For a mere $1.5 million, anyone can own Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Highland Park, Illinois home is back on the market again, after its owners took it off in 2011 for failing to meet their asking price of $2.3 million. It's languished without an offer since 2009, leaving many casual real estate observers to wonder why someone wouldn’t want to own this clearly beautiful and totally awesome piece of movie history.
As it turns out, there are quite a few reasons. At just four bedrooms and four baths, the house is a bit small for the north side of Chicago, especially for its asking price. It’s also visited frequently by Ferris fans, making the relatively secluded home not all that secluded. Also, according to one reporter, the home is in dramatic need of a full overhaul, with its interior walls crumbling and dated fixtures in both the kitchen and the bathrooms.
Chicago Magazine reports that, this time around, the sellers will be focusing on the home’s architectural uniqueness, and not the fact that it was in a really, really great movie. The home was built in 1953 by A. James Speyer, a student of Mies van der Rohe, and the pavilion—where the whole car-out-the-window scene takes place—was built by one of Speyer’s students, David Haid, in 1974. Unfortunately, those buildings sit about 30 paces apart, which isn’t ideal in a cold climate like Chicago. Still, if Cameron didn’t mind, neither should a prospective buyer.
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