The location: Olivia's House
Although the house faces Termino Ave, the side we see in the scene is actually the north-facing side, which is on the south side of Vista Street.
When Dexter drives to the house, he is heading east down Vista Street, then turns south into their driveway.
is literally right around the corner from Astor's
3/4 of a mile northeast of the beach restroom
where Dexter abducts Lance Robinson in Episode 6. And about a mile east
of the accident scene where
the barrel girls are spilled onto the street in Episode 7.
shot the photos below in November 2010:
[ Warning: This
is a private home. Do not trespass
on their property,
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.
Rick let me know that they were filming on Termino and although I didn't manage to get down to the location to watch the filming, when the 9th episode aired, it was a simple matter to do a Google StreetView of Termino and match up the houses with what we see on the show.
The only slightly
tricky part was that they don't show the front of Olivia's house, facing
Termino, they only show the side of the house, which faces Vista. Fortunately,
in the scene, as Dexter turns into their driveway, we can see a home on
the corner with some distinctive ornamental bushes. And those were easy
to identify on Termino...
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