016, mapped Curbed New York

NYC's 10 best-selling buildings of 2016, mapped

Sales launched at the Oosten, Piet Boons über-fancy Williamsburg condo building, back in 2014; and with 100 units that closed in 2016, it's the second-best-seller of the past year. Among the pricey units that have sold are one of the building's penthouses, which closed for $6.6 million—a neighborhood record. One of its townhouses recently hit the rental market with an absurd asking price of $18,000.

Here’s why Chinese are betting big on US real estate CGTN America

Here’s why Chinese are betting big on US real estate

Chinese companies and investors have become the largest foreign buyers of real estate in the United States, pouring hundreds of billions into the property market.

New York is the top choice in the country for Chinese investors, who have pumped in more than $4 billion in direct investment, mostly in tech firms and real estate.

Brooklyn rooftops: taking the new york terrace to the next level Designboom

Brooklyn rooftops: taking the new york terrace to the next level

While the rooftop has long been an amenity staple of many luxury new york condominium buildings, brooklyn’s newest wave of development boasts a number of projects that take the terrace to the next level —sometimes literally. no longer a generic area outfitted with scattered chairs and tables, many new buildings are transforming their sky-high spaces with outdoor movie theaters, grow-your-own vegetable gardens, and private party venues. see a roundup of some of the outdoor rooftops currently sprouting up in new york’s biggest borough.

By The Book: 9 Condo Libraries Where Residents Unplug In Style Forbes

By The Book: 9 Condo Libraries Where Residents Unplug In Style

In the digital age, real estate developers are all-in with Wi-Fi access, USB ports, iOS compatibility, EV charging stations, and other acronym conveniences. But there’s a counter-revolution emerging in new condominiums which unplug via the traditional hardcopy approach—stylish residential libraries stocked with classics like Catch-22, Moby-Dick and The Great Gatsby. As parks relax big cities, libraries relax residents of big city condos. Here are nine smart condos with public or private libraries for proud bookworms.

Williamsburg’s Oosten condo shows off its huge interior courtyard Curbed

Williamsburg’s Oosten condo shows off its huge interior courtyard

Construction is wrapping at Williamsburg’s block-large Oosten condo, and while the enormous development still isn’t quite move-in ready, new photos of the Piet Boondesigned development from Field Condition show that it’s getting close.

Oosten Field Condition

Oosten

Construction is wrapping up at the Oosten, a residential development in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. Developed by XIN Development and designed by Piet Boon, the seven story structure occupies an entire block near the East River waterfront and the Williamsburg Bridge. On the exterior, a collaborative design between Boon and Think Architecture, changes in material help to break down the building into more discreet volumes, addressing the small scale of the neighborhood.

Penthouse in One of Brooklyn’s Newest Buildings Closes for $6.6 Million Mansion Global

Penthouse in One of Brooklyn’s Newest Buildings Closes for $6.6 Million

A penthouse in one of Brooklyn’s newest luxury buildings closed for $6.6 million, setting a price record for the borough, according to public records and a brokerage firm that tracks the sale price of new developments.

These were the top home sales in BK, Queens in September The Real Deal

These were the top home sales in BK, Queens in September

The priciest single-family home sale in Brooklyn recorded in September was also the priciest apartment ever in Williamsburg. The buyer finally closed on the $6.6 million purchase of the 5,000-square-foot penthouse at the 216-unit Oosten, developed by Xinyuan Real Estate and designed by Dutch architect Piet Boon.

Broadway diva raises $10K for strays in need at Oosten New York Post

Broadway diva raises $10K for strays in need at Oosten

We hear that Broadway star Bernadette Peters and XIN Development hosted a fundraiser at Oosten’s $6.42 million penthouse in Brooklyn that raised $10,000 for BARC, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Williamsburg.

5 New York City Condominiums With Gardens to Enjoy the Summer Days Mansion Global

5 New York City Condominiums With Gardens to Enjoy the Summer Days

New luxury developments are offering a range of landscaped outdoor spaces
While some New Yorkers prefer apartments with private terraces, others opt for green spaces where they can socialize with their neighbors. With summer weather officially here to stay, we’ve rounded up five new condominium developments with immaculate gardens.

