Dexter Filming Locations: Alex Tilden's House

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The location: Alex Tilden's House

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

    A. A residential home.

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

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 10, of Season 5, "In The Beginning".

    Lumen has spoken with Emily Birch, the first victim of Jordan Chase, and has learned that the unknown face in the photo of Chase's rape gang (when they were teens) was a banker named Alex Tilden.

    In the first scene, Dexter & Lumen visit Alex Tilden's home, at night, and while there they discover a gun and a box full of jewelry that Alex has taken from the victims as trophies.

    They talk about where to build the kill room.

    In a later scene, we see Jordan Chase parked outside the house, aware that Dexter & Lumen are planning to kill Alex. Despite this, he phones Alex and tells him to go home - knowing he will be murdered.

    Later still, we see Alex come home, only to find his old rape videos playing, and Lumen waiting for him. He runs to get his gun, but Dexter is waiting for him there, and subdues him with an injection.

    Alex wakes up in the kill room, where Lumen stabs him in the heart.  (We are led to believe that the kill room was constructed in Alex's home.)

    Meanwhile, the police (including Debra) arrive at Alex's home, and enter it.  But they find nothing there.

    The camera pans to the white house next door, a vacant house with a "For Sale" sign out front, and we learn that that neighboring house (not Alex's house) was where they built the kill room.

    Debra, however, does discover a woman's footprint outside of Alex's house, and correctly guesses that the vigilante killer might be one of Jordan Chase's victims - who survived.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This house is located at 3040 E1st Street, in Long Beach, CA.

    That's directly next door (west of) the home where they built the kill room.

    Both homes are on the south side of 1st Street, just west of Paloma Avenue.

    That's just two blocks west of Dexter's old house - although it's on the other (south) side of the street.

    And it's a block southwest of where they filmed the earlier scene of an angry Astor yelling at Dexter.

    Also nearby is Astor's grandparents' house, her friend Olivia's house, and the beach restroom where Dexter abducted Lance.The scene of the barrel girls accident is less than two miles to the east.

    I shot the photos below in September 2010:

    [ Warning: This is a private home.  Do not trespass on their property, knock on their door,
    or do anything else that might disturb the residents. ]

    Here is an aerial photo of the houses. And here is a map link.

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.

    Hearing reports from Rick that they would be filming on First Street, I drove past on the day of filming, and saw them prepping the two houses, adding extra foliage, and putting that "For Sale" sign on the lawn.  So I had identified the exact locations, and had shot the photos you see above, long before the episode aired.

    During the filming, Julie also was kind enough to let me know they were shooting there at night. (Thanks, Julie & Rick!)

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