Fact Check: Joe Biden Does NOT Own One Of The Largest Mansions In Delaware

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Joe Biden Does NOT Own One Of The Largest Mansions In Delaware Not Biden Home

Does this photo of one of the largest homes in Delaware show the home of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden? No, that's not true: "Marimon" is one of the largest mansions in Delaware, but has never been the home nor property of Biden.

The claim originated in a post (archived here) where it was published on October 17, 2020. It was captioned:

Biden's huge Delaware mansion, one of largest in the state!

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Oct 27 13:48:33 2020 UTC)

The pictured home, named "Marimon," located in Wilmington, Delaware, is one of the largest single-family private homes in the state. It was featured in the August 2, 2018, article, "$12 Million Estate In Wilmington, Delaware" by Homesoftherich.net. It was also featured in the January 24, 2019, article, "17,000 Square Foot Tudor-Style Stone Mansion In Wilmington, DE" by theamericanmansion.com.

The price and square footage of the mansion seems to fluctuate over time. Currently the listings for the five-bedroom, 11-bathroom mansion on Zillow and Redfin do not reflect the numbers in either of the article titles. It is currently listed for sale for $8.6 million and the listed living space is measured at 20,901 square feet. The realtor explained that this was likely due to the below-grade finished basement and the 3,000-square-foot gatehouse being included in the square footage. Along with a pool, tennis court and home gym, the home has a theater, game room and a two-lane bowling alley.

But Joe Biden has never owned the Marimon mansion.

Former Vice President Biden owns two homes in Delaware, these are mentioned in the Town and Country Magazine September 29, 2020, article "All of Joe Biden's Homes, In Photos". This article features four homes: two homes where the Bidens no longer live, a mansion in Mclean, Virginia, which they rented for several years, and a former DuPont mansion that was the Biden home for over 20 years, purchased in 1974 for $185,000 and sold in 1996 for $1.2 million. The two homes he currently owns are in Delaware -- a 6,500-square-foot house he built in Greenville, and a 4,700-square-foot house in Rehoboth Beach.

squarefeet.jpgChart depicting the square footage of the two Biden homes beside the Marimon Mansion

In 2019 Lead Stories debunked a similar claim in a different meme: Fake News: Joe Biden Does NOT Live In the Biggest Mansion In His State

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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