A. In Episode 5, of Season 8, "This Little Piggy".
Investigating the murder of housekeeper Norma Rivera, Miami Metro discovers that she had sex shortly before she was murdered.
The obvious suspect is her wealthy employer, Ed Hamilton. rumored to have been having an affair with the maid - the theory being that he killed her to cover up the affair.
So they get a court order and go to Hamilton's mansion to do a DNA swab, to see if they can connect him with Ms. Rivera.
But once they're there, Hamilton admits to having an affair with Norma Rivera, but says he didn't kill her.
Afterward, Dexter meets the son of Mr. Hamilton, Zach, who seems unusually curious about what Dexter might have found at the Norma Rivera crime scene.
Later, a witness reports seeing Zach near Norma's apartment before her death.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A mansion, only not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This stately home can be found at 101 Fremont Place W, in Los Angeles -
behind the imposing gates of the exclusive Fremont Place neighborhood.
(Those gates are just south of 4500 Wilshire Boulevard).
Fremont Place is an exclusive
district of 73 homes on a fifty-acre site, originally promoted as a
park-like refuge of sedate mansions.
And it has quite a history.
The first mansion there was built in 1916. More than 50 years later, in the 1970s, boxer Muhammad Ali lived in that home. In 1918 Mary Pickford rented number 56, just before she married Douglas Fairbanks and moved into Pickfair.
King C. Gillette, the razor tycoon, built number 100 in 1917, and it later became the residence of L.A.'s Cardinal McIntyre. The founder of Bank of America lived at 108, while Albert Einstein was a dinner guest at number 85.
The neighborhood is used often for filming. It was featured in the Oscar-winning Best Film of 2011, "The Artist".
But it was also used 90 years earlier, back in the days of actual silent movies, when scenes from Charlie Chaplin's classic "The Kid" were filmed on Fremont Place.
The mansion used in Dexter, number 101, is located on the west
side of Fremont Place West, between 8th & 9th Streets.
According to real estate listings, it is over 10,000 square feet in
size, with 8 bedrooms.
This is oneDexter location
you won't be able to drive by, though. Fremont Place is a private
street, with only residents and their guests allowed through the gate.
There aren't even Google StreetViews of it.
Oddly enough, although the
Hamilton home is at 101 Fremont, when they shot the later part of the
scene, where Dexter talks to Hamilton's son, Zach (across the street, by
his car), for some reason they didn't shoot that on Fremont
Instead, the mansion you see behind Dexter & Zach, as they speak, is actually about a mile to the northeast, at 434 S. Windsor Boulevard, in Hancock Park (another L.A. neighborhood with its share of stately homes).
That's on the east side of Windsor, between 4th & 5th Streets. You can see a Google StreetView of it here.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In the early seasons, I
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using
clues from the various scenes. By the now, though, I've developed
a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I
already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia,
Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them. This tip came from Rick, and was easily confirmed by aerial photos. (Thanks, Rick!)