10 Questions With... Piet Boon Interior Design

10 Questions With... Piet Boon

Amsterdam-based designer Piet Boon began his career as a frustrated contractor. Clients kept saddling him with either beautiful designs that weren’t functional, or functional designs that weren’t beautiful. Boon thought he could do better, so in 1982 he founded his eponymous design studio. Turns out his instincts were right. The Dutch designer has since earned international acclaim for his ability to design livable, durable spaces and products without sacrificing his refined aesthetic and commitment to fine materials and craftsmanship. As a total design concept firm, Studio Piet Boon has built an impressive international portfolio of private, corporate, and commercial clients, including the stunning Gothic-meets-modern restaurant The Jane in Antwerp, which took top prize for best restaurant design at the 2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

Yes, We Kent! XIN Development’s John Liang on His Record-Smashing Development, the Oosten Commercial Observer

Yes, We Kent! XIN Development’s John Liang on His Record-Smashing Development, the Oosten

One of real estate’s great turnaround stories has been Brooklyn’s Kent Avenue. For years, it was a wasteland—a long stretch of industrial plants going from Greenpoint down to Williamsburg. A few developers realized that Kent Avenue had potential, and a handful of condominiums were unveiled in the 2000s, like Schaefer Landing and The Edge. But the great recession put a lot of plans on hold.

Williamsburg, New York, transformed by rocketing home prices Financial Times

Williamsburg, New York, transformed by rocketing home prices

A fresh wave of development has swept the former hipster hang-out in Brooklyn, but at the cost of losing its cool

Brew School: Or Everything You Want to Know about Coffee but Were Afraid to Ask Brooklyn Magazine

Brew School: Or Everything You Want to Know about Coffee but Were Afraid to Ask

WILLIAMSBURG (October 27, 2015) - This past weekend, at the Oosten sales gallery at 53 Broadway in South Williamsburg, we attended a home brew course with Toby’s Estate educators Aaron Owens and Angie Garcia, who explained the proper way to brew Chemex and Aeropress coffee. To put it mildly, these two know beans, and far beyond pragmatic brewing tactics, they laid out the complete life cycle of a cup of coffee, from the growing conditions of the cherry seed, to gulping down the first sip.

Here's a Look at Brooklyn's Top Condo Developers The Real Deal

Here's a Look at Brooklyn's Top Condo Developers

WILLIAMSBURG (October 14, 2015) - Brooklyn’s biggest condo developers have a large number of small projects to thank for the moniker. While the top five players each have planned more than 200 condo units since 2012, that’s just a fraction of the 6,156 total condo units planned in Brooklyn over the past three years, according to data from plans filed with the New York State Attorney General’s office and analyzed by The Real Deal.

Billyburg Penthouse Sets Neighborhood Record New York Post

Billyburg Penthouse Sets Neighborhood Record

WILLIAMSBURG (August 26, 2015) - Only in Williamsburg! A luxe spread at Oosten, the development from China-based XIN Development and Halstead Property Development Marketing, is breaking a neighborhood record.

One of its four penthouses — #PH3, a 5,000-square-foot space asking $6.49 million — is in contract for its full asking price, said HPDM broker Robert Lynn.

Facade Going Onto South Williamsburg's Oosten as Building Hits 50 Percent Sold Brownstoner

Facade Going Onto South Williamsburg's Oosten as Building Hits 50 Percent Sold

WILLIAMSBURG (July 30, 2015) - Brick veneer and window glass are marching up the sides of the Oosten, the international luxury development surrounded on three sides by Hasidic apartment buildings on the waterfront in South Williamsburg. Designed by rising Dutch superstar Piet Boon, developed by Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate Co.’s U.S. subsidiary XIN Development, and marketed to overseas Chinese, the building at 429 Kent Avenue occupies the entire block, with a total of 216 units, including 15 townhouses.

Since launching sales 10 months ago, in September, exactly half of the units — 108 — are now in contract or closed, a spokesman for the Oosten let us know when we inquired. Four are townhouses.

