see the apartment tower again in Episode 4, "Run", when Isaak breaks
into Viktor's apartment (which still has a police seal on it) and looks
at a photo of himself & Viktor and comes to tears, revealing that
he had genuine affection for the young killer. He then swears that he
will avenge his death.
It shows up again in Episode 8, "Argentina", when Dexter breaks in again, planning to kill Isaak there. But he's surprised to find someone already there, a mob hitman sent to kill Isaak himself. He pulls a gun on Dexter. Dexter slits his throat.
What is it actually in real life?
A. An apartment building/tower.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is a well-known Long Beach landmark, the International Tower, located at 700 E. Ocean Boulevard (at Shoreline Drive).
In the establishing shot, the camera is looking west/southwest.
Not only does the circular building slightly resemble the famed Capitol Records building in Hollywood, but it has starred in a hit movie as well.
In the opening scene of the original "Lethal Weapon", a drugged-out young woman jumps to her death from a balcony of the tower.
Once inside the apartment, though, the view from the windows is not the view of Long Beach one would get from inside the International Tower.
In fact, it appears to be a view of Miami.
I confirmed that they shot
this in the studio on a set, and faked the view out the windows (something
they're good at on this show).
The interesting thing here is that the fictional address, 1420
Brickell, actually is an apartment/condo tower in Miami, with a similar view
that looks out over Biscayne bay, complete with an arching bridge.
But the building seen outside the apartment's windows appears to be the condo located at 1900 Purdy Avenue,
in Miami Beach, which wouldn't be readily visible from that Brickell
address, plus the taller twin buildings seen to the right of the Purdy
condo aren't there in real life. All of which leads me to believe
that the probably created the Miami panorama in PhotoShop, using actual
buildings & bridges in the city in the mix, and then used that
montage as the backdrop for the window view.
But there's no doubt that the exterior was the International Tower.
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
But this time, I didn't
need any help. I'm very familiar with the International Tower. I
drive past it all the time, and I shot photos of it for my page about Lethal Weapon. I recognized it instantly.