Dexter Filming Locations: Isaak's Hideout

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The location: Isaak's Hideout

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

    A. An apartment house.

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 9, of Season 7, "Helter Skelter".

    Mob boss Isaak Sirko is on the run from his own mob, which is trying to kill him.

    At first, he stays at his lover Viktor's apartment.
    But after an assassin shows up there (and is killed by Dexter), he moves to this apartment.

    We see it several times, and most of the shots start out with an establishing shot, followed by an interior shot of Isaak in the apartment.

    Mostly, it's Isaak talking to Dexter on the phone, while he keeps track of Dexter's progress in hunting down the mob hitmen.

    In one scene, Dexter comes to the apartment and demands to talk to Hannah (by phone).  While there, he & Isaak get into a heated dispute and Isaak comes close to shooting him.

    Finally, Isaak gets a call from Dexter that he is being followed by the last assassin, and he tells Dexter to lead the killer to a cargo ship, the Fearless, at the harbor, where he will meet him.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. The interior is most likely just a studio set, but the exterior, seen several times as establishing shots, is a very real apartment house.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. These apartment houses are actually in Florida.

    There are two different buildings shown, and it isn't completely clear which one contains Isaak's apartment.  But they're right across the street from each other in real life.

    The Art Deco condo seen in the top two screencaps, where we see Dexter's car pull up, is the Flamingo Plaza, at 1051 Meridian Ave, in Miami Beach, Florida.

It's near the northwest southeast corner of Meridian and 11th Street, just five blocks from the beach.
    But the fourth screencap down shows another building, a taller one with numerous balconies.  That is the Admiral Towers, at 1020 Meridian Ave, located across the street, on the west side of the Meridian.

    Both buildings are a stone's throw from Flamingo Park.  Flamingo Park (the name, at least) was used as a location in the first season, when Dexter stalked a young killer (although the scene was actually filmed in Long Beach).

Unlike most Dexter establishing shots, which are either old footage from the first season, or stock shots of the city, these opening shots appear to have been actually filmed on location this year (albeit, without the cast), since we see Dexter's car pull up in front of the apartment house.

In November 2012, a fan,
Stephane, who lives nearby in Miami Beach, recognized the buildings, shot some matching photos, and sent them to me.  Here they are:

    This panorama was shot from a balcony of the apartment tower at 1020 Meridian (Admiral Towers):

    This is Flamingo Plaza, where we see Dexter's car pull up, at 1051 Meridian.

    And this is a view of the
    Admiral Towers across the street, which was shown in the episode at 26:01.

Here is an aerial photo of the locations.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

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

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've 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, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    The street address (1051) is just barely visible on the front of the building in one scene.  I figured it was Florida, because the skyline didn't match Long Beach or Santa Monica.  And since I know that they like Art Deco architecture in Miami Beach, I looked there first, rather than in Miami.  Also, the initial aerial shot showed that it was just a few blocks in from the ocean.  So I used Google maps to find out where the 1051's are in Miami Beach, then used their aerial photos to search that area until I spotted the building.

    Later, a fan in Miami Beach, Stephane, recognized it and sent me several photos he had shot matching not only the Flamingo Plaza, but the building across the street as well.  Thanks, Stephane!

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