Realm Caulfield. All images: Shannon McGrath.

The third stage of Caulfield Village welcomed residents right before the new year. Melbourne’s first build-to-rent (BTR) development in a suburban centre brings to fruition another stage of ARM’s 2013 masterplan to realise 830 new homes in Melbourne’s leafy south-east.

Situated between Caulfield Station and Caulfield Racecourse, with close adjacency to Monash University, the new community offers amenity and access.

BTR success for residents, investors and operators is driven by the right mix and quality of apartments and a “think of everything” approach to amenities to attract and retain tenants by building a sense of community.


Swimming pool

Lobby café

This phase of the precinct delivers over 430 apartments in eight medium rise towers, as well as public space, resident amenities, and retail offerings. Caulfield over-indexes the market in the generosity of its resident offerings with 4m2 of internal amenity per apartment and 7m2 overall.

The design of Realm Caulfield takes its cues from resort-style accommodation, with expansive lobby and concierge areas leading to generous shared spaces in the podium level where the campus styled residential tower arrangement allows easy access to the centralised amenities including co-working, dining and lounge, games room, cinema, playroom, 20m pool and gym area.

The lobby café and retail offerings, including a full line Coles supermarket, serve double duty as convenience for the residents and as magnets for the broader neighbourhood. Green landscaped areas incorporate a large dog run, children’s play area, and entertaining areas, designed to make the most of expansive views to the CBD skyline. A dog wash “The Barking Barber” is even available in the basement.

“Conceptually, the design is a campus style precinct within a garden setting, which suits the sense of place that is Caulfield.”

– Neil Masterton, Design Director.

Co-working hub and offices

The urban design integrates with the surrounding precinct via a new town square, a main “boulevard” and secondary “mews”. These elements create circulation paths and nodes through the site, linking to public transport, open space, and surrounding areas.

The buildings sit respectfully in their environment, the brick facades referencing Caulfield’s historic material palette. By contrast, the shared amenity spaces bring an individualised, vibrant identity to each area, with one of the most popular being games room featuring riffing on the jazz age speakeasy.

Realm Caulfield delvers a curated variety of experiences to create a home for a diverse community and offering the opportunity to grow within the site.

Realm Caulfield builds on ARM’s strong position as one of Australia’s leaders in BTR, guiding the thinking on this rapidly emerging asset class with the design of Australia’s first BTR project, the 1250-unit Smith Collective on the Gold Coast.


Outdoor barbeque and entertaining area