Ferris Bueller house finally sold after five years on market

Ferris Bueller house: The house featured in the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" sold for $1.06 million – but that was half the original list price.

The steel-and-glass Chicago-area house featured in the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has sold for $1.06 million, according to a real estate brokerage.

The two-building property in the suburb of Highland Park first came on the market five years ago, but the sale stalled because of the sagging real estate market and the house's "very specific" architecture, according to Craig Hogan, director of Coldwell Banker Previews International, the brokerage's luxury division. The selling price was less than half the original listing price of $2.3 million.

Hogan described the Ben Rose Home as "two glass cubes that are positioned over a ravine."

"You have to want to live there," Hogan said. "Fortunately, we found a couple who do -- they're in love with that style." He could not reveal the owners' identities.

The smaller of the two buildings played a part in the John Hughes coming-of-age movie as the garage that held a precious Ferrari convertible that Ferris, played by Matthew Broderick, and his friend Cameron take for a joyride around Chicago.

Later in the movie, the car crashes through a glass wall of the house into a ravine.

The modernist house was designed by A. James Speyer, a protege of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and David Haid, according to the website of Coldwell Banker.

In 2012, the actor Matthew Broderick performed in Honda Super Bowl ad that was a kind of sequel of the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Mr. Broderick played an actor who calls in “sick” and then heads off for fun, doing things like visiting a museum. He happens to look and sound a lot like an older Ferris Bueller. Instead of “Twist and Shout,” we hear him sing a few lines in Chinese.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Diane Craft and Leslie Adler)

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