We can't fathom why somebody didn't swoop up this famous house in Highland Park, Illinois, when it was first offered for sale in 2009, and again in 2011 – especially considering its role in the hit 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But if shoppers were holding off due to the price, it's time for them to take another look: since 2009, the home on 370 Beech St. has dropped from $2.3 million to $1.65 million, and now, to $1.5 million.

The Chicago-area home, which was Ferris Bueller's friend Cameron Frye's house in the movie, has four bedrooms, glass walls, and was built by notable architect A. James Speyer in 1953. The detached garage, an add-on built in the 1970s where the owner stored his classic cars, is also where Cameron sent his dad's 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder plummeting to its death into the ravine behind it. (Don't worry, the car was actually a replica made with MG underpinnings - not one of the 55 examples ever made).

Now, with that price reduction, perhaps the future owner will have a bit of money left over to rehab the kitchen stage a reenactment of the famous scene - with a Ferrari replica, of course.


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      NewTexian Brewery
      • 1 Year Ago
      Slide show is dead...
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful house.
      express2day
      • 1 Year Ago
      When it comes to many things, especially houses, quirky can be a tough sell. They started way too high in 2009 for that neighborhood and are still on the high side IMO. They may find a buyer at $1.25m, though, assuming there are no notable condition issues.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @express2day
        Chicago...the next Detroit? The city's unfunded pension liabilities are legion. It is a corruptigarchy if not a kleptocracy. It sends stupid ghetto rats to the Illinois state legislature that repeat baseless allegations that the murder rate in Southside/Ingleside is a result of Chicago police shooting young black males when 90+% of the shootings are due to black on black shootings. I wouldn't live in Chicago unless I was paid a very high salary and lived in a gated community.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
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          Classic_Engr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          You have obviously never been in Chicago. The vast majority is a testament to safe, walkable urban development. It is the one of the cleanest metropolis' in the U.S. And unlike many cities, it has TREES, lots of them. It has more greenspace distribution than most other cities in the U.S. Talking a walk to the park to let your children play under the color of fall leaves is a regular experience for a true Chicagoan. You can walk or bike all the way from the North Shore Beaches to the Museum Campus District in one day, safely, and enjoy the sights, shopping, and restaurants along the way without encountering even a hint of gang violence. Walk around in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Wrigleyville, or Lincoln Square on the North Side, or Berwyn or Beverly on the South Side and you will find plenty of friendly people and restaurants welcoming you with the aroma of delicious foods from every ethnic background. Chicago has over 10,000 restaurants. If only you would get away from your HD screen and the news, and get out of your car, and walk around Chicago, a City of Neighborhoods. Of course, that would mean using your legs and feet. Don’t worry, it’ll take a while, but you’ll get used to it. Just wear comfortable shoes. Then you might know the pleasure of walking in a safe neighborhood under the cover of beautiful trees. You might see that neighbors actually know and talk to each other over their fences with a drink in hand. You could experience the Midwestern friendliness of a city of people with generosity and genuine confidence. The City of Big Shoulders. But alas, these are foreign concepts to you. That's because you don't get away from your flatscreen or your portable devices, do you? No. You depend on them. You NEED them to tell you what you already like to hear, to support your fears. That's why getting out of your car and interacting with real people scares little minds like yours. Your ignorant, racist comments serve as a testament to your own insecurities about the world outside your own, very teeny-tiny digital bubble. So instead you’ll just blab on and perpetuate those fears, without checking the facts. They'll help your body grow old, and weak, and cancerous to match the cranky, cynical, fearful old man already filling the space in your skull.
        Billy Devine
        • 1 Year Ago
        @express2day
        I always search Mid-Century homes available for sale around Chicago (i live here and love the style), so trust me when i say this.. A Mid-Century modern Home designed from a famous architect still in original but updated and maintained condition in Highland Park is easily worth $1.5 not even taking in the famous Movie roll it played. This is not a quirky home but instead its a style of an era that is all dead now (esp around Chicago) so learn about the style more if you want. Last time it was pulled off market it needed some repairs and updates, I am guessing by the listing now they have been done. I believe the glass needed to be updated last time to something modern and that was a big update cost itself. $25k in tax (2011) and let's not forget the heating bills on a glass house in the Chicago area....yikes! Still for the design period it is a beautiful home in a great area with other known Mid-Century Moderns well worth the $1.5 asking price.
          express2day
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Billy Devine
          It's had no takers at $1.65m for almost three years. I'm sure a $1.5m offer, if one had been presented, would've gotten it. Perhaps needed improvements and fixes have been made recently improving its saleability but $1.5m still seems on the high side for the neighborhood but its quirkiness or uniqueness is the wild card.
      TangoR34
      • 1 Year Ago
      it's like one of those car houses you get in Test Drive unlimited
      scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      dream house
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reason: Glass walls.
      csrecord
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that price in IL it better come with a real Ferrari.
        Unanything
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        You obviously have spent no time in northern Illinois.
        Wally SirFatty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        you're a moron.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Wally SirFatty
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        BK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        Ummm. North shore of IL is a really nice place to live. This price is cheap for the area. Highland Park is home to another local legend by the name of Jordan. Get a clue.
          SloopJohnB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BK
          Sorry, but I have no desire to live next door to Mr. Jordan and his gang of wanna be thugs and thuggettes seeking street cred through B-ball suckups.
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        AUS.DAVIDZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        STOLE my idea!! Get hold of the MG "Ferrari" place in garage Charge $10 entry or perhaps a boutique hotel?
      Patrick O.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I had won the Powerball drawing last night, this would be my first purchase.
      UpIrons
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have been to this house and it is actually the one shack in the neighborhood it's in. If it weren't for its iconic status and the amazing neighborhood it is a part of, there is no way this house would be worth $1.5M.
        express2day
        • 1 Year Ago
        @UpIrons
        Actually, there are some much less expensive homes in that neighborhood too. It's an eclectic mix of properties that can run just a few hundred thousand to up to $3m or so.
      Justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably because it's realistically unlivable. There's woods, but depending what you can't see privacy could be an issue. I'm betting maintenance is tough. And the heating/cooling is probably incredibly expensive. Looks more museum than house.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin
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        Patrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin
        The main house isn't nearly as glassy. The building we see pictures of most of the time is the separate guest house/garage out back.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      People that live in glass houses shouldn't drive Ferraris....
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