Dexter Filming Locations: The Maggot House

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The location: The Maggot 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. 2075 Ocean Way, in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 5, of Season 5, "First Blood".

    The Miami metro police are investigating a string of decapitation murders associated with the macabre Santa Muerte cult.

    In this scene, they find an early murder scene that had gone undiscovered for weeks.

    We first see Debra & Sierra parked across the street. They are checking out addresses from a list of people who withdrew large sums of cash from the ATM.

    They get out of their unmarked car and cross the street to the blue & white house.  Debra remarks on the smell, and when she looks in the window, she sees dozens of buzzing flies.

    They kick in the door, and once inside, discover a bloody scene with two bodies, each crawling with maggots, flies and other bugs.

    The rookie, Sierra, runs outside and vomits, while Debra phones in for support.

    Later, we see a patrol car pull up, with LaGuerta & Angel.  Reporters are already on the scene. Masuka is talking about how all the bugs were attracted to the scene.

    Debra tells LaGuerta that the victims are a couple named Ortiz, and that they tried to make a maximum withdrawal from an ATM about four weeks ago.

    Dexter says that the bodies have already started to mummify, but it appears they were killed with a machete, like the other Santa Muerte victims. But since there was none of the usual cult trappings, Dexter suggests it may have been the Fuentes brothers' first killing.

    When Debra goes back to her car, she spots something across the street. Tearing away some of the posters on a wall, she finds an "eye" symbol that matches the young victim's description of the tattoo on the hand of his attacker.

    The "eye" is a logo for a local club called the Mayan. She realizes that what the victim saw wasn't a tattoo after all, but instead a hand stamp from the night club.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A residential house - just not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The address is 6260 Afton Place, in Hollywood, CA.

    That's on the south side of Afton, just east of Vine Street, and about two blocks southwest of the Sunset-Gower studio where they film the show.

    They obviously added the flowering bougainvillea vine around the home's white columns. And they added posters and a "post no bills" sign to the blank wall on the south side of the building across the street (Production Group Studios, at 1330 Vine St.)

    They have filmed often in the neighborhoods near the studio, including the nanny's apartment this season (which was also Sgt. Doakes' apartment, in season one), Lumen's motel, the First Date Cafe, Teegan's house, Wendell Owens' house, 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:

    [ 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.

    This particular tip came from Rick, who saw them filming and let me know.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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