Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Cameron’s Iconic Glass House

It’s always so interesting when a home used in an iconic movie goes on the market. Often, the inside looks nothing like what we remember from the movie. After being on the market for almost five years, a famous movie house just sold for $1.25 million. It was originally priced at $2.3 million but the price has come down drastically over the years.

Do you recognize it from this photo? No, huh? Yeah, me neither. If you don’t recognize it from this view, maybe a view of the garage will spark a memory.

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Ringing any bells now?  If you guessed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you’re right! This famous movie house, also known as the Ben Rose house, is located in Highland Park, Illinois. It’s a modernist structure with over 4,300 square feet of space.

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Who can forget that famous scene where this beautiful 1961 Ferrari 250 GTO California (less than 100 were made!) leaves the garage at rapid rate of speed…right through the glass wall!

Here’s the scene when Ferris first gets his hands on the car. It’s pretty funny. I love the music they play, always makes me laugh. 🙂

Car Driving Out Glass Garage in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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The 1986 movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is an iconic movie with a loyal fan following. Were you a fan of the movie, too?

I remember not fully understanding the layout of Cameron’s home and where the garage was in relation to the home. It turns out, the house and the garage are in two separate buildings, both with glass walls and amazing views.

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The design of the home is open and modern. It required a good many renovations before it sold. I wonder what that large thing is in the center of the room. Maybe it’s a super modern-styled fireplace…what do you think that is?

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The dining room…killer views everywhere!

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Must be stunning in the fall when the leaves begin to change color.

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Modern kitchen…

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Love the wood ceiling…imagine working here!

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You’ll find additional photos of this home in the AJC where these photos were found.

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  1. Just would not feel safe in this house, with all the windows. I would feel like I was being watched, especially at night!

    • Liz, good point! I read fans come from all over to take photos of it and that they “roam the property.” Don’t think I’d like that too much. I think they are mostly there to photograph the garage where some of those most famous scenes took place. I would definitely install some of those blinds that drop down or curtains you can close via a remote. Then you could have privacy at night.

  2. Susan,
    Much too modern for my taste. I think the thing in the middle may be just a divider of sorts to give some separation to such a large open area. (?) I would need blinds for sure. I would not like anyone to be able to see all my stuff! 🙂 You would definitely need to be a good housekeeper with all those windows!


  3. This is beyond weird. I did a post today on Helen Hayes’ former home, and while researching it, I came across this house and thought…Hummmmm, maybe I’ll do that home another day. Then I actually thought, ‘Susan will probably do it’. I don’t know why I thought that because the style of this home isn’t typically the direction you lean.

    *insert twilight zone music*

    • lol Too funny! A friend of mine who used to live in Atlanta, still reads the AJC (Atlanta Journal & Constitution.) He saw the article and sent me a link to it last night. I told him, I think you just gave me an idea for my Friday post.:) I loved the movie so couldn’t resist.

  4. I loved Ferris Beuler’s Day Off, so this was great to see! Modern is really not my style, but I can certainly appreciate the gorgeous views out all those windows, and the dining room view is truly spectacular.

  5. While I am not a big fan of modern design, I love all the Windows especially when the trees are leaded out. But not so sure about it when the leaves are bare. No quick mad dash to the kitchen in your undies in that house!!! Ferris Bueller is one of my favs and can’t keep from watching it if I run across it channel surfing. Thanks for sharing. Oh yes…we’re your ears burning today?? Hooked up with Sheri Dillon in Dallas today at scrapbook expo and we e talked about you. It was all good!:)

  6. We are BIG Ferris Beuller fans here. My sons who are 80’s kids even love the movie. Our favorite thing to do when someone isn’t paying attention is to say “Beuller, Beuller, Beuller” until they answer. It works every time! It also works when we send an email and don’t get a response. We send a Beuller email”

    I vote the thing in the middle of the room is an open gas fireplace.

    Thanks for the fun tour.

  7. Hi Susan, I can’t believe I’m saying this, because I live in a huge Georgian colonial and my favorite decor is English country mixed with Williamsburg style, but these glass houses are amazing. We have the very famous Philip Johnson Glass House here in my town and I recently had the chance to tour it. It was breathtakingly beautiful, serene, captivating. I can’t even explain the feeling as I entered it. I don’t think I could live in it because where would all my goodies and dishes go, but there is something very special about these mid-century modern glass houses. Thanks for showing us this one! Linda

  8. This house is not my style but I enjoyed seeing it. My guess is you are correct and the “large thing in the middle” of the room is a gas fire place. Looks like it has what might be a fireproof surround? Thanks for the tour Susan. Vikki in VA

  9. How fun to see this. I definitely think it is a fireplace.

  10. It is too modern for my taste.
    I grew up not too far from this house.
    It has been in the news because of the sale and the fact that it took some time for it to sell.

  11. What a great movie! Boy, talk about bringing back memories! Thanks so much for sharing…. hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  12. The thing in the middle is a fire place.
    I would love all the light from those windows, but I would want a room at night with at least blinds.
    Love the woods outside.

  13. I know I saw the film, but cannot remember much about it. As for the house, way too cold and modern for me. Let’s face it, you couldn’t wander around in your underwear in that place!!! 🙂

  14. Does anyone know if the house used in Ferris Beuhller’s Day Off was the same house used in The Lake House with Keenan Reeves &Sandra Bullock?

    • Ann, I don’t think it was. I think the one in The Lake House was actually out over water, if I’m remembering correctly. Just found this on Wikipedia: “The film is set and filmed in the Chicago area. The lake house itself was built on what is called Maple Lake, located within the Maple Lake Forest Preserve off of 95th Street in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. After filming the house was later removed and a simple fishing dock was put in its place.”

  15. Loved, loved, loved the movie!!

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