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Joe Biden's houses – see the impressive property portfolio of the 46th President of the United States

As the Bidens settle into the The White House today, we take a look back at their impressive real estate portfolio

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As Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden start to make the move into America's most famous house – The White House. But what about Joe Biden's other properties? 

The private politician only shares very small snippets of his home life, but from what we have seen, it is pretty impressive. 

Joe Biden began his property portfolio in the 1970s. Long before reaching one of the highest political offices in the nation, Biden – born on November 20, 1942 – grew up in the blue-collar city of Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania. 

In 1955, when he was 13 years old, the family moved to Mayfield, Delaware – a rapidly growing middle-class community. It was here where Biden would set up home with his current wife, while snapping up properties across the country.

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According to the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), Biden's real estate obsession began when he was in the senate.

'Even as a kid in high school I'd been seduced by real estate,' he wrote in his 2007 autobiography, Promises to Keep (opens in new tab).  

Biden began buying homes – especially those that were outside his budget – in his twenties, taking out multiple mortgages. 

With a family history that spanned both wealth and hardship, Biden spent many years as 'Middle Class Joe' before he obtained his current net worth. Now, Biden is reportedly worth $9 million, according to Forbes (opens in new tab), which is significantly more than earlier in his career.

Here, we take a look at some of the properties that he now owns. Take a tour below.

Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics (opens in new tab) by Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the 46th President of the USA, has both witnessed and participated in a momentous epoch of American history. In Promises to Keep, he movingly recounts growing up in a staunchly Catholic multigenerational household; overcoming personal tragedy, life-threatening illness, and career setbacks; his relationships with presidents and with world leaders.

1. Greenville, Delaware

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Joe, Jill and family live in their main residence in Greenville, Delaware; an upscale suburb of Wilmington.

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Joe Biden purchased four acres of lakefront land in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. It was here that he built this 6,850-square-foot home that he would now call 'home.'

According to Zillow (opens in new tab), the lot was purchased back in 1996 for $350,000,  and the property is now estimated to be worth between $1-2 million.

At one point, Biden was known as the 'poorest man in Congress,' and when his son was battling brain cancer, Biden considered selling the house to help pay for treatments. It was reported that President Barack Obama offered to lend him the money instead.

2. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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It is reported that Joe and Jill Biden bought their Delaware beach house in the summer, 2017.

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In the summer of 2017, the Bidens bought a house on the Delaware Shore for $2.7 million. 

The spectacular, one-of-a-kind three-story home overlooks Cape Henlopen State Park, and is only a couple of blocks from the beach.  

The elegant property features six bedroom, six bathrooms, a fully-functional chef's kitchen, three indoor fireplaces and large porches – perfect for a spot of entertaining. 

In a statement, Joe Biden recanted; 'Jill and I have dreamed of being able to buy a place at the beach – a home where we can bring the whole family.'

3. McLean, Virginia

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The couple rented this Georgian home in McLean, Virginia.

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After leaving office in 2016, Biden began renting a large Georgian-style home in McLean, Virginia, not far from D.C. 

The Washington Post reports former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, who served under President Ronald Reagan, once owned the home in the upscale neighborhood. The former First Lady Jackie Kennedy is believed to have grown up here. 

Laid out out over 11,943-square-foot, the five-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion has a gym, sauna, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a driveway spacious enough for 20 cars. 

Zillow estimates renting the five-bedroom, nine-bathroom, 11,943-square-foot home costs $19,795 per month.  

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4. Greenville, Delaware – former home

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Joe Biden lived in this home in Dupont, Deleware with his first wife, Neilia Hunter Biden. 

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Biden bought this Greenville, Delaware home for $185,000 in 1975 after learning it was slated for demolition. Biden, then married to his first wife Neilia – who tragically died in a car crash along with their baby daughter Naomi – extensively renovated the property to its current state. 

The home, which was lovingly nicknamed 'The Station', was his campaign headquarters for his first Presidential run in 1988. In 1996, Biden sold the house for $1.2 million.

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