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As Dexter Ends, the Ultimate Guide to its Filming Locations

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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.


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1. Dexter's Apartment

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1155 103rd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33154

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]

2. Rita's House

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2348 San Anseline Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

3. Dexter's Childhood Home

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2431 Chatwin Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

In flashbacks of the first season, Dexter and Deb live in this single-story with green trim in Los Altos.

4. Seven Seas Motel (the Pink One)

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5940 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137

Here's the hotel in the series' very first episode, where Dexter first learns about the Ice Truck Killer.

5. Miami Metro Police Station

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9300 Northwest 41st Street
Miami, FL 33178

In the first season, Miami Metro Police Station is, lo' and behold, the actual Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters.

6. Dexter's Inheritance

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5570 East Rolanda Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

7. Angel's House

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2421 Chatwin Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

8. Sgt. Doakes' House

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1422 Gordon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Here's Sgt. Doakes' apartment, actually in Hollywood.

9. Deb's Beach House

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5468 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803

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.

10. Dexter and Rita's House

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3319 East 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803

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.

11. Cabin in 'the Everglades'

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26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Season 2's hidden cabin in the Everglades is actually across the continent in Palos Verdes, Calif.

12. Lila's Apartment

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6201 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Here's the home of Lila Tournay, a manipulative British artist and Season 2's main baddie.

13. Lila and Dexter's Aquarium

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100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Ah, yes. The aquarium where Dexter and Lila make out hard-core? Actually the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.

14. Maria LaGuerta's House

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3929 Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

Police Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta lives in this cute pink house, which, tragically, is yellow in real life.

15. Miguel Prado's House

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3827 Weston Place
Long Beach, CA 90807

Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado's Spanish-style McMansion sits just a block southwest of the house used as Maria LaGuerta's "pink" pile.

16. Defense Attorney Ellen Wolf's Home

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3934 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

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.

17. Detective Joey Quinn's House

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3515 East 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803

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.

18. The Trinity Killer's Home

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4119 Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

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.

19. Christine Hill's House

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1522 Gordon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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.

20. Isaak's Mansion

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545 South Plymouth Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90020

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.

21. Wendell Owens' House

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6062 Harold Way
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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.

22. Dr. Evelyn Vogel's House

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275 Bay Shore Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803

Another sun-colored, rounded set-up: the house of Season 8's Dr. Evelyn Vogel. Details, this way.

23. Auto Salvage Yard

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9928 Glenoaks Boulevard
Sun Valley, CA 91352

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.

24. School Where Dexter Almost Kills a Bully

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2375 Fanwood Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

25. Season 8 Skatepark

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1625 North Valley Street
Burbank, CA 91505

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.

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1. Dexter's Apartment

1155 103rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33154

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]

1155 103rd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33154

2. Rita's House

2348 San Anseline Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

2348 San Anseline Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

3. Dexter's Childhood Home

2431 Chatwin Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815

In flashbacks of the first season, Dexter and Deb live in this single-story with green trim in Los Altos.

2431 Chatwin Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

4. Seven Seas Motel (the Pink One)

5940 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137

Here's the hotel in the series' very first episode, where Dexter first learns about the Ice Truck Killer.

5940 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137

5. Miami Metro Police Station

9300 Northwest 41st Street, Miami, FL 33178

In the first season, Miami Metro Police Station is, lo' and behold, the actual Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Headquarters.

9300 Northwest 41st Street
Miami, FL 33178

6. Dexter's Inheritance

5570 East Rolanda Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

5570 East Rolanda Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

7. Angel's House

2421 Chatwin Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

2421 Chatwin Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

8. Sgt. Doakes' House

1422 Gordon Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Here's Sgt. Doakes' apartment, actually in Hollywood.

1422 Gordon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

9. Deb's Beach House

5468 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803

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.

5468 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803

10. Dexter and Rita's House

3319 East 1st Street, Long Beach, CA 90803

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.

3319 East 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803

11. Cabin in 'the Everglades'

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Season 2's hidden cabin in the Everglades is actually across the continent in Palos Verdes, Calif.

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

12. Lila's Apartment

6201 Yucca Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Here's the home of Lila Tournay, a manipulative British artist and Season 2's main baddie.

6201 Yucca Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Lila and Dexter's Aquarium

100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Ah, yes. The aquarium where Dexter and Lila make out hard-core? Actually the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

14. Maria LaGuerta's House

3929 Locust Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

Police Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta lives in this cute pink house, which, tragically, is yellow in real life.

3929 Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

15. Miguel Prado's House

3827 Weston Place, Long Beach, CA 90807

Assistant District Attorney Miguel Prado's Spanish-style McMansion sits just a block southwest of the house used as Maria LaGuerta's "pink" pile.

3827 Weston Place
Long Beach, CA 90807

16. Defense Attorney Ellen Wolf's Home

3934 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

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.

3934 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

17. Detective Joey Quinn's House

3515 East 1st Street, Long Beach, CA 90803

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.

3515 East 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803

18. The Trinity Killer's Home

4119 Locust Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

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.

4119 Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

19. Christine Hill's House

1522 Gordon Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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.

1522 Gordon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

20. Isaak's Mansion

545 South Plymouth Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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.

545 South Plymouth Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90020

21. Wendell Owens' House

6062 Harold Way, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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.

6062 Harold Way
Los Angeles, CA 90028

22. Dr. Evelyn Vogel's House

275 Bay Shore Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90803

Another sun-colored, rounded set-up: the house of Season 8's Dr. Evelyn Vogel. Details, this way.

275 Bay Shore Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803

23. Auto Salvage Yard

9928 Glenoaks Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA 91352

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.

9928 Glenoaks Boulevard
Sun Valley, CA 91352

24. School Where Dexter Almost Kills a Bully

2375 Fanwood Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815

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.

2375 Fanwood Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

25. Season 8 Skatepark

1625 North Valley Street, Burbank, CA 91505

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.

1625 North Valley Street
Burbank, CA 91505