We don't typically report on real estate here at Autoblog, but what we have here is no ordinary building or plot of land. This Chicago-area house was immortalized in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off as the childhood home of Cameron Frye, Bueller's best friend, but more importantly, as home to the (fortunately replicated) Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder that played, as much as Matthew Broderick himself, a starring role in the film.

The modernist house was designed in 1953 by A. James Speyer, who studied under architectural legend Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (who incidentally designed the gas station in Montreal where we shot a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta some six years ago). The glass pavilion that was used as the garage where that Ferrari was showcased in the movie was added in 1974, and was used in the mid-80s for filming the movie.

Fast forward to 2009 when the house and the accompanying pavilion were put on the market, listed at $2.3 million. But with no buyers, the price began to drop: first to $1.65 million in 2011, then to $1.5 million last summer and down again to $1.3 million later last year. Now five years on the market, the house has reportedly finally sold for $1.06 million – less than half its original asking price.

The problem in selling the property - located at 370 Beech Street in Highland Park, Illinois – apparently revolved around the separation of the two structures: house and garage. Here's hoping that whoever bought it will find as fitting a use for the glass pavilion as Cameron's dad did.


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      Andre Neves
      • 6 Months Ago
      I keep seeing the word "bargain" being thrown around here in the comment section. Is it really a bargain? I mean, apart from the appeal of it being featured in a movie, the house in my opinion does not have the value of a comparably-priced home when you look at the overall size and construction. It's basically a steelframe hoisted up with barely any walls separating the rooms. Sure, it's a great design and has a spectacular view. But what are you really getting for $1 million?
        Andre Neves
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        ...throw in the Ferrari(the real one, not the damaged replica) and it's a totally different story. ;)
        Joey
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        FWIW steel and glass are considerably more expensive materials than traditional wood frame and stucco. Not having walls separating the rooms was of course the point of this house, to take advantage of the amazing views. Incidently, not having interior load-bearing walls increases costs as the exterior walls have to be beefed up considerably to handle the extra load - thus the steel frame. And there are two structures, the one pictured is just the "garage." 5,300 sq. ft. in total is not exactly small.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 6 Months Ago
      "This Chicago-area house was immortalized in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off"------------No one cares for that movie, most people never even saw it.
        Chris
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Riiiggt, no one cares for this movie which is exactly why we're talking about it 27 years later. Tell us what's really bothering. I have a hard time believing this movie you never saw or care to see had got your panties this much in a wad. It's essentially a cult classic, and that's that.
          Aaron N
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Chris
          carguy, why do you always come up with your own meanings?
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Chris
          From Wiki: "Released by Paramount Pictures on June 11, 1986, Ferris Bueller's Day Off became one of the top-grossing films of the year and was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike." Not disagreeing, but it wasn't a cult classic. My understanding of that term is that it is used to refer to films that weren't popular upon release bought found an audience after their theater run ended.
          andrite36
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Chris
          hey carguy... how about "Iconic" or "emblematic of the times" : )
        Andre Neves
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Back to your cage(AB Green)!
        Vinny68
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        WRONG!
        11fiveoh
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        I'm a 90's kid and ive seen it atleast 10 times.
          Narom
          • 6 Months Ago
          @11fiveoh
          Im a 80/90s kid, i've never seen it either.
        PiCASSO
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Dumbass.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        You, sir, are lying through your teeth.
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          [blocked]
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        [blocked]
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          It had already been downvoted pretty hard when I posted my comment (think it was at -19 or so).
          Aaron N
          • 6 Months Ago
          Those were actually all of your accounts, considering how you've already used your churchmotor name today.
        Aaron N
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Most people never saw it, yet it's one of the top grossing movies of the 80s along with it being a cult classic that shot off the careers of many actors? Weird.
      Bernard
      • 6 Months Ago
      How did they fit three people in a two seater?
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Easy: someone sat on the convertible top. You never saw the film?
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          [blocked]
      Junkyard Willie
      • 6 Months Ago
      People pay almost $1M for a fixer upper in my neighborhood, this is a bargain.
      Jaybird248
      • 6 Months Ago
      Apparently someone put a vintage Ferrari in the garage, at least for the realtor photos. I wonder if there's any trace of the replica that fell in the forest behind the garage. Anyway, whoever bought the house got a really great deal.
      Frankie Rose
      • 6 Months Ago
      Vancouver, Canada the average is 1.3 M. As Junkyard Willie sez below, a fixer upper is about 1 mil. In fact, you might have to commute to the next city to find one that cheap.
      emmett
      • 6 Months Ago
      Where are the bedrooms ??? !!!
      dgolenick
      • 6 Months Ago
      John Hughes told me an interesting story (a bunch actually) about how he had to paint the leaves on the trees when they crashed the Ferrari replica out the garage. They shot that scene in the fall and all of the leaves were orange. Most of the movie was shot in the summer. After the car crashes and they are showing the kids looking down at the car, look at the reflection in the windows and all of the leaves are red and orange.
        Shervin Nakhjavani
        • 6 Months Ago
        @dgolenick
        Wow, that's incredible! Now that I think about it, I do remember the reflections not matching the foliage. How did you know Mr. Hughes?
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