Beach Retreats: Sullivan’s Island

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and with so many options for recreation in the Lowcountry, there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy it!! Charleston’s Beaches are world-class destinations with some amazing opportunities for buyers from the area and from other locations. It is important to do your homework however, because all beaches are not created equal, and each island has its own personality and perks! This is the first of a series on Charleston’s fabulous beaches, starting with one of our favorites…. Sullivan’s Island.

Sullivan’s Island has long been a favorite of Charleston’s local residents, with historic bungalows and storied properties passed down through Charleston’s famous families.  The long and skinny barrier island offers beach front homes, more modest interior lots, as well as magnificent marsh view and deep water homes on the islands back side.

The "Charleston Light" has long been a mainstay of Sullivan's Island's low profile skyline with its lovely white-and-black-on-blue appearance.

The “Charleston Light” has long been a mainstay of Sullivan’s Island’s low profile skyline with its lovely white-and-black-on-blue appearance.

Sullivan’s Island has a long history dating back to the Revolutionary War, and was the site of the famous battle of Fort Sullivan (later renamed Fort Moultrie) on June 28, 1776. In this storied battle the fort, made of porous palmetto logs and sand, took countless cannonballs from British troops and held strong, hoisting a dark blue flag, the predecessor of the SC state banner.

Less well documented is the history of the island in the context of the massive importation of African slaves into the region. Sullivan’s Island served as the entry point for approximately 40% of the slaves sent to North America, where they were quarantined and prepared for sale in downtown Charleston. Additional history of the island involves the famous author Edgar Allen Poe, who was stationed on Sullivan’s Island briefly, and some of his works reference his time there, including Dune Bug.

Only a small number of homes on Sullivan’s Island are allowed to be rented to vacationers, which keeps the island quiet and peaceful at night, despite the inviting row of bars and restaurants on Middle Street.  Those homes with the coveted vacation rental license are “grandfathered in” and this license does convey with the property upon sale to a new owner.

Captivating design, expansive views, and impeccable decor are a few benefits of this magnificent home on Sullivan's Island

Captivating design, expansive views, and impeccable decor are a few benefits of this magnificent home on Sullivan’s Island

Homes on Sullivan’s Island range in price from under $1M, all the way to over $6M for the most well located homes with high quality construction. Many homes sell privately in this tight micro-market, and it is important to have an agent who knows the island well. One of our highly coveted listings is in a great location on the island, price undisclosed. Offering 4Br, 4BA, this magnificent beachfront location provides privacy from the street with a huge back deck and saline pool which overlooks the ocean only steps away on your private access.

With a wide swath of pristine sand and charmingly restored historic homes, Sullivan’s Island offers a quiet retreat from the bustle of nearby Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Find your ideal Sullivan’s Island home by searching our site today : Search for Sullivan’s Island Homes