We were going to tell you all about The Sette, a new 7-unit condo building at 238 Ainslie Street "inspired by the 'Little Italy' section of Williamsburg." Turns out we don't have to:
Dear Curbed, I just wanted to send a note to you guys since you are all over Williamsburg and we noticed that nothing has ever been mentioned regarding this building. My husband and I recently toured an open house at a new development in Williamsburg called The Sette @238 Ainslie Street @ Graham. In such a small footprint in this neighborhood, they have built what we think is not only one of the best construction jobs that we have seen in a long while (they used 100% concrete for the structure, with reinforced rebar, none of that "Q-deck" style (whatever that is) that so many others have used in the past), but each apartment is self-contained within itself, leaving any neighbor without a worry as to noise or water damage. It honestly was absolutely beautiful to look at, both inside and out.
It is truly a unique boutique building. All seven units are one bedrooms, with a PH that has two terraces of over 500sqft combined...they call it "one bedroom masterpieces", and it is as such. Other local offerings in the neighborhood of Graham Avenue are all one bedrooms or studios. Though most are walk-ups, no parking, no storage, and have the dreaded PTAC units, or are located a little bit past the Bushwick line, this building has an elevator, a parking spot with a Mini Cooper 3-year lease thrown in, and a personal storage space which is is made from concrete, instead of the usual chicken wire and padlocks. The developers didn't seem to cut any corners on this project, as others have done so in the past, and you can tell just by walking in. We have never seen an elevator in a building that has only seven units. Price points are competitive and comparable for the area, though everything we have seen, just doesn't add up to what this building has to offer. Everything is you could think of is included. From the Maytag W/D, not just W/D hook-up, a Samsung french-door refrigerator, a 5 burner range, oven, microwave and dishwasher by Bosch. Central Heat/Air, 10' Ceilings, a private outdoor space on every level except the 2nd floor, no 1st floor apartments which is great as it seems to be the hardest to sell in this market. There is also a common roof top which of course has the views in all directions.
What else...it's pre-wired for FIOS, has two ceiling fans, great lighting (even comes with track lighting) a building wide camera security system, two closets, jacuzzi tub, Toto toilet, 5" wide Mocha stained white oak floors and that the L-train is two streets away, we really couldn't find anything wrong with this space (extra bath never hurts, but they couldn't squeeze one in, though there is one in the basement, where they say a small fitness room will be put, should the Condo Board wish for one) It really was truly an enlightening and refreshing experience.
Even the brokers representing the space were refreshing and enlightening and complimented the building very well. Never heard of them before, but they stated they have been involved with the area for the past five years. The Address Group? You ever heard of them? They established their company just this past April. Their website is currently under construction so we couldn't get any further than that. Didn't matter. They were very pleasant, knowledgeable and not at all pushy. That's all we ask for. Not the usual someone who doesn't care about anything except whether or not we're gonna buy, so that they can have some extra Xmas money in time for next years bills.
They stated that closings are slated for February. Their TCO is expected in 45 days or less.
To close, we'd honestly recommend this building to anyone that is looking for everything in one package. These guys nailed it. A few more buildings to see and then we'll be on our way from being the non bitter renters that we've been for the past 20 years, to proud home owners.
Here is their website:
Thank you Curbed, for listening and we hope to see this building sell out in no time.
· The Sette [thesette.com]