A contemporary ranch-style abode with a distinctive roofline—which might look more at home in Palm Springs, CA—is on the market for $399,000 in New Iberia, LA, a town of 35,000 people 20 miles south of Lafayette.
It’s listed with Kyle and Madeline Viator of Keller Williams Realty Acadiana, and the couple told us that most attendees at the first open house were curious gawkers, not necessarily potential buyers, which speaks to the home’s unique allure.
“The style, in general, is not what you would see in this area,” says Kyle Viator. And the 4,278-square-foot home isn’t outfitted with mod-inspired interior decor.
Of the current owners, who have had the three-bedroom home since 2014, Kyle says, “They’re big fans of New Orleans and the New Orleans architectural style.”
“When the current owners purchased it, they really didn’t need to do any renovation that involved structural changes,” he adds. Instead, they redid the floors and baths, and applied fresh paint to the walls, because “A lot of it was dated.”
“It’s got a few things—minor things—that a new buyer might want to take care of,” he says. “The kitchen is probably one area where the current owners chose not to do anything substantial. They have pretty much left the kitchen as it was.” It still has the original double wall oven.
In 1973, Wofford Folse Jr. commissioned a handful of floor plans from local architects James Mestayer, Perry Segura, and Ray Escuriex, and chose the midcentury modern style. Folse, a frequent entertainer, lived in the home until he died in 2013. “He wanted something unique, a little different,” says Kyle Viator.
The way the house is positioned is also unique. “From the front, it looks smaller than it actually is,” says Viator. A courtyard is accessible from three sides of the home and viewed through walls of glass, while the master suite overlooks the pool.
Indoors and out, this home is suited for entertaining. The pool is tucked into a courtyard setting, and there’s an outdoor covered bar with custom cypress countertops. A nook in the house with built-ins would make a great gaming room, den, or home office.
A long, narrow space next to a wall of sliding glass doors—leading to the pool and yard—is currently used as a media room with a bar at one end.
Dark cabinetry in the baths and kitchen—along with original floor tile—reinforce the home’s 1970s roots. However, the current owners have also added improvements, including a huge tiled shower in one of the bathrooms, plus a walk-in closet with custom units.
There are two dining spaces: a breakfast nook off the kitchen and a spacious dining room.
For out-of-town guests or family members wanting privacy, the home was thoughtfully designed to include a mother-in-law suite with its own entrance.
The Viators know this home will attract a special buyer, perhaps “somebody looking for a unique property,” says Kyle. “We’re thinking it could be an executive.”
With the oil, gas, and sugar-cane industries, plus a port in New Iberia, this is entirely possible. Tabasco hot sauce is made at a factory in nearby Avery Island.
“Or just someone that likes to entertain, whether it’s formal entertainment or family entertainment,” he says.