Inside the Carlton community center converted into a luxury home

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Behind the mural of this historic community center is a unique three-story home, complete with expansive living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide sweeping views of the city.

  • An old community center has been converted into a beautiful home that still bears a mural from its past life
  • The three floors in Carlton, in the north of Melbourne, has been used as a pub, peanut factory and community center
  • Renovations by architects Kennedy Nolan transformed the Grade II listed building into a luxury home
  • Notable features include expansive living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture city views

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An old community center has been converted into a spectacular family home with a colorful mural from its former life still on the facade.

Steeped in local history, the three-story Carlton, two kilometers north of Melbourne CBD, was built as a pub before becoming a peanut factory and later a community center.

Mammoth renovations by architectural firm Kennedy Nolan transformed the landmark building into a home with expansive living spaces, exposed beams, resort-style bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture sweeping views of the city skyline.

An old community center in north Melbourne (photo) has been converted into a spectacular family home with a colorful mural from its past life still on the facade

Steeped in local history, the three-story Carlton was built as a pub before becoming a peanut factory and later a community center

Steeped in local history, the three-story Carlton was built as a pub before becoming a peanut factory and later a community center

The work of art that splashes across the front, on which men and women work together, is a relic of the time of the house as a community center.

Today, an ‘upside down’ layout makes optimal use of the building’s prime location.

The top floor is occupied by a huge open-plan living and dining room with a wood-burning fireplace and a balcony that overlooks the downtown area and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.

The artwork that splashes across the front, on which men and women work together, is a relic from the time of the house as a community center

The artwork that splashes across the front, on which men and women work together, is a relic from the time of the house as a community center

Mammoth renovations by the Kennedy Nolan architectural firm transformed the landmark building into a luxurious home

Mammoth renovations by the Kennedy Nolan architectural firm transformed the landmark building into a luxurious home

Today, an 'upside down' layout makes optimal use of the building's prime location

Today, an ‘upside down’ layout makes optimal use of the building’s prime location

The home features expansive living areas, exposed beams, resort-style bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture stunning views of the city skyline.

The home features expansive living areas, exposed beams, resort-style bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture stunning views of the city skyline.

An interior garden hidden from the street view is tucked away in the center of the house

An interior garden hidden from the street view is tucked away in the center of the house

Bedrooms with walk-in closets are distributed on the lower levels, creating a cozy space for those lucky enough to live there to relax at night.

The master bathroom features portholes and a freestanding bathtub that looks more like something you’d see in a photo shoot for Architectural Digest than in a privately owned Australian home.

Listing agent Arch Staver, who oversees the sale of the property for real estate agent Nelson Alexander, said the house has an “extraordinary history” and a unique design that “is unlikely to ever be reproduced.”

Bedrooms (a photo) with walk-in closets are spread across the lower levels, creating a cozy space for those lucky enough to live there to relax at night

Bedrooms (a photo) with walk-in closets are spread across the lower levels, creating a cozy space for those lucky enough to live there to relax at night

The master bathroom features portholes and a freestanding bathtub that looks more like something you'd see in a photo shoot for Architectural Digest than in a privately owned Australian home

The master bathroom features portholes and a freestanding bathtub that looks more like something you’d see in a photo shoot for Architectural Digest than in a privately owned Australian home

The top floor is occupied by a huge open-plan living and dining room with a wood-burning fireplace and a balcony that overlooks the downtown area and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.

The top floor is occupied by a huge open-plan living and dining room with a wood-burning fireplace and a balcony that overlooks the downtown area and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.

After its restoration, the house won the Master Builders award for best building worth less than $ 2 million (AUD).

“The cost of that kind of construction would now almost double,” said Mr. Staver.

According to realestate.com.au, and is back on the market with a target price of $ 4 million to $ 4.4 million.

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