Ferris Bueller Home Goes Off the Market
Ben and Frances Rose house will be for sale again after renovations.
If only selling a house was as easy as cutting class.
A Highland Park home made famous for its appearance in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off was taken off the market recently to undergo renovations, according to Chicago Now.
"It will be back, and it will be beautiful and we'll be inviting everyone to come see it again," said Coldwell Banker's Meladee Hughes, the home's real estate agent.
The four-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot Rose House and Pavilion dropped in price from $2.3 million in May of 2009 to $1.8 million late last summer, according to Hughes. It was on the market for almost two years.
"This is a very special kind of property," Hughes told Patch in January, "And I have made the mistake of falling in love with it."
Hughes would like to see a major corporation buy the house to use it for retreats.
"They (corporations) have the wherewithal that they could always get publicity for this property," Hughes said.
In addition to its prominence in film history, the home is known as architect, museum curator, and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) teacher A. James Speyer's best work, according to Landmarks Illinois.
The home is also an unusual estate because it involves the work of two architects: Speyer, who designed the home, and Speyer’s first graduate student David Haid, who designed the pavilion.
"This house and accompanying pavilion are just amazingly superior in their design," Landmark Illinois Director of Advocacy Lisa DiChiera told Patch in January.
DiChiera believes the difficulty Hughes has had selling the estate is "purely a reflection of market."
"It's hard to find people to buy a house for over a million dollars," DiChiera said.