The actual locations where The Catch was filmed

Alice Vaughn, Benjamin Jones, Rhys Griffiths


1. Anderson/Vaughan Investigations.

'Dr. Beaumont The Catch, Jr.'
(or 'Rosie' for short)
played by
Morris Chestnut

We don't see The Catch's apartment house often on the show, at least not the exterior.

They've only shown it a few times, and then only in brief glimpses,
such as the scene below, when Villa was caught leaving Rosie's
house by her jealous boyfriend.

But I still found it.

This apartment house is at 291 Bay Shore Ave,
in the Naples area of Long Beach, CA.

It's at the corner of Bay Shore Avenue and E. Vista Street,  which is the
very same spot where they filmed the "barrel girls accident" for "Dexter".

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

Here is a Google StreetView of the apartment house:

2. Alice Vaughn's Home.

  'Detective Annalise Villa',
played by
Jaina Lee Ortiz

Technically, this is actually her mother's houseboat, but Villa spends a
lot of time there, and since they never seem to ever show her own house
(if she has one), this is more or less her de facto home on the show.

When I first saw this place on the show, I thought it was a normal house.
It was only after taking a closer look that I realized it was a houseboat,
(sort of the ultimate version of a mobile home), docked at a marina.

In this case, they docked the houseboat at
Island Yacht Anchorage, at 1500 Anchorage Road,
in that funky Wilmington Marina , which is right on the
border between Wilmington and west Long Beach.

This obscure marina location will be familiar to "Dexter" fans,
since the same place was used as Dexter's marina (where
he docked his Slice of Life) in the second season.

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

Here is a Google StreetView of the spot in the marina:

4. The Weatherby Hotel.

'Donna The Catch',
played by Lorraine Toussaint

For some reason, we see this big Craftsman house belonging to
The Catch's mother far more often than we see The Catch's own place.

You'll find this house at 521 N. Lemon Street, in Anaheim, CA.
at the southwest corner of N. Lemon St. and W, Alberta St.

I was able to track it down because the house number is visible on the front of the house
 in the shot above. Once I found out from press reports that they were filming in Anaheim,
it was simply a matter of Googling "521, Craftsman, Anaheim" which turned up, of all
things, a book filled with old photos of Early Anaheim, which included a listing
and an old photo of the house at 521 N. Lemon.

It turns out that the house was built back in 1922
by the son of the Anaheim postmaster.

As you can see from the vintage photo below,
it hasn't changed much In the last century:

Image courtesy of Stephen J. Faessel

This Craftsman house is less than two miles north of Disneyland.

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

Here is a Google StreetView of the house:

3. The East Miami Police Department.

In real life, this is the Huntington Beach Civic Center,
at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA.
  The HB Civic Center does include their police station.

I tracked down this location after seeing unusual sculptures of
red pelicans as the cast walked across the police station plaza:

So I Googled for images of red pelican sculptures, and, eventually,
among the results was this image of those very same pelican statues:


.which the caption identified as being at the Huntington Beach Civic Center.

It was then a simple matter of using StreetView to confirm it.

(At the time, I expected the police station to turn out to be somewhere in LA County,
so I was somewhat shocked when it turned out to be in Orange County

Here is a Google StreetView of the civic center:

5. The Catch's "Magic City Lab".

This is where The Catch works, performing autopsies as a private pathologist.

Mostly, we see the interior of the lab, but occasionally they show us an
exterior shot of The Catch driving his yellow GTO into the lab's lot.

It wasn't easy tracking down this one. I spent a very long time looking
for this building in Los Angeles and Orange County, to no avail.

It was only after I came up empty their that I decided they might
have shot this in Miami, and switched my search to Florida.

Just to the left of Rosie's car in the photo above, you'll see a white mailbox,
and above that Mailbox is what looks like a street number.

When I blew that up and sharpened it, I thought I could make out the numbers 2043.

So, I went looking for 2043's in Miami by Googling "2043, Miami Florida",
and the first page of results included a real estate listing with a photo of the building

This red building actually is in Miami, and any time you see it on the show,
you're looking at old footage shot during the pilot episode's trip to Miami.
(It's usually the exact same shot, used over and over.)

You will find the "lab" at 2043 North Miami Ave, in Miami, Florida.

In real-life, the sign over the drive-in entrance reads "diana lowenstein fine art".
And as you can probably guess from that name, it is an art gallery, not a pathology lab

As for the name of the lab itself, "Magic City" is a nickname for the city
of Miami Beach, popularized through a 2012 TV series of the same name.

Here is a Google StreetView of the building:

6. The Off-Limits bar.

We mostly see the interior of this bar, a favorite after-hours hang of Villa's.
But every now and then we glimpse the exterior.

This is a real bar, and its real name is "Off Limits".  They used the actual
interior of the bar as well, at least in the beginning.

You'll find it at 819 S. Euclid Street,  in Anaheim, CA,
about a mile northwest of Disneyland.

Here is a Google StreetView of the bar:

Coming soon: More The Catch locations!

But in the meanwhile, since I spent eight years tracking down Dexter
filming locations, I thought you might enjoy this short article
about the things these two shows have in common:

The Catch screenshots from the show & all related characters & elements are trademarks of
ABC TV.  All other photos & text are Copyright  2020-Gary Wayne
and may not be used without written permission.

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