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


Century-old red brick house that’s only had four owners in its lengthy history takes buyers back in time with its enchanting gardens and original décor

  • A charming home built in 1906 in Melbourne’s suburbs has only had four owners in its 116-year history
  • The stunning pad, dubbed ‘Anselm’ was designed by a renowned architect and is peppered with period details
  • It features original decors, a striking façade with a red-brick tower, enchanting gardens and a quaint interior
  • Vendors Sophie and Max Allen purchased the home in 1998 and had afternoon tea with its former owners
  • Other features include the huge manicured gardens, stately fireplace, updated kitchen and guest cottage

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

While it looks like it would fit in the English countryside, the ‘romantic’ 1906-built property, dubbed ‘Anselm’, sits in Caulfield North in Melbourne‘s south-eastern suburbs just half an hour from the CBD.

Stepping into the incredible home is like going back through time with its hardwood floors, stately fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, quaint bay windows and an antique-style design. 

This charming home built by a renowned architect with a stunning exteriors, red-brick tower and manicured gardens has only had four owners in its 116-year-old lifetime

This charming home built by a renowned architect with a stunning exteriors, red-brick tower and manicured gardens has only had four owners in its 116-year-old lifetime

Stepping into the incredible home is like going back through time with its hard-wood floors, stately fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, quaint bay windows and an antique-style design

Stepping into the incredible home is like going back through time with its hard-wood floors, stately fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, quaint bay windows and an antique-style design

While it looks like it would fit in the English countryside, the 'romantic' 1906-built property, dubbed 'Anselm', sits in Caulfield North in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs just half an hour from the CBD

While it looks like it would fit in the English countryside, the ‘romantic’ 1906-built property, dubbed ‘Anselm’, sits in Caulfield North in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs just half an hour from the CBD

In living and dining room is a grand fireplace is decorated with ornate green tiles and the Haddon coat of arms as well as low exposed ceiling beams that ad to the space's warmth and cosiness

In living and dining room is a grand fireplace is decorated with ornate green tiles and the Haddon coat of arms as well as low exposed ceiling beams that ad to the space’s warmth and cosiness 

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

‘After we bought Anselm, but before we moved in, the previous owners organised an afternoon tea and invited everyone who had lived in the house to come and talk to us about what it was like when they lived here,’ Ms Allen said. 

‘We’re 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.’ 

Off the lounge, there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, curved bay windows and a series of original oil paintings of the American Fleet in Port Phillip Bay

Off the lounge, there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, curved bay windows and a series of original oil paintings of the American Fleet in Port Phillip Bay

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

'We're 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,' Sophie said

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

There is an updated marble kitchen with wooden cabinetry in keeping with the home's aesthetic and a meals area with a stunning window seat nook looking out the lush backyard

There is an updated marble kitchen with wooden cabinetry in keeping with the home’s aesthetic and a meals area with a stunning window seat nook looking out the lush backyard

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

In the living and dining room is a grand fireplace decorated with ornate green tiles and the Haddon coat of arms as well as low exposed ceiling beams that add to the space’s warmth and cosiness. 

Off the lounge, there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, curved bay window and a series of original oil paintings of the American 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 has designed a number of buildings around Melbourne including the former Fourth Victoria Building on Collins Street, lived in the home with his wife Ada until he died in 1929

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

Sophie modelled the magnificently manicured gardens off the home's original plans the previous owners had printed out from Haddon's book Architecture in Australia and gifted to the Allens

Sophie modelled the magnificently manicured gardens off the home’s original plans the previous owners had printed out from Haddon’s book Architecture in Australia and gifted to the Allens

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

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

There is an updated marble kitchen with wooden cabinetry in keeping with the home’s aesthetic and a meals area with a stunning window seat nook looking out the lush backyard. 

Ms Allen modelled the magnificently manicured gardens off the home’s original plans the previous owners had printed out from Haddon’s book Architecture 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 features a kid’s cubby house, sprawling lush lawn, leafy patio as well as a guest cottage with two bedrooms, a study, laundry and bathroom. 

‘It’s such a romantic old house. It always feels to me like a magical place from the stories I used to read to the children,’ Ms Allen said who moved into the house when her eldest child was just three-years old.  

‘It was wonderful for the kids to grow up here. Creativity and imagination are a gift that come with the house, I think.’

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

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