Dexter Filming Locations: Yates' House

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The location: Yates' House

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

    A. A residential 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 4, of Season 8, "Scar Tissue".

    Dexter has been working his way through a list of Dr. Vogel's former patients, searching for the Brain Surgeon killer, who is leaving threatening tokens at Vogel's doorstep.

    In this scene, he is checking out A.J. Yates. He breaks into his home, looks around, and notes that Yates has an elderly father in a nursing home.

    Opening a closet, he discovers a collection of women's shoes, and lifts fingerprints from them.

    We see that Yates is downstairs in the basement, secretly watching Dexter in his house, on video monitors.

    He hears Dexter phone Vogel and realizes they are working together.

    We also see that Yates has a woman tied and gagged in his basement.

    In a second scene, Dexter returns to his house after dark, and finds that Yates has moved out in a hurry.

    Discovering Yates' hidden basement, Dexter finds bone saws and a surgical guide to cutting skulls, leading him to conclude that Yates is the Brain Surgeon.

    A sound leads him to look inside a tool cabinet, where he finds & rescues Yates' female prisoner, who is blindfolded and bleeding from a stab wound to the chest.

    Dr. Vogel comes over when she learns the news, and while she is there, Dexter checks Yates' computer and discovers Yates has Vogel's patient files.  He reads his own file, and is not happy to learn that Vogel dismisses his feelings as "an affectation" or a delusion.

    The house is scene again in Episode 5 ("This Little Piggy), when Miami Metro digs up the backyard, discovering the decayed remains of numerous victims of Yates.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential house - but not in Miami.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential house - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This house is located at 289 Gaviota Ave, in Long Beach, CA.

    That's about a mile east of downtown Long Beach, just south of 3rd Street.

    As usual, for this show, they added a palm tree and a little semi-tropical foliage out front, to make it look a bit more like their version of Miami, but otherwise it's a fairly straightforward location.

    Not many Southern California homes have basements, so it's not surprising that the basement scenes were filmed at the studio.

I shot the photo below in 2013.

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

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  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 let me know in advance when something is about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the new 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, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick let me know that they would be shooting on Gaviota Avenue, at one of two possible houses.  During the filming itself, a fan, Todd, sent me photos of the shoot, which were taken by Dora (including one great shot of Michael C. Hall).

    Here are those photos:

  (Thanks to Rick, Todd & Dora!)

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