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Here#8217;s Why That Ferris Ferrari House Is So Hard To

The Highland Park home is you like mid-century Modern you#8217;re ready for a renovation, and you mind tourists in your

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Life pretty fast. The real action on this house? Not so Photo: Robert Harshman

a sharp home in a serene and it played a part in a beloved yet it can#8217;t seem to get sold. know why?


I#8217;ll give it a shot: The Park home of the best pal in Ferris Bueller#8217;s Day Off is ow 60 years and it came on the market in May 2009 an asking price of $2.3 The property#8217;s connection to one of the best-loved of the 1980s was like catnip on the While the listing got a ton of press. no materialized#8212;even with a couple of cuts. In February 2011, the was deactivated.

Monday night, the home back on the market, now with a lower price: $1.5 or 65 percent of what the sellers four years ago. also a new marketing plan: the home#8217;s architectural pedigree, and the “Where Ferris and Cameron the Car” angle.

“One of the that continually got missed the time we were on the market is the has such an incredible architectural Craig Hogan told me Hogan, the regional director for Banker Previews. the agency#8217;s division, said the family the home#8212;relatives of the now-… owners#8212;want the to be in the hands of owners who will its architectural merits.

That#8217;s laudable, though it may be a order. The home is superb in its Set onto the edge of a densely ravine are two decidedly modernist a four-bedroom house built in and a separate pavilion built in both rectangular glass-and-wood framed with steel, and lifted above the ground on The earlier structure was the work of A. Speyer. a student of Mies van der and the second#8212;the one that features in a scene in the movie #8212;was in designed by one of Speyer#8217;s students, Haid. The two buildings, commissioned by Ben and Rose for a wooded eight-tenths of an in Highland Park, show how a is more” approach can make a setting the perfect complement to a modern structure.

beautiful#8212;if you like Modernism#8212;but problematic. One problem is that the larger building needs to be reworked inside. I visited it was first on the market in 2009 (we run a story at that time; I was with a TV show#8217;s crew), and it was then that the inside help. Aside from kitchen and bath fixtures, was also an issue with the the home had been designed to be in a way, with walls could be reconfigured to suit a changing needs. But they thin, some were in and some of the rooms they were awkward. That#8217;s not of older homes need and because this one was designed to be “it should be very to reconfigure,” Hogan said.

The other problem may be the bigger How do you live in two separate buildings in a place like this? The pavilion was built to showcase the car collection. It has a kitchen and a bedroom, but mostly a four-car show And it has a better piece of the site: cantilevered out into the trees, the main house stands 30 paces back from it, on the ravine than of the ravine. So do you do: split the family between the two Use one building as a home and the smaller, one as an office?

“It#8217;s two structures side by Hogan said, “and they#8217;re very connected in the and the use of the property, they#8217;re not so much on a basis. You#8217;d have to out how to use them.”

One more issue for a to contend with is the home#8217;s as a tourist attraction. The serenity of the will often be interrupted by fans coming to take a I live close enough to the that I pass it on my bike now and it#8217;s not uncommon to see people on the street taking pictures (or the property for a better look).

A potential buyer might to take a lesson from the new of the Home Alone house, recognizable movie icon on the Shore. The family who bought Winnetka home for $1.585 last year now have a big out front with a firm off the property.

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