Dexter Filming Locations: Quinn's Apartment


The location: Quinn's Apartment Building.

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 6 (of Season 4), "Dirty Harry".

    It is the apartment of Detective Joey Quinn, Debra's partner on the Miami Metro police force.

    We first see a glimpse of the exterior, then we see inside the apartment, where Quinn and Christine are having a conversation.  As Trinity's daughter, she's trying to get information out of him about the "Vacation Murders", and wants him to set up an interview with Debra.

    He tells her no, but the scantily-clad Christine isn't about to take no for an answer.  As she's about to make a move on him, Quinn gets a phone call.

    It's from Debra, and she's sitting outside his apartment, on a low wall.

    Quinn goes out to talk to Debra (while Christine watches from the window), and she tells him that she wants to be an eye witness on the Lundy shooting.
    (even though she didn't really see the suspect do it).  Quinn advises her to take some time and think about it.

    We see the apartment house again in Episode 10 ("Lost Boys"), but it's just a brief glimpse of the exterior, before heading inside for a conversation between Christine & Quinn - who's beginning to suspect her.  (Chances are this shot was just a re-use of the original footage from episode 6.)

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An apartment building - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. It's at 3515 E1st Street, in the Bluff Park section of Long BeachCA.

    That's on the north side of 1st Street, just three houses west of Loma Ave.

    It's just one block east of Dexter & Rita's house (which is also on 1st Street).

    The apartment building is actually white.  They painted it a bright yellow for the show, and they painted the low wall blue (no doubt, to make it look more like Miami.)

    I shot the photos below in December 2009.
    (As you can see, they restored the color to its original white.)

    [ Warning: These are private apartments.  Do not trespass on their property, knock on their doors,
    or do anything else that might disturb the residents. ]

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

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

    A.  This was a contribution from Dexter fan Julie, who reports driving past the location while they were painting the building yellow.  (Thanks, Julie!)

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