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Neighbourhood Watch: Fortis Green

Contemporary and classy: The chic Fortis Collection

Setting the scene

FORTIS Green shares its name with the road linking Muswell Hill and East Finchley and embraces the best bits of each. Primarily residential, it has emerged as a sought-after area with its own identity, and has the advantage over Muswell Hill of being within walking distance of East Finchley Tube station, on the Northern Line. Education is a big plus for buyers as there’s a wide choice of high-performing schools, and there’s plenty of open space where the kids can run off their excess energy before knuckling down to homework.

What’s new

THE Fortis Collection by Jamm Living boasts ten contemporary homes, set in secluded grounds on the popular Eastern Road. Apartments start at £1.35million and houses from £2.195million via Hamptons International hamptons.co.uk.

The Edwardian police station, now called Station House, has been converted into seven two-bed flats and a pair of three and four-bed houses, priced from £705,000 via Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward kfh.co.ukand Martyn Gerrard martyngerrard.co.uk.

Vital statistics

Debut: The Kinks played their first gig at The Clissold Arms PICTURE: REX

Council tax (Band D): £1,184.32

Commuting time: 16 mins to Euston or King’s Cross

Annual Travelcard: £1,548

Amenities: ★★★★☆ There’s a handful of independent shops in Fortis Green; supermarkets, boutiques, chains, cafés and eateries in Muswell Hill; more cafés and shops in East Finchley; Chriskitch café gets great reviews and The Clissold Arms is a popular pub.

Open space: ★★★★☆ Cherry Tree Woods; Highgate Wood.

Schools: ★★★★★ Results well above average.

Crime: ★★☆☆☆Below average.

Who lives there? Families in managerial or professional positions.

Famous faces: Rock band The Kinks played their first gig at The Clissold Arms.

Rent report: ‘The area attracts families and professional sharers, and locations close to Muswell Hill Broadway and in Fortismere School’s catchment are very sought after. One and two-bedroom period conversions generally range from £1,300 to £1,700pcm,’ says Stephanie Antoniou of Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward.

Schools and profile supplied by Zoopla.co.uk

Property ladder

First rung

Probably the area’s smallest dwelling, this bright studio is on the first floor of a period conversion and ideal for someone who wants to be close to East Finchley station and doesn’t have much stuff. £235,000, foxtons.co.uk

Average

A refurbished four-bed house with an extended kitchen/diner, master bedroom and ensuite shower room in the converted loft and a south-facing garden. £1.1million, martyngerrard.co.uk

Luxury home

This four-bed, renovated house has a wow-factor kitchen/dining room with exposed brick walls, and potential to create more space in the loft. £2.25million, martyngerrard.co.uk