When first-time buyers Lukas Groenewald and wife Cornell Le Roux-Groenewald first set eyes on Crest Nicholson Eastern’s Rosewood development in Colchester, Essex, they feared the luxury homes for sale would be way above their budget. But after learning of the Help to Buy initiative on offer at the development, maths teacher Lukas did the sums and was delighted to find the couple would actually be able to afford to buy their dream first home together.

The 34-year-old said: “We loved the look of the homes at Rosewood but just assumed we wouldn’t be able to stretch to the asking price before we’d even enquired.

“It was only when we spoke to the team at Crest Nicholson that we learned we could use Help to Buy to purchase a three-bedroom house. We were so happy!”

Help to Buy is the government-backed scheme which makes it possible to buy a new-build or existing home priced up to £600,000 with as little as a 5% deposit. Lukas and Cornnell – who are both from South Africa but met in the UK - used the initiative to purchase a £290,000 3-bedroom Delbard home.

They had previously lived together for eight years in a one-bedroom maisonette flat just a mile down the road and had always wanted to have their own house with a garden. Lukas said they can’t wait for the summer months to make the most of it.

He said: “While we were in the flat we always longed to have our own garden and enough space to invite our friends and family over to just chill out and now we can! It’s great that the weather is improving, as we’ll soon be able to have everybody over to host our first big barbecue out in the garden.”

Lukas said he and wife Cornell – who married in 2011 – plan to settle at Rosewood and live out their dreams.

“We want to get a dog,” he said. “We’re both really keen on animals. Then after that we’d like a family. Everything has its time!”

Rosewood is a collection of contemporary, spacious and light-filled one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom houses. Located close to open countryside and the picturesque villages of Dedham and Flatford, Rosewood is also within easy reach of the A12 at junction 28 and the town centre.

For details on current and future availability please contact the marketing suite on: 0845 521 1985 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/rosewood