Many buyers want to downsize because it will be easier in later life, while some may need less space because their children have flown the nest. Others want to free up capital to supplement their pension during retirement, or to help a family member get a foot on the housing ladder.

Low maintenance, energy efficient, with no onward chain, and often located in convenient well-connected areas with plenty of amenities, new build homes are a popular choice for many people looking for somewhere smaller. Of course, choosing to leave a much-loved family home is not always a simple decision. It's important to be sure of your choice and know exactly what to consider.

Painters Place in East Bergholt is a charming collection of just 10 age-exclusive homes by local builder ROSE that ticks the boxes downsizers are looking for. Nestled in the heart of Constable Country, and on sale through Savills, the bespoke two- and three-bedroom properties have plenty of external character, with practical and elegant internal layouts.

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Property agent Max Turner said while externally the homes present a more traditional feel, internally they are distinctly modern; designed and finished to fit 21st century life, with a focus on flexibility, sustainability and ease.

'ROSE has as an unrivalled reputation for combining traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design – and Painters Place is no exception,' he says. 'The traditionally influenced façades, distinctive architectural detailing and thoughtfully planned interiors, coupled with a sophisticated specification and beautiful finishes, ensure these character homes impress again and again.'

Every property at Painters Place benefits from light and generously proportioned rooms, with high ceilings and spacious open plan living and dining areas. Homeowners also have use of an exclusive, fully maintained, landscaped communal area.

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Max, who leads the new homes team at Savills in Suffolk, says: 'The county’s new homes market has remained remarkably resilient in the last year and we have seen strong demand for high quality homes in well served villages – particularly among mature buyers who may be looking to downsize.

'Painters Place certainly ticks many of the boxes buyers have been looking for. Situated just off East Bergholt’s main thoroughfare, you're not far from a range of shops, independent restaurants, and amenities. You’re also just a few miles from the likes of Flatford Mill and Dedham, while Colchester and Ipswich are also nearby for rail links into London and beyond.'

Prices at Painters Place start from £575,000. For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Max Turner at Savills on 01473 234826 or