Island Living in Charleston, SC

Charleston Island Homes Aerial View with Ocean Surrounding Island

When people think of island life, they think of relaxation, sunshine, surf, and fantastic food. Island living in Charleston features all those attributes and throws in a side of Southern hospitality as well. Therefore, if you want to bask in all the benefits of the Lowcountry lifestyle, living on one of Charleston's islands is likely right for you!

Charleston has a few islands to choose from, including James Island, Folly Island, Kiawah Island, Johns Island, Sullivan's Island, Seabrook Island, Isle of Palms, and Daniel Island. Each of these areas has its unique charm and feel to it.

James Island is your best bet if you want to be closest to downtown Charleston while still enjoying the benefits of island life. With excellent southern cuisine, top-rated schools, and a safe community, James Island is perfect for people looking to remain close to downtown Charleston while having a high quality of life.

Folly Island (home to Folly Beach) is the perfect place for those looking for a laid-back beach life in Charleston to be more off the beaten path. Great restaurants and gorgeous waterfront housing (all homes are so close to the ocean!) are hallmarks of this area. 

Kiawah Island is home to gorgeous beauty, luxurious charm, and some of Charleston's best golfing. Because of its privacy, many of the globe's biggest stars own vacation homes here and with everything this impeccable island has to offer, there is no question as to why. Those looking for luxury, relaxation, and seclusion will love Kiawah Island.

Relaxation is also central to Johns Island, where you can find gorgeous scenery, including a 2,000-year-old Oaktree, a major local attraction. Johns Island is also home to excellent schools, low crime rates, and a more family-oriented laid-back lifestyle.

Sullivan's Island is a perfect mix of Charleston luxury and island living. Some of the best beaches Charleston offers are on Sullivan's Island, and this area has minimal crime, excellent food, and some a great mix of historic and modern homes. If you are on Sullivan's Island, check out historic Fort Sumter, a historic military site operational from 1776 until 1960.

Seabrook Island only has a population of ~1700 residents, so if a more secluded laid-back lifestyle is what you are looking for, then Seabrook is certainly somewhere you want to check out. Seabrook Island hosts a wealth of amenities which include two championship golf courses, a nationally recognized racquet club with 15 Har Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts, an equestrian center offering trail and beach rides, ocean-front dining venues, swimming pools, fitness center, and expansive banquet/private dining venues.

Isle of Palms features some of the most luxurious homes in the area. With large plots, breathtaking ocean views, palatial homes, world-class beaches, and amazing restaurants, there isn't much not to like about this little island. The population is low, and many international buyers and vacationers escaping the cold own second homes here. 

Lastly, Daniel Island, situated between the Wando River and the Copper River, is another popular choice for prospective Charlestonians. Epitomizing island living in Charleston, Daniel Island is a more insulated community that features excellent schools (Daniel Island School receives a 9/10 rating), shopping, dining, and Credit One Stadium - the perfect venue for live music and sports!

No matter which of the islands you choose, you'll experience the best Charleston (and Lowcountry living) has to offer! To learn more about the homes available and what each of these islands has to offer, contact our dedicated team of realtors today!

Island Living October 4, 2022
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$460,000
Neighborhood: Barberry Woods
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,632
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22025445
MLS
Come see this rare opportunity to own a turn key home on one of the best lots in Barberry Woods. The recently freshly painted exterior, the quiet cul-de-sac, and the back yard privacy, all lend to a...
$2,995,000
Neighborhood: Isle Of Palms
5
Beds
5
Baths
3,792
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22016791
MLS
Lovely, large second row beach home, tastefully decorated and furnished offering the best of coastal living. This 3792 square foot home is conveniently located directly across the street to beach...
$1,589,999
Neighborhood: Seabrook Island
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,403
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22025463
MLS
Looking for a new home, don't miss out on this fabulous home completed in 2022! Why go through the stress of building when you can purchase a brand-new home with views of Palmetto Lake and the horse...
$389,000
Neighborhood: Mariners Cay
1
Beds
1
Baths
842
Sq.Ft.
1983
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22025483
MLS
This handyman special is awaiting your special touch. Excellent location with marsh and Folly River views in the tranquil Little Oak community. Low price reflects the opportunity to remodel this...
$2,150,000
Neighborhood: Seabrook Island
3
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,345
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22025497
MLS
This house can only be described with superlatives and must be seen to be appreciated--pictures only do so much. Large FROG with full bath can be fourth bedroom. Complete privacy, gorgeous views,...
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,808
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22025414
MLS
''In the middle of the country 12 miles from downtown''Custom built single story home with over 2800 sq ft. on a .75 acre secluded lot in the middle of Johns Island; has the feel of old Southern...
$2,395,000
Neighborhood: Briars Creek
3
Beds
3F21/2
Baths
3,606
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22020856
MLS
Welcome to 3783 Gnarled Oaks Lane, a stunningly beautiful and practically brand new custom home designed by Grady Woods and built by the renowned Woody Hancock to be his personal home. Located at the...
$589,000
Neighborhood: Westland
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,024
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22025423
MLS
Gorgeous immaculate kept home on quiet corner lot located in the City of Charleston. This low maintenance home features hardwood floors throughout , vaulted ceilings with spacious great room with...
$1,050,000
Neighborhood: Forest Trail
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,196
Sq.Ft.
1966
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22025367
MLS
Here's your chance to live on Isle of Palms! This charming 3br 2ba home is located on a large lot in the highly desirable Forest Trail neighborhood. The home is a short walk to the beach as well as...
$1,399,000
Neighborhood: Wild Dunes
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,758
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22019334
MLS
Charming beach cottage with incredible lagoon and golf course views, Welcome to 14 Lake Village in Wild Dunes! This property is being sold fully furnished with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths all featuring...
6
Beds
6F11/2
Baths
4,689
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22009683
MLS
Absolutely one of the best built homes on the Isle of Palms. A second row lot with oceanfront like views on a quiet side street with resident only parking allowed and no traffic. The beach is a...
$684,975
Neighborhood: St. Johns Lake
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,240
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22025383
MLS
Welcome home to St. John's Lake, Nestled Between Main Road and River Road, and Close to the Limehouse bridge. The community will feature a secluded amenity center complete with a Fireplace and...