Andrea's new house isn't a memorable second-tier residence (the first tier being the Whites, the Schraders, etc.) like Jane's Duplex. We only really went because we were already close by. But when we pulled up, the gravity of what happens in "Granite State" hit me all over again. While I believe Hank's death to be the show's true climax, the death of Andrea is a really painful note in the epilogue. It's not just kicking Jesse when he's down, but it's Vince and co. really twisting the knife in all of us.
In terms of spotting the location, what made it easy for us was that the address wasn't changed from on-screen (house no. 1011), and the door has an opaque glass section at the top which gives it away.
I don't think we ever see Gus' house during the day, and every scene featuring it is fraught with tension; nobody ever goes to Gus' to just say hello. During the daytime, the neighborhood is tranquil and higher-end. The columns and semi-circle driveway set the house apart from the rest of the neighborhood, however.
This was our first location requiring serious work to find (the results were thankfully very rewarding). Heading West (ultimately SW of ABQ) on rte. 6, the left onto Dalies Road is very easy to miss, and we initially passed it by a few miles. Dalies Rd. itself is unpaved and very bumpy. I was a bit concerned about damaging the rental car in a few spots, but we persevered. If you've come from Rte. 6 (as opposed to from the south), the house is on your left, and what makes it discoverable is more the fact that there are two houses. We didn't even remember this from the show, but it's clearly visible during the shootout between Hank and Tuco. Hector's also has a ramp up to the door (wheelchair accessible, of course) and the inside looks almost exactly like the set that was built for the interiors. (The set I believe to have been a little deeper; the building we were in didn't have the area from where Tuco shot the cow.)
The property itself is the stuff of nightmares. We had to duck under a barbed wire fence to get close; thankfully there was a section where the bottom row of wire was missing. There was a wide range of strange debris, the kind of stuff that makes you wonder how on earth it ever got there. The toilet outside appeared to be the same one from shooting, which means it's held up well for being outside four years.
After Jesse shoots Tuco, he pushes him into a square hole in the ground. There was a steel slab in the ground towards where the show makes it look like this happened, seemingly covering the hole. If this was the same spot, I'm not sure why it wasn't just filled in with dirt.
Jane's duplex, between Central and Silver, is a very special location. By this point in the series the depth of both Jesse and Hank are starting to emerge, which I suspect is due to Aaron Paul and Dean Norris exceeding the expectations from their initial casting. The duplex itself is a little less kept-up than one would hope. It's not in bad shape but looks a bit run down vis-à-vis its appearance on-screen. Around the back side images of Walt and Gus have been stenciled onto the walls by overzealous fans.
A bit has changed at Jesse's iconic house (first his aunt Ginny's, then his--officially--after the crafty deception via Saul in "Caballo sin Nombre"). The driveway where the Crystal Ship once parked is now occupied with a detached garage (this happened mid-filming and forced the storyline of Jesse moving out). The house was otherwise unchanged. It was hard to not linger and stare a bit at the front porch and yard, where Walt left that mysterious duffle (revealed to actually be 5MM, not something odious like Mike's head) and where Walt was tased by Tyrus, respectively. In terms of proximity, Jesse's house is within walking distance to Washington Park, Tuco's HQ, and even Spooges house ("Bitch, where's my money?!").
Notes coming soon.
Notes coming soon.
Though it only appears in "Felina", Skyler's new apartment carries a weighty significance. Here Walt finally admits to Skyler his selfishness, says his goodbye to Holly (a scene which even made the camera operator cry during filming), and, ghost-like, walks the perimeter of the laundry building to at least see Flynn one last time. It only took a pass or two around the larger complex to find the laundry room and similarly place the angles for the shots of Junior exiting the bus and entering the front door of unit 60. When all is said and done, this BrBa location rivals any other in its ability to conjure pathos and loss.
Unlike the Tucker house, Spooge's isn't as terrifying as one would expect. In fact, it seems like with a little work it could be a pretty nice home. The neighborhood is a bit higher scale than would be possible for Spooge and his...skank. It's a mere 2 blocks SE of the Pinkmans' house, and Andrea's new (note that this is supposed to be an upgrade for her and Brock) house is not far, across Lomas.
Tucker!! Tucker!!!! Tucker!!!!
I was excited to prowl around Uncle Jack's because it's a location where one could reconstruct a lot of shots and sequences. I was hopeful to see the lab, pit, clubhouse, etc. Unfortunately, we weren't able to make this happen. The entire mill was fenced in. Furthermore, the sun was setting, the neighborhood didn't feel the safest (yes, it's actually situated directly between train tracks and a dense neighborhood; it isn't remote at all), and we heard a lot of dogs barking; it seemed like some of them could have been protecting the sawmill premises, though we never saw any on that side of the fence. From afar we could clearly spot the semi-circle building that housed the lab, and structures that appeared not unlike the clubhouse. Alas, we never got close enough to confirm, though we must have drove the perimeter at least twice. So ultimately, this one ended up a tad on the uneventful side.
Update Nov 2014: Sadly, we've learned that the compound has been completely demolished. Apparently new apartments are being constructed, and any trace of this haunting site are gone. So while our original visit here felt disappointing at the time, we're now thrilled to have seen what we could.
Notes coming soon.
I'm unsure if there is anything novel left to say about 308 Negra Arroyo. It is absolutely something every fan should see, but it's hard to visit without some pangs of conscience. A lot of people visit the house, and some of the visitors are, frankly, douchebags. While we were here an RV full of kids frolicked all over the place, oblivious to how much they were overstaying their welcome. We kept our distance, took some pics, and moved on. Next to Los Pollos Hermanos, this is of course the top spot. But hey, people live here, and unfortunately it's an amusement park for the dumb. Hardcore fans can get their thrills elsewhere.