Oceanside isn’t without it’s touch of Hollywood history. This Queen Anne Victorian cottage, located at 102 Pacific Street, has been dubbed the Top Gun House due to its appearance in the 1986 hit movie starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis.
The once-blue property just received a fresh coat of yellow paint and has gained Top Gun murals to make visitors aware of its film significance. The house, however, has more to offer than Hollywood history; it also is a charming piece of Oceanside CA’s history, as well as architectural significance, and the site now has a placard explaining that history.
The home, built in 1887, was once known as the Graves House, in honor of its builder, Dr. Henry Graves, and the home still sits in its original oceanfront location.
John Daley, vice president of the Oceanside Historical Society, explained that a “folk Victorian is absolutely rare by the beach”. Kristi Hawthorne, president of the Oceanside Historical Society, expounded further, stating, “The house is significant because of its architecture, because of its setting and because it is the last, best one of its kind in San Diego County”.
This gingerbread-styled cottage is facing some changes in the near future, though. A $209-million hotel development has been planned for the site, with the construction date currently set for October. Although the house will be temporarily moved to accommodate construction, the Top Gun House will be returned to the same spot. Speculations about how the house will be used by the resort include that it will become some sort of site for visitors to enjoy, such as a gift shop or an ice cream parlor.
While the landscape around the house will be changing, it seems that the Oceanside Historical Society has not “lost that loving feeling,” making sure that the Top Gun House will stay put for future Oceanside visitors to enjoy.