REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The new house is on the edge of Cape Henlopen State Park, just north of the boardwalk: three stories, six bedrooms, three fireplaces and an expansive view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The new owners are Joe and Jill Biden, rich for the first time in their lives, thanks to a three-book publishing deal - two by him, one by her - that allowed them to purchase the $2 million vacation home in this beachiest of beach towns.
Red, white and blue bunting hangs from the second-floor balcony. There's a small wooden sign, "A Promise Kept," over the entrance, and two others on either side: "Forever Jill" on one, "Beau's Gift" on the other. One is a tribute to Joe's wife of four decades, the other to the elder Biden son, who died of brain cancer two years ago at age 46.
"Throughout our careers, Jill and I have dreamed of being able to buy a place at the beach at home where we can bring the whole family," Joe said when the sale made headlines earlier this summer. "We feel very lucky that we're now able to make that happen and are looking forward to spending time with our family."