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As Help to Buy assists numerous second steppers to upsize out of their starter home, a new report has revealed that the property market has been seized by an endemic shortage of three-bedroom houses[1].

Compounded by an increased demand, driven by an upsurge in first-time buyers no longer restricted to buying apartments, three-bedroom houses are currently selling in just 71 days compared to an overall average of 126 days.

Fortunately, award winning house builder Crest Nicholson has designed its Rosewood development in Colchester with buyer preference in mind, and has a limited collection of spacious three-bedroom properties.

Arranged across two storeys, the generously proportioned Corvedale houses have been conceived with both young and established families in mind, who are looking for a home into which they can grow.

Enjoying a substantial kitchen / dining room that provides the ultimate hub of a household, families are able to cook and eat together. Equipped with stylish, fully fitted kitchens, each home comes complete with plentiful storage and integrated Bosch appliances.

Flooded with natural light, the dual aspect kitchen / dining room lends itself to informal entertaining, and with plenty of room for a large table, is the perfect environment to host Sunday lunches or dinner parties. Fitted with French doors that open directly onto the private garden, the outside is invited in and the sense of space is enhanced.

The separate living room can be used either as a place for the family to relax together, or as a more formal area, depending on need.

Boasting a large main bedroom that opens through double doors onto a roof terrace, residents can make the most of both fitted wardrobes and en suite shower room. The second bedroom is also a generous double, while the third bedroom is a spacious single – ideal for use as a nursery or as a study. The centrally located family bathroom is fitted with white Roca sanitaryware and ceramic wall tiling.

Annette Cole, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson Eastern, explains: “Help to Buy hasn’t just helped second steppers upsize their property - many first time buyer are now securing three-bedroom houses, which creates intense competition.

“Given that this new market report indicates that the average selling time of a three-bedroom property is just 71 days compared to an overall average of 126 days, we would encourage interested potential purchasers to contact our sales team immediately, to secure their next step up the property ladder.”

The three-bedroom Corvedale homes are available from £275,000 or an affordable £220,000 with Help to Buy. Other purchasing schemes are also available on enquiry.

For further details, please contact the sales and marketing suite on 0845 521 1985 or visit

[1] Move With Us, April 2014