Real estate listings move pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss them.
Luckily, the Trib caught wind of this recent addition to the Highland Park market—the Ben Rose house, better known to John Hughes fans as Cameron's very pristine and very shatter-able midcentury modern home in the 1986 Chicago classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
The glass-and-steel piece of pop culture history was listed in 2009 for $2.3 million, which then dropped to $1.8 million and finally $1.65 million when it was taken off the market in 2011. The ask when the house went back up for sale yesterday is down to $1.5 million.
Built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe protégé A. James Speyer in 1953, the four-bedroom, three-bath main house that cantilevers over wooded ravines was later joined by a David Haid-designed pavilion/guest house that features a kitchen, bath, and four-car interior parking—with plenty of room for a red Ferrari provided you keep it from peeling out into the glass.
Update: The iconic North Shore property went on to sell in 2014 for just over $1 million. Its new owners set about restoring the home and making it more livable. A 2017 renovation installed thermal glass windows, refinished the steel beams back to their original reddish color, and constructed a new underground living area and garage.
- 370 Beech Street, Highland Park [Redfin]
- ‘Ferris Bueller’ house on the market [Chicago Tribune]
- The ultimate map guide to ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ [Curbed Chicago]