John Hughes’ Widow Selling the House That ’80s Teen Films Built
If you didn’t see a John Hughes film in the 1980′s, you weren’t watching movies. If you want to get an astute Midwesterner’s take on ’80s teenager-dom, your best source is Hughes.
Hughes’ work defined the decade from “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” (Here’s the Ferris Bueller house). His movies launched the careers of several Brat Pack actors including Matthew Broderick, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez.
Many of his films were located in Illinois, where Hughes grew up and where the director, producer, and screenplay writer later returned after he retired from directing in 1994. He continued to write screenplays, including Disney’s remake of “Flubber” and the romantic comedy “Maid in Manhattan.”
Hughes passed away in 2009 from a heart attack and recently, his wife, Nancy Ludwig, listed their home on the Lake Forest real estate market for $5.89 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. The listing is not a surprise, reports the Tribune, as Ludwig purchased another home — a 6,700-square-foot mansion about three blocks away.
John Hughes’ home is located only a block from Lake Michigan. Set on a little over two acres, the house was built in 1929 by Chicago architect Edwin Hill Clark. The home has been “meticulously maintained, renovated and expanded for today’s families,” according to the listing. A large two-story addition in 1992 mimics the architectural detail of the home’s original construction, right down to the hardware.
The 11,233-square-foot home includes 21 rooms, 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, as well as six fireplaces and a three-car heated garage. The home retains much of its original character with hardwood floors, detailed mill-work, wall paneling and wood-beamed ceilings.
The home’s grounds feature four bluestone terraces, a large in-ground pool, mature landscaping and circular brick driveway.
The listing is held by Ann Lyon of Coldwell Banker.