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For $425K, Chamblee midcentury home has backyard Shangri-La

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But can the paradise around back compensate for stylistic shortcomings?

Built in 1961, this Chamblee residence could be the most extreme example of a mullet property to blip the ITP listings radar in years. That is, it’s all standard-issue in the front — and one wild party around back.

For Atlanta summers chockfull of 90-degree days like this one, the backyard paradise here on Frontier Trail would be nothing short of spectacular, with its large Pebble Tec pool, waterfall, eight-person (!) hot tub, cabana-like patio, and mature plantings that include palms.

But to attain Shangri-La for $425,000 between Brookhaven and Interstate 85, one must be willing to make compromises.

Despite the 1960s roots and stylish housing stock nearby, there isn’t much midcentury-modern mojo going on here. Rather, from the street, this four-bedroom looks more like the house your friend Andy grew up in. What's more, the daring interior decorations among these 1,800 square feet have besmirched the kitchen island with mirrored polka dots, of all things, though most other design choices seem beyond serviceable.

For those who can look past the frontal exterior, the perks continue in the basement (with its wet bar and good-times family room) and in the fact that 25-acre Dresden Park is just down the street.