Isle of Palms Real Estate

Only twenty minutes from historic downtown Charleston, the Isle of Palms enjoys warm breezes of a sunny six-mile Atlantic Ocean surfline on its ocean side, and on the side facing the Intracoastal Waterway, a natural buffer of pristine bays, oyster beds, windswept marshes and tidal creeks. The island's stylish houses are bordered by picturesque sand dunes, first-class marinas and boat slips, quiet golf course fairways lagoons, and greens, as well as the comfortable shade of old-growth live oak forest.

A plentiful barrrier island since prehistoric times, the Isle of Palms boasts four thousand year-old Sewee Indian shell rings and middens as well as a wealth of wildlife, and was known simply as "the hunting island" to early European explorers. During colonial times, the island's vast expanses of bluffs, marshes and maritime forest were at first a haven for pirates and intimidating to permanent settlers, who began to refer to it by the name Long Island in the 1700's. Long Island was separated from neighboring Sullivan's Island only a by a tiny stretch of water called Breach Inlet, which proved to make the island fmaous in South Carolina history. In 1776, British troops attempted to ford the inlet to capture Charleston, but were defeated by a handful of American sharpshooters, and in 1864, the C.S.S. Hunley made its fateful voyage from Breach Inlet to make the first successful submarine attack in history.

With eventual settlement of Sullivan's Island in the 19th century and the establishment of regular ferry and rail service from Charleston, entrepreneurs began to greater interest in the sunny beaches next door. Spurred by a new wave of American prosperity and mobility in the 1890's, the island was purchased Dr. Joseph Lawrence, who renamed it the Isle of Palms and began construction of an oceanfront amusement park and resort that he hoped would rival Atlantic City. Linked to Sullivan's Island by a new trolley-car bridge across Breach Inlet, the Isle of Palms would enter the 20th century with a giant ferris wheel, amusement park, bathing pavilion and seaside hotels.

By 1926, the trolley bridge to the Isle of Palms was replaced by one built for automobiles and residential homes soon followed on the southern half of the island. The tradition of a relaxing island address with ample opportunity for excitement has long characterized the Isle of Palms, which is renowned for popular public beach areas, live music, colorful shops and busy restaurants. In 1972, development was started in the 1600-acre expanse of untamed trees and dunes on the northern end of the island, and the appropriately named Wild Dunes Resort would become one of South Carolina's premiere coastal properties.

Featuring two award-winning championship golf courses, world-class tennis and marina facilities, Wild Dunes added an upscale flavor to an already vibrant Isle of Palms lifestyle. Home to award-winning deep sea and in-shore sport fishing charters, paddling and nature sight-seeing adventures, beach volleyball competitons, kite surfing activities, miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as the simple pleasures of basking in the beach breezes, the Isle of Palms beckons vacationers and permanent residents alike.

So popular is the Isle of Palms in fact that two nearby islands accessible only by boat - Goat Island and Dewees Island - have emerged as exclusive neighboring communities whose attraction is enhanced by associated facilities, services and amenities on the Isle of Palms.

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  • 3610 Waterway Boulevard Isle of Palms $750,000.00

    3610 Waterway Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    This lovely home, perched on a third of an acre, is surrounded by stately live oaks and tropical ve

    $750,000.00 View Now
  • 2603 Palm Boulevard Isle of Palms $2,199,000.00

    2603 Palm Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    Experience island living at its finest at 2603 Palm Boulevard. OCEAN VIEWS and sold fully-furnished

    $2,199,000.00 View Now
  • 203 Carolina Boulevard Isle of Palms $1,695,000.00

    203 Carolina Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    This house has it all, one of the few double lots on IOP, fenced yard with resort-like pool and caba

    $1,695,000.00 View Now
  • 3 Forest Trail Court Isle of Palms $885,000.00

    3 Forest Trail Court · Isle of Palms

    Delightful home on one of the largest lots on the Isle of Palms, huge fenced in back yard with pool

    $885,000.00 View Now
  • 2916 Palm Boulevard Isle of Palms $4,999,999.00

    2916 Palm Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    Welcome to ''Palm Breeze'', a stunning oceanfront oasis with breathtaking views from one of your 4 p

    $4,999,999.00 View Now
  • 808 Carolina Boulevard Isle of Palms $1,080,000.00

    808 Carolina Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    Great opportunity for a primary home or investment property. Amazing location on Isle of Palms - a b

    $1,080,000.00 View Now
  • 708 Carolina Boulevard Isle of Palms $830,000.00

    708 Carolina Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    FANTASTIC LOCATION - THE BEST PART OF THE ISLAND, JUST ONE BLOCK FROM THE BEACH AND NO BUSY ROADS TO

    $830,000.00 View Now
  • 1 Palm Court Isle of Palms $1,690,000.00

    1 Palm Court · Isle of Palms

    Classic, Timeless Custom Beach Home on the Isle of Palms. 1 Palm Court is a custom designed 5 bedroo

    $1,690,000.00 View Now
  • 104 Carolina Boulevard Isle of Palms $1,575,000.00

    104 Carolina Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    Beautifully designed 4 BR, 3.5 BA coastal cottage was built in 2017. Elegantly styled with soft colo

    $1,575,000.00 View Now
  • 3901 Palm Boulevard Isle of Palms $1,499,000.00

    3901 Palm Boulevard · Isle of Palms

    Exceptional location, corner lot across from the beach w/beach access on the Isle of Palms. This 6 b

    $1,499,000.00 View Now