Even though the OC show was set in the Beach of Newport, the financial penalties that were experienced which was caused by filming outside the studio, this meant that most of the show was going to be filmed at the beach of Manhattan in the county of Los Angeles. Another thing to note was that many of the scenes on the beach were filmed in Torrance and the beach of Redondo. Different sites in the county of Los Angeles were made use of as different on-screen locations. Some of these locations included the home of Ryan’s father which was in Portland, the hometown of Ryan which was Chino and the office of Johnny’s father which was an Indio office.
During the first few episodes, the family home of the Cohen family was shot in a place known as Malibu. They had to build a pool house which was to act as a mock and was to be demolished after the filming of the series was done. The home of the Cohen family was then recreated at Raleigh studios which are on the beach of Manhattan that was to be used throughout the rest of the series. Another thing was that the pool was only about 4 feet tall which meant that all the characters had to act making use of their knees. The external shots of the original house that was used when the series were begun were still used during the filming of the whole show.
The Harbor school in which most of the teenagers in the show attended was just a in the OC show. The harbor school was based on the Corona Del Mar High School which was attended by McG who was the executive producer of the show. The location in which the filming of the show took place was at the Mount St. Mary’s College which was a women’s private college that was located in Brentwood in the city of Los Angeles. Berkeley was represented by the University of California which is still in Los Angeles. The brown university was represented by the University of Southern California.
In season two of the series, the First Federal Credit Union (FAA) was the in Hawthorne that was used to represent the Newport group. Another place known as the Wayfarers Chapel which is located in Rancho Palos Verdes was also used some times in the whole series. The restaurant that was named Crab Shack in the show is a local restaurant known as the Crab Cooker. In season 3, Julie refers to the restaurant by its real name as the episode goes on. There were other parts of the show that were shot in the Wattles Mansion which is located in Hollywood.