The town of Beacon Hills, California is the main setting for MTV's Teen Wolf.
The fictitious town is within an equally fictitious Beacon County, California, where most of the series' action takes place.
It seems to reside in a valley area surrounded by hills with suburban homes, high rise urban areas and forested wilderness.
- 1 Filming Locations
- 2 Notable Locations
- 2.1 Beacon Hills High School
- 2.2 Beacon Hills Animal Clinic
- 2.3 Beacon Hills Hospital
- 2.4 Hale House
- 2.5 McCall Home
- 2.6 Argent Home
- 2.7 Martin Home
- 2.8 Whittemore Home
- 2.9 Lahey Home
- 2.10 Bowling Alley
- 2.11 Video 2*C
- 2.12 Beacon Hills Cemetery
- 2.13 Beacon Hills Preserve
- 2.14 Ice Skating Rink
- 2.15 Jungle
- 2.16 Beacon County Sheriff Station
- 2.17 Warehouse District
- 2.18 Beacon Hills Railroad Depot
- 2.19 Tattoo Parlor
- 2.20 Beacon Hills First National Bank
- 2.21 Abandoned Mall
- 2.22 Abandoned Distillery
- 2.23 Yukimura Home
- 2.24 Hale Family Vault
- 2.25 Lorraine Martin's Lake House
- 2.26 Sinema
- 2.27 Dread Doctor's Lair
- 2.28 Argent Bunker
- 2.29 Beacon Hills Adjacent
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Supernatural Beacon
- 5 The Name
- 6 Real World Equivalent
- 7 Gallery
Filming Locations[edit | edit source]
While the show was presumably set in Northern California, most of the 100 episodes were filmed in the Los Angeles area.
Seasons 1 and 2 filmed in and around Atlanta, Georgia before the production was lured to LA with California tax credits that paid for much of the show's budget.
Many of the locations used in the filming of Teen Wolf offer at least limited access to the public.
- Beacon Hills Preserve
- Seasons 1 and 2 = Various locations near Atlanta, Georgia
- Seasons 3-6 = Malibu Creek State Park California
- Beacon Hills Sheriff Station
- Season 1 and 2 = Fulton Supply Building in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia
- Season 3 (2 episodes) = LA Police Museum in Highland Park, California
- Hill Valley Zoo = Old LA Zoo in Griffith Park LA
- Motel Glen Capri = Glen Capri Inn and Suites in Glendale, California
- Beacon Hills High School
- Pilot Episode = Grady High School in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia
- Seasons 1 and 2 = Briarcliff High School in Dekalb County, Georgia
- Seasons 3-6 Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, California
- Oak Creek Interment Camp - Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, California
- Eichen House - Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Residence in Downtown Los Angeles
Notable Locations[edit | edit source]
Beacon Hills High School[edit | edit source]
Beacon Hills High School is in Beacon Hills and one of the main settings of Teen Wolf. The school was established in 1941.
During Seasons 1 and 2, exterior and interior scenes at Beacon Hills HS were filmed at the old Briarcliff High School in Dekalb County, Georgia outside Atlanta.
In Season 3, when production shifted to California, Palisades Charter High School was used for the exterior and a few interior shots of BHHS.
The production also built a school hallway and classrooms at their main studio in Northridge, California for interior scenes. The set was moved to a warehouse in Chatsworth, California shortly before the Northridge location was torn down. It is still in use today. The Paramount Television show Heather's filmed on the stage after Teen Wolf production ended in 2017.
Main Article: Beacon Hills High School
Beacon Hills Animal Clinic[edit | edit source]
The Beacon Hills Animal Clinic is a Veterinary Office in Beacon Hills and a frequent location in Teen Wolf.
According to the signage on the door, the clinic is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm - Monday through Friday - and on Saturday by appointment.
Main Article: Beacon Hills Animal Clinic
Beacon Hills Hospital[edit | edit source]
Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital located in Beacon Hills, California is the setting for much of the action in Teen Wolf.
Scott's mother, Melissa McCall works at the hospital as a nurse.
Much of the action at the hospital in Seasons 3-5 occurred on the roof, which was actually the backside of the Northridge, Studio.
Until the production moved to Chatsworth in Season 6, the front exterior of the Teen Wolf Production Office on Balboa Blvd. was used for the first floor and exterior of Beacon Hills Hospital with some CGI work to add additional floors above.
The hospital corridors and treatment rooms are sets inside the Teen Wolf studios.
Main Article: Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital
Hale House[edit | edit source]
The Hale House was a fire-damaged home in a wooded area of Beacon Hills, California.
It was demolished to make way for new construction in Season 4.
It is the former home of the Hale family.
The house was burned down by a pair of arsonists at the behest of Kate Argent six years before the beginning of Season 1.
Main Article: Hale House
McCall Home[edit | edit source]
Main Article: McCall House
Argent Home[edit | edit source]
Martin Home[edit | edit source]
Whittemore Home[edit | edit source]
Matt watched from another video feed a few feet away and eventually made his bond with the kanima from there. (Fury)
The home is across the street from the Lahey house.
Lahey Home[edit | edit source]
Bowling Alley[edit | edit source]
In the episode Pack Mentality, Allison, Scott, Lydia, and Jackson went on a double date at a bowling alley. The location has not been used since.
Video 2*C[edit | edit source]
Beacon Hills Cemetery[edit | edit source]
Beacon Hills Preserve[edit | edit source]
Much of the outdoor action on Teen Wolf takes place in the Beacon Hills Preserve. It is a large wilderness area which seems to surround the town.
The Nemeton is located in the preserve making it a focus of supernatural attention.
Main Article: Beacon Hills Preserve
Ice Skating Rink[edit | edit source]
Derek's pack, with the exception of Boyd, fought Scott there.
