Matthew Broderick launched his career in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” one of the 1980s most iconic coming of age films. Now, the avant garde minimalist house where a key scene unfolded is on the market — at a bargain price!
The real estate crash has spared few properties, and the 5,300 square foot, glass-walled house, in Highland Park, Ill, a suburb of Chicago, is no exception.
Originally on the market in 2009 for $2.3 million, the stunning house has been reduced to a mere $1.65 million, and it still hasn’t sold.
Check out the famous Ferris Bueller house; click to enlarge
The 1986 film was written and directed by the late John Hughes, who also created ’80s films “The Breakfast Club,” “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty in Pink.”
Fans of the movie may recall that Ferris Bueller’s perplexed best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) lived in the house under the thumb of his over-achieving, anal-retentive father.
Bueller convinces his girlfriend Sloane Peterson, played by Mia Sara, and Cameron to ditch school.
They help themselves to Cameron’s dad’s vintage Ferrari sports car, because he won’t let Cameron so much as touch the car, and the speed off to Chicago.
The pivotal scene occurs at the house when they return the car and discover that they have driven it hundreds of miles. They try to roll back the odometer by jacking the car up and running it in reverse.
Cameron flips out knowing his father will discover he took the car, and in the film’s big “fuck you,” moment, Cameron realizes the crass meaninglessness of his father’s materialism, and kicks the car off the jacks.
It crashes through the wall-to-ceiling glass and crashes to the ground below.
As it turns out, the glass-enclosed garage was designed especially to store a collection of vintage cars, which made it perfect for the movie.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house was built in 1953 based on a design by noted architects A. James Speyer and David Haid.
Check out a trailer from the movie and photos of the house.