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

A spectacular home with period features, a striking red-brick tower facade, enchanting gardens and stunningly charming interiors, it has had only four owners in its 116-year history.

Though it might look like it would fit into the English countryside, the ‘romantic’ 1906-built property called ‘Anselm’ is located in Caulfield North in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, just half an hour from the CBD.

Stepping into this incredible home is like stepping back in time with its hardwood floors, stately fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, quaint bay windows, and antique design.

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

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

Stepping into this incredible home is like stepping back in time with its hardwood floors, stately fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, quaint bay windows, and antique design

Stepping into this incredible home is like stepping back in time with its hardwood floors, stately fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, quaint bay windows, and antique design

While it may look like it would fit into the English countryside, the 'romantic' 1906-built property, called 'Anselm', is located in Caulfield North in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, just half an hour from the CBD

While it may look like it would fit into the English countryside, the ‘romantic’ 1906-built property, called ‘Anselm’, is located in Caulfield North in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, just half an hour from the CBD

In the living and dining room is a large fireplace decorated with ornate green tiles and Haddon's coat of arms, as well as low ceiling beams adding to the warmth and coziness of the space

In the living and dining room is a large fireplace decorated with ornate green tiles and Haddon’s coat of arms, as well as low ceiling beams adding to the warmth and coziness 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 we bought Anselm, but before we moved in, the previous owners organized 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,’ said Ms Allen .

‘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.’

Adjacent to the lounge there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, arched bay windows and a series of original oil paintings of the American fleet in Port Phillip Bay

Adjacent to the lounge there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, arched bay windows and a series of original oil paintings of the American fleet in Port Phillip Bay

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.

'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,' said Sophie.

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.

There is an updated marble kitchen with wood cabinets in keeping with the home aesthetic and a dining area with a beautiful window sitting area overlooking the lush backyard

There is an updated marble kitchen with wood cabinets in keeping with the home aesthetic and a dining area with a beautiful window sitting area overlooking the lush backyard

The famed 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 area, a large fireplace is decorated with ornate green tiles and Haddon’s coat of arms, as well as low ceiling beams that add to the warmth and coziness of the space.

Adjacent to the lounge there is a sophisticated home office with an ornate fireplace, arched bay window and a series of original oil paintings of the American fleet in Port Phillip Bay.

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

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

The famed 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 famed 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 has modeled the beautifully kept gardens after the original plans of the house which the previous owners had printed from Haddon's book Architecture in Australia and donated to the Allens

Sophie has modeled the beautifully kept gardens after the original plans of the house which the previous owners had printed from Haddon’s book Architecture in Australia and donated 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 home aesthetic and a dining area with a beautiful window sitting area overlooking the lush backyard.

Mrs. Allen has modeled the beautifully kept gardens after the original plans of the house which the previous owners had printed from Haddon’s book Architecture in Australia and donated to the Allens.

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

The backyard features a children’s cubicle, expansive lush lawn, leafy patio and guest house with two bedrooms, a study, laundry room and bathroom.

“It’s such a romantic old house. It always feels like a magical place to me because of the stories I used to read to the kids,” said Mrs. Allen, who moved into the house when her oldest child was just three years old.

“It was great for the kids to grow up here. Creativity and imagination are a gift that comes with the house, I think.’

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

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