"Castle" fans have become very familiar with Richard Castle's apartment over the years, but Det. Kate Beckett's apartment has mostly been a mystery seen only a few times. There are also particular rooms in Rick's apartment which have never been seen. There are analogies about the show and characters to be found in what has not been seen.
Rick's first floor
Fans could easily map out the first floor of Rick's apartment. The kitchen, living room, and Rick's office are in almost every episode, and astute viewers would know if a particular piece of furniture was moved or if Alexis retrieved a glass from the wrong cupboard. The main living area of the apartment is as much of an open book as Rick is with nothing to hide and a feeling of familiarity to everyone invited inside each week. This is where the writer gets his advice from his mother Martha, and this is where he is brought back down to reality by his daughter.
The second floor
Martha and Alexis are often seen ascending or descending the second floor stairs of the apartment, but Rick rarely does. He stays in the area fans are familiar with and only makes his way up to his bedroom in private. The indescribable second floor is a strong contrast to the first floor seen over and over again. The only areas of pure solitude in the apartment are truly private and away from the eyes of people tuning in every week.
Fans have rarely seen inside Kate's apartment over the first four seasons of the show. Her apartment was seen the most in "Tick-Tick-Tick," when it exploded, than in any other episode. Kate has always had a problem letting anyone into her life and has attempted to stay as private as possible so it would make sense for fans to be unfamiliar with her apartment. With her finally opening up and connecting with Rick, it will be interesting to see if her apartment becomes more familiar in Season 5.
Beckett is usually seen in the police station if she is not currently doing footwork for a case or in Dr. Burke's office. Symbolically, this showed her as someone distant from cultural norms as her "home" was her office and the opposite from Rick's apartment. Rick relaxes in his house on a regular basis and finds it to be his fortress to protect him from the outside world. Kate hides herself away in the outside world in an attempt to avoid a life an average person would feel comfortable with. It will be interesting to see how their living arrangements change as the characters realize they can rely on each other more than anyone else.
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