The location: Matt Chambers' House.

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A house.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode Two: "Crocodile".

    Dexter has been stalking Matt Chambers, a killer who runs people down when driving drunk, and then moves to another town to do it again.

    In this scene (following an encounter at a bar which convinces Dexter that Chambers is guilty), Dexter is parked outside Chamber's house at night, hypodermic needle in hand, ready to kill him.

    We see Chambers pull up in the driveway, get out of his car, and stagger into the house.

    But just then, Dexter gets a text message from Debra, saying that it's important that he meet her at Loco's Crab Shack.

    So Dexter leaves, determined to return later and finish the job.   Which he does.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An actual house.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This house is located right across the street (east of) the Sunset-Gower Studio where "Dexter" is filmed.

The address is 1336 N. Gordon Street, in Hollywood, CA.

It's just south of Sunset Blvd.

It is right next door to (north of) an apartment house that was used for two scenes in later seasons: as Anton's place (in Season 3) and as the Nanny's home (in Season 5).

( The Dexter crew love Gordon Street, and have used many of the houses on the east side of the street, as well as the small strip mall at Gordon & Fountain.
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Here is a photo of the house from a real estate listing:



Here is an aerial photo of the location.  And here is a map link.


[ Warning: This is a private homeDo not trespass on their property, knock on their door,
or do anything else that might disturb the residents. ]


Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This scene is so brief and so dark, that I didn't spend much time looking for it back when I was first finding the locations from the first season.  I actually thought it might be in Miami, since they had filmed there for the first few episodes.

    All I knew is that a number on the front porch (seen as Matt pulls up in his car) seemed to read 1336.

    But they have filmed on that street so often in the past, that I've become acquainted with its "look" in the years since, and when I rewatched the second episode in 2011, I immediately knew it was probably Gordon Street.

    I checked Google StreetView, but that didn't help much, because the trees & bushes in front of the house had grown so much since then that you can't really see the house in the StreetView.  You can only see driveway where Matt parked, and (if you pan to the left) the same large palm tree (just north of the home) where Dexter parked.

    Fortunately, though, I was able to find the photo above, from a real estate listing, and sure enough, it showed the same black numbers right below a narrow opening on the porch, next to the door.


 
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