Mob boss Isaak Sirko is on the run from his own mob, which is trying to kill him.
At first, he stays at his lover Viktor's apartment. But after an assassin shows up there (and is killed by Dexter), he moves to this apartment.
see it several times, and most of the shots start out with an
establishing shot, followed by an interior shot of Isaak in the
Mostly, it's Isaak talking to Dexter on the phone, while he keeps track of
Dexter's progress in hunting down the mob hitmen.
one scene, Dexter comes to the apartment and demands to talk to Hannah
(by phone). While there, he & Isaak get into a heated dispute and
Isaak comes close to shooting him.
Isaak gets a call from Dexter that he is being followed by the last
assassin, and he tells Dexter to lead the killer to a cargo ship, the Fearless, at the harbor, where he will meet him.
What is it actually in real life?
interior is most likely just a studio set, but the exterior, seen
several times as establishing shots, is a very real apartment house.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. These apartment houses are actually in Florida.
There are two
different buildings shown, and it isn't completely clear which one contains
Isaak's apartment. But they're right across the street from each
other in real life.
The Art Deco condo seen in the top two screencaps, where we see Dexter's car pull up, is the Flamingo Plaza, at 1051 Meridian Ave, in Miami Beach, Florida.
It's near the northwest southeast corner of Meridian and 11th Street, just five blocks from the beach.
But the fourth screencap down shows another building, a taller one with numerous balconies. That is the Admiral Towers, at 1020 Meridian Ave, located across the street, on the west side of the Meridian.
Both buildings are a stone's throw from Flamingo Park. Flamingo Park
(the name, at least) was used as a location in the first season, when
Dexter stalked a young killer (although the scene was actually filmed
in Long Beach).
Unlike most Dexter establishing shots,
which are either old footage from the first season, or stock shots of
the city, these opening shots appear to have been actually filmed on location
this year (albeit, without the cast), since we see Dexter's car pull up
in front of the apartment house.
In November 2012, a fan, Stephane,
who lives nearby in Miami Beach, recognized the buildings, shot some
matching photos, and sent them to me. Here they are:
This panorama was shot from a balcony of the apartment tower at 1020 Meridian (Admiral Towers):
This is Flamingo Plaza, where we see Dexter's car pull up, at 1051 Meridian.
And this is a view of the Admiral Towers across the street, which was shown in the episode at 26:01.
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 would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the 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, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of
The street address (1051)
is just barely visible on the front of the building in one scene.
I figured it was Florida, because the skyline didn't match Long Beach
or Santa Monica. And since I know that they like Art Deco
architecture in Miami Beach, I looked there first, rather than in Miami.
Also, the initial aerial shot showed that it was just a few blocks in
from the ocean. So I used Google maps to find out where the 1051's
are in Miami Beach, then used their aerial photos to search that area
until I spotted the building.
Later, a fan in Miami Beach, Stephane,
recognized it and sent me several
photos he had shot matching not only the Flamingo Plaza, but the
building across the street as well. Thanks, Stephane!