With its beautiful beaches, ample eateries, and exciting wildlife, Isle of Palms is one of South Carolina’s most desirable beach towns. It’s a city that feels like paradise and an ideal place to retire, raise a family, or start an exciting new chapter. Are you considering a move to Isle of Palms? Here are a few important things to note before buying a home in this upscale community.
While Isle of Palms features several waterfront communities, not every home is on or near water. Some neighborhoods feel like tucked-away suburbs with quiet streets, while others lean into luxury amenities.
There are five primary neighborhoods in Isle of Palms. The South End (known as “Millionaire’s Row”) boasts large waterfront estates. You’ll find massive homes, gorgeous pools, and easy access to Sullivan’s Island
and the Isle’s exciting downtown.
The Isle’s middle section — from 21st to 41st Avenue — is the furthest from the water and boasts suburban charm and walkability. Moving inland, you’ll continue to feel immersed in the suburbs, where you'll find most of the island’s full-time population.
The island’s upper avenues are incredibly private and quiet, as is Wild Dunes Resort
. This private gated community offers both condos and single-family homes and a range of upscale amenities. It’s the perfect place to take up golf or relax and enjoy a spa day.
No matter which island area captivates you, you’re sure to be near the ocean and a mere 15 minutes from downtown Charleston.
Real estate values
This area's real estate values are high, given the island’s desirability and location. The median home price is $1.7 million, depending on the proximity to the water. Millionaire’s Row is, as the name suggests, a more expensive area, while inland homes might price more affordably. In addition to single-family homes, you’ll likely find several luxury condos for sale (like the ones at Wild Dunes).
The Isle of Palms doesn’t stick to one type of architectural style — you’ll have your pick on this beautiful island! Single-family homes range from traditional and ranch style to cottage and contemporary. You’ll find several properties with pools, large outdoor entertainment areas, and exquisite landscaping.
While Isle of Palms isn’t exclusively a vacation destination, it’s definitely geared toward those looking to relax. About 30% of residents are semi-permanent — some spend their time golfing, some never leave the beach, and some enjoy the exciting dining and nightlife scenes. No matter your prerogative, it’s important to note that the residents here want to enjoy luxurious fun. Choose an area of the island that will cater to your specific lifestyle.
Impressive culinary options
Isle of Palms offers a mix of flip-flop-appropriate establishments and fine dining restaurants. Regardless of the venue, the island’s food is the freshest and most delicious around.
Wipe the sand off your feet after a long beach day and head to The Windjammer
. This lively bar has beautiful oceanfront views and a beach volleyball court. You could also meet your friends on the large deck at Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
, where the bar is full, and the Southern coastal cuisine is as authentic as it gets.
Photo courtesy of Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
For a more upscale option, visit Laughing Gull Restaurant & Bar
, found within Wild Dunes Resort. Laughing Gull serves a mix of hearty American dishes and light bites with views overlooking the beautiful resort.
Scenic landscapes and abundant outdoor recreation
Isle of Palms County Park boasts seven miles of wide, sandy shoreline and is perfect for relaxing or playing beach sports. Families love the Isle’s beaches because there’s plenty of room to walk and play. Many people take to the water for kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating in the area, and Isle of Palms Marina
offers complete tour packages of the expansive waterfront landscapes.
Photo courtesy of Isle of Palms Marina
When residents aren’t relaxing on the pristine beaches, they often take advantage of the top-notch golf courses. Wild Dunes Harbor Golf Course
was voted “Best in State” by Golf Digest
and is a stunning place to improve your golf game. There’s also Wild Dunes Links Golf Course
, designer Tom Fazio’s first course, boasting lush fairways and scenic beach views. Whether you’re already a pro golfer or are interested in giving it a try, you’re sure to be in good company on Isle of Palms.
Proximity to Charleston
Charleston is South Carolina’s jewel, and property on Isle of Palms places you just 15 minutes from the exciting city. It’s an ideal blend of culture, nature, and history, making Isle of Palms that much more desirable. Stroll through The Battery
for some of the most picturesque views of this iconic, historical town, or charter a private boat tour of the area for a uniquely Southern experience.
Charleston walking tours are great ways to experience the city’s architecture and history — you might even learn about the area’s alleged paranormal activity! If you’re not wary of crowds, then be sure to check out Charleston City Market
. This city staple has been around since 1800, providing visitors with an authentic taste of the “Old South.” Between Isle of Palms and Charleston, you’ll never tire of things to do, experience, and see.
When entering a highly desirable real estate market like Isle of Palms, working with an agent who knows the area front and back is essential. Amy Rogers
has years of experience selling luxury Isle of Palms real estate and is ready to help find your dream home in South Carolina!
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