location: Zoey Kruger's House
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A residential
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 4 (of Season 4), "Dex Takes a Holiday".
Dexter is stalking a female cop named Zoey Kruger, whom he believes murdered her own family.
When he finds her home well guarded, he realizes that his normal method of gathering evidence (breaking in) won't work.
But when he spots an "Open House" sign, he realizes he can get inside her place legally, by simply pretending to be an interested buyer.
So he shows up at her house, waits for the real estate broker to leave the room, and begins to search for evidence.
He believes that she shot herself in order to pin the murders of her husband and young daughter on intruders. And that she would have worn gloves. He wants to find those gloves.
So, he follows police photos of blood smears from the front door into the kitchen.
He decides, from the bloody handprints she left on the sink, that she must have disposed of the rubber gloves down the sink's garbage disposal.
So he tells the broker that the disposer doesn't work, and then volunteers to fix it. He takes it apart, and sure enough, he finds a shed of the rubber glove she wore when shooting her family.
Just then, he's surprised by Zoey Kruger herself, who shows up (with the broker) and watches as he finishes his "repair" work.
She takes him on a tour of the house, telling him that she and her husband are "separated", and proceeds to flirt with him (despite the fact that she knows he's married) in her dead daughter's pink bedroom.
Later (when he has the blood on the gloves tested), she finds out what Dexter has been up to. She pulls him over on the road (in her patrol car) and tries to intimidate him.
When that doesn't work, she later tries to kill him at a gas station.
When he thwarts that attempt, she comes to his home to finish the job, but winds up on Dexter's table.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential house. But not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. The house is actually at 12828 Greene Ave, Los Angeles, near Marina Del Rey, about two miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
on the south side of the street, less than a mile from Lundy's Hotel
(which was also used as a crime scene and
as the pharmacy, in the same season),
and not far from the shopping village
where Trinity stalked one of his victims.
I shot the photos below in September 2010.
is a private home.
Do not trespass on their property,
Here is a Google StreetView panorama of the address.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. This was the very last missing location from Season Four. And it wasn't easy finding it.
The Open House scene is mostly an interior one, and very little of the home's exterior is shown. Just a brief glimpse of it, as Dexter spies on Zoey from his car. All you can really see is a low white wall with a wrought iron game, a window, and lush foliage. And from the doorway, a unique, brown wood wall can be glimpsed across the street.
Fortunately, the white wall & gate were somewhat distinctive (there's a single colored tile embedded in each of the wall's white posts, and the iron gate had an unusual curve), so I went looking for it, realizing that finding it would be a longshot.
I started in the Naples/Belmont Park area of Long Beach, since I knew they had filmed there before, and I also knew that those kind of low white walls are popular there. Using StreetView, I looked at virtually every home in the area, but despite finding several lookalikes, Zoey's house eluded me. I also checked San Pedro and parts of Hollywood, with no success.
But thank God for Blu-Ray.
In the scene, Dexter picks up an open-house flyer. But you only see it from a distance. On my regular DVD version, I couldn't make out what was printed on the flyer. Fortunately, a fan, Rick, had a Blu-Ray copy of the episode, and emailed me to say that the fictional address on the flyer was listed as "12828 Roman Lane".
I knew that would be a fake address, of course (there are no Roman Lanes in the L.A. area), but what if they just changed the name of the street, and kept the actual street number? That's not their usual practice, but since nothing else had worked, it was worth investigating.
So, I checked their usual haunts, to see which parts of L.A. had house numbers matching the 12800 range. Long Beach didn't. Neither did San Pedro. But three areas where they had filmed this season did: Hollywood, Pacoima and Marina del Rey.
I opted to check Marina Del Rey first, which is a good thing.
I assumed the Mediterranean-style house would have a red tile roof (most do), so I used Bing's aerial photos to check for 12800 addresses in Marina Del Rey with red roofs. And sure enough, the very first one I found turned out to be the Zoey's house.
Google StreetView left no doubt: there was the matching white wall (complete with that single tile), the same wrought iron gate, similar foliage, and (across the street) was the same unusual brown wall glimpsed out Zoey's front door.
I later drove
out there in person to shoot the matching photos you see above.
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