A. A residential
neighborhood, near a local shopping center
Where can I find it in real life?
A. These in
the Los Altos section of Long Beach,
just blocks south of the old "Dexter Neighborhood"
where Rita lived.
t's just south
of the San Diego (405) Freeway, and just east of Bellflower Blvd, behind
(east of) the large Los Altos Market Center.
The scenes with
Dexter desperately searching for the spy were shot on the 2200 block
of San Anseline Ave, in Long Beach,
between Stearns Street and Los Arcos Street.
The scenes of
Dexter & Lumen together were filmed on Stearns
Street itself, and on Marwick Ave.
To break it
down more precisely:
The first shot,
of Dexter sprinting out of his old apartment,
was old, recycled footage from the first season, actually shot in Miami.
house with a "For Rent" sign outside
was on San Anseline. That brown & white apartment we see
us in the west side of that street, at 2225
San Anseline Ave, in Long Beach,
The shot of
Dexter looking at the motor home, features another apartment
house in the background, just a few houses north of the brown & white
one, at 2249 San Anseline Ave.
jogs down the road, he's running south
on San Anseline, towards Stearns Street.
When he sees
the white vans in a parking lot, he is on Marwick
Ave.(one street west of San Anseline) looking southwest
across Stearns, into the small parking
lot behind the L.A. Fitness store in the Los Altos Market
When we see
Dexter and Lumen walking, later, they are walking west
down the residential north side
of Stearns, which is separated from the busier (south) side
of Stearns by a divider. That divider (with a trash can, and a blue curb
drain) is prominent in the scene.
Dexter & Lumen
reach Marwick Ave and stop. They look
south/southwest across Stearns at the
same small parking lot in the
Los Altos shopping center.
shot the matching photos below, in Long Beach, in December 2010:
apartment house with the "For Rent" sign -- on the west side
of San Anseline Ave.
the apartment house seen behind the motor home.
east up the south side of Stearns Street.
south from Marwick & Stearns, into parking lot
A. I knew
that they had filmed the scene where Liddy
abducts Dexter in that Los Altos parking lot, and since the walking
scenes end at that same parking lot, it only made sense that they would
film the earlier walking scenes nearby.
Also, I knew
they had filmed on San Anseline in a previous season (the scene
of Rita dropping off a stolen dog), and
that the street is filled with garden-style apartment buildings like the
ones seen in this walking scene.
So, all it took
was a look with Google
StreetView to confirm it and pinpoint the exact buildings. Then I drove
down there and shot the photos you see above.
But that was
for the houses... When it came to the Dexter/Lumen part, I didn't even
have to wait for the episode to air.
Back at the
time of the actual filming (October 1st), one of my tipsters, Ellen,
was on the scene, and sent me a cell phone photo of Dexter & Lumen
standing together at the northeast corner of Marwick & Stearns.
here is her photo:
Ellen's white MINI-Cooper even managed to sneak a cameo in the background: