In the town of Oceanside, California, about 40 miles north of San Diego, you’ll find the iconic house from the 1986 hit “Top Gun.” Charlie, played by Kelly McGillis, lives at this beachfront cottage, where she is visited by Maverick, played by Tom Cruise. The two make love while Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” plays, in one of the most famous love scenes of the 1980s.
The house now sits vacant and boarded up, having fallen into a state of disrepair, with fencing erected around it in an effort to minimize vandalism. At the time of filming, several other houses existed along the block, but all have been demolished except for this one. Hotel development is reportedly planned for the block, but the “Top Gun” house drives tourism to Oceanside, so rather than demolition, the house is set for relocation and restoration (much like what happened with the Michael Myers house from the original “Halloween“). While the restoration is much needed, we wanted to capture it at it’s original site while it still remains there.
LOCATION: 102 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
Here is a front facing view of the house, where you can see a poster for the film over one of the boarded up windows.
For scenes set at the back of the house, a completely different location stood in, behind the medical building of Paramount Studios.
LOCATION: 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038