The Boys Are Back: "Ferris Bueller" Chicago House Listed Again
After two years of quiet, the Highland Park home made famous in the 1986 coming-of-age classic is back on the market for a cool $1.5M.
Shot in one week around the Windy City on a skinny $5.8 million budget, Ferris Bueller's Day Off made Matthew Broderick a household name in the summer of 1986. It still sparks and roars with an 84% "fresh" score on the Rotten Tomatoes website. But it was Broderick's slick midcentury co-star, a see-through house made of glass, that stole the scene that made the movie.
After tooling around Chicago, putting 100 miles on a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder while taking in some, uh, culture — "If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away?" — Bueller and his best friend, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), head home from their epic ditch session (the last one before graduation, promise) and trash the car, completely, by (accidentally) smashing it through the house's plate-glass windows. Ironically, the restored sexy Ferrari replica was up for auction last month.
Built in 1953 by A. James Speyer, a designer with modern ideas inherited from the master himself, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (read: all that glass), the 4-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot movie house has hopscotched on and off the market since 2009 without attracting a buyer. The Rose family, the first and only owners of the home, knocked their initial asking price of $2.3 million down to $1.65 million before quietly retiring the listing in 2011, according to the Tribune. Trivia: In a bit of art imitating life, the Roses' added the David Haid-designed pavilion in 1973 to house a rare-car collection.
This week Meadee Hughes of Coldwell Banker put it officially on the market, with another price shaving, now asking $1.5 million. A deal, perhaps? As Bueller would say, "Don't think twice."