- The crime drama Ozark was debut on Netflix in July 2017.
- The show’s fourth and final season will be released on Netflix Jan 22, 2022.
- The final season of Ozark will be split into two parts consisting of 7 episodes each.
- While the series is centered around the Ozarks in Missouri, it’s filmed entirely in Georgia.
Since 2017, Netflix’s crime drama, Ozark, has kept viewers thoroughly entertained and on the edge of their seats from season to season. Centered around the Byrde family and their new lives in Missouri, the series is led by actors Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde. Their house in Ozark is basically a character in itself. See below for more details of the Byrde house in Ozark!
Throughout the show, the Byrde family encounters a wide variety of shady characters as they try to maintain their image of a “Normal” family while Marty manages his new money laundering business in the Ozarks. With season 4 about to drop later this month, Velvet Ropes is bringing you the full scoop on some of Ozark’s most iconic filming locations as well as details on the cast and more. Keep reading to get your fill on everything Ozark below!
Where Is the Ozark House Located?
Surprise, it’s in Georgia, not in the Ozarks.
It may come as a surprise to some Ozark fans out there that the Ozark Byrde house featured in the series is not actually located in Missouri where the series is meant to take place. Instead, the production opted to film much of the show in Georgia!
A lower production cost, as well as tax incentives, made the producers behind the series choose Georgia as their primary filming location. While it may not be the REAL Ozarks, it doesn’t mean the locations where the series is shot aren’t just as gorgeous.
Ozark isn’t the first series to switch locations for tax purposes; in fact, the crime drama, Breaking Bad, was originally meant to be filmed in California, but tax incentives encouraged the production to move filming to Albuquerque, New Mexico!
Ozark House Lake Lanier | The Byrde House
The stunning lakeside home, aka the Byrde’s house in Ozark, is located in Flowery Branch Georgia. The 2,514 square foot residence sits on a spacious 1.27-acre parcel on Gaines Ferry Road and has been written up quite a bit for its unique mid-century style.
Interestingly, property records have been amended and no street number is listed for the home. You know us, though – we dug in and can exclusively report that the home is located at 6818 Gaines Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, GA.
The home has a whopping 482 feet of lake frontage, and, as far as we can tell, has been owned by the same family since at least 1997.
Shanon Entin over at ScreenSpy actually went over to the home to check it out. They were filming when she arrived!
The midcentury modern home is only roughly an hour away from several other famous filming locations, including Tony Stark’s cabin from Avengers: Endgame!
Where Is Ozark Filmed?
As stated previously, the Ozark series isn’t filmed in Missouri, but rather The Peach State! Interior shots from the series were filmed on a soundstage in Eagle Rock Studios, just outside of Atlanta.
So, all those scenes you saw in Buddy Dyker’s basement, Lickety Splitz strip club, and Russ Langmore’s trailer were all sets in a studio.
Ozark Filming Locations
Okay, so while it’s true much of the show is filmed on a soundstage, it doesn’t mean the exteriors of all these places were a product of movie magic. Below are some real-life locations used for the show!
- The Blue Cat Lodge
- Del’s Home Ozark
- Lake Allatoona
- Lickety Splitz
The Blue Cat Lodge
The Blue Cat Lodge, Marty’s motel and front for his laundering operation, was specifically created for the show but ended up actually becoming a real restaurant called J.D.’s on the Lake due to the show’s popularity.
So, if you’re ever visiting Canton, Georgia, and want to enjoy a little Ozark filming location tour, and some pretty tasty-looking fried chicken, this is an absolute must!
Del’s Home Ozark
The sprawling estate of drug lord, Del, in the series Ozark is actually a hotel in Braselton called Chateau Elan in reality.
The hotel features all the amenities you’d expect from a mega luxe resort, including a spa, golf course, and even a winery! If you fancy a night there, the resort is open to booking!
This picturesque piece of nature is only around an hour outside of Atlanta and was a frequent filming spot for Ozark. A 365,500-acre reservoir, the lake plays host to 2 yacht clubs, 8 private marinas, and 7 campgrounds – one of which, called Sweetwater Campground, is located not far from The Blue Cat Lodge!
When talking about Lake Allatoona, Ozark star and producer, Jason Bateman, said the location gave “some really great outdoor color and grit to the aesthetic that’s perfect for the rural flavor that we want.”
One could say the building that played host to exterior shots for Lickety Splitz’ strip club was a real asset to the production. One could also say the writer of the piece spent way too much time trying to make this joke work!
In reality, the site of Lickety Splitz is actually just an abandoned building not far from the local Motel 6 at Oakbrook Parkway in Norcross.
Much like the rest of the show’s locations, interior scenes at the club were all shot at Eagle Rock Studios.
What Is Ozark About?
Ozark is a Netflix drama created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams. It focuses on the story of Marty Byrde, a married man and father of 2 that works as a financial planner in Chicago and money launderer for the Mexican drug cartel alongside his business partner, Bruce.
Things appear to be going well for the Byrde family at first, at least on the surface, until a financial fiasco leads to Marty being in debt to a drug lord for $8 million.
