Five years after it was listed for sale, a suburban Chicago home used in the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has been sold to an undisclosed buyer for $1.06 million, according to ChicagoRealEstateDaily.com.
The building featured in one of the movie’s classic scenes is actually the smaller of two glass-and-steel Modernist structures on the property. It is is located about 40 feet from the 4,300-square-foot main house with four bedrooms and three bathrooms that was designed in 1953 by A. James Speyer, a protege of acclaimed architect Mies van der Rohe.
The secondary building seen in the film, called a “pavilion/guest house” in the listing, is a 1974 design by Speyer’s student David Haid. It has space for four cars, along with a kitchen and bathroom.
The one-acre, Highland Park, IL, property was initially listed at $2.3 million in 2009, but the main home was in need of repair and its kitchen was outdated, said Craig Hogan, regional director at Coldwell Banker Previews.
The 1986 John Hughes film is about high school senior Ferris Bueller, his girlfriend, and his pal Cameron, who take the day off from school for a joyride around Chicago. In the film, the secondary building is used as the garage for the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder owned by Cameron’s dad.
It’s in that building where the teens attempt to erase evidence of their joyride by jacking up the car and running it in reverse at high speed. Calamity ensues when Cameron kicks the car off the jack, sending it smashing through the glass wall and flying out into the wooded ravine below.
The film stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller and his pal Cameron is played by Alan Ruck.