Dexter considers the apartment to be his safe haven from the outside world and a place where he is free to reveal his true nature.
8240 Palm Terrace, #10B
Miami, FL 33142
The apartment building is set near the waterfront. Amenities include a private pool and designated parking spaces. The apartments are accessed by an external corridor.
Dexter's 2nd floor apartment (later, condo) appears normal and well-kept, consisting of a living room, kitchen, work space, bathroom, and bedroom. Despite this, it contains secret places. Dexter's blood slide box (storing trophies of his kills) is hidden within an air conditioning unit. In the bedroom closet, his kill tools are locked inside a trunk. Also, a getaway bag containing emergency items (e.g. cash, passports) is sealed behind a wall.
Dexter lives alone, although he spends some of his time at Rita Bennett's house.
After her ordeal with The Ice Truck Killer, a traumatized Debra Morgan lives with Dexter until he persuades her to move out. Lila West spends some nights with Dexter, which causes conflicts with Debra.
Ramon Prado breaks into Dexter's apartment and trashes it.
During his marriage to Rita, they live in a house in the suburbs, with Dexter having some difficulty adjusting to family life. To have a quiet place where he can research his targets, and store his trophies and kill tools, Dexter secretly keeps his apartment. When Rita finds out (months after the wedding), she is angry and suspicious of why Dexter kept it. Now forced to give up his apartment, Debra takes it over.
The apartment remains the home of Dexter and Harrison. In order to have more space, privacy, and an additional entrance, Dexter buys the next door apartment -- 9B. He also hires Jamie Batista as Harrison's nanny. After Debra breaks up with Quinn, she again stays with Dexter until she rents a beach house.
In "Goodbye Miami," when Dexter and Hannah make plans to move to Argentina, he mentions that he needs to sell his "condo." In the finale, Dexter fakes his own death and leaves Miami for the Northwest where he rents a room. It's not revealed who buys the apartment, but Sylvia Prado is the realtor.
- Cassie Jollenston (8B)
- Dexter's Neighbor (10A)
- Ms. Levin (unseen, mentioned in "Do You Take Dexter Morgan?"}
- Sal Price dies in Dexter's apartment after being poisoned by Hannah McKay. ("Chemistry")
- Cassie Jollenston is murdered by The Brain Surgeon two doors down. ("Dress Code")
- Zach Hamilton is murdered by The Brain Surgeon, and his body is left in Dexter's apartment. ("Are We There Yet?")
Adversaries who have been inside Dexter's apartment
- Brian Moser
- James Doakes
- Maria LaGuerta
- Lila West
- Miguel Prado
- Ramon Prado
- Arthur Mitchell
- Travis Marshall
- Stan Liddy
- Joey Quinn
- Louis Greene
- Isaak Sirko
- Clint McKay
- Sal Price
- Max Clayton
- Oliver Saxon
- "This apartment is the only thing that's helped me keep the mask in place, and without it... I'll burst. ~Dexter ("Dirty Harry")
- Blood Slide Boxes
- Dexter Morgan
- Dexter's Rented Room
- Kill Tools
- Rita Bennett's House
- Rita and Dexter's House
- Slice of Life
- In separate incidents, Brian Moser and Oliver Saxon break into Dexter's apartment to commit murder. Oliver tries to kill Dexter and Brian tries to kill Debra Morgan. Both are captured in the bedroom by Dexter.
- After shooting the original scenes in Bay Harbor Island, Miami Beach, a replica of the apartment was built inside the Sunset Gower studio in Hollywood, California. They even recreated the view one would see from the window of the real-life apartment in Florida.