Dexter Filming Locations: Astor's Grandparents' House

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The location: Astor's Grandparents' House

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

    A. A residential home.

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

    A. In Orlando, Florida.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 9, of Season 5, "Teenage Wasteland".

    Since Rita's death, Dexter's step-daughter Astor has been living (along with Cody) with her grandparents in Orlando.

    In this episode, she unexpectedly shows up in Miami, with her new friend Olivia, and immediately causes headaches for Dexter, including getting herself detained for shoplifting.

    It turns out that Astor helped Olivia run away from home because the man who lived with Olivia's mother (Barry) was beating up the girl.

    In this scene, Dexter has just dropped Olivia off at her house (after getting rid of Barry), and is now dropping Astor off at her grandparents' home.

    Before he does, he tells her that he is proud of her, for standing up for her friend. And he tells her that he loves her.

    They park in front of the house, and Astor tells him that he should come inside and say hello to Cody (despite Dexter's warning that it will blow her alibi about being in Miami).

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential home.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The house is located at 258 Termino Ave, in Long Beach, CA.

    It's on the east side of the Termino, and just four houses north of Vista & Termino, where you'll find Olivia's house.

    And its about a half mile from both Dexter's house and the spot where Astor yells at Dexter in Episode 5.

    It's perhaps 3/4 of a mile northeast of the beach restroom where Dexter abducts Lance Robinson in Episode 6.

    And about a mile east of the accident scene where the barrel girls are spilled onto the street in Episode 7.

    I shot the photos below in November 2010:

    [ 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 house. And here is a map link.

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.

    Rick let me know that they were filming on Termino and although I didn't manage to get down to the location to watch the filming, when the 9th episode aired, it was a simple matter to do a Google StreetView of Termino and match up the houses with what we see on the show.

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