• Jan 8, 2011
"It's like a museum... It's very beautiful and very cold" – Click above for high-res image gallery

Highland Park, Illinois is home to a very special house. Architecture buffs will recognize 370 Beech Street as a steel and glass building designed by notable architects A. James Speyer and David Haid. To auto enthusiasts, however, 370 Beech is where one unforgettable movie Ferrari met its tragic demise at the hands of Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's also for sale. Still.

We first told you about this house last year, when it was listed with an asking price of $2.3 million. Guess what? It never sold and the price has come way down. Today, the so-called "Ferris Bueller house" could be yours for just $1.65 million. If we had the means, we'd love to park Zach Bowman's International Pickup in view of nature and nosy neighbors... so he could kick it through the glass when he finally loses his mind.

What say you, Autoblog reader – Is the house is worth the dough or is it just "something d-o-o economics?"




[Source: Realtor.com]


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      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's a 'fame " price. Speaking with some experience in commercial steel & residential construction-------- -----Excepting architect fees & land costs , it could be built for far less money. Does it come with automated window washers?
      Dane Grant
      • 1 Year Ago
      v-o-o d-o-o economics....
      • 4 Years Ago
      A lot of people think that the leading pic on here is the house but it is not. That is just the garage. The link to the actual listing is below so you can see the full house. My wife and I drove by the place a few weeks ago for the first time and it was, in my opinion, a shack compared to all the nice homes around it. The house would only be worth about $600K if it wasn't in such a nice neighborhood and if it hadn't been in the movie.

      Plus, it had a red Honda Element parked in front of it, NOT a red Ferrari.

      http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/370-Beech-Street_Highland-Park_IL_60035_M75005-48869
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about privacy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      where is this house located? Is the glass bullet proof?
      • 4 Years Ago
      acreage? views? insulation properties? true cost of construction? winter conditions?
      roof drains?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love architecture, but 2.3 million? Seriously? It's a glass box...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm an architecture student, and while design like this is typically expensive to execute, I have to agree that this particular house is nothing more than a few beams with glass in between.

        I wonder how much it would be worth if Ferris Bueller hadn't been filmed there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        utilities must be a b!tch. heating and cooling that thing...
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's much significance in the world of architecture with this type of design and structure of a "house". It's not just a some steal beams and glass walls. Maybe the fact that it resides in Illinois is the problem or the economy in the mid-west in general. OR maybe they should update the original and out-dated kitchen to gain some interest. Can't imagine what the bathrooms looks like.
        It doesn't help that you can see a horrid McMansion through the backyard woods either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The surrounding woodlands look good and the general concept of a minimalistic glass cube giving you the perfect all round vision. But it does look a bit like a 24/7 convenience store which is a shame because if it was made in timber with same amount of glass it would look fantastic and well worth the $1.65 million asking price.
      I fancy one of those places you see in the movies were the basement has you car collection and the loft has the living quarters, a bit like the Bat Cave but without all that Black Lycra and Cape.
      garyneal
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I would give to live here! I've been looking at some New Orleans real estate lately http://www.nolarealtyllc.com/ but I haven't seen anything as cool as this yet. Probably a good thing though. This is WAY out of my price range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The house is tiny, one-roomed, and has glass walls which means it's probably a pain to heat and cool despite being tiny. Useful features? Of course not. It's a square. The only reason the seller is trying to get that much is because of the movie reputation, but honestly it isn't worth a fraction of the asking price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The house has 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. It is also 5300 sq feet. Tiny, yeah...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care what you guys say, I like it, and if I had the money I'd buy it. I'd rather have this than have my house look like all the others on the block
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry,
      the only part of the house I saw was the garage. My kids live a few doors away, also on Beech. 370 was first listed in May '09 for $2.3m, now dropped to $1.65m. Zillow.com lists it at a more realistic $1.466m, down $15k last month. Rare ravine property runs higher than flat. Proximity to the lake is important. Certainly this would be worth the whole 2.3 if off Sheridan or even farther east. There's a huge Frank Lloyd Wright house a few feet north of Beech and Sheridan. That's the kind of neighborhood this is. In this price range, buyers are tearing million dollar houses down to put up multi-million dollar mansions closer to their vision of home, history be damned. Mr. T bought a huge place on the lake a short distance away and took out all the mammoth trees. There's little reverance for history when this kind of money comes into the equation. It's all ego.
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