The location: Trey's Post-Prison Shack.

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

    A. A dilapidated house.

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

    A. In Chino.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 17 of Season two, "The Brothers Grim".

    Ryan's trouble-making brother, Trey, gets out of prison, and calls Ryan to say he needs a lift.

    Sandy goes with Ryan to pick up Trey, and they try to drop him off at a friends house in Chino. But the house turns out to be a dilapidated shack, and there's nobody home.

    Both Sandy and Ryan feel guilty about stranding Trey there, so they reluctantly offer to put him up in Newport for a while, and he accepts.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. At the time the episode was filmed, it was a small wooden house. It has now been leveled, and there's just a dirt lot where it used to stand.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. Many scenes in The O.C. were filmed at the Redondo Beach Marina. Just across the street (east of) the Redondo Marina is an electrical power plant (with smokestacks that are visible for miles along the beach).

    In this episode, you can see that power plant in the background of Trey's house scene.

    If you go just one block east of that power plant, you would have found the little house, tucked away between industrial buildings, on the north/NE side of N. Gertruda Ave - just east of the northeast corner of Gertruda and Catalina Ave., in Redondo Beach. (It seems to map out to approximately 590 N. Gertruda Ave, Redondo Beach.) Here is a map link.

    Unfortunately, although (as of August 2007) Live Local Birds-Eye aerial photos
    and Google's aerial photos still show the house sitting there (see the photo below), more recent aerial photos from Live Local show that the house has been torn down, and there is just a dirt lot where the small house used to stand. (So don't bother trying to visit.)

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

    A. This one was hard to find, because it no longer exists. Also, I initially mistook the power plant for an oil refinery, and I spent my time looking for the house around the local oil refineries. However, once I realized it was actually the Edison power plant in the background, I was able to focus my search there, and using Live Local maps, I found it with minimal effort. It was later that I discovered that the house had been torn down.

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