This Sunday, Dexter, the suspenseful Showtime series about blood-spatter patterns and a psychopath leading a double life, comes to an end, and while the show may soon fade from public consciousness, its filming locations will go down in TV history—from Dexter Morgan's sun-faded apartment complex to the sage-and-salmon midcentury residence his significant other, Rita, called home. Though the show was set in the heart of Miami, all but a few well-known establishing shots were filmed in—surprise!—Southern California. To fête the series' final curtain, here's the definitive guide to Dexter's real-life sets, mapped and explained below.Read More
As Dexter Ends, the Ultimate Guide to its Filming Locations
Dexter's Palm Terrace apartment, seen in almost every episode of the first season, is one of the very few residences in Dexter that actually exists in Southern Florida. In real life, they are the Bay Harbor Club condos in Miami Beach. [Photo via PhotoRene/Flickr]
Rita's abode, like the vast majority of residences on the show, sits in Long Beach, Calif. Fun fact: the palms in front of the green single-story are fake, as is the salmon-pink cement-block garden wall.
Dexter's Childhood Home
In flashbacks of the first season, Dexter and Deb live in this single-story with green trim in Los Altos.
Seven Seas Motel (the Pink One)
Here's the hotel in the series' very first episode, where Dexter first learns about the Ice Truck Killer.
Miami Metro Police Station
In the first season, Miami Metro Police Station is, lo' and behold, the actual Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters.
In Season 1, Dexter finds out he's inherited his biological dad's house. In the show, this residence is in a completely different part of Florida, though in actuality, it's just a few blocks from the properties used for Rita's place and Dexter's childhood home.
Here's Angel Batista's home, actually in Long Beach, Calif. The real-life residence sits right next door to the real-life house that serves as Dexter's childhood home.
Sgt. Doakes' House
Here's Sgt. Doakes' apartment, actually in Hollywood.
Deb's Beach House
Deb's beach bungalow sits in Long Beach. According to the filming location experts at Seeing Stars, it last sold for "over $1M," so Deb probably wouldn't be able to afford the mortgage.
Dexter and Rita's House
Rita and Dex's shared home furthers the salmon/stucco theme of the residences in Dexter's version of Miami, which, again, is 2,738 miles from actual Miami.
Cabin in 'the Everglades'
Season 2's hidden cabin in the Everglades is actually across the continent in Palos Verdes, Calif.
Here's the home of Lila Tournay, a manipulative British artist and Season 2's main baddie.
Lila and Dexter's Aquarium
Ah, yes. The aquarium where Dexter and Lila make out hard-core? Actually the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.
Maria LaGuerta's House
Police Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta lives in this cute pink house, which, tragically, is yellow in real life.
Miguel Prado's House
Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado's Spanish-style McMansion sits just a block southwest of the house used as Maria LaGuerta's "pink" pile.
Defense Attorney Ellen Wolf's Home
Wolf, the defense attorney Miguel Prado tries to convince Dexter to kill, works at home in this yellow bungalow. In the show the scene is a lot sunnier, with wicker patio furniture and fake white flowers creeping up the porch columns.
Detective Joey Quinn's House
Another happy yellow residence: Deb's partner, Detective Joey Quinn lives in this rounded apartment building, which, in real life, is actually white and pale blue.
The Trinity Killer's Home
In real life, the house that plays the home of Season 4's villain, the Trinity Killer, is just down the road from the house that plays Maria LaGuerta's place.
Christine Hill's House
Google Maps indicates that the scaffolding-like façade of this L.A. apartment complex, which plays home to investigative reporter Christine Hill, is no more.
Far, far away from Kiev, Ukraine, where Season 7's ominous rich person Isaak is meant to reside, sits this manse, actually situated in L.A.'s Hancock Park neighborhood.
Wendell Owens' House
In Season 3, Deb goes to 15-year-old Wendell Owen's house to get information. The yellow, cherry-blossom'd single-story actually sits in Hollywood.
Dr. Evelyn Vogel's House
Another sun-colored, rounded set-up: the house of Season 8's Dr. Evelyn Vogel. Details, this way.
Auto Salvage Yard
The auto salvage yard where Dexter, uh, Dexters the couple that extorted and killed Cuban immigrants is LA Japanese Auto Parts in Sun Valley, Calif.
School Where Dexter Almost Kills a Bully
In a Season 1 flashback, Dexter's dad tamps down a young Dexter's desire to kill a schoolyard bully. It was filmed at Prisk Elementary School.
Season 8 Skatepark
And, finally, Season 8's skatepark—where the team is called to investigate a body of a 35-year-old man who has, erm, got part of his head sliced off—is actually Burbank, Calif.'s Valley Park Skate Park.