The Cobra Kai House and the City Filming Location

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The old rivalry is reborn. The first season of Cobra Kai, which premiered back in 2018, was one of our favorite shows of the year. The Karate Kid spinoff was an unexpected surprise. The series is portraying on one hand middle-aged successful Daniel, living with his almost perfect family in a splendid house. On the other, his nemesis Johnny is struggling to make a living. The action picks up 30 years after the events occurred in the original 1984 movie, looking at the duo from a different perspective (was Daniel really the good guy?).

Actors Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, who have remained friends during all these years in real life, return to their roles featuring a great sense of humor, easter eggs and plenty of fight sequences.

After Google bowed out of the video streaming market, converting YouTube Red to YouTube Premium, the Mountain View company canceled several series like Origin and Overthinking with Kat & June. Netflix acquired the rights of the martial arts show after it was renewed for a third season.

Cobra Kai is set in Los Angeles, but it was primarily filmed in Atlanta with a few exteriors in L.A. Here is our spoiler-free filming locations report:

Where was Cobra Kai filmed?

Johnny Lawrence flat
The series opens with Johnny Lawrence living in a dingy apartment in Reseda (a low-income part of the San Fernando Valley). The exteriors are located at 18555 Burbank Blvd in Tarzana.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

Johnny driving his car
Johnny roams around town with his old Pontiac Firebird. The picture above is at Ventura Blvd & Burbank Blvd. Below, the scene when he gets fired from his handyman job is the Mulholland Scenic Overlook.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: First image / Mulholland viewpoint

Cobra Kai Dojo
The interiors of new Cobra Kai Dojo were shot in a soundstage at Gray Studios Atlanta. The exteriors are located in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Atlanta at 2779 Lakewood Avenue SW. The Google Maps street view still shows the sign of the martial arts school, the convenience store, the pawnshop, and the Armenian restaurant. The dojo has so far a couple of 5-star reviews. Strike first, strike hard, no mercy!

Cobra Kai drehort
The facade of Martin Kove's (John Kreese) old Cobra Kai dojo was also set in an empty shop of the Crossroads Shopping Center in the Sylvan Hills neighborhood. The original one was located at 5223 Lankershim Blvd. (Los Angeles). Image courtesy of Netflix and Google Maps

Cobra Kai house
The LaRusso family home is a mansion at 130 Woodlawn Dr NE in Marietta, although in the show the house is located in Encino, a wealthy part of the valley. In Karate Kid, the locations are reversed: Daniel and his mother (Randee Heller) arrived at Reseda, a low-income area, and Johnny was from Encino. This luxurious Tuscan villa has an estimated home value of $1.7M in Zillow. The property features an indoor atrium and one acre of outdoor space including a swimming pool, spa, and a greenhouse. Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

LaRusso Auto Dealer
The Reel To Real movie blog reported many more key locations. The LaRusso Auto Group in season one is located at 6740 Oakley Industrial Boulevard in Union City, home of the Atlanta Motors Superstore. In Season 2 the LaRusso North Hollywood branch was filmed very close from the original location, in the Butler Lexus of South Atlanta headquarters at 4025 Jonesboro Road, also in Union City.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Atlanta Motors / Butler Lexus

All Valley Sports Arena
The All Valley Sports Arena is not the original one from Karate Kid, that according to Then & Now was recorded in The Matadome Gymnasium on the campus of California State University in Northridge (Los Angeles). On this occasion, the 50th Anniversary All Valley Under-18 Karate Championship was filmed at the Gymnasium of the Kennesaw State University in Marietta (GA). Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Matadome / KSU

West Valley High School
Miguel (Xolo MaridueƱa), Amanda (Courtney Henggeler), and Hawk (Jacob Bertrand) are attending West Valley High School, filmed at C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in Adamsville, Atlanta. However, the merciless fight in season two finale was shot at Atlanta Technical College.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Adamsville / ATC

Training hill
The training scenes in season one look like the beautiful Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area or somewhere in Stone Mountain Park. Image courtesy of Netflix Arabia Mountain / Stone Mountain

Encino Oaks Club
The Encino Oaks Country Club where Johnny took her girlfriend Ali in the Karate Kid movie is now frequented by the LaRussos. The exclusive lodge was filmed in the Druid Hills Golf Club. The Oaks on The Beach with the swimming pool from episode 4 of season 2 (pictured below) is the Olde Towne Athletic Club in Marietta. The homage to Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, who died in 2005) was filmed in the Westview Cemetery, the same location featured in Ozark Season 3. Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Druid Hills / Olde Towne / Graveyard

South Seas Apartments
The cool South Seas Apartments with two tall palm trees where Daniel and his mom used to live is located at 19223 Saticoy St in Reseda. Back in 1984 the building was even cooler, featuring a few more large trees. After this scene, the two old rivals have a drink at the 529 Bar in East Atlanta. Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Apartment / Pub

Glory of Love Mall
In season two, the beach scene from episode four where Robby (Tanner Buchanan) is attacked was filmed in Tybee Island Pier. The shopping center from Episode 5 is the North DeKalb Mall in Decatur.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Pier / Mall

The Cobra Kai city location
In episode 6, when Johnny and his old high school friends meet in a bar in Big Bear Lake they are actually in the Ideal Sportsbar in Lakewood Heights (Atlanta). The 80's night in the skating rink from episode 8 is the Cascade Family Skating in Adamsville. The episode 9 restaurant where the two couples share a table is the Mojave Restaurant in Sandy Springs. Image courtesy of Netflix - Maps: Bar / Cascade / Restaurant

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  1. Where was Bobby skateboarding in s1 e8?

  2. All i wanna know is why the hell did they shoot the skating episode at Cascade when EVERYBODY knows Cascade is in Atlanta ....(It was obviously in ATL) that somehow bothered me because they are SUPPOSEDLY suppose to be in Cali but i just laughed when that scene came on tbh lol

  3. Sucks they didn't film it in LA. The backdrops look nothing like LA, especially the scene where Daniel takes Robby to the mountains to practice. Nowhere in California looks anything like that. Lame. Bring back filming to Los Angeles!

  4. I agree with Sharon, I live close to Big Bear and that bike ride up to Big Bear looks nothing like that!!!! SMH

  5. Give me a break. No one outside LA knows or cares that it is shot in LA. Hollywood and acting is about making it feel real. To the 98% of the country outside LA it feels right. Love it

    1. Totally agree! So many things filmed in LA look nothing like the place the show/ movie is actually set in. Let the competition make you better if y’all really care. ATL!

  6. The training that took place in the mountains appears to be Stone Mountain in GA

  7. Where is the last shot at the beach when Ali accept his friend request??

  8. Hiya I am a local Atlanta native and I know the theme park they used for Golf and Stuff is a local theme park called Fun Spot America (formally Dixieland Fun Park) and that was my first day job when I was in High School, The mini golf and arcade are all in that park. The park was also the set for the festival where both dojos put on their demonstrations in Fire and Ice, those carnival rides are all rides I operated on

  9. Another Motion Picture/Television Show filmed out of state. Good job braniacs!

    Keep those taxes ludicrously high so ALL filming continues migrating not only out of state, but, out of country.
    It's cheaper to move production to Canada versus Hollywood.

  10. The interior of the Larusso home - the stairs, doors... is it the Two and a half Men interior re-used?

  11. I just want to know why they shoot Cobra Kai in ATL?

    1. Basically because of Georgia's tax film incentives.

  12. Buenas alguien sabe donde esta el dojo de miyagui.


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