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The location: Jessica's Family Home.


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

    A. The former home of Jessica Hamby (a young vampire), where her family still lives.


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

    A. Somewhere near Bon Temps.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 2, of Season 2 ("Keep This Party Going").

    Bill leaves Jessica in the care of Sookie.

    Jessica tells Sookie how badly she misses her human family. Sookie sympathizes, saying she misses her 'Gran'.

    Sookie, also feels somewhat guilty about Jessica's suffering, because it was her fault, indirectly, that Jessica was turned into a vampire.

    Bill had killed a vampire bartender at Fangtasia to protect Sookie, and as a result, a vampire court forced Bill to kill Jessica (and resurrect her as a vampire).

    So, Sookie allows herself to be talked into driving Jessica past her old home, where her family still lives.

    But once there, in front of her old house, Jessica finds the temptation to be too much.

    When she sees her sister's silhouette through the window, she rushes up to the front door and knocks.

    Sookie tries to stop her, but it's too late.  Jessica's mother opens the door.

    Naturally, her mother is shocked and happy to see her, and invites her in.

    Jessica has a brief, happy reunion with her mother and sister, and even her father hugs her when he first walks in the door.  But then he turns angry, demanding to know where she has been.

    This triggers Jessica's bad memories of being beaten by her Dad, and she turns on him, revealing her vampire fangs and pinning him against the wall.

    It appears that Jessica is about to kill her father, when Bill appears at the door and orders her to let him go. Which she does.

    Bill glams Jessica's young sister into inviting him inside, where he yells at both Sookie & Jessica, before ordering them to leave. He turns towards the family, and the scene ends.


Q. What is it actually, in real life?

    A. A residential home. But not in Louisiana.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. You'll find Jessica's house in the San Fernando Valley, at 4941 Gentry Ave, in Valley Village, CA.

    Valley Village is bounded by Studio City, North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, near where the Ventura Freeway and the Hollywood Freeway meet.

    The home is located on the west side of Gentry Ave, three blocks east of Laurel Canyon Blvd.

    And here's a Google StreetView panorama of the house:

    [ WarningThis is a private home Do 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. Fortunately, the house number (4941) is visible - just barely - in the distant shot of the home, where Jessica runs to the front door.

    Unfortunately, that meant I had to look at every 4941 address in greater Los Angeles.

    Suffice it to say, it took a long time...

    I started in the Los Feliz area, and worked my way south to the West Adams District, before I realized I probably wasn't going to find it on this side of the Santa Monica mountains.

    So I switched my search to the San Fernando Valley, where I found there was another long string of 4941's (only east/west this time). Eventually, I came across the right house, on Gentry Avenue.

    Google StreetView confirmed the match.



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