Dexter Filming Locations: Freebo's House


The location: Freebo'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. At 118 Calender Street, in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1 (of Season 3), "Our Father".

    Dexter's third-season troubles begin when he goes after a drug dealer named Fred Bowman (AKA "Freebo"), who killed two college girls and got away with it.

    Things do not go well...

    Dexter goes to Freebo's pink house (pretending that he wants to score drugs), where he briefly encounters a young teen named Wendell Owens, who is Freebo's doorman.

    After being allowed to enter the house, Dexter meets Freebo and witnesses an argument between Freebo and his girlfriend Teegan (who later turns up dead).

    Now convinced that Freebo belongs on his hit list, Dexter readies a kill room, then returns to the pink drug house, after dark, to finish the job.

    But instead of finding Freebo alone, he walks into an unexpected situation where Freebo is struggling with some other man.

    Freebo escapes, but the man he was fighting attacks Dexter with a knife, and Dexter winds up killing a total stranger (in self-defense).

    But Dexter's fortunes then go from bad to worse.

    The next morning, he's called back to the pink house (now a police murder scene), where he finds out that the man he killed was Oscar Prado, the baby brother of a powerful political figure, Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado, the top prosecutor in Florida.

    We see the house a fourth time the next day, when Dexter gets a call from Miguel Prado, telling him to meet him at the house.  There, we see Dexter's familiar red strings/ribbons (marking the blood spatter patterns), and he explains to Prado how the crime seems to have gone down. Prado surprises Dexter by asking him why he was searching the department database for info about his brother. When Dexter makes something up about this particular death affecting him, the grieving Prado invites him to his brother's wake.

    Later, Dexter's efforts to feign sympathy at the wake over the death of his accidental victim makes matters even worse, as Miguel Prado soon begins to aggressively court Dexter as a friend and confidant, leading to a twisted relationship that brings out the worst in the District Attorney.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home, but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The house is a triplex, located at 536 N. Palos Verdes Street, in San Pedro, CA.

    Yes, the house really is pink.

    But they still changed the look of the place for the shoot.

    Not only is the palm tree out front fake, but they also put a false front on the house to cover the windows, making it look more like a drug house (you can spot the fake front when they walk in through the real door at 24:10). And they put up a fake street sign, reading "Calender St", out on what is actually Palos Verdes St.

    The house is located at the east end of W. Amar Street, where it runs into N. Palos Verdes Street. That's under the Harbor Blvd offramp from the Harbor (110) Freeway.

    At the start of the first scene, we see Dexter park his car on the south side of Amar Street (just west of Palo Verdes St) and then walk east (across Palos Verdes) to the pink house.

    I shot the photos below in Oct. 2008

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

    The house is about four blocks north of the housing project (where they staged a gang murder) from the second season, and not much further from the cargo lot where, in the first season, they filmed Dexter checking a cargo container while searching for his kidnapped sister. It's also not very far from Little Chino's party house, the church where they held Paul's funeral, or the pier where the police found a victim inside a railroad box car.

    And from this third season, it's close to the area where they find the body of Freebo's girlfriend, Teegan, not that far from the Skinner's warehouse, and only about three miles northeast of the pier where Dexter and Miguel Prado argue.

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

    Don't confuse this house (which is Freebo's own home) with the house where Freebo is later killed by Dexter. He is killed at his dead girlfriend Teegan's home, which is located in Hollywood.

    [ Warning: Over the years, nearby areas have had a problem with gang activity, so exercise reasonable caution. ]

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

    A. This wasn't that difficult.

    I had spent a lot of time in this part of San Pedro tracking down the second season's locations (such as the housing project), so when I saw the house, I had a feeling that it was probably nearby, and this neighborhood was the first place I looked.

    But then I spotted something in the background of one frame in the first episode: I saw what I thought might be part of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, behind Freebo's house. So I blew up the screenshot (see below) and sure enough, I recognized it as part of that familiar green bridge that spans the Los Angeles Harbor.

    The position of the bridge in relation to the house told me that the house faced the west. So I simply switched to Google StreetView and started looking at the east sides of north/south streets near the Vincent Thomas Bridge. It didn't take me long to spot it, especially since it was pink!

    I later drove down there and shot the photos you see above, to verify the find.

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