Best Charleston Beaches To Live On

If you’ve been contemplating a move to Charleston, you’ve probably noticed that there are several beaches in the area, each with their own unique culture and style. From the stunning waterfront real estate and resort amenities on Isle of Palms to the slow-paced vibe of Folly Beach, Charleston offers beautiful waterfront living for every type of homebuyer. Here’s your guide to the best Charleston beaches to live on!

Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms is the definition of upscale coastal living. Home to only 5,000 residents year-round, it is an excellent choice for homeowners who enjoy their peace and privacy. This dreamy beach town offers breathtaking views, ample fishing and boating opportunities, and easy access to the beach from any point on the island.

There are with distinct living areas on the island that allow potential homeowners to find their ideal home based on their budget, lifestyle and real estate preferences. This affluent stretch of land features everything from stunning waterfront estates to golf course living, luxury condos and more. Whatever type of life you want to live in Charleston, you can find a home for it in Isle of Palms.

Homeowners looking for a high-profile, low-maintenance lifestyle on the water can’t help but fall in love with Isle of Palms’ golf courses, sidewalk boutiques, locally owned cafes, and impressive waterfront estates. They’ll also love how easy it is to access the beach, live entertainment venues, bars, restaurants, and cultural events in historic downtown Charleston nearby.

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Folly Beach

While Isle of Palms may be known for its impressive homes and modern shops, Folly Beach allows homeowners to step back in time and appreciate the vibrant history of Charleston. Every inch of Folly Beach tells a story, from arrowheads lodged in the sand to the multi-story historical homes that have been part of Folly Beach’s story since the ’30s.

Locals hang out at Bert’s Market on Ashley Ave—a 24-hour hangout spot offering snacks, beverages, and essential surfing supplies. The Folly Beach Fishing Pier is consistently rated as one of the best features of this coastal town, and surfer’s love catching waves at one of the most active surf breaks on the coast.

Folly Beach is a favorite option for people who want to squeeze in as much time on the water as possible. Locals paddleboard, kayak, fish and boat as often as they can. And when they aren’t on the water, they’re browsing the boutique shops, enjoying popular restaurants and bars, or shopping.

Homeowners looking for a laid-back yet active waterfront community can’t get enough of Folly Beach. With both new and older homes, a rich history and a tight-knit community of families and beach lovers, Folly Beach gives coastal living a whole new feel.

Sullivan’s Island

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Sullivan’s Island attracts families, summer vacationers and retirees because of its active beach community feel, it’s overall feeling of safety, and its long list of things to do. Locals spend their evenings and weekends catching up with old friends at Poe’s Tavern or Taco Mamacita and enjoy happy hour overlooking the water.

J. Marshall Stidth Park is a favorite place for playdates, and Sullivan Island’s Nature Trail covers 90 acres of conservation land. The trail is a popular place for running, biking and exploring. Residents of Sullivan’s Island have access to a local grocery store, fitness center and a handful of other small shops and boutiques. The glistening shoreline is protected and easily accessible, and something locals are proud of.

Homes here range from beautifully restored historic homes to island bungalows and multi-million-dollar waterfront estates. Homeowners looking for a quiet place to call home will love the slow-paced beach vibe of Sullivan’s Island.

Kiawah Island

Life on Kiawah Island feels much different than in the surrounding coastal towns. Just an hour from Isle of Palms, Kiawah blends modern amenities with natural beauty and offers an upscale lifestyle experience. This small resort community is home to highly ranked schools, high-tech medical facilities, historic churches, public parks, golf courses, and luxury spas.

A popular destination for hard-working families, retirees who are ready to relax, and eager vacationers who want to soak up the sun, Kiawah is more than coastal living—it is a coastal experience.

Locals get together to paddle board at sunrise, then have brunch on the water and browse the charming boutiques all afternoon.

With over 12 distinct luxury neighborhoods, Kiawah offers established communities with swaying palm trees, historic homes, new developments, beach cottages, and golf-course homes.

Ready For The Beach Lifestyle?

If you’re not quite sure which Charleston beach area is right for you, contact Jimmy Carroll Realty today. Our team of professionals knows Isle of Palms and Charleston’s other beaches intimately. We can help you narrow down your home search based on your specific wants and needs. Whether you’re looking for a luxury condo overlooking the golf course or a luxury waterfront estate, we can help you find the perfect home.