Ferris Bueller
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) spends a good portion of his day off at home in the aptly named film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', so it's natural that both his meddling sister and high school principal end up at the Bueller home looking to snag him for playing hooky.

It's at the house that Jeanie Bueller (Jennifer Grey) and Principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) have one of the greatest showdowns committed to film.

The house, located at 4160 Country Club Drive in Long Beach, California, plays a central role in the classic 80's film by the decade's quintessential director John Hughes. Ferris Bueller
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) spends a good portion of his day off at home in the aptly named film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', so it's natural that both his meddling sister and high school principal end up at the Bueller home looking to snag him for playing hooky.

It's at the house that Jeanie Bueller (Jennifer Grey) and Principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) have one of the greatest showdowns committed to film.

The house, located at 4160 Country Club Drive in Long Beach, California, plays a central role in the classic 80's film by the decade's quintessential director John Hughes.

Location as Character:
High school senior Ferris's day off from school begins at home, where he introduces the audience to his foolproof plan for staying home sick without having to visit a doctor's office -- the key is obviously clammy hands.

From there, we get the infamous shower mohawk and some of the most iconic lines in the film. (ex: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.")

Matthew BroderickThe house also plays a big part in keeping Ferris out of trouble. The rambunctious teenager rigs it so anyone pressing the doorbell gets a voice message from him saying he's too sick to answer the door. He also creates a phony self in his bed that actually looks like it's breathing and snoring. Pretty nifty.

In one of the best scenes in the film, Ferris's sister Jeanie unexpectedly runs into their high school principal, Mr. Rooney, sneaking around the house's backyard. Jeanie, mistaking him for a burglar once he gains access to the kitchen, kicks him several times and then runs upstairs to phone the police.

As a bonus: Ferris also appears in the house at the end of the film -- after the credits -- telling the audience, "Are you still here? Go home!"

Historical significance: The 4,900-square-foot house was built in 1928 and has seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. It last sold in July of 1993 for over $1 million.

The house, and even the neighborhood, is a popular location for filming. It was seen as the home of a murdered family in 'Red Dragon', and as the home of Preston Wasserstein (Robert Patrick Benedict) in the 'Risky Business' parody in 'Not Another Teen Movie.' Other houses nearby were used for the characters in the 'American Pie' series.

With its recognizable columns and circular driveway, the 'Ferris' house has become an attraction for fans of the film and of Hughes since his untimely passing last year. Though 'Ferris Bueller' is set in Chicago, the house remains in Los Cerritos neighborhood of Long Beach.

Though the rest of the movie was shot on location in Illinois, the interior scenes were also shot inside the California home. The interior still matches the Bueller home set exactly.

Fun Fact: The actors who played Ferris's parents, Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, met on the house set and were married in real life shortly after. They have since divorced.

Directions: The house is located off E. San Antonio Dr. on N. Country Club Dr. between the Long Beach Freeway and the San Diego Freeway.

Visitor Info: Anyone is able to drive up and take pictures of the house; however, it must be treated like any other suburban home in the sense that the occupants may be home. Knock at your own risk!

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