Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ferris Bueller Home Can't Find a Buyer

The spectacular mid-century modern home that was featured in Ferris Bueller's Day Off is for sale.  Designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid in 1953, the home is considered "architecturally significant". Now, I know you've been wondering what to do with that extra $1.6M you've got laying around so I thought I'd help you out.  And please invite me to your house warming!

We wish, right! Well, the house is actually for sale but it's been on the market for over a year.  Are we surprised in this economy?  Yes and No. While we all know the economy is and has been crap for years, there are still (somehow) people out there with plenty of money and this home is iconic.  Seems like someone would snatch it up, no?

An article this morning on gives some reasons why it may not be moving.  #1 Economy/Bad market in this price range.  #2 Updates.  Many buyers want updates for the kitchen and bath.  #3 Space. While the home is 5000+ sq. ft. most of it is taken up by the main room. It's not a "family friendly" home.

Reasons, Shmeasons! The home is magnificent and I'll take it.

About this property (as described on Sotheby's):
The Ben Rose Home-site of the famous movie 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', cantilevered over the ravine, these two steel and glass buildings, which can never be duplicated, have incredible vistas of the surrounding woods. This is a unique property designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid, both notable architects of the 20th Century. Estate Sale Sold 'As Is' No disclosures! This is an amazing architectural treasure.370 Beech, Highland Park, Illinois
Bedrooms: 4  Bathrooms: 4
Interior: 5,300 Sq Ft. / 492 m2
Style: Contemporary
Property Type: Single Family Home
Unique Features:
3 car garage
Staff quarters

Streamlined and sexy from the front.  Beautifully minimal.

Clean and open.  Look at that wood-beam ceiling!

Floor to ceiling windows bring the outside in. 

Love the white, long kitchen.  

So stark yet warm and comfortable.  

Incredible open space.  Love the floors here and how the room is entirely encased in glass.

Cooking in the trees? Amazing. 

See the listing here on Trulia.  


Modernsnap ! said...

When I win the lottery (which WILL happen), this is so mine!

Becky said...

The kitchen cabinets look like Youngstown. My childhood home had a Youngstown kitchen in aqua with stainless appliances. Very modern at the time. Quite sought after today by those that love MCM.


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