The location: Camilla's House.
(The Record Room Lady)


Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. The home of Camilla, the lady who works in the records room at Dexter's police station.


Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In Miami.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 11 (of Season One), "Truth Be Told":

    Dexter, haunted by bloody flashbacks of his childhood, and hunting for information about his unknown past, finds his progress blocked when he discovers that the police records have been sealed.

    In this scene, he goes to the home of Camilla, the friendly woman who works in the records room at Dexter's police station. He finds her outside, in her white picket fenced yard, and tells her he needs the records.  But she refuses to help him, telling him that his father (Harry) had the records sealed, and she trusts that he had a good reason to keep them hidden from Dexter.


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home- but not in Miami.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. You'll find the house on Naples Island, at 230 San Marco Drive, in Long Beach.

    San Marco is a side street off the northeast side of busy Second Street - the main drive over Naples Island. (That's the side of the island without the canals.)

    The house is on the southeast side of San Marco Drive, between Second Street and Appian Way. It's located at a triangular corner formed by an alley (on its south side) and San Marco (on its northwest side).

    The white picket fence is no longer there. It surrounded a very small strip of grass lawn, so it may have been just set dressing by the "Dexter" crew, or perhaps the owners simply decided to remove it.

    Dexter parks his car at the curb on the other (northwest) side of San Marcos, then walks across the street.

    It isn't far from the Appian Way bridge, where the Doakes chase scene was filmed, and on the other side of that bridge from the park with Cody's swings.

    I shot the photo below in late 2008.
    (Note that the white picket fence is gone.)


    And below is my shot of the house across the street, near where Dexter parked.
    (Surprising how much those trees have grown in just two years...)


    Here is an aerial photo of the house.  And here is a map link.


    [ Warning: These are private homes.  Do not knock on their doors,
    trespass on their property, or do anything else that might disturb the residents
    . ]



Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. I had to wait for this one. I assumed from the start that it was probably in Long Beach (most of Dexter's residential locations are), but finding a single residential home in the suburban sprawl is somewhat like searching for a needle in a haystack, and I couldn't find it for over a year.

    As you can see above, the original screen views don't reveal much of the house, just its windows, its front yard and the wall. More clues come from the houses nearby, which are visible in the background, especially that unusual Mediterranean house across the street (seen in the fourth photo down).

    Finally, I blundered into the location by pure accident, when I was searching that same general area for a second season scene involving Lila & Dexter, and happened to spot it.


 
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