Lowcountry Real Estate
Sullivans Island & Isle of Palms
In his short story, “The Gold Bug,” Edgar Allan Poe wrote of Sullivan’s Island, “This Island is a very singular one. It consists of little else than the sea sand, and is about three miles long. Its breadth at no point exceeds a quarter of a mile.” While much has changed on this island since Poe wrote that story in 1843, Sullivan’s Island has stayed true to the small, intimate feeling that Poe describes. Poe might be the island’s most famous resident (however brief—he only lived there while he was stationed at Fort Moultrie as a young man), but there’s much more to Sullivan’s that its brief moment in literary history.
Sullivan’s Island is different than other area beaches in that it has zero hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts; the only way to stay on the island overnight is to rent one of the sixty or so beach homes available. The two thousand year-round residents of Sullivan’s pride themselves on the natural beauty of their beaches and have made preserving that beauty for future generations a priority. The beaches there are much quieter than those found elsewhere in the area, and it’s a perfect getaway for families or anyone looking for a peaceful beach retreat.
The small commercial district on Sullivans Island has transformed into an island hot-spot for visitors and locals alike. New restaurants like Poe's Tavern, Hometeam BBQ and Obstinate Daughter offer delicious dining options and attract a mix of young professionals as well as families.Browse Sullivans Island Real Estate
“The fact that Poe set his 1843 story “The Gold-Bug”—one of his most celebrated tales, and the one for which he received a much-needed $100 prize—on and around Sullivan’s Island should give the small town and nearby Charleston bragging rights among Poe places."
“Kicked off my flip-flops and dug my feet into the sand. It was what we did in the Lowcountry when we found ourselves alone on the beach. We would sit, stare at the water, kick off our shoes, and dig our feet into the sand to stay cool. With the ocean rolling all around me, I could look at life from different angles."
Dorothea Benton Frank
Author of "Isle of Palms"
Isle of Plams
Isle of Palms is home to the Wild Dunes resort, but this barrier island has so much more to offer. If you’d prefer the flexibility of living outside a gated community while also enjoying the same beautiful beach as Wild Dunes, consider renting or purchasing a home on Isle of Palms. The island is seven miles long, but only one mile wide, so you’re never far from the beach no matter where you are.
While the area around Front Beach is a draw for visitors during the summer months, the island’s five thousand full-time residents can still easily find a quiet spot elsewhere along the expansive beaches. If you’d rather be in the middle of things, there’s always something exciting happening on Front Beach: grab an ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s, see a concert at the Windjammer, or meet friends for lunch at Coconut Joe’s or Banana Cabana.Browse Isle of Palms Real Estate