Joe and Hunter Biden Vacation at Billionaire Climate Activist's Lake Tahoe Mansion

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California—President Joe Biden, his wife Jill, son Hunter, and other family members have arrived at Lake Tahoe for a week of August vacation, and they are staying at a home rented from billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer.

The Bidens arrived late on Friday in the Glenbrook community on the eastern shore of the lake, on the Nevada side. Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, own the home but are not present.

Redfin, a real estate brokerage site, describes the $18 million home as "one of Lake Tahoe’s finest lakefront properties and the pinnacle waterfront estate within the gated Glenbrook community," featuring a "spectacular lakeside gazebo [that] rests between the park-like grounds and the calming shores of Glenbrook Bay."

Steyer—after spending millions of dollars on a campaign to impeach then-president Donald Trump—ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 but failed to gain traction and dropped out after the first four state contests. Biden eventually won the nomination and went on to defeat Trump.

While Biden has taken free vacations at the homes of other prominent Democrats, the White House said the president and his family are renting the home at "fair market value."

Biden's son, Hunter Biden, flew separately on a commercial flight with his wife Melissa Cohen and their son Beau and were already at the residence when the other Bidens arrived, the White House said.

Hunter Biden is facing a special counsel investigation on tax evasion charges. President Biden, asked about the case at a Camp David news conference on Friday, declined comment.

Biden is to travel to Hawaii on Monday to get a firsthand look at the destruction wrought by wildfires that killed dozens of people in Maui.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; editing by Cynthia Osterman)