 Oosten Penthouse Listed; Greystone Invests in Village Project Curbed

Oosten Penthouse Listed; Greystone Invests in Village Project

WILLIAMSBURG—The first of the four penthouses in The Oosten to hit the market is PH3, a 5,000-square-foot duplex with 1,500 square feet of outdoor space that just hit the market for $6.49 million. It comes with a jacuzzi, a private parking garage, and an expenses-paid trip to Amsterdam for a personal consultation with the development's Dutch designer Piet Boon.

Penthouse at new South Williamsburg condo to list for $6.4M NY DAILY NEWS

Penthouse at new South Williamsburg condo to list for $6.4M

North Williamsburg prices have finally descended on South Williamsburg.

The first of four penthouses at the Chinese-built Oosten condominium in South Williamsburg are slated to hit the market Thursday, asking $6.4 million, the Daily News has learned.

The 5,000-square-foot duplex apartment comes with 1,500 square feet of outdoor space, a private terrace Jacuzzi and even a private parking garage.

Do Your Eyes Deceive You? Wall Street Journal

Do Your Eyes Deceive You?

As renderings of luxury properties become more sophisticated,they can be hard to tell from photographs. Three side-by-side comparisons.

The Dutch Are Back in Town New York Times

The Dutch Are Back in Town

This month, finishing touches are being put on Huys, an office building at Park Avenue and 28th Street that has been converted into a 58-unit luxury condo. Huys (which is pronounced, and means, “house”) is an all-Dutch affair: The developer is Kroonenberg Groep, based in Amsterdam, and the designer is Piet Boon, who practices a lush, restrained international style. Karin Meyn, Mr. Boon’s wife, styled the cream-colored décor and selected the art, much of it by her compatriots. Piet Oudolf, the landscape designer probably best known to New Yorkers for planting feathery perennials on the High Line, is in charge of the rooftop garden. And at press time, workers were preparing to hoist Frederik Molenschot’s biomorphic cast-bronze chandelier in the lobby. (Mr. Molenschot, an Amsterdam artist, also supplied all of the room numbers, which are solid brass.)

With Huys getting ready to open in October, Mr. Boon has moved on — to Brooklyn. He designed Oosten (Dutch for “east”), a condominium to be built on the two-acre site of a former brewery at 429 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the complex, the first ground-up American project of the Chinese XIN Development Group International, will have 216 units, including 15 townhouses, and a 55-foot-long swimming pool.

Bonus photos! From South Williamsburg's Oosten site Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Bonus photos! From South Williamsburg's Oosten site

Shelter From the Storm — and parking tickets.

Future condo owners at the Oosten at 429 Kent Ave. will be thankful someday for the concrete pour that construction crews carried out this week.

Pool for Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Pool for "decoration only" on this Williamsburg luxury condo's roof

A Chinese developer is building a luxury condo project designed by a Dutch architect in Hasidic Williamsburg.

Is this a great town, or what? So cosmopolitan.

Chinese developers ramping up activity in NYC The Real Deal

Chinese developers ramping up activity in NYC

Chinese buyers purchasing condos have made headlines in New York for some time. But with China’s real estate market overheating, more Chinese firms are getting into the New York City development game as well.

This Dutch-Designed Condo Is Now Courting Buyers in South Williamsburg Bedford + Bowery

This Dutch-Designed Condo Is Now Courting Buyers in South Williamsburg

“When you look at Williamsburg, you hear about The Edge, right?” says Ryan Black. “You hear about Northside Piers—these projects on the waterfront that were built with an average unit size of like 850 square feet.” These residences were catering to first-time home-buyers, he says, and now the neighborhood is ready to move past that.

Chinese developers ramp up in NYC The Real Deal

Chinese developers ramp up in NYC

Chinese buyers purchasing condos have made headlines in New York for some time. But with China’s real estate market overheating, more Chinese developers are getting into the New York City residential game as well.

Capital Real Estate: Rent-freeze vote today Capital New York

Capital Real Estate: Rent-freeze vote today

The Rent Guidelines Board will decide this evening whether to freeze the rents for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers living in rent-stabilized housing.

