"Chino" in Venice.
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. Ryan's childhood
home town of Chino.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. ...in Chino, California. Chino is a small town located east of Los Angeles, just south of Pomona.
Here is a map link to the real Chino.
And a map to that city's official website.
But the show
wasn't really filmed in Chino.
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. For this
location of "Chino": In Episode 1 (of season 2), "The Distance",
where Ryan moves back to Chino to be with Theresa, because he thinks she
may be pregnant with his child.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. An home in
a residential neighborhood - but not in Chino.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. It's not in the real Chino.
[ I shot both photos in 2006. ]
that these are private homes. Don't trespass on their property,
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I didn't have much to go on for these scenes. Just part of the house number (it was blurry and looked like it might be 2242, 2342 or 2842), and an out-of-focus street sign (in the flashback scene with the kids on bikes) that could have been "Clay Ave", "Chey Ave" or "Choy Ave."
So I started Googling various combinations of similar numbers and street names. For some reason, when I typed in "Clay Avenue", the Google map gave me Cloy Avenue, which turned out to be the right street.
Comparing the Google aerial maps with the screenshots, the roofs and trees seemed to match. Given the address, I could limit it to just two or three streets in the area. So I drove down to Venice and took a look. It's a small neighborhood, so it isn't that hard to scout. Once there, that wood fence (which the kids ride past on their bikes) with the banana trees behind it jumped out at me, then it wasn't hard to find the matching house right around the corner.
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