A few weeks ago we were visiting Seattle, (the emerald city as they call it here) and I could not help but remember my times hooked to this serie.

Grey’s Anatomy premiered in 2005 and is currently active. It´s been long time since I stopped following the show, especially since one of my favorite characters left: Cristina Yang.

As you know the serie is about the daily life of a group of surgeons and residents of a Seattle hospital.

Before traveling I took note of the different the places to visit: This is something I like to do when I visit cities where films or series I like have been filmed. As I curiosity I found out that the famous Seattle Grace hospital is located in Los Angeles, and its real name is VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The address is 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, LA.

This huge glass front of the building was the protagonist of crucial conversations between our favorite characters.

Do you want to see how is it in reality?

Do you remember the waiting room, for relatives? They did not change anything, it’s exactly the same!

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The production team didn’t love this retro decor, but the explanation is quite simple: the real hospital is a health center, so it needs to keep working and the shooting time is very limited. It did not make any sense to walk with changes in the setting, so it is simply set in reality.

Another scenario you can visit in Los Angeles is Cristina and Owen’s apartment located in a fire station. Address: Fire Station 23 at 222 East 5th St.

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In the serie you can see the fire station, but the contiguous buildings have been modified, as well as the emblematic tower of the city (Space Needle).

Fire Dept

But a serie set in Seattle could not be shot entirely in California, and that’s why some of the shots were actually shot in Seattle.

For this, the main characters moved during one or several days to the city to sometimes record a single scene.

Some examples are:

The scenes at the heliport, as well as the scene in which Preston Burke helicopter moves to Seattle Presbyterian Hospital to get a heart to Izzy’s then-boyfriend Denny Duquette, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (currently Negan in The Walking Dead)

The scenes were filmed at Fisher Plaza on 140 4th Ave.


In this image we see the main cast during a break

Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight and Chandra Wilson

More shooting scenes that took place in Fisher Plaza

Seattle is a city located between Lake Washington and the bay known as Puget Sound, next to the Pacific Ocean. That’s why, if you remember well, Dr. Dereck Shepherd used to take the ferry to work every day, and some scenes in the second and third seasons took place on Pier 57.

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Derek and Addison scene in a ferry.

Pier 57, Seattle

Derek and Addison speak in the pier.

The last location I’m going to talk about is undoubtedly the one that took me the most to find: I mean Meredith Grey’s house, in Anne Queen neighborhood. An area with hills that reminded me of San Francisco.

A lovely house with amazing views of the city, in a quiet and elegant neighborhood just 200 meters  away from Kerry Park, which is definitely worth a visit.

Meredith Grey entering her house in the first season. The address is 303 W Comstock St.

Here you have some photos I made in front of the house!



Have a nice week!

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