The location has not been used since.
Jungle[edit | edit source]
The location has not been used since.
Beacon County Sheriff Station[edit | edit source]
Sheriff Stilinski's office and the rest of the Beacon Hills Sheriff's Station has become one of the more frequent locations used in Teen Wolf.
The Season 2 episode Fury was set almost entirely inside the station. Since the Sheriff became aware of the supernatural elements within the town, much of the planning and investigation work during each season takes place in the station.
The Sheriff's office and most other parts of the station are sets built at Teen Wolf studio in Northridge, California.
The jail cells and some exteriors seen in Season 3 were shot on location at the Los Angeles Police Museum in Highland Park, California.
Main Article: Beacon County Sheriff Station
Warehouse District[edit | edit source]
Much of the action in Teen Wolf happens in an industrial area consisting mostly of warehouses.
Since the production moved to Los Angeles after Season 2, much of the Warehouse District scenes take place behind the Teen Wolf studio in Northridge, California. The production also uses real warehouses in the Los Angeles Arts District around the 6th Street Viaduct.
Beacon Hills Railroad Depot[edit | edit source]
The abandoned Beacon Hills Railroad Depot was used as a home by Derek Hale during Season 2.
Main Article: Derek's Lair
Tattoo Parlor[edit | edit source]
Scott and Stiles visit a local Tattoo Parlor in Tattoo.
The location has not been used since.
Beacon Hills First National Bank[edit | edit source]
Beacon Hills First National Bank went out of business after a team of burglars managed to break in to the vault.
In Chaos Rising, Derek and Scott break into the bank to rescue their friends.
Abandoned Mall[edit | edit source]
Abandoned Distillery[edit | edit source]
There is an abandoned distillery on the outskirts of Beacon Hills. It was a meeting place for several packs of werewolves as seen in Visionary. It was also where Gerard set a trap for Deucalion and where the final battle between Derek, Scott, Deucalion and the Darach played out in Lunar Ellipse.
The production used a real building outside Acton, California for the exterior. The interior was a set built at Teen Wolf studio in Northridge, California.
The location has not been used since.
Yukimura Home[edit | edit source]
The Yukimura Family live in a Joseph Eichler mid-century modern home.
The production used a real house for the exterior shots. It is located in Granada Hills, California and is known professionally as the Lisette Film Set. The interiors are filmed at Teen Wolf studio in Northridge, California.
Hale Family Vault[edit | edit source]
Located underneath the high school sign, The Hale Family's Vault houses some of their personal items. It can only be opened by a Hale family member with their werewolf claws.
Kate attempted to use Derek to break into the vault to steal what she thought was a magic amulet to help control her werejaguar side. (117)
Scott, Kira, and Malia enter the vault through back entrance in the school to hide their distemper induced shifts. (Weaponized)
Lorraine Martin's Lake House[edit | edit source]
Lorraine Martin, Lydia's grandmother, owned a lake house near Beacon Hills where she also had a soundproof room with a record player to help her understand her abilities.
It also housed the computer that was the source of The Benefactor's dead pool.
The exteriors of the main house were shot at a real home in the Hollywood Hills. The boathouse was built at the Teen Wolf Studio in Northridge, California. It included a small pool of water within the set. A green screen was used to give the impression of the larger lake beyond.
Sinema[edit | edit source]
The interior of Sinema is a set built inside Teen Wolf studio in Northridge, California the exterior is shot outside the studio building.
Dread Doctor's Lair[edit | edit source]
In Ouroboros, Scott, Malia and Mason search for the lair but end up nowhere, overlooking the Ouroboros symbol in the tunnels. It was later revealed to be within the Preserve in The Beast of Beacon Hills.
Argent Bunker[edit | edit source]
Later, it was used as a safe house for targets of the Ghost Riders and Scott, Malia and Lydia use the cooling chamber used on Parrish in A Creditable Threat to remember their friend Stiles. (Relics, Memory Lost)
Beacon Hills Adjacent[edit | edit source]
- Eichen House - Former Military Hospital/Current Mental Health Facility
- Oak Creek - Former Interment Camp for Japanese Americans in WWII (The Fox and the Wolf, Insatiable)
- Argent Arms International Building (Orphaned, Monstrous)
- Motel Glen Capri, P.O. Box 217, Fairvale, CA 92289 (Motel California)
- Macy's Department Store (Formality)
- Fort Jewett (The Sword and the Spirit)
- Canaan, CA (Ghosted)
Demographics[edit | edit source]
According to Sheriff Stilinski, Beacon Hills population is nearly 30,000 while Beacon County is home to nearly 500,000.
Supernatural Beacon[edit | edit source]
In the Season 3 episode Currents, we learn Beacon Hills is actually a "beacon" calling out to supernatural people and creatures. Telluric currents running under the town focus energy on a sacred druid space know as the Nemeton.
The Name[edit | edit source]
The concept of the town being a supernatural beacon came long after Executive Producer Jeff Davis chose the name. He picked "Beacon" because the name of the town in the Teen Wolf (film) was "Beacon Town". He added "Hills" because he thought it sounded better.
Real World Equivalent[edit | edit source]
There is no real world equivalent for Beacon Hills.
There are three different zip codes presented over the series.
- 95921 seen in Tattoo is not a valid zip code according to the US Postal Service.
- 95351 seen in Silverfinger is the zip code for Modesto, California.
- 95931 seen in De-Void and Perishable is a not a valid zip code according to the US Postal Service.
In addition to the postal codes, we've also seen area codes "925" (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties) and "415" which would place the phone inside the city limits of San Francisco, California.
In Said the Spider to the Fly, it's mentioned that Malia’s flight to Paris would depart from the San Francisco International Airport. This suggests Beacon Hills is somewhere in Northern California.