The location: The Christmas Tree lot.


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

    A. A Christmas tree lot.


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

    A. Somewhere in Newport.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 6 (of season 2), "The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't", when Summer takes Seth shopping for a Christmas tree, and she then takes forever to decide which tree to buy.

    The Christmas tree lot is seen again in Episode 10 - "The Chrismukkah Bar Mitz-vahkkah", where Summer is once again being fussy about picking out just the right tree. Ryan and Marissa are around this time, and Marissa stirs things up when she suggests buying a tree for Johnny.


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A parking lot.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. It appears that they filmed this scene (in Episode 6) right in the parking lot of the Yacht Club (AKA the Bluewater Grill) on the edge of the Redondo Beach Marina (King Harbor), right next door to the Balboa Lighthouse.

    (In the background, one can see the Breakwater restaurant and Portofino Hotel across the marina.)

    The Bluewater Grill is located at 665 N. Harbor Drive, in Redondo Beach. The scenes were most likely shot long before Christmas - they simply put up some fake signs and brought in a truckload of Christmas trees to temporarily create Summer's holiday shopping forest...

    ( However, the scond tree lot scene (in Episode 10, Season 3) was shot on a very foggy day, with tight shots inside the tree "forest", and there is no way to figure out exactly where they filmed it. )

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. I had already found the Breakwater restaurant and the Portofino, and when I saw the Christmas tree lot on TV, I spotted the Breakwater in the background. By checking the angle on an aerial map, I determined that the camera was situated in (or near) the parking lot of the Bluewater Grill.




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