location: The Bloody Socks crime scene.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A residential
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 7 (of Season 3), "Easy As Pie".
In this short scene, we see Debra driving up an uncurbed road.
She sees Anton up ahead waiting for her.
She pulls the car over, and Anton walks over and gets in her car.
She warns him, rather cryptically, that he is in danger - that the police have leaked word that he gave them information about The Skinner - who will now be looking for revenge.
Anton says he didn't say anything, and Debra says she knows that, but he's still in danger, and she urges him to get out of town.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential road - but not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
Both of those scenes were shot in an unusual area for Dexter: the city of Downey, California.
So, since all they needed was a road, there was no reason to go far.
They simply went one block east of the bloody socks house and filmed there.
The scene was shot on the 8500 block 11th Street, in Downey. That's between Birchdale Ave (on the east) and Brookshire Ave (on the west), just south of Florence Ave.
Debra is driving east on the street. Anton's car is parked on the north side.
They probably opted for that particular street because it has a number of palm trees on it, and fact that most of the road is uncurbed (which is unusual for Southern California) gives it a somewhat rural look. (The city has since curbed the street.)
The city of Downey is located
about 9 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and about 13 miles north/northeast
of their usual stomping ground of Long Beach. The city is in a triangle
formed by the Long Beach (710) freeway (on the west), the Century (105) freeway
(on the south), and the 605 freeway to the east.
( A historical footnote: The
nearby McDonald's, just
east of this location, at the southwest corner of Florence Ave &
Lakewood Blvd, is the oldest surviving McDonald's in the world, built
in 1953 by the original McDonald brothers, before Ray Kroc bought
the chain. There's no drive-thru, just walk-up, and they've added a small
museum of sorts next to it. The address is 10207 Lakewood
Blvd., Downey, CA. )
shot these photos in November 2010.
The tall house
with green shutters that you see on
The house with the
red tile roof that Debra passes on the way in
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I didn't. I searched for months on this one, to no avail.
Finally, I got a tip from Geoff (who also found the "bloody socks" house nearby). (Thanks, Geoff !)
Google StreetView made it clear that it was the right street.
Then I went there in person and shoot the matching photos that you see above.
I noted a number
of changes since the 2008 filming. They have curbed the street, and one
notable wall (seen behind Anton) has been replaced.
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