“Top Gun” may be well over three decades old, but the ‘80s classic is still generating headlines! Not only is the movie’s hotly-anticipated sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” set to debut on May 24, but its global premiere just took place to massive fanfare aboard San Diego’s USS Midway aircraft carrier, with leading man Tom Cruise, who returns to his famed role as renegade pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, making a massively grand entrance via helicopter. And, as if all that isn’t enough, in a spectacular example of adaptive reuse, the charming bungalow that served as the home of Pete’s love interest, Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), in the original film has just been transformed into a gourmet pie shop named the “Top Gun” House, Home of the Famous HIGH Pie, with countless nods to its cinematic history on display throughout.
Purported to be at 100 Laurel Beach in the movie, the tiny one-story abode initially stood on a picturesque corner lot just steps from the shoreline at 102 Pacific St. in Oceanside, a quaint coastal city about 40 miles north of downtown San Diego. The structure was moved several years ago as part of a massive redevelopment project and now stands a few hundred feet to the north at 250 N. Pacific, on the grounds of the new Oceanside Beach Resort complex.
Originally built as a summer retreat for retired physician Henry Graves in 1887, the Folk Victorian-style property, known as the Graves House in real life, had been sitting dilapidated, abandoned and facing an uncertain future for decades. As such, its recent reimagining has both “Top Gun” fans and local preservationists alike rejoicing.