A creole townhouse constructed for free woman of color Louise Hardouin has hit the market a full $1.565M more than its selling price last year. 926 Toulouse St was purchased by Lake Woodland Partners, L.P for $1.31M from the family of Dr. Ralph Edward Newsome. Newsome, the former chief plastic surgeon at Tulane University's School of Medicine was brutally murdered in the home back in 2009 in an unsolved case that was made all the more difficult to investigate due to a fire that the suspect had that same evening. The property was a particular jewel given Newsome's passion for gardening and upkeep and even featured in the Patio Planters' secret gardens tour in 2003.
In addition to repairs made following the murder, the home has undergone subtle, but meaningful changes that have help maintained its historic elements, including the upkeep of regal ceiling medallions and fireplaces. Now a three story home thanks to an added loft, the property includes a two story two bedroom, one bath guesthouse as well as a green and serene courtyard which echoes Newsome's passion for gardening. $2.875M gets you a spacious 4,900 square foot home with loads of storage, natural light, and a cozy gourmet kitchen with a mock hearth that surrounds its stove.