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'Ferris Bueller' house sells in Chicago area: Movie manse makes $1.06 million

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The 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is largely centered around a set that is actually an existing architectural home. Standing in the upscale Chicago area of Highland Park, this manse created by mid-century modernist Mies van der Rohe's protege, A. James Speyer, recently sold for $1.06 million, according to the Associated Press via Yahoo! News on May 30.

Although the glass and steel structure was center stage during much of the movie, the focus was often on one of its garages featured in this legendary John Hughes flick from which the main characters were discovered stealing a prized Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible. This stunning car barely made it back to home base after a long and eventful joy ride through Chicago when the red beauty crashed through a set version of the garage's exterior, which is made of glass.

Ultimately, the prized Ferrari crashed after launching off of a cliff like a misguided jet. The car ended into a ravine that exists behind the property that just sold. And so, in the "Ferris Bueller" movie, the racy vehicle died a death of pathetic proportions.

However, the house in question, which actually comprises two buildings erected in 1953, fared much better. This is so on celluloid and in real life even though this particular four-bedroom edifice stayed on the market for five years, a long time in real estate terms. In 2009, the original asking price was $2.3 million, more than twice what the Highland Park residential building sold for on May 29, according to Coldwell Banker regional director Craig Hogan via Chicago Business.

Hogan called this listing "...a specific property" and admitted that "the interior of the main house was in need of rehabilitation. Its kitchen was dated and some of its modular walls were in disrepair."

And so, at long last, the right person came along and snatched up the house where fictional character Ferris Bueller hung out on his day off. No doubt the original splendor will return to this compelling property, one that is always compelling when watching the movie that was filmed at the Illinois outpost.

The new owner of the Highland Park home has not been revealed.



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