house has changed a lot over the last five years. The new owners have done an admirable job of fixing up the place,
replacing the roof, windows, siding, garage door, and much more. Even the house next door has been painted a new color. I might not have even recognized
it if it wasn't for Google StreetView, which preserved a view of it as
it used to look. And those
familiar short palm trees remain as evidence that it's the right place.)
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I'm not sure why I missed this one back in 2006, when I was finding the locations for the first season. But in 2011, when I looked over my "By Episode" menu, I noticed that this location hadn't been found.
In the scene, I
could see the street number just to the left of the garage door. The
DVD image is a little blurry, but I was pretty sure that the number was
Naturally, I started looking in Long Beach, Dexter's favorite stomping ground.
I found that all of the 7115's in Long Beach were on the northeast side of town, next to El Dorado Park. That didn't surprise me. They had filmed in the park for their previous episode, and they used another house
in this same general area for a 4th season shoot involving
Trinity. And the tract homes in that neighborhood resembled those
in the scene.
only had a few dozen streets there to check. But it took me a little longer
than I expected to actually find it. Bing's aerial photos weren't
of much help this time. But when I switched to Google StreetView,
the place was clearly recognizable. (Of course, it was still on the very last
street I looked at...)
So I drove out there and shot the photo you see above.