Attention Ferris Bueller Fans

Cameron’s house is for sale. Wrecked Ferrari not included.

33 Comments on “Attention Ferris Bueller Fans”

  1. And for a steel at only 2.3 Mil. At that price you’d think a wrecked Ferrari would come gratis.

  2. Awseome movie, I wish they would make a sequel. One plot I remember hearing about was Ferris being all grown up and in the working world and he skips work for an adventure.
    As for house, awesome. Living in Chicago? Been there, done that. Wonderful until January and it is 10 below 0 with 3 feet of snow on the ground.

  3. He who lives in glass houses…

    Hope there are no neighbors nearby. Oddly, never knew it was that close to Chicago. Now I just need to win the Hoosier Lottery so I can buy the darned thing!

  4. Hmm, Glass and steel house in Chicago area. I’d love to see the heating bill in January and February.

  5. …which can never be duplicated…

    Really? Never? Seems to me they would be rather easy to duplicate since they’re basically a couple of steel and glass boxes, cantilevered over a ravine.

    But then, IANAA…

  6. Can I have Wyatt’s house from Weird Science instead? With Rachel as a bonus?

    “Ferris” made me want to move to Chicago. Later I did but the Base Housing at Great Lakes NTC is no where near as plush as Cameron’s neighborhood.

  7. Oh yeah. See, all these movies take place in a
    town called Shermer, in Illinois. And there’s all
    this fine bush running around, and we could kick
    all the dudes’ asses because they’re all whiney
    pussies. Except Judd Nelson – he was harsh. But
    best of all, there was no one selling weed. So I
    says to Silent Bob “Man, we could live phat if we
    were the blunt-connection in Shermer, Illinois!”
    So we collected some cash we were owed, and caught
    a bus. But when we got here, you know what we found
    Out? There is no Shermer in Illinois. What kind
    of shit is that?! Fucking movies are bullshit!

  8. Talk about living in a glass bowl like a gold fish – I’ll take the wrecked Ferrari! On second thought – 2.3 mil will buy me a much larger house and my own private beach down here in Baja!

  9. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, who identified with Cameron more than Ferris.

    You know, seeing that movie again recently I was not as impressed with the house as Iw as back in the dizzle.

    Mia Sarah still impresses me, though she needs to ingest a cheeseburger or five.

  10. Perusing Chicago-area real estate listings? Are you thinking about relocating the Scalzi Compound to the Big City, where the trimmings of civilization (geek store, fast food, etc.) are closer than a forty-five minute drive?

    Two-point-three mil…that’s a lot of hay for a sixty-year-old pair of glass-and-steel boxes perched on a ravine, Ferris Bueller or no.

  11. dawn – east or west of there – PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication, social media researcher, blogger, amateur photographer

    But…if you walk around naked in that house, the trees will be watching you. That’s a bit scary.

  12. From seeing the house in the movie, and even the pictures on the site you would think the place was in the middle of nowhere. But it seems to be in a subdivision… a very expensive one to be sure.

  13. A very cool house…I toured it about 10 years ago with a local vintage car group…the owner collected and raced vintage race cars…I rode with him in his Bugatti Type 35B around a local track. A very nice unassuming fellow… he and his wife told us how the house came to be used for the movie…too long to type here.

  14. John’s got 24K readers easily, right?

    $100 a reader, and the house is OURS!

    The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do?”

    – yeff

  15. luisaperkins – I write speculative fiction, specifically contemporary dark-ish fantasy. I've been married for nearly 20 years to Patrick, an absolute prince of a man. We live with our six lovely children and an insane cat in New York's Hudson Highlands. My passions include reading, gardening, knitting, cooking, eating, and musicking.
    Luisa Perkins

    That is one scary real estate agent. Yowza.

  16. Is Highland Park within Giordano’s delivery radius? If so, *sold*! Now I just need to scrape together $2.3 mil.

  17. From what I understand, the actual “Ferrari” used in Ferris Beuller is actually a replica produced by Modena Design and Research. It’s a Ford Mustang engine on an MGB frame with a fiberglass replica ferrari body skin.

  18. I hope so. Budget considerations aside (you wanna do WHAT to the Ferrari, John?), actually trashing a genuine Ferrari 250 GT like that would be sacrilege.

  19. Pardon me for flooding… but watching the scene in FBDO where they go to pick up Sloane from school… check out Matthew Broderick’s outfit… it’s Inspector Gadget! Prophetic.

  20. I never understood how they said that Wayne Newton was the singer of Danka Shan (sp!), it sounded like a woman to me.

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