Hunter Biden has moved his family to a stylish $5.4million canal-front home in Venice, California, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The president’s son moved into the three-story property with wife Melissa and their 10-month-old son Beau toward the end of last year and the family is now under 24-hour Secret Service protection.
It’s believed the father of five, who turned 51 on Thursday, is paying $25,000 a month to rent the posh property owned by Sweetgreen co-founder and CEO Jonathan Neman.
Hunter has some fresh cash to help pay for the pricey rental. On Thursday it was revealed he has written a memoir titled Beautiful Things, that will be published April 6. The advance for the book is said to be as much as $2million.
Before his father took office, Hunter and his family had been keeping a low profile during the pandemic and had been cooped up in their former home, a rented luxury $3.8million three-bed pad perched on the Hollywood Hills.
It’s understood Hunter was paying $12,000 a month for the mid-century modern 2,000 sq ft house with stunning views and a swimming pool. But it’s likely he and his wife wanted more space to raise their son Beau and sought out something bigger.
The Hollywood Hills house was also located in a secluded community tucked away in a private lower hillside area.
The outgoing pair may have wanted to be closer to the action and the Venice pad, which is just a block from the beach and a short walk to trendy Abbot Kinney Blvd which is bustling with shops and cafes, fits the bill.
However, Hunter’s arrival has certainly attracted the attention of residents in the small, quiet community just one block from the beach.
His Secret Service detail is staged in a parking lot not far from the home and several blacked-out SUVs and other government vehicles have been seen coming and going.
The federal agents even have their own port-a-potty so they don’t get caught short. A government vehicle is also parked directly in front of the property with two agents sat inside.
One Venice local said: ‘Hunter’s arrival has certainly caused a stir on the canals.’
‘They’re driving around in these huge blacked-out GMCs, they look like they mean business.’
Ricky Otterstrom, senior vice president of Ryker Flint, a commercial real estate brokerage, has lived in Venice Beach for 15 years, tells DailyMail.com: ‘I see Hunter Biden’s secret service parked out front of his house every morning when I walk to the beach to surf.
‘They are there 24/7 which is a plus for us here on the Venice Canals. We need the extra security considering the amount of crime we have. Interestingly the homeless people who were living up along the street he now lives on are gone.
‘It could be a coincidence or the city had them removed because of Hunter. I think his presence will help clean up the area and I hope he gets involved with the community. It’s a tight community with great people.’
Darin Grant who lives a few houses away from Hunter tells DailyMail.com, ‘l welcome him and his family. Having secret service in the area will keep us all safer. I appreciate anyone who is open about their story of recovery.
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‘I plan on listening to the audio version of his book when it’s released. It’s such a relief that his father is now running the country. There’s finally an adult in the White House.
Long-time Venice Beach resident Mark tells DailyMail.com, ‘Having him as a neighbor can only be a good thing and hopefully he will get involved with this homeless crisis that needs to be addressed. The extra security around here is a big bonus.’
The stylish 3,700 square feet home boasts 25-foot acoustic ceilings hanging over contemporary limestone white floors in the living room.
The sleek living space adjoins a center-island kitchen and an open-concept dining area.
Although the house has just two bedrooms, both are master suites and one expands to a lounge which boasts a fireplace and outdoor access that overlooks the pool, as well as a marble bathroom.
The other loft-style bedroom has a separate soaking tub and shower and opens to a private balcony which overlooks the historic Venice canal.
A spiral staircase ascends to a renovated rooftop deck with a fire pit under hanging lights. On the side of the home, there’s a narrow swimming pool.
Homeowner Neman co-founded Sweetgreen with Nicolas Jammet and Nathanial Ru in 2007. The hip farm-to-table salad chain has 91 locations nationwide.
Hunter moved to the property in recent months after leaving his Hollywood Hills pad. The president’s youngest son had been splitting his time between his home state of Delaware and California.
Earlier last month he was spotted out with his family in Venice, stopping for coffee at the Kreation organic cafe along Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice.
Hunter had been laying low after becoming embroiled in controversy during the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, when a laptop hard drive that reportedly belonged to him fell into the hands of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
The hard drive was allegedly packed with information that many thought would jeopardize his father’s chances of winning the presidency.
The contents of the laptop were handed to the New York Post – including an infamous image of Hunter with an apparent crack pipe, as well as evidence of $21,000 of payments to a ‘live cam’ site and tens of thousands of dollars spent at a strip club,
Hunter, who has spoken openly of his battle with drugs, was also revealed in emails to have allegedly been planning a Chinese deal which mentioned ’10 [per cent] for the big guy,’ which his would-be business partner said was Joe Biden.
Of course Hunter’s dad is now in the White House and the president will ensure everything is done to protect his often errant son.
Despite the Biden presidency it’s understood federal authorities are actively investigating Hunter’s business dealings, however, principally with China.
Father-of-five Hunter shares three daughters with his first wife Kathleen and a toddler daughter with his baby mama, former stripper Lunden Roberts.
Hunter, 51, had son Beau Biden Jr with 34-year-old South African wife Melissa in April last year. Hunter married blond Melissa Cohen just six days after they met.
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