Planning stipulation means over-55s have priority for new Muswell Hill flats

Woodside Square, a new development of 160 homes where a hospital once stood in Muswell Hill, is initially being offered to buyers over 55 - but houses for universal sale will be released later on in the year.

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Muswell Hill’s weakness — no Tube — is also its strength. This leafy, intact inner suburb might not appeal to young City-bound commuters, but it has everything families want: handsome Edwardian houses, highly regarded schools, a village centre, civic societies and open space.

Local conservationists have succeeded in keeping developers at bay, and sought-after pockets include the grid of streets between Fortis Green Road and Grand Avenue, and the patch around Highgate Wood and Queen’s Wood.

Right here is Woodside Square, a new address where a hospital once stood. The site covers six acres and has 161 homes, including large flats in three listed heritage buildings. Low-rise flats are being built around a central garden square with an underground car park, while there are also 17 townhouses, each with a garden and roof terrace.

A planning stipulation means over-55s have priority for the flats, which cost from £585,000 to £1.3 million. Houses, to be released later, are set to cost £2.25 million. Call 020 3320 8220.

Highgate Tube station on the Northern line is a 10-minute bus ride down the hill.

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