Dexter Filming Locations: Rita & Syl at For Sale house


The location: Rita & Syl at "For Sale" House.

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

    A. A residential home that Syl Prado, a realtor, is trying to sell.

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

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. Once, in Episode 7 (of Season 3), "Easy As Pie".

    Miguel Prado's wife, Sylvia (or 'Syl' for short), is a realtor, and she takes Dexter's girlfriend Rita under her wing to show her the ropes of real estate salesmanship (and in hopes of selling Rita a new home once she marries Dexter).

    In this scene, we see Rita ending a phone call with Dexter (about their upcoming wedding) & Syl walking away from this white, Spanish-style home, as the two women begin to talk about their men.

    Syl confesses that she's having problems with her husband, Miguel, whom she says has a dark side. He's been disappearing lately, and she thinks he's just using Dexter as a cover.

    Rita tries to comfort her by mentioning that she and Dexter had problems. But when Syl presses her for details, she tells her about Dexter's affair (with Lila) and his supposed drug problem, and says that their relationship improved once she confronted him about it

    Syl is shocked to hear that even (seemingly) mild-mannered Dexter could get involved in such things, and that just makes her worry even more that Miguel might be cheating on her.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This home can be found at 3828 NPine Ave., in northwest Long Beach, CA.

    That's on the east side of Pine, north of Bixby Road.

    Pine Ave is one street west of the street with Miguel Prado's house (Weston).  In fact, this house is more or less right behind Prado's house. It's also close to the murder scene with the grieving fiancé.

    It's just a block southwest of another "Dexter" location: the home of Maria LaGuerta, and about three blocks west of two other locations, the Angel Food Donuts stand on Long Beach Blvd and the spot where Debra spied on Ramon.

    And it's also just south of the "American Pie"/"Ferris Bueller" Country Club neighborhood in north Long Beach.

    I shot the photos below in 2009

    [ 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. ]

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

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

    A.  At first, I thought this was probably in Prado's neighborhood.  But the house was blocked by a large tree in aerial photos, and Google hadn't yet added StreetView shots of these streets. So I got distracted and started looking in other areas.

    A tip from someone in the know put me back on track, and once I knew it was near Prado's place, it didn't take long to find it. There aren't many picket fences on these streets, and the scene clearly showed a white picket fence to the left of the house, and a low, ranch-style fence to its right. Bing's Bird's-Eye view aerial photos let me quickly search for those fences, and then Google StreetView (which recently added these streets to their index) easily confirmed it.

    I then visited the neighborhood again to shoot the photos above.

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