location: Maria LaGuerta's House.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. The residential
home of Miami Police Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. Maria LaGuerta has been a regular character on the show since it started, but I believe this (third season) is the first time they've shown us her home.
We first see the house in Episode 10 (of season 3), "Go Your Own Way", when a manipulative Miguel Prado shows up at Maria's house, trying to charm information out of her about the investigation into Ellen Wolf's murder. As Prado is putting the moves on Maria, a knock at the door turns out to be Dexter (who is trying to refocus Prado's attention away from LaGuerta), and Prado is flummoxed that Dexter has caught them together.
We see the house again later in the same episode. Prado and LaGuerta are standing outside her house, after dark, when Prado's wife shows up at LaGuerta's house and catches him there, assuming that they are having an affair. (Prado later mistakenly believes that Dexter set him up, but in reality, his wife has gotten the faulty information from Rita.)
house is shown a final time in Episode 11, "I Had a Dream".
Prado is there again, trying to charm her by hinting that they might rekindle
their old romance. But she has become suspicious that he might have murdered
Ellen Wolf, so while he's still inside the house, she takes his keys and
surreptiously checks his car for evidence. Prado later discovers
that she was in his car, and begins plotting her murder - all of which
is observed by Dexter (who is watching from his own car, across the street).
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. This Mediterranean-style home can be found at It's 3929 Locust Avenue, in northwest Long Beach, CA.
That's on the west side of the street, just three houses north of Roosevelt Road.
I shot the photos below in 2009
Warning: This is a private home. Do not trespass
on their property, knock on their door,
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. During one brief scene when they are outside at night, I could make out the house number, 3929, on the front of the house. Since they had filmed the Prado house in north Long Beach (and since this looked like it could be a home in the same area), that's where I began my search.
I mapped out every 3929 across Long Beach, then began using Live Local's aerial photos to check out the houses from above, looking for a match. Unfortunately, the aerial photos in this part of the city weren't that good, and (at the time) Google didn't have StreetView there for close-ups. So, after narrowing it down to a few suspects, I had to get in my car and drive to Long Beach and personally check out each of the homes that looked like it might be a match.
I found it just a short ways north of Prado's house, which didn't surprise me. Producers tend to cluster-shoot in the same area, to save time & money. It was then just a matter of shooting a few matching photos, which you see above.
you can see from my photos, the house looks considerably less pink in person
than it does in those night scenes. I'm not sure of they repainted it,
or if it was just the bluish nighttime lighting that gave it that tint.
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