If we played a game where you had to match a picture of a house from the street with a picture from the backyard, there is no way on earth you would choose the right match for this incongruous but incredible Midtown house. From the front, its traditional appearance is adorable but not particularly noteworthy — reasonable curb appeal, deep front porch, a bit o' landscaping. But wander to the back and it's a whole new world of contemporary style. The rear of the 2,495-square-foot steel-beam construction is made entirely of glass and wraps around a two-story courtyard with a patio and koi pond complete with a large sculptural element. Inside, the contemporary surprises continue with an abundance of 90 degree angles, geometric elements and modern design choices. The chalkboard wall in the kitchen is both fun and functional, and high-end touches include antique French oak flooring and Portuguese limestone floors. The three-bedroom, three-bath traditional/contemporary hybrid is just a block off of Piedmont Park, a short hike to anything your heart desires, and asks $895,000.
· 306 9th Street [Zillow]