Save Ferris!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  has long been one of my favorite movies.  So I was completely floored when I found out that Ferris’ house from the movie was located in Southern California!  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  was filmed almost entirely on location in Chicago, Illinois, but for some reason producers chose a house on the West Coast, in Long Beach, California, to use as the Bueller family home.  As soon as I found the address, I immediately dragged my boyfriend (on his birthday, no less!) to go stalk it.  This was quite a few years back and we took pictures of the house using a cell phone, so they aren’t the best.  😦  You will immediately recognize the large colonial style home, though, and its circular driveway, as they look EXACTLY the same as they did over two decades ago when the movie was filmed.  It was so much fun to see the house in person, and I really wanted to ring the doorbell to see if Ferris’ taped doorbell recording would play.  🙂

A couple of weeks ago, I was doing some cyber-stalking and found some interior pictures of the home on a movie location website.  I was shocked to see that the interior of the real home matched the interior of the home from the movie, as I had always assumed that a set was used for the interior shots.  But from what I can see from the pictures, the interior of the Long Beach home was obviously used for filming, as well.  You can see the interior of the house here.  You’ll recognize the staircase and the kitchen as almost a perfect match to Ferris’ house in the movie.

The Ferris Buehler house was also used in the Silence of the Lambs  sequel Red Dragon  and in Not Another Teen Movie  as the house where the massive party is thrown.

A little bit of Ferris  trivia – Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, the actors who played Ferris’ parents, met while filming the movie and ended up getting married after filming was completed.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Ferris Buehler’s house can be found at 4160 Country Club Drive in Long Beach.  Many other homes in the same neighborhood have been featured in other movies and TV shows.  Check out Seeing Stars, which  does a great write up on this neighborhood and its famous homes. 

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3 responses to “Save Ferris!

  1. ian

    o.m.g i soo wanna go there! i live in huntington beach so its kinda close

  2. Anonymous

    The exterior shots for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were filmed at my high school (New Trier High School) in Winnetka, Illinois. Home alone was also filmed in Winnetka, along with Sixteen Candles.

    It would be worth a trip, in my opinion, if you’re stopping in Chicago any time soon. About 20 minutes from Chicago.

  3. Anonymous

    Oceans 12 was also filmed in Winnetka.

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