Enchanting home in Caulfield North, Melbourne has had only four owners in its 116 year history

A spectacular home with original period details, a striking facade with a red brick tower, enchanting gardens and an incredibly charming interior has had only four owners in its 116 year history.

Although it seems suited to the English countryside, the ‘romantic’ property built in 1906, nicknamed ‘Anselm’, is in Caulfield North, in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne, just half an hour from the CBD.

Stepping into the incredible home is like stepping back in time with its hardwood floors, majestic fireplaces, exposed beam ceilings, quaint floor-to-ceiling windows, and antique-style design.

This charming house built by a renowned architect with stunning exteriors, a red brick tower and manicured gardens had only four owners in its 116 year life

Stepping into the incredible home is like stepping back in time with its hardwood floors, majestic fireplaces, exposed beam ceilings, quaint floor-to-ceiling windows, and antique-style design.

Stepping into the incredible home is like stepping back in time with its hardwood floors, majestic fireplaces, exposed beam ceilings, quaint floor-to-ceiling windows, and antique-style design.

Although it looks like it would fit into the English countryside, the property

Although it looks like it would fit into the English countryside, the ‘romantic’ property built in 1906, nicknamed ‘Anselm’, is in Caulfield North, in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, just half a CBD time.

In the living and dining room, a large fireplace is decorated with ornate green tiles and the Haddon coat of arms as well as exposed beam ceilings which add to the warmth and comfort of the space.

In the living and dining room, a large fireplace is decorated with ornate green tiles and the Haddon coat of arms as well as exposed beam ceilings which add to the warmth and comfort of the space.

Max and Sophie Allen told Domain they bought the house, designed by famed architect Robert J. Haddon, in 1998 and were invited to afternoon tea with all of its former residents.

“After buying Anselm, but before moving in, the previous owners hosted an afternoon tea and invited everyone who had lived in the house to come and tell us about what it was like when they lived here” , Ms. Allen said.

“We are only the fourth owners since the house was built in 1906 and we felt so wonderfully welcomed and connected to the house and its history.”

Next to the living room there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, curved floor-to-ceiling windows and a series of original oil paintings of the US Fleet at Port Phillip Bay

Next to the living room there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, curved floor-to-ceiling windows and a series of original oil paintings of the US Fleet at Port Phillip Bay

Max and Sophie Allen told Domain that they bought the house, designed by famed architect Robert J. Haddon, in 1998 and were invited to afternoon tea with all of its former residents.

Max and Sophie Allen told Domain that they bought the house, designed by famed architect Robert J. Haddon, in 1998 and were invited to afternoon tea with all of its former residents.

There is an updated marble kitchen with wood cabinetry in keeping with the aesthetic of the home and a dining area with a stunning window seat nook overlooking the lush courtyard.

There is an updated marble kitchen with wood cabinetry in keeping with the aesthetic of the home and a dining area with a stunning window seat nook overlooking the lush courtyard.

The famous architect, who designed a number of buildings around Melbourne, including the former Fourth Victoria Building on Collins Street, lived in the house with his wife Ada until his death in 1929.

In the living and dining room is a large fireplace decorated with ornate green tiles and Haddon’s coat of arms and exposed beam ceilings which add to the warmth and comfort of the space.

Next to the living room there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, curved bay window and a series of original oil paintings of the US Fleet in Port Phillip Bay.

Upstairs there are two attic style bedrooms as well as a bathroom with unique tiles decorated with images of Viking ships

Upstairs there are two attic style bedrooms as well as a bathroom with unique tiles decorated with images of Viking ships

The famous architect, who designed a number of buildings around Melbourne, including the former Fourth Victoria Building on Collins Street, lived in the house with his wife Ada until his death in 1929.

The famous architect, who designed a number of buildings around Melbourne, including the former Fourth Victoria Building on Collins Street, lived in the house with his wife Ada until his death in 1929.

Sophie modeled the beautifully manicured gardens from the original plans of the house which the previous owners had printed from Haddon Architecture's book in Australia and gifted to the Allens

Sophie modeled the beautifully manicured gardens from the original plans of the house which the previous owners had printed from Haddon Architecture’s book in Australia and gifted to the Allens

The Anselm House is now on the market with an asking price of $2.749 million

The Anselm House is now on the market with an asking price of $2.749 million

There is an updated marble kitchen with wood cabinetry in keeping with the aesthetic of the home and a dining area with a stunning window seat area overlooking the lush courtyard.

Ms. Allen modeled the beautifully manicured gardens from original plans for the house that the previous owners had printed from Haddon Architecture’s book in Australia and gifted to the Allens.

Upstairs there are two attic-style bedrooms as well as a bathroom with unique tiles decorated with images of Viking ships.

The backyard includes a playhouse for children, a large lush lawn, a green patio as well as a guest house with two bedrooms, an office, a laundry room and a bathroom.

It’s such a romantic old house. It still seems like a magical place to me from the stories I read to the children,’ said Ms Allen who moved into the house when her eldest was just three.

“It was wonderful for the children to grow up here. Creativity and imagination is a gift that comes with home, I think.

The Anselm House is now on the market with an asking price of $2.749 million – to see the list, click here.

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