The location: Fuente Bros' apartment house
A. This scene apartment house is located at 409 W. 3rd Street, in downtown Long Beach, CA.
That's on the north side of 3rd Street, just west of Chestnut Ave.
However, they didn't shoot the front of the apartment house. The exterior filming took place in the alley (Roble Way) that runs behind (north of) the apartment house. As the scene starts, the camera first looks west down Roble Way, then swings around to look east down the same alley (towards Chestnut).
This scene is just a block west of the church they used for Rita's funeral parlor. And it's about half a mile southeast of Drake Park (where they filmed the scene of the woman's head being found by police), and the botanica (where they found the man's head), as well as the home by the park (where police questioned neighbors about the crime) and the suicide house. It's also not far from the place where Dexter rented the moving van, and the bar where Angel got into a fight.
shot above, looking southwest down the alley behind the apartment house,
[ Warning: This
is a private apartment house. Do not
trespass on their property,
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes. By the 5th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
heads-up came from Rick, who let me
know back in July that they were filming here. (Thanks,
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