Dexter Filming Locations: Emily Birch's House

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The location: Emily Birch's House

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

    A. residential home.

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

    A. 6070 Selma St., in Coral Gables, Florida.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 10, of Season 5, "In The Beginning".

    Dexter learns that Jordan Chase wears a vial of blood around his neck, so he steals a small sample and has it tested for DNA.

    It turns out that the blood belongs to Emily Birch. a blonde woman who resembles the other young "Barrel Girl" victims, but who is the same age as Jordan, Boyd and the other members of Chase's rape club.

    Dexter speculates that she may be Chase's first victim. Lumen wonders how she's still alive.

    So, Dexter & Lumen go to her house to try to talk to her.

    But when she answers the door, she's reticent to talk, and pretends not to know Jordan. Lumen shows her the group photo of Chase's gang when they were teens.

    Emily immediately tells them to leave, and denies knowing anyone in the photo. She slams the door in their faces.

    Lumen returns to the house, alone, later, and shows Emily a video of her own rape. Emily lets her in.

    Lumen tells Emily about the 13 victims, and Emily says she didn't know there was anyone else.

    Lumen asks Emily what happened to her. Emily tells her a story about a summer camp where she was a counselor-in-training, just a year older than Jordan Chase and his young friends.

    She says that Jordan's name back then was Eugene Grier, and she points him out in the group photo.  Lumen is surprised to learn that he was the fat kid on the left.

    Emily says she felt sorry for him and became his friend. But then he drugged her and she woke up naked in a cabin, tied to a bunk, where Jordan talked the other boys into attacking her.

    Lumen asks who the one remaining unknown teen is in the photo. Emily identifies that fifth boy as Alex Tilden.

    In a later scene, at the house, we are surprised to see Emily conspiring with Jordan Chase. We learn that she only spoke with Lumen, and only identified Alex, because Jordan told her to. And that she told Lumen the truth.

    We don't know why, but it's clear that some strange relationship exists between Emily and Jordan.

    She seems to be jealous that Lumen is pretty, so Jordan assures her that no one could ever take her place, and that they have an "unbreakable bond".  He says she made him what he is today.

    That makes her smile. But when she reaches out to touch him, he is clearly uncomfortable with such physical contact, and he quickly removes her hand from his.

    But he then tells her that she's special to him, leaving the mystery dangling...

    In the next episode (11, "Hop a Freighter"), the house appears again, when Emily phones Lumen and tells her that she knows where Jordan Chase is. Lumen goes to the house alone, and walks into a trap: Chase is waiting for her.

    Jordan flies into a rage (over having to deal with Lumen himself), and comes at Lumen with a fireplace poker.  When Emily objects, Jordan smashes Emily's head in, then continues his pursuit of Lumen.

    In a later night scene, Dexter arrives to find the house full of blood.  He thinks it is Lumen's at first, but then discovers the Emily's dead body. He also discovers Lumen's footprints, signs of a struggle, and her knife, with blood on it - an indication that Lumen was fighting back.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. If this house looks familiar, it's because it's the very same house seen in Season 4 as the home of the Trinity Killer's second victim (the woman he forced to jump to her death). It's where he met the victim while pretending to walk his dog.

    The colorful house is located in Hollywood, just north of the studio where they film Dexter.

    The address is 6070 Selma Ave., on the south side of the street.

    Two streets north of Sunset Blvd, this is just one street north of Harold Way, where they filmed Wendell Owens' house (the youngest victim of The Skinner) in Season 3.

    It's also just around the corner from Lumen's motel on La Baig Ave, which was previously seen in the third season as Angel's "hooker motel". And within walking distance of the cafe where Dexter & Rita has their first date, as well as the bar where Quinn hired Liddy.

    The photos below we shot by Sandra, at twilight on September 31, 2010:


    Here is an aerial photo of the house. And here is a map link.

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

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

    A.  A fan from Sacramento, Sandra, who was planning a visit to Hollywood, asked me back in August of 2010 if I knew of any Dexter filming going on during her visit in late September/early October.

    At first, I didn't think there would be (in fact, I thought they might be finished with the season by then. But at the last moment, I found a Film LA. notice that they would be closing off Selma Avenue to traffic, between Gower & La Baig (for the filming of Dexter) on the day she was due to arrive. It was a night shot, scheduled for 6 PM to 10 PM.  Rick drove by the morning of the filming and spotted the specific house on Selma.

    So I let Sandra know about the night shoot.

    She went to the scene, and watched the filming, and even managed to meet Michael C. Hall, who waved at them from across the street at one point, and then (when they were still there hours later), approached them between takes.

    She also sent me the photos you see above of Emily's house and the cars on the scene. (Thanks, Sandra!)

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