The location: Boyd Fowler's House
In Episode 5 ("First Blood"), after Dexter has set Lumen free, he returns to Boyd's house, and finds that someone has broken in and searched through Boyd's papers. It turns out it was Lumen.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A residential home. But nowhere near Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This house is at 1444 Gordon Street, in Hollywood, just south of Sunset Blvd.
That's right across the street from (east of) the Sunset-Gower studio where the show is filmed.
( If you look closely, as Dexter is walking up the side of Boyd's house, you can glimpse the studio's parking garage across the street...)
But while the exterior of the house was filmed at 1444 Gordon, tipster Rick observed them filming interiors at a nearby house on Gordon at the same time, so it appears that the interior shots of Boyd's house were filmed at 1432 Gordon Street, three houses to the south of the exterior house.
They have filmed at so many houses on Gordon Street, over the course of five seasons, that I've joked that the studio should just buy up the entire block and save the cost of renting the houses...
Just to name
a few of the house they have shot at on Gordon:
Gordon: Anton's Apartment House.
Gordon: Mario's House (the Skinner's assistant).
Gordon: Doakes' Apartment House.
1444 Gordon: Boyd Fowler's House (exterior).
Gordon: Christine's Apartment House.
(with more to come this season...)
And nearby are
several other locations, including the café where Dexter & Rita
have their first date, Wendell
Owens' house, the hooker motel, the street
where Trinity walked the dog, and the
strip mall where Debra picks up the photos
for the funeral.
Here is a Google Streetview panorama of the house:
is a private home. Do not trespass
on their property,
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes. By the 5th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
tip came from Rick, who spotted them
filming on Gordon, and who also sent me the photo above of them shooting
there. (Thanks, Rick!)
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