We’ve just spotted on Mirror Celebs that Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are moving from their Manhattan townhouse. It’s thought they have bought a bigger property in New York City to make way for the arrival of twin girls, due in July.
However, far more exciting is that the house used in the legendary 80′s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, in which Broderick plays Ferris, has been put up for sale. We first spotted this on Zillow.com, the US online real estate service it is listed on.
So, if you think you can skip school / work and get away with it, like Ferris (although we’re not suggesting that you do, despite today’s lovely weather in the UK), you’ll need a spare £1.43million ($2.3million) to purchase this four-bedroomed, glass-walled tree house made famous in John Hughes’ cult classic.
If you look closely at the photo above (all courtesy of sudlersothebysrealty.com), you can see the restored 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California that Ferris convinced Cameron to let them use to travel into Chicago. Don’t worry, we’re told the glass window that Cameron accidentally sends his father’s vintage Ferrari through has been replaced!
When I heard that Bournemouth Council was launching a retro-styled ‘beach pod’ development in Boscombe (designed by Wayne Hemingway) I had my doubts.
The beach pods are basically beach huts in Overstrand, a restored 1950s building – and who, in this market (who in their right mind!), would fork out £65-90,000 for a place with a 25-year lease that they can’t even sleep in?
Surely, I mused, the beach hut boom has gone the way of the housing boom and been washed away in a squall of dire financial weather?
Well, it appears not. Five hundred people registered ahead of the launch on May 15th and a hundred of them turned up on the day, chequebooks at the ready.
“We launched 12 doubles, 20 singles and four end pods on the day and sold all the doubles,” says Glynn Evans of Savill’s Bournemouth office. “We weren’t sure how it would go, but it was a great success.”
Who bought them? “A real mixture – a local family with kids, celebrities from London, a retired couple, a surfing couple from Sandbanks,” says Glynn.
Could this be another of those green shoots of recovery we keep hearing about? Aren’t beach huts a bellwether for the market as a whole?
“Not really,” says Glynn. “These are not really comparable to residential purchases. They’re a cash buy and are not dependent on mortgage finance. They don’t really stack up as an investment – they’re more of a luxury purchase.”
Maybe so, but with Boscombe undergoing major regeneration, the current buyers might have a very lucrative last laugh. Consider the downturn officially over when you start reading about Boscombe beach pods being resold for more than £100k.
Fancy one? Contact Glynn Evans, Savills, Bournemouth. Tel: 01202 255552
We’ve just launched a rather cool new feature on FindaProperty.com.
On every ‘property details’ page we have a slideshow of the properties most viewed in the last seven days by visitors who have looked at the property you are on.
Click this screen print of a property ad and scroll to the bottom of the page for an example – nice, no?