135-year-old grand Victorian home ‘The Caledonian’ was once state’s only female-run pub

Exterior of ‘The Caledonian’ at 361 Coventry St, South Melbourne

A 135-year-old inner-city property once home to one of Victoria’s only female-run pubs has hit the market.

The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home ‘The Caledonian’ at 361 Coventry St, South Melbourne, has a price guide of $2.6m-$2.8m.

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The former hotel was once run by notable Victorian Olive Kathleen Edgar in 1919, comprising only female staff.

The home seeping in Victorian grandeur is just metres to the famous South Melbourne markets.

A kitchen fit with all the latest appliances and plenty of benchspace.

Edgar famously ran several hotels across Melbourne comprising of female-only staff, which became colloquially known as a “petticoat pub”.

Victoria was one of the only Australian states that allowed unmarried women to hold a pub licence.

An outdoor fireplace in the courtyard.

The modern bathroom has a light colour pallet.

Marshall White Port Phillip agent Oliver Bruce said the home had standout features that would attract the home’s potential buyer.

“This is probably a rare bit of real estate; the property has a strong, striking Victorian facade, very ornate,” Mr Oliver said.

“It has retained the cellar downstairs. It is where all the booze was kept from the original pub.

The bedrooms contain ample cupboard space and Baltic pine floors.

The home has retained its original staircase

“All high ceilings have been kept, and they have been very well fitted out and looked after by the current owners.

“The home will most definitely go to a family. You’re close to arguably South Melbourne’s best restaurant, O’Connell’s Hotel, and South Melbourne’s market and transport. It is a good bit of history.”

The Victorian residence is also near Albert Park village, a vast public transport network, and the CBD’s dining and retail precinct.

The home contains the original entrance to ‘The Caledonian’

Inside, buyers will find high, deep corniced ceilings and Baltic pine floors in the entrance hall, plus formal living and dining rooms.

The home also includes a sitting room or fifth bedroom with a working open fireplace.

Future residents will keep warm in the cooler months with a fireplace and ducted heating throughout the property, which also has a European-style laundry.

The residence is also near Albert Park village, a vast public transport network, and the CBD’s dining and retail precinct.

361 Coventry St, South Melbourne, goes under the hammer on May 25 at 10.30am.

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