Tom Cruise is moving to Clearwater, Florida to live just blocks away from the Church of Scientology headquarters. The Mission: Impossible - Fallout star plans to call an elaborate penthouse, complete with a private swimming pool and garden, his new home.
Cruise's adopted son Connor also moved to Clearwater. They will be living just blocks from the Scientology FLAG building, also known as the Super Power Building. It is the largest building in the city, which is located on Florida's Gulf Coast and north of Tampa Bay.
Cruise will be living the single life in Clearwater. According to PEOPLE, he has not been in a serious relationship since he divorced Katie Holmes in 2014. The two share a daughter, Suri Cruise.
Scroll on for a look at the apartment complex Cruise calls home.
Cruise is still finishing renovations in the apartment, reports PEOPLE. However, Cruise has spent time there already and residents have seen him walking with Scientology staffers.
“He’s very relaxed when he’s here,” a Clearwater resident told PEOPLE.prevnext
The SkyView offers Cruise a private entrance, plus a car elevator that can take up to nine vehicles up to Cruise's private garage.
Aerial images published by The Daily Mail show Cruise will have a rooftop "pool garden," "pool kitchen" and an outdoor dining area. There is also an entire room just for a flight simulator, where Cruise can practice for Top Gun: Maverick.prevnext
Room for Outdoor Entertaining
Cruise began plotting his move to Florida in 2016, when he sold his Beverly Hills mansion for $40 million.
“Tom has long planned to leave L.A.,” a source told PEOPLE at the time. “He doesn’t need to be there for work – he’s off doing movies all around the world. It’s not the center of his life anymore.”
This was the latest real estate move from Cruise, who began selling off his real estate in 2013. That year, someone took his hands off a New York City apartment for $3 million. He sold a Hollywood Hills home to Eva Longoria in 2015 for $11.4 million. He also listed his properties in Telluride, Colorado and England.prevnext
The Vault Room
The SkyView is the pet project of Moises Agami, a millionaire Scientologist from Mexico.
According to Tony Ortega, Agami submitted plans for the project in 2015. Initially, the top two floors were to be split into five apartments, but the plans were changed to turn them into one big penthouse. Ortega reported that a church official said the penthouse owner was Cruise.prevnext
According to Radar Online, the rooftop pool itself cost $500,000. Aquatic Arts owner Andrew Loguercio told Radar that the pool is 13 feet wide by 40 feet long.
"They call it a swim spa and the only other real feature is that it has an infinity edge," he said. Loguercio adds that the pool took at least three months to build.prevnext
Aquatic Arts owner Andrew Loguercio also told Radar that the security on the building is very tight.
"Staff was very tight lipped because it involved [Cruise]," he said. "The last time I was there, it got pretty heated. Security was everywhere and contractors had to take the elevator up to the fifth floor and check in with a security guard."prevnext
Clearwater and Scientology have long had a combative relationship. In the most recent chapter, the two sides clashed over a land swap, which was finally approved in May.
The City Council agreed to give Scientology three small properties in exchange for a vacant parking lot. The city hopes to use the lot to provide retail parking, and parking for the new high-rise building being built across the street, reports TampaBay.com.
"I think they want to see a vibrant downtown as much as we do, but they can’t do it themselves and we can’t do it by ourselves," City Council member David Allbritton told TampaBay.com. "It’s been years and years that we’ve been butting heads with the church, and I think this may be the first step in trying to get this done together."prevnext
Cruise decided to leave Los Angeles behind, partly because he is constantly making movies abroad.
“I like to learn new things and push the skills I have to the next level. I don’t do anything halfway as a person," Cruise told PEOPLE.prevnext
Cruise's next film will be Top Gun: Maverick, which is set to co-star Jennifer Connelly and Miles Teller. Val Kilmer is also coming back to reprise his role from the hit original.
The film is scheduled for release on July 12, 2019, 33 years after the original film made Cruise a star.prevnext
While you wait for Top Gun: Maverick to open, you can check out Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which hit theaters this weekend. The film is the fifth in the M:I franchise and once again features Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The film has a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.prev