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In Candler Park, A Trippy Dame Channels Castleberry Hill

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This one's a wow-inducing head-scratcher. It's stupefying, beautiful and enthralling, like a psychedelic dinner party with Bob Villa, Mister Miyagi and Doctor Seuss. Not in a million years would we have guessed this 1911 Victorian in the heart of Candler Park was harboring a top-notch Castleberry Hill loft. Nothing about the pretty gables and docile yellow exterior suggests a Zen garden around back. It's a pretty surreal fusion of historic and contemporary styles, and it's asking $799,900. The century-old façade gives way to a concrete-block addition of steel and glass, inspired by modern architect Tom Kundig, which then opens to the Zen garden and the adjacent guest house. All told there's 3,600 trippy square feet here. Daring properties should be applauded, but the sharp contrast here could be off-putting to sober buyers.
· 1257 Euclid Ave. NE [Estately]