But it's actually part of the Big Sky Movie Ranch. The ranch's official address is 4927 Bennett Road, in Simi Valley, CA.
The ranch shares a lot of Hollywood history. It was one of the main filming locations for the popular "Little House on the Prairie", (including the fictional town of Walnut Grove). Other productions filmed here include "Carnivàle", "Jericho", "Transformers", "Highway to Heaven", "Father Murphy", "Bonanza", "Gunsmoke", "Rawhide" and "The Thorn Birds".
The Hoyt/Jessica house is located about 150 feet away from (south of) the ranch's entrance road (at the above address), just a quarter mile west/northwest of where Bennett Road forks off from Tapo Canyon Road..
Simi Valley is located northwest of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, just within Hollywood's 30-mile studio zone. This particular part of Simi Valley is in the mountains above the actual valley, about two and a half miles north of the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway.
(And here is the official website of Big Sky Movie Ranch.)
I got an email from a fan, Cindy Nunn,
who (in May 2011) had been out hiking with her sister in the Tapo
Canyon area of Simi Valley when they came across True Blood being filmed at
a house located on just off Tapo Canyon Road.
Cindy Nunn shot these photos of the house in May 2011:
The Hoyt & Jessica scene was so short, that I frankly didn't recognize the place.
Since True Blood was then
filming the 4th season, I assumed the house would be a new location for that
But I had a hard time pinning down the street
address, and after I realized it was next to Big Sky Movie Ranch, I began wondering if maybe it was part of the ranch.
So, I went to
the ranch's website to see if they had a photo of the house on their site (as
one of their available sets). They didn't, but I noticed that True Blood was listed among their credits.
So, I emailed them and asked if they knew which scene from True Blood
had been shot at the ranch, and they told me that they had filmed the
scene of Hoyt buying Jessica the new house, which had also appeared in
the last season.
Of course, I
immediately watched the Season 3 finale again, found the scene with Hoyt & Jessica,
and as I expected, it was the same house that was in the photos Cindy had
Here's a link to Cindy's blog, "Hill & Dale Hikes Thru Simi Valley." (Thanks, Cindy!)
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