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'Ferris Bueller's' Most Famous House Finally Sells For $1.06M

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Big news today in two worlds that rarely intersect, midcentury modern architecture and quintessential 1980s movies: the Chicago-area home that starred in Ferris Bueller's Day Off has, after five years, sold for $1.06M. Originally designed in 1953 by A. James Speyer, a follower of the great modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the four-bedroom main house was joined in 1974 by the famous glassy pavilion, designed by David Haid to showcase the original owner's car collection—it accommodates parking for four cars, plus an extra kitchen and bathroom. Ever fittingly, this is where the film's Cameron Frye had his massive, masterful über-conniption and totaled his dad's Ferrari. The property first hit the market in 2009 and was relisted for $1.65M in early 2011. With no takers in site, the brokers tried refreshing the place with some snazzy new decor but these efforts yielded no immediate luck. The home returned to market for $1.5M in August 2013 and was PriceChopped to $1.295M around Thanksgiving. So why the difficult sale? "So what do you do: split the family between the two buildings?" wrote Chicago Magazine's Dennis Rodkin in August. "Use one building as a home and the smaller, better one as an office?" What say you, Ferris fans?

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