A. We first see it In Episode 5, of Season 6, "The Angel of Death".
We first see the beach house as a crime scene, when Anderson phones Dexter to tell him he needs his expertise on the scene.
married couple, the Watsons, have been killed. Appraising the
situation, Dexter concludes that it was a murder-suicide. That
the wife shot her husband (after discovering he was cheating on her)
and then shot herself.
see the house again later in the same episode, when Debra (who is tired of
living with Dex, and is looking for a place of her own) goes back to
the house and negotiates a two-year lease with the landlord.
It shows up
again in Episode 6 ("Just Let Go"), when Debra throws a housewarming
party there (where a drunken Quinn makes a scene).
Deb's beach house becomes a regular location in both Seasons 7 & 8.
What is it actually in real life?
A. A beach house, but not in Miami.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. I'm not sure why the writers
had Anderson say this beach house was in Miami Shores, since (as far as
I can tell, from aerial photos), the Miami Shores area doesn't have a
beach - just houses fronting right on the water line.
In reality this was shot at 5468 E. Ocean Blvd, in Long Beach, CA.
As you travel
southeast along the Long Beach coast on Ocean Blvd, you reach a fork
where you either turn left and head into the popular Belmont Shore neighborhood
via 2nd Street (which most of the traffic does), or you can continue
on Ocean Blvd, to the right, as it heads out onto its own peninsula.
The peninsula is a
narrow strip of land filled with residential homes, beach parking lots, and the
occasional dock, sandwiched between sandy beaches on both sides.
On its southwest side
is the Pacific Ocean. On its northeast side is Alamitos Bay, which separates
the peninsula from Naples Island.
There are few street numbers visible along this stretch of beach. So you'll
need instructions to find it.
The 960 square
foot, 1 bedroom beach house is located near the
middle of the peninsula, just past 54th Street
(between 54th & 55th) and just past a parking lot, on the
right (south) side of Ocean Blvd.
There are actually
two beach houses there, pretty close together. But it's not the first
(brown) one you'll come to. It's the much smaller, white house just beyond
it - in fact, it's so small that it's almost a beach shack.
The house faces
the sea, with its back to Ocean Blvd, so you'll have to walk out on the
sand to see the front of it. (I did just that to shoot the
photo you see above.)
Despite its small size, it last sold for over $1 million. So Debra could never afford it, in real life.