Chinese Firm gets Financing for Brooklyn Condo Without JV Partner Commercial Observer

Chinese Firm gets Financing for Brooklyn Condo Without JV Partner

A major Chinese investment firm has secured a loan from a U.S. lender to develop a large-scale residential real estate project in Brooklyn. But Xinyuan Real Estate Co. is taking a different tack from that of many foreign investors that have developed real estate in New York City: It is proceeding without a U.S.-based joint venture partner.

Plots and Ploys: Fortress Brooklyn Wall Street Journal

Plots and Ploys: Fortress Brooklyn

A Chinese property company building a high-end condo tower in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has tapped Fortress Investment Group for a $165 million loan for the project.

New-build townhouses return to NYC after 100-year pause New York Post

New-build townhouses return to NYC after 100-year pause

Nearly a century after their last boom, new-build townhouses are making a comeback — just ask developer Abby Hamlin.

A Look at Williamsburg’s Luxurious Oosten Complex, Coming In 2016 Brooklyn Magazine

A Look at Williamsburg’s Luxurious Oosten Complex, Coming In 2016

While it’s no secret that the north side of Williamsburg has undergone dramatic development in recent years, south Williamsburg has been slower to transform, remaining relatively low-key compared to its other half. Of course, we know that’s all about to change with the Domino project officially underway, but in case you missed it, an equally outsized building is coming to the south side called the Oosten and today we got our first look at what’s to come.

Like Earlier Hot Spots, Williamsburg Adds Gloss Wall Street Journal

Like Earlier Hot Spots, Williamsburg Adds Gloss

Williamsburg is in the middle of the same transition seen in SoHo in an earlier generation, going from bohemian wonderland to high-end mall encased in gloss.

Oosten Williamsburg Shows Off Renderings, Pool and All Curbed

Oosten Williamsburg Shows Off Renderings, Pool and All

The Oosten is a Williamsburg condominium project with a decidedly international flavor — it's being designed by Dutch architect Piet Boon (the complex's name means East in Dutch) and it's the first ground-up American project from XIN Development Group International, the U.S. branch of Chinese development giant Xinyuan Real Estate Company. Not only that, but it sounds — and looks — likes it's going to be pretty luxurious, especially considering the location. The developers just released a new set of renderings, showing us exactly how the Oosten will, as the Times put it, "put a stylish stamp on a rough-edged industrial area south of the Williamsburg Bridge."

South Williamsburg: Catching up to the North Side New York Times

South Williamsburg: Catching up to the North Side

New Yorkers love to debate about which is better. The Nets or the Knicks? This restaurant or that one? Subways or cabs?
Or, among some residents of Williamsburg, Brooklyn: North or South?

South Williamsburg Grows Up New York Post

South Williamsburg Grows Up

“I would say the neighborhood has changed more in the last eight to nine months than in the last eight years.”
So declares South Williamsburg resident Sarah Natkins, who moved to her apartment on Wythe and South Eighth Street back in 2006. Indeed, if you had snooped around south of Grand Street (the dividing line between North and South Williamsburg) just a year ago, the neighborhood might have seemed a trifle barren — at least on certain blocks.

South Williamsburg Gets First Full-Service Grocery Store Curbed

South Williamsburg Gets First Full-Service Grocery Store

South Williamsburg just got its first full-service grocery store. Leased by Great Jones Realty to Colin Xie and Jason Chung (who also run stores in Forest Hills and Far Rockaway), The Urban Market opened on Friday and is located right across from the East River at the intersection of Kent and Broadway.

Oosten La Nación La Nacion

Oosten La Nación

New Details on Luxury Condo Development The Oosten in South Williamsburg Brownstoner

New Details on Luxury Condo Development The Oosten in South Williamsburg

A spokeswoman contacted us with new details about The Oosten, the Chinese developer-owned build at 429 Kent Avenue that will bring 201 condos and 15 townhomes to south Williamsburg.

Details Revealed For Several New South Williamsburg Projects Curbed

Details Revealed For Several New South Williamsburg Projects

The Dutch-inspired, Chinese-owned, long-in-the-works luxury development at 429 Kent Avenue, aka the Oosten, is far from the only new project rising in South Williamsburg.