By C.J. HUGHES
Despite occupying some of the highest terrain around, Fort George, near the northern point of Manhattan, can seem to be hiding in plain sight.
“The tip of the island was just a complete mystery to me,” said Amy Drury, 38, who lived in a string of apartments in southerly neighborhoods, like the Financial District and Dumbo, Brooklyn, after moving to New York from England in 2011.
Online subway maps that lop off the blocks beyond Harlem, Ms. Drury joked, may be a culprit. “I feel that no one goes to the end,” she said.
But about a year ago, curious to explore, she stumbled upon Fort George, a middle-class, mostly Latino enclave of Washington Heights. There, she found a renovated two-bedroom, one-bath condo with hardwood floors, eastern views and a washer and dryer, in a non-doorman elevator building. The price, $549,000, was befitting of the apartment’s off-the-beaten-path location, said Ms. Drury, a financial instructor. Similar places in Lower Manhattan can cost three times what Ms. Drury paid.