It’s almost been 30 years since John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off rolled into theaters and became the legendary, coming-of-age comedy that it is now. The film is so timeless that echoes of “Bueller?” can still be heard in conversation in 2014. The Internet also rolled into a nostalgic frenzy when the 2012 Ferris Bueller Super Bowl ad was first teased, perhaps thinking that a sequel might be in the works.
For how seminal Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is, one would think that any and all memorabilia would have been snatched up immediately at any price. However, the infamous glass house where Ferris and Cameron saw the death of the stunning 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California did not go as easy as you might think. It actually took five years and many price cuts for the property located in Highland Park, IL to sell.
Described as a “mid-century modern architectural treasure”, the glass house, designed by A. James Speyer and built in 1953, boasted 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. Of course, anyone who has seen a snippet of Ferris Bueller knows this house for its six car garage and the tense moments leading up to a joyride and a subsequent demolishing of a top shelf luxury car. The way the house is depicted in the movie, one might think the glass house was merely just an overly ostentatious garage attached to a much more lavish home from just seeing the cars.
As far as movie homes go, $1.06 million is definitely a “cool” price. To give you a little perspective, director Michael Bay sold his Bel-Air home for $13.5 million. Of course, this price difference can largely be explained by Bel-Air being a little more exclusive of a neighborhood than Highland Park, and Bay’s house being almost twice the size of the Ferris Bueller glass house.
Still, an ultra sleek 7,900 sq. ft. property with an ocean view won’t be as nostalgic to most of us as a red sports car crashing through a glass house to the forest floor below.