OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — A piece of cinema history located in North San Diego County will soon have a new home.
The historic Graves House featured in the 1986 action flick "Top Gun" is being relocated and restored to make room for the Oceanside Beach Resort coming to the property.
It's the first time the popular beach cottage rental, which was built about 137 years ago, will be moved.
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Not only is the home significant because it served as "Charlie's" home in the film, but it's a rare folk Victorian home, featuring architecture rarely seen nowadays.
The home isn't moving far. It's already been relocated one block away for structural restoration. Afterward, it will be moved to the north side of the property on Pacific Street.
There, cosmetic restoration and final touches will be completed once the overall hotel project is finished.
Full restoration of the home will cost at least $2 million and take about one and a half years.
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It's unclear who the tenant will be once the move and restoration is complete. Rumors have swirled it may become an ice cream parlor or coffee shop.
“We’re looking at it as a really special kind of ice cream place so everyone can come in and get a 'top cone' from the Top Gun house," Senior Vice President of S.D. Malkin Properties Jeremy Cohen said in December.
Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO), a nonprofit for local architectural and culturally significant landmarks, will spearhead preservation efforts for the home.