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 January 30, 2023
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$634.15
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,100,000
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269 Properties
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3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,107
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
1
Day on Site
23002074
MLS
Nestled on a quiet Cul de Sac in the heart of the Ocean Green neighborhood, this charming, southern styled home awaits you! #20 is one half of a duplex. Separated by a shared rear wall, the two units...
6
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
4,215
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
1
Day on Site
23002075
MLS
One of a Kind! Unique opportunity to purchase an entire Duplex in the desireable Ocean Green neighborhood. Built as two separate back to back 3 bedroom homes, Buyer will have the option of using one...
$455,000
Neighborhood: Fenwick Woods
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,208
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
2
Days on Site
23002057
MLS
This Lovely 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath home is located in the heart of Johns Island on a pond lot., with access to the pond from the back yard with your own gate.The bonus room could be a 4th Bedroom.The...
$2,995,000
Neighborhood: Rushland Landing
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,405
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
2
Days on Site
23002065
MLS
Situated on deep water of the Stono River, this hidden jewel of Johns Island and Rushland Landing is a must-see property. Its direct access to the water, close proximity to downtown and beaches,...
$419,000
Neighborhood: Winnsboro Lakes
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,454
Sq.Ft.
1999
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002021
MLS
Welcome to this stunning lowcountry home on beautiful John's Island! Enjoy the spacious open floor plan with lots of natural light. Upon entering you are greeted with brand new flooring throughout...
$645,990
Neighborhood: The Retreat At Brownswood
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,785
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002023
MLS
The Murray floorplan features a primary suite on the main level. Large walk in closet, dual porches, screen porch and extended deck. Fireplace, gas hookup for cooking (electric cooktop installed but...
$1,525,000
Neighborhood: The Preserve At Fenwick Plantation
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
2,942
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002030
MLS
This exquisite designer curated 4 bedroom/4.5 bathroom home offers organic, handcrafted elements along with custom details that help create a unique home. This Artisan bungalow has it all! With...
$565,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,381
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
3
Days on Site
23002035
MLS
Welcome to your new home! 1606 Stovall is tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the picturesque Lakeside subdivision - known for it's beautiful lake, large oak trees, walking trails, andplay park. The...
$299,900
Neighborhood: Island Estates
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,120
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
4
Days on Site
23001421
MLS
Charming home located in the subdivision of Island Estates. This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house has many updates including smooth ceilings, stainless steel appliances, new countertops and new engineered...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,673
Sq.Ft.
1996
Year Built
4
Days on Site
23001783
MLS
Imagine tranquility, and you will imagine Whippoorwill Farm. Tucked off of Chisolm Road, and in close proximity to the growing selection of amenities on Johns Island, this small, quiet, established...
5
Beds
4
Baths
3,088
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
4
Days on Site
23001815
MLS
Welcome to Stonoview. This beautiful semi-custom Lowcountry home is in one of the most sought-after riverfront communities and locations on Johns Island. This golf cart-friendly community features...
$1,599,000
Neighborhood: The Village At Stiles Point
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,084
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
4
Days on Site
23001933
MLS
Exponential James Island living available in July! Buyers handpicked the preferred lot adjacent to 5 acre Stiles Point Park with organized sports- for Stiles Point and Village neighbors ONLY....