"The place is like a museum. It's very beautiful and very cold, and you're not allowed to touch anything," but it still doesn't explain why no one has scooped the real-life $1.5 million house made famous by the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off and its fictional occupant, Cameron Frye. The home in suburban Chicago where Cameron and Ferris killed the car is back on the market after a previously failed attempt to sell it. The current price of the house, as Chicago's Dennis Rodkin explains, is a 35 percent markdown—the sellers had initially wanted $2.3 million back in 2009 before taking it off the market.
To jog your memory, here's that iconic house and that iconic scene:
With people spending bundles of money on fanboy purchases like The Washington Post, The Boston Globe (ok, we kid), and a Veronica Mars movie along with America's newfound love for the HGTV channel, you'd think the iconic Bueller house would have been scooped up by a John Hughes superfan by now. And it's not like the house hasn't gotten tons of press in the past. It's absolutely stunning, though this may be nine years of living in tiny New York City apartments talking.
So what gives? Well, Rodkin explains that the kitchen, and the fixtures in its four bathrooms are dated. "Aside from dated kitchen and bath fixtures, there was also an issue with the walls: the home had been designed to be modular, in a way, with walls that could be reconfigured to suit a family’s changing needs. But they were thin, some were in disrepair, and some of the rooms they enclosed were awkward," Rodkin writes. If you have ever watched an episode of House Hunters or Property Brothers you'll know these are big no-no's for homeowners. People really love modern kitchens, with islands, range hoods, and backsplashes now. And I could buy The Washington Post if I was given a nickel every time a couple cites how much they want an open floor-plan with sight lines to their baby. (No doubt, Drew Scott and Egypt Sherrod would both say to come in with the offer under asking price.)
Rodkin mentions other not so great selling points (like the fact that the house is actually two buildings in) makes it hard to sell to people actually looking for a place to live and not a trophy. But the strongest point — aside from the fixtures, kitchen, and cooling questions —is that you have to deal with fans who want to visit the house. Rodkin writes:
The serenity of the setting will often be interrupted by Ferris fans coming to take a peek. I live close enough to the home that I pass it on my bike now and then; it’s not uncommon to see people parked on the street taking pictures (or roaming the property for a better look).
What that actually means are fans like this dude:
So, yeah, maybe this house isn't for everyone. But whoever it's for, should probably think about a bigger fence.
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