The location: In the Moving Van with Harrison.
Whatever, the moving van is parked in the lot, facing the apartment house. At one moment, as Dexter walks to the van, you get a brief glimpse of the condo across the street (see the second photo from the top), at 3695 Linden.
The lot is on the east side of Linden, between 36th & 37th Streets, a few blocks north of the San Diego (405) Freeway.
They were there
on that block of Linden filming a cluster of scenes from Episode 2, including
the opening swimming pool scene,
the scene of Dexter saying goodbye
to the kids, Debra phoning
Dexter about the kids, and Quinn & Debra checking out an open
Club has its own website at www.lbpetroleumclub.com.
They have a lot of photos of the facility here, in case you're curious.
filmed often in this general in Bixby Knolls area of northwest Long Beach.
Besides the Episode 2 locations mentioned above, this location is
close to the Miguel Prado's house, Maria
LaGuerta's house, Trinity's house,
the donut shop, the pool
party, the Neighborhood Watch
scene, and a number of other (mostly residential) Dexter locations.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes. By the 5th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
I knew in advance (from a tip from Rick) that they were shooting in this area, and went there during filming.
So when I saw
the scene in the episode, Linden Avenue was the first place I looked
to see if I could match it. The first thing I noticed were those blue
posts that Dexter walks past on his way to the van. They match the
blue posts around the parking lot north of the Petroleum Club. Then I checked
a glimpse of the building seen behind the van, and it matched the south
side of The Linden apartment house, just north of the lot. Finally, a glimpse
across the street featured a large, round hedge or tree, next to what looked
like an apartment house. Checking Google
StreetView, that turned out to be the condo across the street, at 3695
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