Facing certain death from the cartel, Marty talks his way out of a shallow grave by proposing he and his family move to a resort town in the Ozarks where he can expand his money-laundering operations for the cartel.
The show follows the family’s relocation and the long list of unsavory characters they encounter in their new town.
Is the Navarro Cartel Real?
The Navarro cartel, featured in Ozark, is not actually a real gang. Much like the Byrde family themselves, this specific cartel and all members are a work of fiction by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams.
Is There a New Season on Ozark?
In summer 2020, it was announced that the fourth upcoming season of the Netflix drama Ozark, releasing in Jan 22, 2022, would be its last.
The final season will be split into two parts rather than a full release of all episodes on the streaming platform. Each part will consist of 7 episodes that will finally wrap up the story of Marty Byrde and his family.
The cast of Ozark features plenty of new names in the business as well as some seriously familiar faces. Below are some of the people that help make Ozark the fabulous show that it is!
Marty Byrde is played by long-time actor Jason Bateman, who got his very early start in acting on the 1981 series Little House on the Prairie.
Bateman has since starred in numerous successful television shows and films over the years, including Juno (2007), Hancock (2008), Arrested Development (2003-2019), and The Outsider (2020).
Another acting veteran, the lovely Laura Linney, aka Wendy Byrde, got her start in acting as an extra in 1985 on Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud.
Following her debut, the actress went on to star in The Truman Show (1998), The Mothman Prophecies (2002), and The Big C (2010-2013).
Julia Garner, the actress behind Ruth Langmore, is best known for her roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), and The Americans (2015-2018).
According to her filmography, Garner is in pre-production on a new mini-series titled Inventing Anna as well as an additional project called Apartment 7A.
Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner
Sofia Hublitz and Skyler Gaertner play Charlotte and Jonah Byrde, Marty’s children, in the series Ozark. Both young actors are still building their acting portfolios, with only a few credits to their names, but have already impressed viewers with their talent on-screen.
Sofia’s first television debut was actually as a contestant on MasterChef Junior in 2013, while one of Skylar’s earlier roles was in the 2011 film Locke & Key.
Where Is the Ozarks?
The Ozarks, also known as the Ozark Mountains, extend across 5 states: Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Illinois, with the greater portion of the region being in Southern Missouri and North Arkansas.
The series is meant to take place in Missouri.
The Ozark house. The Byrde family house is located in Flowery Branch (Georgia) by Lake Lanier, off Gaines Ferry Road with Bailey Drive. You can see the house's dock from Van Pugh North Park. According to Zillow, some of the mansions in the area have an estimated price of around half a million dollars.
Midwest setting aside, the 2,513-square-foot, split-level home—distinctive for its midcentury style and array of floor-to-ceiling windows—is actually located on a spacious 1.27-acre parcel on Gaines Ferry Road in Flowery Branch, Georgia.
While very little of the show is actually filmed in the Ozarks, you can still visit the filming locations, including the Byrde home, outside Atlanta, Georgia.
If you want to check out Darlene Snell's House, you can check out 777 Rivendell Lane near Alpharetta. About the strip club Lickety Splitz exterior, it was filmed at an abandoned location near the Motel 6 in Norcross, Oakbrook Parkway.
The casino is a real riverboat
Via Pop Culture, the riverboat's location is at a business called Atlanta Adventure Tours, where fans can likely catch a glimpse of the boat while on a bike ride or kayaking the river. However, don't expect to encounter a real casino.
The Mexican mansion of cartel boss Navarro can be found in Atlanta: it's actually an ornate mausoleum in Westview Cemetery. The city's Plaza Fiesta shopping centre also doubled for Mexico.
The actress flawlessly portrayed her character. Moreover, she also won 2 Emmys for the role. Garner did not have to make many changes in her hairstyle as her character also has curly hair in the series. Thus, she did not wear a wig during Ozark.
Where is the real-life Lazy-O Motel? The real-life location that doubles as the Lazy-O Motel in Ozark is actually the Americas Best Value Inn in Conyers, Georgia. Located at 1297 Dogwood Drive SW, the motel can be found between West Avenue and I-20's exit 80.
Probably the most iconic real-life location you can visit from Ozark is the Blue Cat Lodge. Now known as “JD's on the Lake,” it's a real restaurant that's open to the public. It's located on Lake Allatoona at 6979 Bells Ferry Rd, Canton, Ga.
While some filming locations are privately owned, you can visit some of the places that stood in for the Lake of the Ozarks, located within a short drive of downtown Atlanta.
The good news is there really is a Blue Cat Lodge. The bad news is it was only created for the show and isn't technically open to the public. The film crew commandeered a shuttered bar & grill on Lake Allatoona and turned it into the Blue Cat Lodge.
Gwinnett Place Mall
Audiences may recognize this mall in Ozark's episode seven from another Netflix original series, “Stranger Things.” According to Curbed.com, a portion of the mall was remodeled for the Stranger Things production designer Chris Trujillo to give it that 80s vintage essence that was the Starcourt Mall.